“My husband and I are headed to Panama for our first do-we-want-to-live-here? tour in early August. We’re pretty adventurous and plan to rent a car and drive from Panama City to El Valle, Chitre, Las Tablas, Pedasi, across to Los Isoletes, and back to Panama City. Because this is our first trip, we would like to be flexible and spend more time in some areas than others, depending on whether we think specific locations would be a good fit for our future lifestyle.
“My question is this: At this time of year (early August), would it be necessary to book hotels in advance? Obviously, that would limit our ability to be spontaneous, but we’d also rather not end up in youth hostels for lack of available rooms!”
— Sheila S., United States
August is well into rainy season in this country, meaning it’s typically a quiet time. Don’t let that put you off, though. Temperatures are cooler during the rainy season, and it typically rains for but an hour or two each day.
Plus, the tourist volumes thin a bit, meaning that, yes, you could be ok to travel around as your curiosity dictates without worrying about making accommodation reservations in advance.
“Kathleen, thanks so much for the invaluable information you offer on a daily basis.
“I would like to relocate to a tropical paradise that it’s not too hot and not too humid. You have said that Belize offers this kind of climate. I am more drawn to Asia. Is Malaysia weather like that. Could I find a place in this country with the kind of climate I’m looking for? I like summer, not spring weather, but not too hot either.”
— Monica G., Spain
The mountain areas outside Kuala Lumpur offer cool respite from the heat and humidity of KL proper. This could be a good option for you.
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