Before I first came to Panama I did many months of research in addition to reading every blog or article I could find about Panama. I watched hundreds of youtube videos. I read books about Panama and books about expats who had moved to Panama. But even with all that planning there were many things I did wrong during my visit. I rented a car from a car rental company who would not accept my insurance so I paid $1800 to rent a car for 2 weeks. I got international calling for my iPhone but I didn’t know I needed to also get international data roaming (or turn off data roaming) so I had a $1200 phone bill from AT&T when I got home. The list goes on and on. It cost me $3000 extra because I didn’t know what I didn’t know.
After telling friends that I really liked Panama and planned to move here, I started getting calls from friends who wanted to go with me the next time I visited Panama. Within a few weeks 8 people wanted to come to Panama too so I found a driver, rented a bus and planned a 7 day trip. We had a blast!
Amazingly, a few weeks after that first “tour”, I started getting calls from other people who wanted to come see Panama. I discovered that many others were interested in learning how to retire or relocate in Panama. So, that’s how Panama Relocation Tours was born! I didn’t come to Panama with the plan to start a tour business. But I enjoy doing the tours, love talking about life in Panama, really enjoy meeting with people from all over the world, and I like helping them make the transition to retire in Panama a smooth one.
Now, five years after that first visit, and many tours later, I enjoy life in Panama more every day! A whopping 37% of the people who come on the tours move to Panama and they all say that the information that got during the tour made it much easier to make the transition. Here’s an example:
I had a great time. You have a really great itinerary that lets us all learn as we go and your on-bus discussions with the tour book reference makes it easy to absorb. I can not imagine how anyone could learn as much as we did and really understand Panama as we do now, doing it on their own. And the luxury and comfort of your new bus made this rolling seminar a really great value.
February 2015 Tour
Photos from recent tours
Come join us for a Panama Relocation Tour in 2015 to learn how to live BETTER for less in Panama.