Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links and we may receive a referral fee (at no extra cost to you) if you sign up or purchase products or services mentioned.


Relocating to Panama - Awesome Apps We're UsingRelocating 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 actually get to Panama.  And the remaining are apps that will come in handy when we come back to the U.S. to visit.

I bet you’ll find a few of these worthwhile in general for yourself whether you’re moving to another country or not.

 

First, the clean-up

Before the fun of relocating to Panama, we’re getting rid of our things.  Here are a couple of apps helping us pull this off.

 

OfferUp

This one’s been a lifesaver for us.  Similar to Craigslist, OfferUp lets you buy and sell your stuff to strangers around you.  Unlike services like eBay though, you don’t lose a chunk of each sale to fees (which eBay’s getting ridiculous on).

Relocating to Panama - Awesome Apps We're Using - OfferUp

Although you have the option to ship to buyers anywhere, we’ve been keeping it local and things are selling fast without adding that extra hassle.

Website | Android | iOS

 

PhotoScan

Adobe PhotoScanIf you have a collection of old print photos laying around, it’s time to ditch ’em and go digital.  I mean, do you really even go through those stacks or books of photos anymore?

If you don’t have a scanner (I don’t think we’ve owned a printer or scanner for 10 years), then PhotoScan is the app for you.  It lets you use your phone to scan your photos.

What I like most about it is that it has you take four quick pictures and combines them to get rid of any glare.  Then it does automatic cropping based on the photo’s edges (which you can override).

It’s a great app to help you get digitize your photos.  Believe it or not, I actually got rid of all our print photos when I finished this process.  All our photos are stored locally, but I keep a copy in Google Photos because of its awesomeness.

Most TVs are connected to the Internet in one way or another.  Having the ability to see old photos pop up is wonderful.  We’re currently using a Roku Streaming Stick, which is fantastic in itself.

But I recently added the PhotoView channel and set it as a screensaver, which makes the Roku now even better!  When we pause a movie or show or have nothing going on, our photos from Google Photos randomly pop up on the screen bringing us down memory lane!

Website | Android | iOS

 

Relocating to Panama… start with some travel planning

Next up are some of the tools that I’ve been using for our travel plans both for in the U.S. and in Panama.

 

Kayak

Relocating to Panama - Awesome Apps We're Using - KayakThis is, by far, one of my favorite apps.  It’s a fantastic search engine for finding and booking flights (or hotels, rental cars, or cruises) with excellent filters.  I also appreciate that it’ll search for some hacker fares on flights.  If a flight is cheaper to book as two different one-way tickets on different airlines, Kayak can let you know.

But there’s another aspect that I love even more.  My favorite part of Kayak has to be its Trips feature.

Trips lets you store all your travel plans in one place – and you don’t even need to book them through Kayak.  You can just forward your email confirmations directly to Kayak and -BOOM- your plans are automatically added.  It parses the email for dates, addresses, reservation numbers, etc. and adds it to your trip.

Everything syncs automatically to the app and at any time, you can see exactly what makes up a trip from start to finish: flight in, rental car, hotel or vacation home, places you’re visiting, and flight out.  You can modify details as needed, but that should be pretty minimal considering how slick it is.

And then, of course, it lets you share your trip(s) with others.  Visiting friends while out-of-town?  Send them a read-only link to your whole itinerary in a matter of seconds.  They’ll now know all your flight details so they can pick you up at the airport!

Another cool thing that I like is that it alerts me on the app to changes faster than the airline apps.  I seem to find out faster from Kayak if my gate changes, delayed flights, or what the baggage carousel will be than I do through other means.

There are other competitors out there such as TripIt, but Kayak doesn’t have “pay-only” features – it’s completely free.  Google Trips is a big free competitor, but it didn’t give me enough control to adjust things as I wanted.  So for now, I’m sticking with Kayak!

Website | Android | iOS

 

Hopper

Relocating to Panama - Awesome Apps We're Using - HopperHere’s a fun one!  Hopper uses some “proprietary algorithms” (I love that stupid, generic phrase) to predict flight prices for you.

It lets you plug in your flight dates and then it’ll tell you whether you should book your flight now or keep waiting.

If you’re a little compulsive, this can actually drive you batty.  You’ll want to book right away and can’t believe it’s still telling you to wait.

I know, because that’s me for sure.  I hate waiting – it makes me uneasy and uncomfortable.  I like to just get things done and crossed off the list.

But, things have changed.  We now have a lot more flexibility.  Since we’re retired and relocating to Panama, we now have the breathing room to adjust plans if the app should, heaven forbid, predict the time to book incorrectly.

If we’re planning a trip back to the U.S. and we need to book on a different day or week to get a better price… no big deal.  Thank you, FIRE!

So Hopper will definitely come in handy to help us decide when to book our flights when we’re not using our frequent flier miles.

Website | Android | iOS

 

Airline apps

Relocating to Panama - Awesome Apps We're Using - UnitedThis is a gimme, but it’s very convenient to have the airline apps installed.  I still generally print off boarding passes as a backup (technology does fail!), but being able to have the digital version available is very handy.

I like to screenshot the passes on my phone before I head to the airport.  Then if I have problems with the airline app, I can just pull up the screenshots from my photo gallery to be scanned.

Because we’re relocating to Panama, Copa Airlines is the airline we’ll be flying most of the time between Panama City and David.  So I have the Copa app installed.

Additionally, we’ve accumulated A LOT of miles across other airlines, so I also have the apps United, Southwest, and American installed.

As a side note, just this past month, we attained the coveted Southwest Companion Pass through 12/31/20… I believe I hear a choir of angels singing!

American: Website | Android | iOS

Copa: Website | Android | iOS

Southwest: Website | Android | iOS

United: Website | Android | iOS

 

HomeAway

Relocating to Panama - Awesome Apps We're Using - HomeAwayRight now, we have two places booked on HomeAway: a week vacation at a lake-house in South Carolina and our first month’s stay in Panama.

If you’re not familiar with HomeAway, it’s a site/app that lets you book stays at houses, condos, cabins, etc. for rentals in places across the globe.  They don’t own the places, but rather act as the middleman to help facilitate the transaction with some rules between the owner and the traveler.

It’s most similar to VRBO, but that’s because HomeAway bought VRBO in 2006.  It also carries a lot of similarities to Airbnb as well.  In fact, they’re all viable alternatives to hotels, particularly for stays of longer than a few days.

Not only do they have the potential to save you some good money, but you’ll generally have a lot more space and privacy as well.  I only have HomeAway installed because that’s where our current trips are, but I’m open to any of these that make cents for us (see what I did there?).

Website | Android | iOS

 

Communication

Anytime Mailbox

Relocating to Panama - Awesome Apps We're Using - Anytime MailboxJust because we’re relocating to Panama doesn’t mean we don’t still need a U.S.-based address.  Our state of domicile will be Texas where we’ll be living with my brother and sister-in-law.

However, I don’t want to inconvenience them to sit on our mail or ask them to open this or shred that while we’re away.  And that’s where a virtual mailbox comes into play.

We’re able to see scanned copies of every envelope that is addressed to us and can decide whether to have them open and scan it, trash it, shred it, or forward it to us.  They can even hold mail for pickup and some locations will forward checks right to the bank to be deposited (for a price, of course!).

We decided on Anytime Mailbox and I love that I can check my mail right from my phone and decide what to do with it.  I have two mailboxes with them – one for us and one for our businesses.

This isn’t a free service, but it’s well worth it for our purposes.

Website | Android | iOS

 

Google Voice

I talked about how I ported our phone numbers over to Google Voice to help make communication with friends and family pretty seamless once we leave the country.

To use it effectively, we have the Voice app installed.  That allows us to make and receive phone calls and text messages over Wi-Fi/data instead of the traditional voice lines.

Relocating to Panama - Awesome Apps We're Using - Google Voice

 

The app isn’t as feature-rich as a lot of texting apps, but Google’s been paying more attention to it so it continues to improve.

As a bonus, you can make and receive phone calls and text messages from your computer.  This is extremely convenient for folks like me who spend a lot of time on their computer.

Website | Android | iOS

 

WhatsApp

WhatsAppMost folks in the U.S. aren’t familiar with WhatsApp.  However, it’s the most popular instant messaging app in the world.

Here in the U.S., we’re more keen on Facebook Messenger.  The funny thing is that it doesn’t matter much because Facebook owns them both.

But with us relocating to Panama, we need to join the rest of the world!  In Panama, folks don’t ask for your phone number, they ask for your WhatsApp.

The reason is that, unlike the U.S., cell providers make data cheap and voice/SMS pricier.  In fact, it’s not uncommon for them to throw WhatsApp traffic in for free.  And since you can use it to make phone calls, text, and video chat, why wouldn’t you use it?

Website | Android | iOS

 

TeamViewer

I was in IT for almost 20 years before I retired at the end of 2018.  But I moved from being a Systems Engineer in the field to a manager in 2005.

Does anyone care that I haven’t formally worked on computers in almost 15 years?

Nope.  I’m the computer guy to friends and family.

For the most part, I’ve been able to break away from that role with most folks.  But I still have to lend a quick hand every now and again.

TeamViewer

Apparently, relocating to Panama doesn’t give me an out either.  So I’ve been testing TeamViewer for a while to provide remote support.  It’s free for personal use and has fit the bill pretty well.

I can run it from almost any computer (including my Chromebook) or even on my phone in a pinch.  It lets me remote into the computer I need to and work on it if I was there.  It even lets me do file transfers between my computer and the remote one… that’s a bonus.

Website | Android | iOS

 

Money, Money, Money!

Personal Capital

Personal CapitalAs much as I loved Quicken and was a 20-year user, I wanted something I could use to manage my finances a little easier.  I switched to Personal Capital earlier this year and I’m very happy with the change.

I love that I can pop open a browser on my computer or open the app on my phone in an instant and see how the money situation’s looking.

It’s doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of Quicken, but I love the simplicity.  So far, it’s been fulfilling all my needs to manage my finances and the modern interface makes it very nice to work with.

On top of that, the included tools like the Retirement Fee Analyzer and Investment Checkup are great additions to help you see where you stand.

And the bonus… free.  My favorite price!

Website | Android | iOS

 

Schwab

SchwabBecause we’re relocating to Panama, aka a foreign country, we need to take banking into consideration.  It’s still a mostly cash society there and that’s A-ok with me.

However, that means we need to have a way to get to our money.

One option is to open a Panamanian bank account.  That’s much easier to do once you have residency, but it’s my understanding that it’s still possible.

I’m not ready to jump through those hoops right off the rip though.  And we’re not getting our residency until we know that we plan to stay there for the long haul (probably around a year) because it’s pricey to make that happen.

Instead, we’ll go with option 2 – stick with our U.S. bank account.  We can still use our debit cards at ATMs there to get cash out.

The only downside… the foreign transaction fees.  If only there were was a way to get around these fees?

Oh, wait, there is!  You know I wouldn’t leave you hanging!

Schwab has an account that reimburses you for ATM fees worldwide.  They also don’t charge you any foreign transaction fees.  Not only that, but there are no account minimums or minimum balances.

This account fit the bill for us so we signed up for it for our banking needs.  It’s the Schwab Bank High Yield Investor Checking Account and it should carry us well in our travels.

The phone app is very solid.  Like most banking apps, it lets you check balances, pay bills, deposit checks, etc.  A great solution for expat living.

Website | Android | iOS

 

Getting Around

Google Maps

Yeah, yeah, I know – this is a gimme.  But it’s still the behemoth out there and does its job well.  Plus, having offline maps is a big deal when you’re not sure when you’ll have Internet access.

Offline maps covering large areas are not Google’s specialty but it is possible to make it happen.  It’s not great, but it works well once the maps are downloaded.

But more importantly, I love the location sharing feature…

Google Maps

My wife and I being able to see where the other is can be a huge advantage in the name of safety… particularly in another country.  My brother can also check my location at any time as well, so we have a sort of backup here in the States if needed.

Website | Android | iOS

 

HERE WeGo

Did you just say offline maps?  Why, yes, I did.  And this is my backup app for that exact feature.

HERE WeGo might not be as well-known as some of the other mapping apps, but it works well.  And more importantly, offline maps are so much easier to obtain than through Google Maps.

Instead of having to pick a small section of a map to download and try to piece together coverage where you need it, HERE WeGo makes life easy.  Pick a state or country you want to download and you’re done.

Relocating to Panama - Awesome Apps We're Using - HERE WeGo

Simplicity – love it.  I have every state downloaded to cover our summer travels from Ohio to South Carolina and then from South Carolina to Texas.  And, of course, I have Panama ready to work offline as well.

Website | Android | iOS

 

Waze

If you’re not using Waze for your daily life, you’re missing out.  This crowd-sourced app keeps you on top of accidents, speed traps, and other problems along your drive.

Waze

Mrs. R2R and I had the app on during a regular drive we were on.  It was just a 25-minute straight shot down the freeway.  Suddenly, Waze told us to get off the highway.  It seemed a little weird but we obliged.

As we got off the freeway, we noticed that just down the road there was a big accident.  Traffic was at a standstill.

Waze easily directed us around the mess and right back on the freeway past the accident.  Technology is amazing.

I can’t remember if Waze works in Panama or not, but this one’s essential, at least when we come back to the U.S.

Website | Android | iOS

 

Uber / Lyft

I know, no surprise here.  And there shouldn’t be.  For the time being, these apps provide more convenience than taxis in most situations at a generally cheaper price.

Uber

Believe it or not, Uber is available in part of Panama (Panama City).  It’s not available in Boquete yet, but fingers crossed that day will come soon.

Lyft is currently not available in Panama, but I’m still keeping the app installed.  We won’t have a car when we come back to the U.S. to visit.  We’ll be floating around and, in some cases, we’ll get a rental car.  In others, we might just use Uber or Lyft to get around.

And in my experience, we tend to find Lyft to be cheaper than Uber.  Additionally, I was told by one of the drivers that they get a bigger cut than they do from Uber.  I’m not sure if that’s legit or not, but still a good piece of info.

Uber: Website | Android | iOS

Lyft: Website | Android | iOS

 

Productivity and Planning

Trello

Relocating to Panama - Awesome Apps We're Using - TrelloI’m a planner.  If I don’t have a checklist or a roadmap of everything laid out for myself, I get anxious.  I need to know all the details of the game plan or I won’t be able to sleep at night.

Relocating to Panama has become much bigger than I originally thought it would be.  Granted, we didn’t dive deep into it until we decided to make it a reality, but it wasn’t just a pack and go move to do it right.

All I have to say is that Trello is the app that has kept me from losing my mind… though Mrs. R2R might say that my mind’s been shot since she’s known me.

Trello is designed to help you organize and collaborate on projects.  I have 228 list items (called cards) in Trello… that’s a lot of @#$% to get done.  And I’d say we’re about halfway done with ’em.

Trello’s been my serenity during this busy transition we’re embarking on for sure.

Website | Android | iOS

 

Adobe Scan

Adobe ScanI’m a digital guy – I hate having paper documents around.  What happened to this paperless society that was supposed to be here?

Anytime I used to get a document in the mail at home that I wanted to save, I’d bring it to the office and scan it to a PDF.  I keep everything organized and easy to find (now up in Google Drive).

Well, with me no longer working and refusing to get a printer/scanner, I needed a new way to get my docs to PDFs.  The answer… Adobe Scan.

This is a free app that Adobe put out that lets you scan your documents, adjust the borders, and save them as PDFs.  The biggest reason that I chose this one over a lot of the alternatives though is that it will OCR the documents as it saves them.

If you’re not familiar, OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition.  Basically, when you scan a document, it’s an image file.  Although there are words on it, they aren’t recognized as such.  That means if you’re searching your files, it can’t see any of the words to get you results.

When you run OCR on the PDF image though, it figures out the words and adds a layer to the document so you can actually highlight the text in the document.  It also makes it searchable, which is the most important detail for me.

After I use Adobe Scan to create a PDF, I rename it appropriately and send it over to the right folder in Google Drive.  Then I shred the paper copy and call it a day… a dream for someone with some OCD tendencies!

Website | Android | iOS

 

Google Drive / Docs / Sheets

Since I left my job at the end of 2018, I gave up Windows for the most part.  I got a Chromebook and moved everything to Google Drive.  I wanted simplicity and I love it.

I use Google Docs instead of Microsoft Word, Sheets instead of Excel, and Google Drive instead of my local hard drive.  There was a slight learning curve, but it’s awesome to be able to access everything on my cell phone as needed.

Google Sheets

I wouldn’t write a full document on any phone app, but it’s great to be able to view or tweak on-the-fly as needed.

Google Drive: Website | Android | iOS

Google Docs: Website | Android | iOS

Google Sheets: Website | Android | iOS

 

Relocating to Panama? Learn the language, buddy!

I don’t expect to become fluent in Spanish, but I do want to be able to carry on some small conversations as time goes on.  Some call me cheap and some call me frugal, but for the time being, I’m using the free versions of multiple apps.

I use each of these first three apps every day and it’s been the perfect dose of sharpening up my Spanish skills!

 

Drops

This app teaches you new words and phrases with a more visual approach.

Drops

The free version gives you 5 minutes a day for free.  That might not seem like a lot, but doing it daily and using it in conjunction with the other apps have made the freebie version acceptable for me.

Website | Android | iOS

 

Duolingo

Duolingo is probably one of the most popular apps to help learn a new language.  It gives you “bite-size” fun lessons to help you learn a new language.

Duolingo

The best part is that Duolingo is free (though they do have some in-app purchases available).

Website | Android | iOS

 

Memrise

Memrise is another freemium app that’s been helpful for me.

Memrise

It seems harder on you than the others – that’s both good and bad.  With us relocating to Panama, that’s important because I’ve learned from our last visit that the locals speak fast.  I need some tough love from an app and this one fits the bill!

Website | Android | iOS

I like that all of these apps teach you a foreign language in different ways.  That keeps it from getting too boring and it’s probably more effective that way, too.

 

Google Translate

Even though I’ve been practicing every day, I don’t plan to be proficient by the time we get to Panama.  Google Translate has gotten better with each new version.  I can type or say what I need and then show the Panamanian locals the translation in Spanish.

Google Translate

But now, it takes it a step further and lets you have a conversation back and forth and it acts as the go-between translator.  It’s a relatively new feature called Conversation Mode.  I haven’t gotten to test that yet, but I’m looking forward to it.

A valuable component of this app is that you can download languages to work offline in case you don’t have an Internet connection.  This app will never be uninstalled from my phone!

Website | Android | iOS

 

We need a little entertainment…

I’m not going to bore you with the basics of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.  Hopefully, you’re already familiar with those.  We canceled our Netflix subscription recently but decided to hang onto Amazon Prime for the time being.

Here’s what else we have going on though…

 

Plex

Plex
“I must break you.”

I absolutely love Plex.  We’ve been using a Home Theater PC (HTPC) for the past 9 years, but Plex has made this so much simpler and better.  I only started using it about a year ago, but there’s no turning back.

Plex is a piece of software that you run on a computer (preferably one that’s always one) to aggregate your media.  You tell it where to look and it scans all your local music, movies, photos, TV shows, home videos, etc.

It then goes out and pulls any metadata it can so you have cover art, movie posters, trailers, descriptions, ratings, and more.  Then it just presents you with everything in a beautiful interface.  It’s like your own Netflix, but on steroids.

The pay version even lets us watch and record live TV on it from our digital antenna.

Because our computer’s so old (she’s lived a long life!), I’ll be stripping the SSD hard drives to take with us to Panama.  We’ll then buy a new computer there to act as our Plex server.  It’ll seem crazy fast compared to this old PC!

You then watch your media through the web, an app on your phone, computer apps, Roku or Apple TV apps, etc.  The Plex app is fantastic and lets us listen to our music or podcasts on our phones while working out.

Our daughter can cache (download) some of her movies or shows onto her Kindle Fire to watch on the road.  We’ll all be able to watch different movies while on the long flights coming up.

Awesome.  And most of the functionality is completely free to boot!

Website | Android | iOS

 

Library apps

If you don’t utilize your local library for books, movies, and magazines, you’re missing out.

ZinioA lot of libraries, including ours, let you borrow books online and send them right to your Kindle.  If you don’t have an eReader, you’re missing out again.  My Kindle Paperwhite is something you’d need to pry from my dead hands.

Carrying hundreds of books on a device that weighs about as much as one paperback is awesome.  And don’t try to compare it to reading on a phone or tablet – it’s a completely different ballgame.  E Ink is like reading a newspaper – no glare and much easier on your eyes.  And the fact that the battery lasts for weeks at a time is mind-blowing.

I also borrow magazines digitally from the library and read them in the Zinio app.  I mean, how can I miss out on Backpacker, Kiplinger’s, PC World, PC Magazine, and Popular Mechanics?  I skim through each one every month and usually find a few good articles between the lot of ’em.

And did you know you can stream movies for free from many libraries, too?  In our case, that’s through OverDrive, but it might be different depending on your library.  I haven’t used this a lot, but it’s nice to know we have this option since we got rid of Netflix.  And we can cast the movie from our phone/computer right to the TV.  Technology… I love it.  Oh, and I hate it.

You access these through your library website, but here are the links anyway.

Zinio: Website | Android | iOS

OverDrive: Website | Android | iOS


So I could go on and on, but somehow this post when waaaaaay longer than I anticipated!  At over 4,600 words, I think we should call it quits here.

Maybe you’re not planning on relocating to Panama, but I bet some of these apps you’ll still find useful.

 

Any other apps or websites that stand out for you that maybe we should all dig into?

 

Thanks for reading!!

— Jim

Enjoying what you're reading?  Subscribe via email!

You can unsubscribe at any time and your email address will NEVER be shared.

Relocating to Panama – Awesome Apps We’re Using
Tagged on:

20 thoughts on “Relocating to Panama – Awesome Apps We’re Using

    • May 28, 2019 at 10:59 am
      Permalink

      Great suggestions! I use Google Translate A LOT. Its amazing how you can translate photos and phone screenshots as well!

      I would also add a VPN app so you can still access internet as you would if you still lived in the US. This is important for Netflix/Prime Videos. And there will probably be many more for you once you get there (I have all sorts of apps to call taxis, food, etc). It’s getting close, good luck with the preparations!

      Reply
      • May 28, 2019 at 6:20 pm
        Permalink

        I forgot that you can use Google Translate for images or signs – thanks for the reminder, Kathryn!

        And a VPN app is a great suggestion! I’m going to have to test a few out to see what’ll make the most sense for us, but I’m sure we’ll need something.

        — Jim

        Reply
    • May 28, 2019 at 6:18 pm
      Permalink

      Awesome! Glad I was able to give you a new app to try! It’s still some work, but satisfying once it’s done.

      — Jim

      Reply
  • May 28, 2019 at 11:31 am
    Permalink

    Huge Plex fan here too! Been using it for a decade and love it. I hadn’t heard of Memrise – I’ll have to check that one out.

    Reply
    • May 28, 2019 at 6:21 pm
      Permalink

      Dang it, Adam – why didn’t you get me into Plex a long time ago?! I wasted years without that bit of awesomeness! 😉

      — Jim

      Reply
  • May 28, 2019 at 1:57 pm
    Permalink

    I think I just need to start over. Some of these apps sound awesome, but I’m paying for similar services. Breaking free of legacy software is challenging.

    Worst is that I have to pay for TV since we are in a no reception area for over the air HD signals. Unless I could install a 130 foot tall antennae.

    Reply
    • May 28, 2019 at 6:27 pm
      Permalink

      I love new apps and services (I’m a little nerdy that way!), so I keep up with a lot of that stuff. But I get how it can be a pain to change from software you’ve become ingrained with over the years.

      As far as the TV goes, have you checked out YouTube TV? It’s not free, but if you watch a fair amount of regular TV, it might still save you a lot of money over cable. I’ve heard a lot of great things about it and it also includes your local channels and a DVR “in the cloud.”.

      — Jim

      Reply
  • May 29, 2019 at 8:45 pm
    Permalink

    Have you considered just using a TransferWise Border Account instead of Schwab? I think there are several banks/cards that don’t charge foreign transaction fees but my very cursory understanding is that they just stick it to you with the actual conversion rate that they use whereas TransferWise uses the ‘real conversion’ rate and are very transparent about the cost incurred. That’s their spiel anyway. I’m tending to lean this way as we start moving to Europe this summer. Curious if you had thoughts on it. Also Kanopy is very useful to stream content for free from your library. I don’t now what other libraries are like but NYPL has a lot of content available there.

    Reply
    • June 4, 2019 at 9:37 am
      Permalink

      I haven’t heard of that account, Stump. I couldn’t find it with a quick look, but I believe that the Schwab account doesn’t charge a markup on the Visa exchange rate so that should make it a very favorable choice.

      I’ll definitely check out Kanopy – it’s crazy how many free options are out there that we just don’t know about.

      — Jim

      Reply
  • May 30, 2019 at 9:53 am
    Permalink

    You don’t have to be moving to Panama to find some gems here. I can see five ways I can do things better right here in the States just reading through this list.

    I’ll be saving this for future reference — thanks for the tips!
    -PoF

    Reply
  • May 30, 2019 at 9:58 pm
    Permalink

    Unbelievably well researched. Thanks a ton for sharing.
    What about rental cars and auto insurance? Panama has a ton to see. You might want to do some cool road trips, especially after you master the language and culture.

    Also, were you planning any meet-ups in Texas before you depart?

    Reply
    • June 4, 2019 at 9:46 am
      Permalink

      We learned from our last trip that that really put it to you in Panama with rental car insurance. They require that you buy insurance from them regardless of if you have coverage or not… it adds up pretty quick. But the busses, taxis, and Ubers are cheap. We’ll rely on that at the very start, but then we’ll buy a used car probably within a few weeks.

      I hadn’t thought of doing a meet-up in Texas, but that sounds like something to consider. That could be a fun time. I’ll have to check into our schedule there and see if we can make that happen!

      — Jim

      Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 10:42 am
    Permalink

    Just wanted to say thank you for all of this. Great service you have provided. Interested in Panama as well. Will prob retire and slow travel in ~9 yrs once kids out of college. Will be following your experience closely. Well done.

    Reply
  • June 2, 2019 at 10:59 am
    Permalink

    That was a phenomenal round up, thanks! (We are in Medellín for the summer. Test and scale.)

    Reply
  • July 20, 2019 at 10:05 pm
    Permalink

    I lived in Panama for 2 1/2 years about 30 years ago. I also go back and visit periodically. I met my wife in that country, so we have lots of family there.

    My wife is Panamanian. I’d move to Panama, but she likes the states better.

    So, even though I’ve never made a lot, I’m an investor, so we should be ok. I’m 51 and only working PT now.

    Reach out to me if you want any advice on Panama.

    Mark

    Reply
    • July 21, 2019 at 9:50 am
      Permalink

      Hi Mark – that’s interesting that she’s Panamanian and wants to stay here in the States and you’re from the US and would rather be in Panama. Life’s funny, isn’t it?!

      Thanks for the offer on advice – I’ll keep that in mind for the future!

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.