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Panama – The Best Place to Live for Retirees and Outdoor Enthusiasts

images (12)The scenic getaways, tropical rainforest, famous canal, and inexpensive lifestyle make Panama an attraction to the world. This country is in fact second home to many retirees, outdoor enthusiasts and people who simply want to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle inexpensively. Panama has become the best place to live in for more than 1,000 American expats. These people have discovered that the country is full of amazing surprises where one can truly enjoy retirement and the best things in life.

What makes Panama so special? For one, Panama City is home to the country’s famous Panama Canal. This historic landmark is greatly responsible for the country’s booming economy. Even if the country is considered as third world, one can find beautiful skyscrapers and modern conveniences in its capital city. The country has advanced medical capabilities that are comparable to that in the United States and Canada.

Many Americans go to Panama for medical treatment and procedures. A doctor visit to a well experienced specialist can only cost $10 as opposed to spending more for doctor consultation in the US. I’ve been living in Panama for almost a year and have discovered that health insurance can be acquired for as low as $60 per month. Prescription medication also costs less in this country so medical expenses are substantially reduced.

People who love the outdoors will be definitely in for a treat as the weather is generally sunny all year-round. There’s a dormant volcano to climb, waterfalls to see and a rainforest to explore. You can also get a nice tan at the beach and eat the juiciest fruits while relaxing. White water rafting, zip lining, hiking, and many more outdoor activities for the young and old can be experienced in Panama.

Most importantly, the costs of living in Panama are very inexpensive. A couple can have lunch for only $8, drinks included. A retiree can be able to stretch his retirement funds as food, clothing and many other needs for daily living cost less than what one has to spend in the US, Canada or the UK.

While visiting Panama, you’ll meet a lot of American expats who are permanently residing in the country. Most of these Americans are living in Boquete, which is a small mountain town that’s known for its fine tasting coffee and spring-like weather. Apart from the country’s scenic attractions, it would be nice to take a look at expat homes and visit the American community in some areas of the country. These people always have wonderful and truly inspiring stories to share.

While the best place to live in is highly subjective, Panama has become a retirement haven for people who used to live in America and Europe. These people now call home a country that has the best of both the old and the new. Modern amenities and conveniences abound while the country retains its historic identity and unique culture. The country continues to develop favorably, while showing off to the world its real beauty.

 

The Answer to That Dream of a Good Life

download (41)Anyone always dreams of having a good life most especially those who are beset with financial difficulties. That dream is very possible when one stays in Panama, a country full of great promise. I myself was surprised when I first came to Panama two years ago. Tall skyscrapers, advanced technology and modern conveniences abound in this country even if it is in fact considered as third world. I fell in love with Panama and have made it my country of residence in 2012. I truly enjoy living in this place where one can have the comforts of a good life minus the high costs of living.

· Living expenses are cheap in Panama. This is perhaps the foremost reason why many Americans and Europeans have moved to this country. It’s great that you can dine with a friend for only $8 including drinks. You can also get medical insurance for as low as $60 a month. You can also buy 100 pieces of the juiciest oranges for as low as $4. Panama is one place where one can enjoy the good things without spending too much money.

· There are plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. You can go on a hiking expedition and climb the country’s dormant volcano or go on a nature trip in the lush rainforest. Beach lovers, hikers, scuba divers and lovers of the outdoors are definitely in for a treat in Panama.

· Panama has warm spring-like weather all-year round. The country only has two seasons which are the wet and dry seasons. Basically, the clothing that you will need should be light and airy. There’s no need to stock up on winter clothing and footwear when you’re living in Panama. Likewise, there’s also no need for expensive heaters and fireplaces in this country.

· The country is well-known for its medical tourism. Since medical expenses are very cheap in Panama, many foreigners come to this country for medical treatments and procedures. For instance, one can have a doctor’s consultation for only $10. The doctors and specialists in Panama are licensed professionals whose expertise is comparable to US and Canadian physicians. Most of the country’s medical practitioners are US trained and use advanced medical technology in Panama.

· Panama has a community of American expats. Many expats have already made Panama their second home and are very welcoming of new arrivals. While most of these people are already retired, some have set up businesses in Panama such as restaurants and coffee farms. It’s great to go to a place where you won’t feel like a foreigner. Most expats live in Boquete Panama, as this place has a much cooler climate as compared to Panama City.

Life isn’t all about money, but having a comfortable lifestyle contributes greatly to a happy existence. In Panama, one’s retirement funds can be truly stretched as the basic expenses are very cheap. It’s easy to enjoy the finer things in life when you’re in Panama. Sure it’s a totally different country than what you may be used to, but being able to buy the things that you want and live in a secure place is just awesome.

 

Why Expats in Panama Are Growing in Number

download (42)Panama has become a retirement spot for many American and European expats. There’s a reason why expats in Panama are growing in number and that is because a comfortable life awaits at low costs of living. Almost everyone dreams of having a nice house in a beautiful environment, and Panama most certainly answers that dream. Coupled with a cheap way of living, a good life in Panama is easier to achieve and then maintain as one grows old in the comforts of friends and family.

Panama expats are commonly Americans and Europeans who have retirement funds to spend. Some are more affluent than the others, and can afford to buy houses while others cannot. However all of these people just want to enjoy the good life and experience an enjoyable existence that isn’t so hard to get by. In Panama, healthcare, food, clothing and recreations are inexpensive; thus, allowing retirees to stretch their retirement funds to the fullest. These people are able to buy the things that they want as the cost of living is very low.

A lot of scenic destinations are in store for tourists and expats in Panama. There’s a tropical rainforest that’s well-preserved, a dormant volcano to see, hiking trails to trek, beaches to get a nice tan, historic districts to explore, and the iconic Panama Canal to view. Activities such as hiking, swimming, surfing, horseback riding, zip lining and many more can be done in Panama.

If you’re thinking about food and beverage, Panama has the juiciest fruits that are very affordable. 100 pieces of oranges can be purchased for only $4 so you can eat this delicious fruit every day. Boquete Panama is also known for its fine tasting coffee. A local cuisine such as Sancocho is an expat favorite as well as dishes like Yuca Frita, Pescado, Patacones and Carimanola. A couple in Panama can have lunch at a restaurant for only $8 including drinks.

Another reason why expats in Panama are growing in number is because of cheap yet high standard healthcare. Panama City has state of the art hospitals that favorably compare to those in the US and Canada. What’s so much better about these hospitals is that the services are really priced low. Doctor’s consultation will only cost you $10 which is far cheaper than what you will probably spend in the US. Prescription drugs and medical procedures are likewise priced inexpensively; thus, making Panama a popular destination of medical tourists.

Expats in Panama are commonly found in Panama City, Coronado, Bocas del Toro and Boquete. The latter has a large expat community since Boquete has a much cooler climate compared to other Panama towns and cities. Boquete is a well-developed mountain highland; thus, the weather in this town is so much cooler, much to the delight of the expat community living there.

Panama is accelerating positively and this is evidenced by the various infrastructure and development projects presently lined up. The Panama Canal is scheduled for expansion as well as new roads, new international airports, mining projects and many more. Expats choose to live in Panama because it is on the right track in terms of growth. Panama is working its way towards a brighter future that will be enjoyed not only by its citizens but also by the tourists and expats who have made the country their second home.

 

Ten Reasons You Should Take a Daycation

images (9)A daycation is simply a day vacation. It’s a close cousin of the “staycation,” with the advantage that at just one day it requires very little planning. Is it sounding appealing yet?

But before you get too carried away, it’s worth pointing out the ironic twist in taking a daycation: in our fast-paced, whirlwind lives the thought of taking a day off can sometimes make us feel anxious.

But wait! That’s not what vacation is supposed to do!

Maybe we feel like there are too many people counting on us or that we may compromise our responsibilities. Maybe we feel guilty about taking a day off when everyone else has to show up for work.

If we can get past that, the appeal of a daycation is self-evident:

  • Small commitment
  • Minimal planning
  • Affordable or free

So let’s be honest: The only thing stopping us from taking a daycation is… you got it: US.

When you think about what might be stopping you from taking a day off, really think about what you feel you would jeopardize. Start by taking a little time to think about any feelings of guilt, fear or anxiety. You can even write them down to look at them objectively. Then ask yourself: “Realistically, will things really fall apart if I take a day off?”

And just in case you’re still not convinced, here are ten good reasons why you should consider taking a daycation before too long:

  1. Disruption fosters creativity. Shake up the routine!
  2. Taking a daycation means you are taking a stand for yourself.
  3. Creating space can invite clarity into a life situation.
  4. Determining how you will spend a full day puts you back in the driver’s seat of your life.
  5. If you are feeling over-extended, reclaiming a day for yourself is a generous act of self-kindness.
  6. Especially with hectic schedules, having a full day to spend as you see fit is like taking a big deep breath for 24 hours.
  7. You are almost sure to see/hear/experience you wouldn’t have in a “normal” day.
  8. Inviting someone you love to share a daycation with you can create a very special memory.
  9. You can absolutely “play hookie” from your life for a day and remain a responsible adult.
  10. There will never, ever be a day exactly like this again.

Do some reasons resonate more than others? In today’s culture of always wanting to do more, you shouldn’t be surprised if more than one of these reasons rings true for you.

So… what are you doing tomorrow?

Written by Lisa at Happy Holidays Guides.

This entry was posted on January 18, 2016, in Travel and tagged .