by on September 8, 2022
In 2005, I was stressed out. I was working more than 70 hours a week, and I’d begun to hate my job. One day I woke up and decided I’d had enough. I didn’t just need a new career—I needed a new life. I wanted to slow down and savor each day. I wanted to live in a cosmopolitan city like Miami—close to the beach, but with every modern comfort and amenity imaginable. I’d been to dozens of beautiful destinations in the Caribbean and beyond, but one place stood out above all the rest. And so I mov...
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by on April 16, 2022
By Jeff D. Opdyke I'm headed back to America next month—to attend my daughter's high school graduation. I am not looking forward to this. I mean, yes, I'm really proud of my daughter. The graduation will be fun and emotional. What I'm not looking forward to, however, is the "headed back to America" part. ...
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by on January 17, 2022
The midday sunshine makes the balcony look cheerful and bright. A table and chairs beckon. “Come on out,” they say. I'm tempted to listen. To pour a glass of chilled rosé to accompany my simple lunch. But I know better. Today is hot and yesterday's breeze is gone out to sea. I'll eat my salad in the apartment's cool interior. Early this morning I took Chico for a walk—he's a sweet Panamanian mutt, rescued from the streets and adopted by an expat couple. The pre-dawn air was fresh and brisk—ab...
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by on February 25, 2021
By Larke Newell   I am a "snowbird", dividing my time between Panama and Canada, with the eventual goal of residing full-time in Panama. I flew back to Canada last March, intending to spend just a few months there before returning to Panama. Then Covid-19 reared its ugly head, flights came to a halt, and then came lockdown. ...
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by on February 6, 2021
By Bob Jackson When you make the move overseas, it’s normal to have doubts and concerns. Especially when it comes to keeping busy and making friends. My wife Patti and I certainly did before we left Atlanta. After all, we were moving to a totally foreign country where we knew no one. But, determined, we ploughed ahead with our plans and, in 2017, made the move. We’re so glad we had faith. As it turns out, we now have more friends here than we did back in the U.S. It’s staggeringly easy to ...
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by on January 16, 2021
By Jeff D. Opdyke If you're looking to get your hands on a second passport without having to buy or inherit it, then consider this less-costly, more-organic, nearly assured path: Move somewhere and gain citizenship—and a passport—via the naturalization process. That's not as difficult as it might sound. While lots of countries require that you live within their borders for a decade or longer before you can apply for citizenship, several impose a much-shorter timeline of between two and fiv...
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