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The Real, Money-Saving Benefits I Get From Panama’s Pensionado Program

The Real, Money-Saving Benefits I Get From Panama’s Pensionado Program

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April 8, 2018

When my wife, Abbe, and I looked to retire overseas a few years ago, I found that Panama’s excellent Pensionado Visa or Retirement Program was a great way to stretch my Social Security pension. Naturally, the perks sounded like a perfect way to save some money...

My Low-Cost Life in Spain’s Cosmopolitan Capital City

My Low-Cost Life in Spain’s Cosmopolitan Capital City

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April 3, 2018

While living in the Andalusian capital of Seville, in the back of my mind I knew I’d have at least a stint of living in Madrid. The draw of a big city—I’m from Chicago, after all—meant more job opportunities, one less leg to consider when visiting family Stateside, and a cosmopolitan life. After nine years Read more...: My Low-Cost Life in Spain’s Cosmopolitan Capital City

I’d Never Live on This Caribbean Island…

I’d Never Live on This Caribbean Island…

I'm writing this postcard from a veranda overlooking the Caribbean Sea on a nearly forgotten tropical island. The ocean is showing off several shades of blue and a slight breeze teases the palms. The piña colada at my side completes the picture. But as my family's annual vacation draws to a close I'm actually a bit anxious to return home to Cotacachi, Ecuador.

Explore the Panama Canal by Boat

Explore the Panama Canal by Boat

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March 24, 2018

This year marks the centennial of the opening of the Panama Canal, and celebrations are taking place throughout the year. The first boat to make the ocean-to-ocean transit of the canal was the SS Ancon on Aug. 15, 1914. Most visitors who come to Panama make a point of seeing the canal, usually at the Miraflores Locks just outside of Panama City, or the Gatun Locks, just west of Colon city. Personally, I can think of no better way to honor and enjoy this wonder of the modern world than to see it at eye level and take a boat trip on the Panama Canal. The complete transit takes about nine hours, passing through three sets of locks. There are a number of ways to do this, and no matter which one you choose it will be a memorable experience.