Global Entry – Why You Need It and How to Get It for Free

Global Entry - Why You Need It and How to Get It for Free

Global Entry was something pretty foreign to me at this time a year ago.  We love to travel, but most of it has been domestic here in the U.S. The biggest exception to that are the cruises that we love to take.  But here’s the thing – all the cruises we’ve been on are considered closed loop sailings.  That means that we departed and returned to the same U.S. port when the trip was over. It also means going that through customs is a little simpler.  You generally zip through those lines like nothing. However, with us planning to bounce in and out of Panama over the next few years, customs will become a little more of a burden.  Sure,

The Downsides of Moving to Another Country

The Downsides of Moving to Another Country

Although we’re ecstatic about this new adventure we’re embarking on, it’s worth noting that there are some downsides of moving to another country. That’s right – in just a couple of months in August of 2019, we’ll finally be making our move to Panama.  It’s exhilarating and just a little scary at the same time. We’ve been preparing for this for several years now, but wanted to reach FIRE before we made it happen. It’s crazy to think that this big leap is right around the corner.  This is the last month on our short-term apartment lease before we’re “homeless.” Then, about a month and a half later, we’ll be on a flight to Panama!  We’ll stay at a place

Relocating to Panama – Awesome Apps We’re Using

Relocating to Panama - Awesome Apps We're Using

Relocating to Panama has become a much bigger undertaking than we anticipated.  In an earlier post, I discussed some of the tasks we’ve been working on as we get closer to the day of our move. Today though, I thought I’d lighten things up and talk about some of the tools we’ve been using in preparation of the move. My nerdy side loves to find useful new apps and websites and hopefully, you do, too.  More importantly, I love to find FREE apps and websites, which most of these are! Some of these are apps we’re using to help us in the preparation of the move.  Others are tools that we have in place to make life easier once we

Homeschooling Research… Aarrgghh!!!!

Homeschooling Research… Aarrgghh!!!!

With the Panama adventure around the corner, one of the big tasks on the list has been homeschooling research.  Until we decide we want to pursue residency in Panama, we’ll need to leave the country periodically to comply with tourism laws. Because of that, it makes more sense for us to homeschool our daughter for at least that first year.  The good news for me is that Mrs. R2R has taken on the challenge over the past several months of doing the homeschooling research. I’m happy she took the time to put together a post on how things are going.  We’re complete newbies to this area so I think that can be helpful for others interested in this topic.  It’s

Using Google Voice to Stay in Touch While Living Abroad

Using Google Voice to Stay in Touch While Living Abroad

Ever heard of Google Voice?  If not, know that this could be one of the best ways of staying in touch with family and friends while you’re living abroad. One of the small concerns we had was how to keep communication simple with everyone while we’re living in Panama.  When we get there, we’re going to get Panamanian cell service for our phones. The problem is that gives us a Panamanian phone number.  So if we call anyone in the U.S. or they call us, it’s an international call.  That means some potential extra money for each phone call… and we know I don’t like that! Plus, we have to ensure that everyone has our new number, which can also

The Minutiae of Moving to Another Country

The Minutiae of Moving to Another Country

Minutiae.  It’s such a funny word. It makes me chuckle just saying it, so I thought it would be perfect for what I want to talk about today. We’re learning pretty quickly that when you want to move to another country, you can’t just pick up and leave.  There’s a lot of minutiae that will need to be ironed out in the planning. See, wasn’t that was fun to read that word again?  Minutiae. Anyway, I thought I’d take some time today to talk about some of the minutiae we’re starting to think more about lately. Fine, I’ll stop saying the word… for now.  But I do have a funny feeling it’ll find it’s way into this post at some