There's nothing like the holidays to bring out the best -- or the worst -- in you when you're living overseas. If you're lonely, disoriented, or homesick, holidays can make you feel much worse. If you're enjoying your life, holidays can be a lot of … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving Traditions — Are they the Same Overseas?
Guest Post by Ashley Mudra Note from Susanna: You've heard my side of the experience, now it's Ashley's turn! I’d never heard of it before. Why would anyone trust their home and pets to me, a total stranger? And how would I even find these … [Read more...] about International House Sitting is a Thing?!
My husband and I have just returned to Las Tablas after a five-week jaunt in the US. We left our dogs back in Panama with a housesitter. I've written previously (this is the third installment) about our quest for the person we could trust with our … [Read more...] about We Trusted a Housesitter in Las Tablas, Panama: The Rest of the Story
A few months back, I wrote about our search for someone to stay with our dogs while we traveled back to the US this spring. After uploading our request to the Trusted Housesitters site, I was astonished to see 30 applications slam into my inbox in … [Read more...] about Choosing a Housesitter in Las Tablas, Panama
Today my husband came back from Chitre with a huge smile on his face. He was as excited as a little kid with a new toy as he unloaded the car. The new Riba Smith store has opened in Chitre, and that’s cause for celebration at our house. (Chitre is … [Read more...] about Las Tablas, Panama: To You, it’s only a Hot Dog. To me, it’s a Sign of Growth
When you live overseas, going away for a while can be more complicated than it would be in your home country. This is especially true if you have pets. While it's become easier to bring your pets with you when you move, it can be very difficult to … [Read more...] about How do you Find Trusted Housesitters?
It's early January, 2014, and while the New Year brings sunshine and skin-caressing warmth to Anywhereists like us, family and friends are freezing their bippies. This horrendous cold snap is now known as the Polar or Arctic Vortex. My oldest son, … [Read more...] about How I Survived the Polar Vortex
Often I'm asked questions like, "I'm bringing my dog/cat with me when I move to Panama. Is there a decent veterinarian in Las Tablas?" We moved to Las Tablas, Panama with our three dogs in the spring of 2012. Before leaving the US, they were loaded … [Read more...] about Excellent Small Animal Veterinarian in Las Tablas, Panama
I moved to Panama expat one year ago. On March 13, 2012, I landed -- along with my mini-mountain of luggage -- at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. My first few days here were pretty stressful. I'd flown down by myself to find … [Read more...] about My First Year Living in Panama
From the archives. . . There are as many different ways to retire overseas as there are retirees. You can: live full time in your new country abroad divide your time between your home country and overseas country travel all the time I know … [Read more...] about Three Ways to Retire Overseas