Baby Boomer Mariana Lima is living a cool life. She threw in the towel to her routine, and moved to a place she loves.
After much consideration, and primarily because I was tired of the 9-5 routine with my corporate job, I decided to look into moving overseas.
I made my first trip to Panama in November of 2014, and by July of this year — just eight months later — I moved here, INDEFINITELY.
Panama is starting to catch on as a top-notch destination for expats as baby boomers are becoming more interested than ever in moving abroad. Some are looking to retire, some are looking for a life on the beach, and some are simply looking to start a whole new life. The good news is, I find that Panama has something to offer everybody, and is a convenient place to move for several reasons: You don’t have to use a different currency, it is a safe country, it has a stable government, and there is a variety of climates that will surely fit anyone’s preference. If that alone isn’t enough, the cost of living is much lower than it is in the U.S.
A large portion of the expats moving to Panama have chosen this tropical paradise as a destination for retirement. Panama offers an incredible pension program for retirees, which, combined with a high quality of living and the affordability of everything from real estate to health care, creates one of the top retirement destinations in the world.
When I first decided to quit my job in the United States, I really didn’t know what to expect from Panama. I had only visited that one tie before. I moved to the highlands town of Boquete. It is surrounded by hills, a volcano, lush greenery, and year-round cool climates. You can live here quite comfortably on $1,200 a month, and that will cover your rent, a cellphone, your car insurance, healthcare, utilities (no A/C needed, EVER!), groceries, even lifestyle expenses like traveling to Ecuador! I’ve read stories about people who live in less expensive parts of this country that are just as beautiful, and spend no more than $800 a month.
I moved my dog here, and the process was really quite simple. There are some basic requirements, including an in-home quarantine requirement, but overall, the process was easy. Moving to Panama with your household goods, on the other hand, is slightly more complicated and expensive, so I typically recommend that you buy furniture and other household goods here. It’s fun to start fresh when you move to Panama.
I took a relocation tour and I am so glad that I did. I learned so many things I might have not known to ask about. That’s when I really fell in love! There are several direct flights to the U.S. every day, and within a couple of hours, you can be in the U.S if you need to.
You should check out the tour I took, which I found through Panama Relocation Tours. It won’t sugar coat anything. It didn’t try to sell me anything like real estate, or time shares!
I have amazing coffee every morning, sitting out on my back patio overlooking the Volcán Barú, enjoying the sunny, cool, breezy day. You can too.
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