Why Would A Family Of Six Move To Panama?
After nine weeks of travel—from Panama to New York then Portugal, Paris, Frankfurt, Andorra, southern France, and Ireland—Lief and I are finally, this week, back home in Panama City.
In Waterford, Ireland, our family’s one-time home town, we visited with old friends, including one who’s considering moving, with her family, to Panama.
Lief and I met with our friend and her husband one evening in Waterford’s Munster Pub to answer their questions and to try to help them think through both the big idea and the many little particulars of such a relocation.
Our friend and her husband aren’t a couple of retirees. They’re young and raising a family of four school- and preschool-aged children. They’d need to earn a living, and, for them, international schooling options are a priority.
Would it make sense for them to make the move they’re considering? To reposition their family of six from the Emerald Isle to the Hub of the Americas?
My response to that question when they put it to me straight was an enthusiastic: Yes, indeed.
In part, that response was self-serving. Our friend is also a colleague, a writer who’s been working with us for 15 years. How great for us to have her in the office in Panama City, rather than working for us long distance from her home in Waterford.
My personal agenda aside, my answer stands. Panama is a top retirement haven, as you know. It’s also a top choice for
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