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Back in January 2020, I had an opportunity to be interviewed by the wonderful Risa Morimoto from Modern Aging. She wanted to get my take on our time here in Panama. What do we like and dislike? Why would someone want to retire in Panama?
I met Risa during the shooting of our House Hunters International episode. She was the director and she’s just a great person all around. Risa’s got the personality and sense of humor you just can’t help but enjoy being around.
As we got closer to the end of shooting, she asked me if I wanted to do an interview with her for the growing business she’s been running called Modern Aging. Her objective was to find out the reasons someone might want to retire in Panama.
I thought the idea was fun so we sat down outside for the interview right here in Valle Escondido where we live. Risa asked me a lot of the questions that many of you might be wondering about various aspects here in Boquete. We touched on subjects such as:
- The weather – how does the weather in Boquete compare to the rest of the country?
- The cost of living – rent/utilities and more importantly… all the restaurants!
- Food/Shopping – can you get what you want at the grocery stores? Plus fresh fruits and veggies, eating out, and even Target, Walmart, and Home Depot alternatives
- Transportation – do you need a car here? What about taxis and buses? Is it a walkable town?
- Activities – what do you do around here?
- Money and banking – banks, cash, and credit cards
- Cell phones and service – The cost of cell phone service, Whatsapp, and using Google Voice while abroad
- Visa/Residency – the Pensionado Visa and the Friendly Nations Visa
- Culture/Community – do you need to know Spanish and a few of the helpful apps to use to learn the language
- Homesickness – it happens, folks!
So why retire in Panama? Play the video below to find out!
In about seven months, that video’s accumulated over 82k views. Recently, Risa has started a podcast as well (she’s a hustler for sure!). Because the thought to retire in Panama garnered some pretty good interest, she released the audio from this interview on her podcast.
So if you’re not a big video person but love your podcasts, you can find it on your favorite podcast app or check it out here on her podcast page. Or, if you’re lazy like me, feel free to just click play below…
Risa’s pretty awesome and has some great info to share. You can find out more about Modern Aging in several places. Here are a few…
Between the episode of House Hunters International we starred in and this YouTube interview, I’ve learned that I truly have a face for radio! Maybe that’s why she turned this into a podcast! But that’s alright with me – I’ll keep doing things like these until they’re not fun anymore – you’re the ones stuck looking at me! 🙂
Enjoy the video/podcast and let me know your thoughts – I’d love to hear ’em!
If Panama’s on your radar as a possible place to retire to, check out Retire in Panama Tours. It’s a first-rate way to see different parts of the country, learn about the pros and the cons of living here, meet other ex-pats living here, and gain a lot of the right resources to make the transition easier (immigration attorneys, for example).
Oscar, Rod, and Megan are great people, too. They have the knowledge to guide you through Panama, answer your questions, and ensure that Panama’s the right place for you. Check out Retire in Panama Tours for more info!
Have you ever considered retiring to another country like Panama?
Thanks for reading (and watching)!!