How To Retire Overseas

“Kathleen, just want to tell you that this particular message with the ‘nine reasons not to retire overseas‘ really hit home with us. Maybe we shouldn’t have been surprised to read that we aren’t the only ones thinking this way. How helpful.

“If it were just me, I’d have most of my junk sold or thrown out and my bags already packed. My husband, however, goes back and forth between why we should move overseas and then almost immediately why we shouldn’t. He’s afraid of making mistakes. I’ll have him read this message from you thoroughly.

“I recently ordered and am waiting for your book, ‘How to Retire Overseas.’ hope this will settle some of my husband’s nerves as well.

“Hope to actually meet you someday.”

–Miriam C., United States


“Kathleen, I moved to Panama 11 years ago because I like gardening and wanted to live in a place where tropical gardening is possible year-round without worrying about frost. Florida is in the sub-tropics, meaning Hawaii is the only true tropical place to garden in the United States. Hawaii is way too expensive for me, so I moved to Panama.

“In the highlands of Chiriqui we have very rich black volcanic soil, and it is cool enough here to grow many temperate plants, yet it is frost-free.

“Gardening is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States, especially among retirees, so I think you should mention gardening as a reason to move to Panama. If you move to a foreign country with an interesting hobby, it helps to keep you from becoming bored and dis-satisfied with your choice. Here in Panama, between Melos and Noveys, we have a very complete selection of gardening supplies available.

“In addition to gardening, birding is very popular in Panama, as there is an unusually large number of species of birds living here. Birding and gardening sort of go hand in hand…”

–Robert G., Panama

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