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The Ultimate (No Bullshit) Panama Living Report

Okay, a confession… We wrote this one, so obviously we think it’s the best, most authoritative guide to living in Panama that’s ever been published.

But seriously, this report will give you a realistic view of what it’s like to live in Panama from the perspective of younger families (ours). Most other Panama guides and reports are focused on retirees or devote a paragraph or less to the challenges of moving to a new country with kids in tow.

We’ll share with you personal details and experiences from our daily lives as well as 8 years of practical advice and tips that will make your transition far easier than ours. Details such as what the best mobile, Internet and cable services are; how to open a bank account; how to apply for a mortgage or buy a home; what are the options for your child’s education; how to find the best health care, insurance, real estate deals; and much more.

We have done it all with children and, to tell you the absolute truth, we learned a lot of this the hard way through trial and error.

If Panama is on your radar screen as a potential home abroad, don’t make the same mistakes we made. Buy The Ultimate (No Bullshit) Panama Living Report now. And if you’re not completely satisfied, we’ll give you a no questions asked, 100% money back guarantee.


Don't go back to schoolDon’t Go Back to School

Author Kio Stark has a fantastic observation about education: Traditional schools DO NOT have a monopoly on education. For parents moving overseas with children, this is a must read.

Don’t Go Back to School provides models and methods for taking a new kind of path through learning, and transforming that alternative education into an exciting career path.

Yes, educating your children overseas will be more of a challenge than putting them into a public school at home, there are now dozens of alternatives that are available to creative and innovative parents.


free range kidsFree Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry)

Lenore Skenazy let her grade school aged son ride home from school on a NYC subway… By himself! Skenazy was crucified in the media for putting her son at huge personal risk.

Only it wasn‘t very risky. Crunching lots of data, Skenazy discovered that parents today blow the risks and dangers for children WAY out of proportion.

For parents moving overseas who are worried about kidnappings, scorpions, or lack of first world health care, Free Range Kids provides a fantastic philosophical base for why you should put those fears to rest.


514QidyvEJL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX285_SY380_CR,0,0,285,380_SH20_OU01_An Unconventional Guide to Investing in Troubled Times

So why would we include a book on investing for a site focused on moving abroad with kids? Simple: Charles Hugh Smith is one of the most underrated political and economic theorists in America today and his insights have loads to do with living abroad — even if he never says so explicitly.

The next 20 years will not be a simple extension of the previous 20 years. Everything that is currently seen as permanent–the Savior State, the financialized economy, cheap energy– is visibly unsustainable. This comprehensive guide offers practical ideas for everyone, from those seeking to protect 401Ks or IRAs to entrepreneurs to those with more time than money to invest in their future.

The key to a successful financial future is investing your human, social and financial capital in low-risk, decentralized, diversified assets that increase resiliency and self-reliance. Topics include systemic risk, the spectrum of potential investments, gold, hedging, relative value, hybrid work, income streams, ecosystems of local enterprise and the essential tools of lower-risk investing.

Whether you end up living abroad or not, this is one you’ll want to keep on hand and refer to often.


41r557F16tL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX285_SY380_CR,0,0,285,380_SH20_OU01_Survival+: Structuring Prosperity for Yourself and the Nation

This is one of those books that was a real eye opener for us and it’s another brilliant guide from Charles Hugh Smith.

This indispensable guide to the next twenty years of global turmoil and transformation weaves the full spectrum of disciplines–history, political economy, ecology, energy, marketing, investing, health, and the psychology of happiness–into a uniquely comprehensive understanding that offers every thinking person practical principles for not just surviving but prospering in the difficult decades ahead.



not so big houseThe Not So Big House

If you’re considering a move abroad that includes building your own house, we highly recommend this great resource on smaller house designs.

The Not So Big House is a fantastic blueprint on how to create a house that emphasizes comfort, beauty, and a high level of detail to maximize space AND quality of life.

Moving abroad is a huge opportunity to downsize relentlessly and spend money on experiences rather than McMansions. Check this book out for some really great ideas on downsizing where you live. It may give you some great ideas for building a smaller home and more cost effectively in your new overseas destination.



five stars academyFive Stars Academy

Five Stars Academy is a full-English, U.S-based private school offering a curriculum to students beginning at the Pre-K level through 8th grade.

Located in Santa Clara in the Cocle Province of Panama, Five Stars Academy was founded to provide a learning institution that integrates a child’s desire for new information and their developmental stages while reenforcing mutual respect.

The school was founded by Allison Hudgins (Coley’s wife). Students come from diverse backgrounds and many countries, including the United States, Canada, South Africa, Guatemala, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Panama, Argentina, China, Chile, Austria, Cuba, Peru, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Colombia among others.


panama premiere rentalsPanama Premier Rentals

Panama Premier Rentals specializes in the management of luxury residences and condominiums exclusively in Panama City and along the Pacific Coast. It has also begun expanding its selection of beautiful homes and villas into other countries as well.

If Panama is in your plans, or you’re looking for a short term rental while you conduct a recon trip, check out their selection of rentals on Panama’s beaches in Buenaventura, Playa Blanca, Pedasi, and Panama City. Panama Premier Rentals also offers rental selections in Mexico.


sizzyflintSizzy Flint Ambassador To The Stars

This is an amazing children’s book written by a friend of Coley’s in Panama. It’s only $2.99 on Kindle and well worth the read.

Sizzy Flint just wants to be normal but lives in a small gambling town in a trailer park with only two friends.

Things are already not normal for Sizzy, but get even weirder when he’s chosen by a star priestess to prove to a galactic federation that the Earth shouldn’t be destroyed for a time warp space highway.

Sizzy just wants to be normal. That’s all. But his name is Sizzy. And he lives in a small gambling town in the middle of nowhere. In a trailer park. Is that normal?