Our days begin the way we want them to. No meetings, no business clothes, no agendas. Our way. We finally are able to set the tone for our lives. It’s been a long time coming.
Living in the expat haven of Boquete has been a wonderful experience. A cool-weather mountain retreat in Panama's highlands, Boquete is surrounded on all sides by flowers, fruit trees, coffee farms, and brightly colored songbirds.
“My husband Eric cannot stop smiling,” says Lorrie Griffith. “For the past 12 years, we’ve been talking about buying a house and moving to Panama, and finally that dream has become a reality.”
In the cool-weather, mountain city of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, stress is a word I no longer use. When I first arrived, in 2011, I instantly liked the town. Nestled high in the mountains, temperatures fluctuate between 60 F to 87 F year-round, but there's always a gentle breeze that keeps you cool.
I am a doer, not an observer, and so the traditional concept of retirement doesn’t work for me. After years of exhausting 50-hour work weeks, I moved to the mountain town of Boquete. Today I’m surrounded by undulating verdant hills, rainbow-hued casitas, and fragrant flowers.
I’m closing in on what for me is an important goal…a three-bag lifestyle. My wife Suzan and I are writers, which means we can work from anywhere on the planet with an internet connection. And for the past 15 years we’ve been doing just that...
I am a beachophile. Having grown up on Plum Island, north of Boston and lived in Sarasota, Florida for 10 years, salt water is in my blood. Florida appealed to me because as a veteran Northeasterner, I wanted to get away from the snow and ice.
Looking out my window, I watch a beautiful sea grape tree and a huge almond tree swaying in the breeze. A slight distance away, I can see the incredible turquoise of the Caribbean Sea, and I feel so lucky.
A capuchin monkey is in a tree just a few steps from where I sit. I stay still for as long as I can—I am enjoying looking at him and don’t want to scare him away. Surrounded by lush rainforest, I could almost forget that I am in Panama City.
Millions of people travel the world as tourists and millions more on business. It’s wonderful to get out there for whatever reason to see different places and have new experiences. Fewer people choose to live overseas and obtain residence status in a foreign country.