The Magic of a New Life Overseas

In C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the children find—behind the winter coats—the entrance to a wondrous world.

Now Narnia may not be real, but discovering and exploring your possibilities overseas can prove just as magical. You need only set foot across a border to find a feast of options and pleasant surprises.

At home we’re fed a distinctly flavorless view of the “rest of the world.” When we get news of foreign locales, it’s most often about tragedy or macroeconomics. We have a poor understanding of what’s really “out there.”

Here at International Living, we aim to help you build a richer and more nuanced understanding of the kind of life you could embrace abroad—and why you’d want to. No place is perfect, but every place has more to offer than an occasional “news alert” suggests.

In the upcoming issue of International Living magazine, we turn our attention to Panama. You may know its economy has grown more than 9% a year for the past six years…and you may have seen pictures of its sky-scraper-filled capital city.

But what you may not realize is that Panama is also home to sunny beach towns and verdant mountain hamlets. You may not know that in this nation you gain the region’s most modern infrastructure—reliable Internet, excellent healthcare, a modern airport. And Panama offers foreign retirees the best benefit program in the world.

This nation is one of the most comfortable, convenient, good-value places we write about. On a budget of $2,500 a month—rent included—you could live with the ocean in your front yard. Try that in California.

No matter where your proverbial wardrobe may lead—Panama or beyond—keep in mind: Some of the “magic” of life overseas you bring with you. It’s wrapped up in your sense of adventure. You may find inside you a novelist, a painter, an entrepreneur. As Dan Prescher puts it, “if you have a real desire to change…grow… retry your life, moving abroad can help make it possible.”

Keep your journey of discovery going. Subscribe to International Living magazine now… and start planning how you could turn the “magic” of a new life overseas into an everyday a reality.

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