Travel and Vacation

Our Travel Perks Are Drying Up and That’s Big $$$!

Our Travel Perks Are Drying Up and That’s Big $$$!

Between free flights and hotels, zipping through security and customs, or relaxing in airline lounges, travel perks can be such a wonderful asset. And without a doubt, I love every bit of ’em! Over the years, we built up a nice stash of these things just by being strategic in our credit card spending. They’ve not only helped to make our travel more comfortable but also a lot cheaper or completely free. Well, it’s been a few years, but our …

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Our Moving Plans Changed Again… and That’s OK

Our Moving Plans Changed Again… and That’s OK

Moving plans are generally immensely stressful. Trying to coordinate everything to fall into place as smoothly as possible can be extremely complex. Depending on your scenario, it could involve a lot of juggling. Maybe you have to hire a real estate agent to sell your home and coordinate house showings around your work schedule and home life. Make sure to keep your house immaculate while strangers traipse through it without you even being there. Don’t forget about the pain of …

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Designing Our New Life – The Power of Early Retirement

Designing Our New Life – The Power of Early Retirement

Change. I thrive on it. It’s the only way to continue to learn, grow, and become better. On the flip side, I think that complacency is just the path to a slow death. That’s why, as much as I know I’m going to miss Boquete, I’m excited to map out our new life for next year. We’ll be moving back to the U.S. in May of 2022. Although a year seems like a long way off, it’s time to start …

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The Beach, a Sloth, and Monkey Lalas...

The Beach, a Sloth, and Monkey Lalas…

That title almost sounds like it could be the beginning of a joke but it’s far from it. If you enjoy the beach, vacationing, or exotic animals, this post is for you! Last week, I told you that my in-laws were in town. We spent the first four days in the area here Giving the In-Laws the Grand Tour of Boquete, Panama! and showing them around the local area. But last week was even more fun because we rented a …

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Traveling to Panama? The Ultimate Guide in Going from the U.S. to Boquete

Traveling to Panama? The Ultimate Guide in Going from the U.S. to Boquete

I’m very excited to say that my in-laws have officially booked flights to visit us next month. But traveling to Panama isn’t for the faint of heart. If you’re not an avid traveler, you’re probably going to run into some stumbling blocks along the way. Heck, even if you are a regular traveler, you’ll probably run into your share of quirky issues. The difference is that it might be a little easier for the regular traveler to know what to …

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Boquete, Panama in Photos - Beautiful!

Boquete, Panama in Photos – Beautiful!

As I was looking at some of the pictures we’ve taken during our time so far in Panama, I realized that I haven’t shared enough of them with you. So today, I’m happy to present Boquete, Panama in photos for your enjoyment! We’ve been lucky enough to be living in Boquete since 2019 and get to experience this beautiful place. But then, we also have the privilege of reliving it at night because all our photos show up as a …

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Traveling to Ohio in February… Um, Why?!

Traveling to Ohio in February… Um, Why?!

I started writing this post just one day before we started traveling to Ohio from Panama. By the time you read this, we’ll be in the dead of winter in Northeast Ohio. We’ve left the 75°F daily temps of Boquete to head toward the Akron/Cleveland area where the high has been hovering in the teens lately. It’s snowing off and on as well, but that’s par for the course in February in Ohio. We might be the worst snowbirds ever …

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We Decided Not To Move Back Home to the U.S. Yet!

We Decided Not To Move Back Home to the U.S. Yet!

I’m excited to announce that Lisa and I recently made the decision not to move back home to the U.S. just yet. We’ve been taking this year by year since we moved here to Boquete, Panama in the summer of 2019. Over the past couple of months though, it looked like our time here was going to be ending in the fall. But I’m happy to tell you that we finally came up with a new plan. We’ll have the …

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Being a Perpetual Tourist… the Pros and Cons

Being a Perpetual Tourist… the Pros and Cons

The term “perpetual tourist” was one I wasn’t familiar with until we got serious about the idea of moving to Panama several years ago. Sometimes you might also hear it by the name “perpetual traveler”, “permanent tourist”, “prior taxpayer”, or even just by the letters “PT.” A perpetual tourist is someone who isn’t a legal resident of the country they are living in. Be aware that this is completely different than an illegal immigrant. PTs still play by the tourism …

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A Better Life for Half the Price… Sound Appealing?

A Better Life for Half the Price… Sound Appealing?

I recently finished reading the book “A Better Life for Half the Price” by Tim Leffel. This is the second edition of the book and it was just released this past November. Why was I reading this book when I’m already living that kind of life? Two reasons: 1) It’s intriguing to read about living in different areas of the world and compare my experiences from the U.S. and Panama. 2) I’m quoted in it a few times (how cool …

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