How to Travel the World (and not Pay Rent!)

In 2008, Eden and Denny owned two businesses in the US. One was an ice cream shop they opened in September. Talk about bad timing! Today, they live all over the world — with no housing expenses. I talked with Eden recently, via Skype, about their nomadic lifestyle. The Downsize Their adventures started in 2012, […]

Best Roadmap for Moving Overseas

Save 50% off the Regular Price! I’ve found it! A real roadmap to guide your overseas move. Kathleen Peddicord has used her almost 30 years of writing about the expat life, and 16 years of living as an expat in four different countries to create just such a guide. She promises that, within 52 days […]

Readers Ask: How do you find a Rental Home in Las Tablas, Panama?

One of the questions I’m seeing most often these days has to do with finding a place to live in Panama — specifically in Las Tablas. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting several couples recently who are thinking of moving to Las Tablas, but finding a place to live here seems like a daunting task. […]

Adventures in International Real Estate Closings

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Future Expat. When we came to Las Tablas, Panama, we had sold all our household goods. Because the real estate market was still terrible, we opted to rent out our Florida house. A year later, the market had picked up and it seemed like a good time […]

Las Tablas, Panama: Looking for a Gated Community?

Recently I received an email that asked: “It looks like there are some new gated communities but we can’t find any info on them other than some YouTube videos with very little information. Are there any websites with sales listings?” Good luck with that! I guess it doesn’t matter how often I say it, I […]

Three Ways to Retire Overseas

From the archives. . . There are as many different ways to expatriate or retire overseas as there are expats. You can live full time in your new country abroad divide your time between your home country and overseas country travel all the time I know people from each category, and each style has its […]

Three Ways to Retire Overseas

There are as many different ways to expatriate or retire overseas as there are expats. You can live full time in your new country abroad divide your time between your home country and overseas country travel all the time I know people from each category, and each style has its pros and cons. Part-Time Expats […]

Rent Before You Buy Overseas. . . Or Maybe Not

I always advise readers to rent first — for at least six months to a year — in a new country. It’s what we’re doing ourselves. When you rent first, you give yourself time to settle in and assure yourself that you’re where you want to be. You also save yourself the potential agony of […]

5 Ways to Find a Home (to Rent or Buy) in a New Country

If you’re from the US, Canada or western Europe, you’re used to a highly organized real estate market. You have agencies to help with buying, selling and renting. In the US, multiple listing services are the norm where you can deal with any agent and have access to the full spectrum of available property for […]

9 Lessons I’ve Learned about Finding a Rental House in Las Tablas, Panama

When last seen, Future Expat was grumpy. Tired of living in a hotel and having to go out for every meal, tired of not having a place to call her own. . . just tired. There were even a few tearful phones calls with my husband back home, running along the lines of, “I don’t […]