The Gringo Relocation Checklist
Aug30

The Gringo Relocation Checklist

By Lonnie Hanna, agent with United Country Bocas del Toro Once you have decided that the “Expat Life” is for you, it will be important to determine how you will support your lifestyle abroad. Besides the obvious, this will also help to decide which Visa will be the best for you. If you are planning on living in Panama for a period beyond six months you will be required to have one. There are several paths to acquiring a Panamanian...

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Getting To Eden: Best Ways To Bocas del Toro
Jul12

Getting To Eden: Best Ways To Bocas del Toro

By Kimberly Roberts Forget apples and snakes in the original Eden story. Let me tell you the BEST ways to get to Bocas del Toro, the closest I’ve found to paradise on earth! Recently, I’ve been helping my friend David navigate his way from the US to come visit me in Bocas del Toro. So let me share with you, dear adventurer, what I’ve shared with David as the BEST options getting here…. OPTION ONE – Via San Jose, Costa Rica Now,...

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The Sounds Of Your Life In Bocas del Toro
Jul04

The Sounds Of Your Life In Bocas del Toro

By Kimberly Roberts I was on the phone the other night, talking to one of my dear friends.  He was at his Indiana hometown grocery store getting stuff for his dinner.  I could hear in the background his banter with the cheerful clerk, and the rolling tune of ‘beep’ (pause), ‘beep’ (pause), ‘beep’…and so on. It struck me that it has been almost a year since I’d heard the sounds of a modern day ‘checkout’ experience! A year! This...

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Things NOT To Pack With You When Moving To Bocas del Toro
Jun26

Things NOT To Pack With You When Moving To Bocas del Toro

By Kimberly Roberts Searching the internet for any pre-packing tips on traveling and you will find countless articles with titles like “Top 10 Things To Take With You”, “Must Haves Every Traveler Should Take To X”, and “Best Things To Take With You To X.” I have found however, far greater in significance is what you shouldn’t take with you.  Each of us as humans are oft to take familiar things with us – a little piece of home.  A...

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Day Two – Getting Things Done In Bocas
Jun22

Day Two – Getting Things Done In Bocas

By Kimberly Roberts Being a writer, a business consultant, and a lifestyle strategist, I’ve got a few things on the go at all times. So ‘getting things done’ is kinda a natural state for me. ‘Getting things done’ in a foreign country though, admittedly, has been learned over several bumps and bruises in many countries. ‘Getting things done’ on the islands? Well, that my friend, is a whole nother thing! They say that its all in who you...

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Going With The Flow – Island style
Jun03

Going With The Flow – Island style

As a digital nomad, writer and house-sitter, admittedly, I have had the luxury of traveling to some pretty awesome places. Most recently, I’ve found myself in a lil Caribbean island paradise, Bocas del Toro. I’m here on a housesitting assignment for an expat owner who has put her home up for sale. (Talk about bringing the magic – it sold within one day of my arrival! Whoohoo!) Now, as a seasoned traveler, I’m a long way from being a...

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