I received an interesting email this week asking what’s the difference between Panama Relocation Tours and International Living or other companies who offer information about moving overseas.
This was my reply:
International Living provides information about a variety of different locations around the world. We focus on Panama because we think it is hands down the best place to relocate to.
As you may have noticed from International Living articles, they are always telling the best about each area but they don’t discuss the negatives or down sides. Panama Relocation Tours discusses the pros and the cons of living in Panama and each area. You’ll never hear International Living discuss that one area of Panama has severe water problems. In fact, they promote properties in that area in hopes of getting a commission. In contrast, we tell you where there are problems, what areas to avoid.. and why, plus we don’t sell real estate and don’t get any big commissions from real estate sales or kick backs from lawyers or other services.
Speaking of kick backs. The attorney that International Living most recommends charges more than TWICE as much as the attorney we recommend. That’s because of kick backs. We don’t play those games.
International Living likes to do big conferences in expensive hotels where they show slide shows of what the country looks like. Of course the photos they show are only the best hand picked photos. There will be hundreds of people there. They invite hand picked speakers (who usually have something to sell) to tell you about Panama.
They are not alone. Other companies based in Panama, like Live and Invest Overseas, also like to do big conferences where they have one sales pitch after another with the ultimate objective of getting you to buy real estate or some other investment like mangos, teak, coffee, or avocados.
This is NOT a good way to learn about actually relocating to or living in Panama.
You need to see Panama up close and personal. Panama Relocation Tours thinks the best way to see Panama is to get out and see the country with boots on the ground tour with a small group. You need to kick the tires. You need to talk to ordinary expats who live in each area (with no sales pitches). And visit grocery stores, shopping centers, see a few rentals in various price ranges to get a feel for what you get for your money and find out if the things you like to buy are available. You need to get the “real scoop” about the pros and the cons of each area so you can make a smart decision.
Panama Relocation Tours encourages you to rent for at least 6-12 months before you even think about buying anything. International Living would love to take you on a real estate buying tour immediately after their 3-day hotel conference where they use high pressure sales tactics to get you to buy so they can make a commission.
International Living encourages you to use their insurance broker who charges 30-40% more for health insurance. Yep, the broker has to pay kick backs to IL. During a Panama Relocation Tour we tell you how and where to get affordable health insurance, even international health insurance, for less by not using an insurance broker. You’ll save a lot of money. Plus, during the tour you’ll learn how to save 90% on medications in Panama.
I could go on and on. But hopefully this has given you a general idea of how we are different, and we think much better, than International Living in providing information about actually relocating to Panama.
International Living does provide a great service to get people thinking about moving overseas for a better and more affordable lifestyle. Their articles get you dreaming so you can start the process of exploring living overseas. It’s also a great place to advertise Panama Relocation Tours. I subscribed to their magazine for many years before moving to Panama. Every month I looked forward to getting a new magazine to read about the exotic places to move to. They do provide a really good service when you are in the “thinking about it stage”.
Before relocating overseas, you need to make a short list of countries you are considering. Then do your own research to narrow the list down. Then you need to actually visit those countries and various cities where you are thinking about moving to. You simply cannot learn about a living in country by sitting in a hotel conference room filled with hundreds of people.
To make an intelligent decision about where to relocate to, you really do need to know the good and not so good too. Sugar coated stories are enticing but they are not the true picture. You need to know your visa options, how to set up a bank account, how to bring your pets or household goods in to the country, how to find a rental (it is a different process), how to buy a car, etc… etc….there is a lot that you need to know before you make the move.
After a Panama Relocation Tour you will know everything you need to know. You’ll know exactly how to relocate to Panama with ease plus the most affordable way to make the transition and get set up in your new home country.
Bottom line, International Living provides a really great service to get you thinking about relocating to Panama or other countries. But once you think Panama may be a place you want to move to, you really do need a Panama Relocation Tour.
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