Shit Just Got Real… Moving Early Retirement Up to 2018!

Shit Just Got Real... Moving Early Retirement Up to 2018!

So things just got interesting here in the R2R household.  We’ve decided to move our early retirement date up to be 12/31/18. Yeah, that’s right – just over six months from now.  Crazy, right? Then to top it off, we decided to push up our move to Panama as well.  We’ll now be starting that adventure about a year from now in the summer of 2019. Making the decision to move up our early retirement date isn’t a decision we’re taking lightly. Although we’re excited to move onto our next adventure, any changes we make on the “when” can have a profound impact on our future. But it’s something we’re ready to do.  The opportunity is now here so we’re going

Homeschooling… a Great Start to Awkward Conversation

Homeschooling... a Great Start to Awkward Conversation

As soon as you mention the idea of homeschooling, people get uncomfortable. Some shut down, go silent, and give you a stare that quietly says, “I’ll keep listening, but you’re now officially crazy in my book.” Others quickly object.  They might say, “That’ll cause all kinds of social problems for your kid!” or maybe “That’ll be too much work!” or some other wonderful expression of disapproval. Personally, I don’t have the same feelings.  Although it’s still not really mainstream, a lot of folks are starting to realize that homeschooling does have its place. We’re not homeschooling our daughter… yet. However, if I was FIRE (financially independent / retire early) when my daughter was younger, I would have loved to go down the homeschooling

The #1 Question We’re Asked About Moving to Panama…

The #1 Question We’re Asked About Moving to Panama…

My loyal readers know that we’re planning on moving to Panama in 2020. We’re quitting our jobs at the end of 2019.  We’ll then let our daughter finish out her school year (fourth grade).  And then, yeah, we’re moving to Panama. Sounds crazy, right?  You can say it – you won’t hurt my feelings. What’s funny is that most of our friends don’t have the heart to tell us what they’re really thinking.  We know what they’re really thinking is “What the #$%^ is wrong with you?  Panama?  Are you insane?!” Instead, they aim for a more diplomatic approach and the first question is always the same… Why Panama? It seems like no one wants to ask us why we’re

A Fun Interview on Our Plans to Move to Panama

A Fun Interview on Our Plans to Move to Panama

Hey everyone – I just wanted to let you know that Laurie at The Three Year Experiment recently invited me to be interviewed on her series, “Location Independent, International Jobs.” I was excited to say yes and she hit me with all kinds of great questions (both financial and otherwise) regarding our plans to move to Panama in a couple years. Among other things, we talked about working or not working, schooling for my daughter, costs of living, and of course the great food! I think you’ll really enjoy the interview as we go into a number of points I haven’t discussed yet on this site. Please check it out and let me know what you think… Location Independence, International Jobs: Jim

What if Moving to Panama Sucks?

What if Moving to Panama Sucks?

If you’re a regular follower of my blog, you know we’re moving to Panama in 2020 – Boquete, Panama to be specific. I’ll be quitting my job at the end of 2019 and then getting everything prepared and ready to go while my daughter finishes her fourth-grade year of school. To say we’re excited would be an understatement.  In the blink of an eye, everything’s changing.  We’ll have vast new territory to explore and no 9-5 jobs getting in the way of making it happen. I have that perfect vision in my head about us all having breakfast together in the morning before my daughter heads off to school.  Then my wife and I spend some time taking a nice

The Cost of Living in Panama… Geoarbitrage at Work!

The Cost of Living in Panama… Geoarbitrage at Work!

Ah, the cost of living in Panama… something I should have posted about months ago. As my long-time readers know, the Route to Retire family has decided to move to Panama in a couple years as part of our FIRE plans.  I’ve also talked about how inexpensive it can be to retire to a place like this. It’s interesting that you can actually take advantage of the difference in living costs between two locations to help you financially.  And there’s actually a term for this – geoarbitrage. It might be done to live on less money.  Alternatively, it might be to have the ability to afford the “greater things in life” you otherwise couldn’t afford. You see that used quite a bit on