"I get to wake up in the mornings, have coffee on my balcony overlooking the ocean," says Shane Cavilee. "And it never gets cold. I could be home doing the same type of job, but be cold and miserable in the winter time. Who needs that?"
“I didn’t realize how easy living here would be. How easy it is to get around, to buy food, to go to the beach—things that make it so livable. Everything is so easy here—it’s remarkable.”
After an exhilarating morning walk, ex-Navy Seal Jim Farquhar and his wife Sharon like to unwind on the deck of their ocean-view apartment. The couple have always been active, but there are so many opportunities to hike and enjoy the great outdoors in Penang that staying active is easy.
"I'm glad we didn't have enough money to retire in the U.S." says Kris Cunningham, who moved to Panama with her husband Joel in 2012. "If we had, we would have missed out on our wonderful life here."
For the last seven years, my husband Gary and I have been enjoying a snowbird lifestyle. For six months each year, we wave goodbye to family and friends in cold, snowy Canada and set out for our home in Panama’s Chiriquí province.
If you're a football fan, you might be familiar with the term "free agent." A free agent is any player who isn't contracted to a team and is free to play with anyone. But you can also think of someone who has zero commitments to an employer as a free agent.
Healthcare is a concern for most expats thinking about moving abroad. As I get older, I’m aware that at some point I will need good healthcare. When I was looking into moving to Panama, I wanted to make sure that the country could provide me with quality healthcare I could rely on for any healthcare concern or issue that may arise.
When my husband Clyde and I decided to leave the U.S. and retire to Panama in 2011 we thought that would be our forever home. But after our first trip to Europe a few years later we were overcome with the desire to travel.
Sitting in our own private little courtyard with a bubbling stream on one side, a warbling symphony from the aviary on another, with pink bougainvillea and fiery red geraniums cascading down a third, my husband Michael and I could be in Italy.
Life in Texas was not going well for Allen Connally. A professional designer, his business was falling off as more and more clients turned to the internet instead of the print publications he specialized in.