Three Ways to Retire Overseas

From the archives. . . There are as many different ways to expatriate or retire overseas as there… [more]

Three Ways to Retire Overseas Three Ways to Retire Overseas

The Fluffernutter and Banana Sandwich of Portable Careers

I remember loving fluffernutter and banana sandwiches as a kid. A thick layer of creamy peanut butter,… [more]

The Fluffernutter and Banana Sandwich of Portable Careers The Fluffernutter and Banana Sandwich of Portable Careers

Where’s the Best Place to Retire Overseas?

As the year 2012 draws to a close, it's natural to review the previous year and look forward to the next.… [more]

Where’s the Best Place to Retire Overseas? Where's the Best Place to Retire Overseas?

How I Survived the Polar Vortex


It’s early January, 2014, and while the New Year brings sunshine and skin-caressing warmth to expats like us, family and friends are freezing their bippies. This horrendous cold snap is now known as the Polar or Arctic Vortex. My oldest son, who lives in Vermont, found thick ice coating everything when he arrived home after […]

Some Common Questions about Las Tablas, Panama

Letters to Future Expat

Recently I received this email from a reader. It asks questions I see pretty often about Las Tablas, Panama, so I thought I’d answer it publicly. “I will retire in about 5 years and was thinking about buying a place in Panama – Las Tablas seems to be a good match for me (of course […]

The Best Way to Climb Out of your Economic Rut


Guest Post by Leif Simon My college Social Studies professor, a hyper dude who worked three jobs and lived off a quarter of his income so he could save the rest to build a children’s hospital, broke society down into nine categories. He referenced the typical lower, middle, and upper classes and then separated each […]

Expat Blogs to Enjoy


From time to time I share with you some of the blogs and websites I’ve found that are worth a look. It’s been quite a while, so let’s jump right in. Europe Enjoy Living Abroad – author Karen McCann has lived in Seville, Spain for about 10 years. She and her husband now divide their […]

Survey Says. . .

A couple weeks ago I posted a three-question survey, asking whether you want to see more, less, or about the same amount of information about each topic. The results are in — the majority of you want to see more articles and information about Panama! Here’s the breakdown. #1. Panama — news and information about […]

Where to Stay in Las Tablas, Panama

Hotel Don Jesus

A reader just emailed to ask about how to get around and where to stay in Las Tablas. She’s thinking about coming here for the New Year’s celebration. How to Get Around in Las Tablas Panama has an efficient bus system. Although it might involve a transfer or two, it’s possible to get pretty much […]

Create a Passive, Portable Income with a Money-Making Website

earn a living from anywhere with a portable career

Not all expats are retirees, nor do we all have great jobs with multinational companies. Many of us are self-employed, choosing to create portable careers we can carry with us, turtle-like, wherever we go. There is one type of income all of us can develop — retirees as well as employees and self-employed expats. I’m […]

Portable Careers, Black Friday Sales and Personal Values

portable writing career

A portable career is more than work, it’s a lifestyle you create for yourself that earns you money and supports your values. I’d like to talk with you for a minute about the values part of that equation and a decision I’ve just made. After the financial meltdown in the US I returned to freelancing, […]

Please Take a Minute to Answer Three Questions [survey]

Am I writing the articles you want to read? Here at Future Expats Forum, we cover three major topics: Panama (what it’s like to live here and news about the country), Prepping the Move (including information about technology for expats) and Portable Careers. How’s the balance working out for you? Please take just a minute […]

10 Things I Hate About Panama

Trees before cutting

Don’t get me wrong — there’s more that do I like about Panama than not, and living here has been good for us. But once in a while the differences just rub me the wrong way. So, in the interests of full disclosure, a balanced look at the country, etc., etc., I thought I’d share […]