What are the Best Countries to Retire in 2017?

“What are the best countries to retire in 2017?” is a question I often see. The short answer is, “it depends.” Are you moving abroad to work at a job, or to retire (or something in between)? The best place for a retiree might be lousy if you need to work, or if, like me, […]

Our Top 6 Picks For Sunny Post-Election Living

by Kathleen Peddicord Searches for “How can I move to Canada?” spiked during the just-finished U.S. presidential election cycle. Since the Vietnam War, Canada has been seen as a beacon of refuge among Americans. However, life in Canada comes with a significant drawback: Canadian winters look like blizzard scenes on Star Wars’ ice planet Hoth. […]

Moving to Panama? Don’t be Clueless [Book Review]

Panama’s a wonderful, low-cost place to live. As with any overseas relocation, though, moving to Panama is not for the faint of heart. But this couple — well, if there’s a way to move from the US to Panama in the most difficult, expensive, and upsetting way possible, that’s how they did it. Just for […]

Thanksgiving Traditions — Are they the Same Overseas?

There’s nothing like the holidays to bring out the best — or the worst — in you when you’re living overseas. If you’re lonely, disoriented, or homesick, holidays can make you feel much worse. If you’re enjoying your life, holidays can be a lot of fun. But guess what? That can happen when you’re in […]

10 Things I (Already) Miss About Las Tablas and Panama

Last week my husband and I flew out of Panama’s Tocumen International Airport for the last time. Well, maybe not the last time forever, but for at least a couple of years. If you’re not on my mailing list, Facebook page or Google Plus page, you might have missed the announcement. Long story short, my […]

International House Sitting is a Thing?!

Guest Post by Ashley Mudra Note from Future Expat: You’ve heard my side of the experience, now it’s Ashley’s turn! I’d never heard of it before. Why would anyone trust their home and pets to me, a total stranger? And how would I even find these international trusting people? While researching for my upcoming travels, […]

Choosing a Housesitter in Las Tablas, Panama

A few months back, I wrote about our search for someone to stay with our dogs while we traveled back to the US this spring. After uploading our request to the Trusted Housesitters site, I was astonished to see 30 applications slam into my inbox in the same number of hours. It seems like a […]

Options and Choices — Expats have More

Our goal in moving to Panama was to live within our income following the big financial meltdown in the US. We’ve met that goal easily – and so much more! Life is all about options and choices – that’s true whether you’re an expat or not. But by embracing the options available to us as […]

Las Tablas, Panama: To You, it’s only a Hot Dog. To me, it’s a Sign of Growth

Today my husband came back from Chitre with a huge smile on his face. He was as excited as a little kid with a new toy as he unloaded the car. The new Riba Smith store has opened in Chitre, and that’s cause for celebration at our house. (Chitre is about a half hour drive […]

After the Lights and Music End: The Dark Side of Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama [Video]

Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama, is a huge event. It brings around 100,000 visitors to the town — and Las Tablas’ normal population is only about 10,000. Merchants make a big chunk of their annual sales before, during and after Carnaval. Families earn some extra income by bunking in together and renting out houses or […]