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Panama - Top Five Expat Blogs

Friday July 03, 2015 (16:58:48)

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At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Panama and some of the bloggers who write about living there.

Chiriqui Chatter

Chiriqui Chatter is a fun blog written by Don Ray Williams, who makes a point of keeping his readers updated about everything that could possibly be of use to them as expats in Panama.

He also ensures that you’ll leave the blog with a smile on your face - the short one-liner posts are hilarious quotes and thoughts that will brighten your day. Subjects covered in depth include events and items related to Chiriqui, updates about Don’s hobbies, and thoughts on being an expat.

The Panama Adventure

Kris and Joel are American retirees, originally hailing from Florida and now living in David, Chiriqui. Their blog details their personal experiences of expat life there, as well as providing a series of short guides which will be of use to anyone who is considering making the move. The menu along the top of the site is a useful way to navigate around; take a look at the ‘Why Panama?’ section if you’re still undecided about whether or not to move there, and it may just make up your mind for you! The guide to the cost of living in Panama, also accessible from the main menu, is very helpful and includes several months’ worth of budgetary breakdowns for those who want an in-depth look at finance management in Panama.

PTY Life

If you’re looking for a site that skews toward a younger audience rather than catering to retirees, PTY Life is a great place to stop and look around. It explores all aspects of life in Panama and is maintained by Joey, an American expat who has lived there since 2011. There are personal posts about his life and experiences in Panama, but the majority of the site serves as an archive of information about local culture, lifestyle, news and events. From how to hail a cab with your smartphone to an overview of Panama’s role in the sharing economy, PTY Life covers a huge amount of ground and will prove useful for anyone who is living in the country as an expat.

Panama Dude

An irreverent, somewhat eccentric blog that’s guaranteed to make you smile, Canadian expat Al’s blog mainly serves to document his own experience of living there, but also provides tips and articles about expat life with a style of writing that will make you feel right at home. Recent posts include tips about what you should bring to Panama when you move, places you should visit if you’re thinking about moving there, and how to buy a used car without being ripped off. If you like your writers to tell it like it is, you’ll love Panama Dude’s site.

Finding My Self In Panama

Finding My Self In Panama is an interesting site, because not only does its author Joel write his own posts about life there, he also reblogs other people’s posts that are relevant to expats living in or moving to the country. This makes it a great place to visit, not only to read and find helpful hints about life in Panama, but also to discover other places you should be visiting for more information. There is also a specific section dedicated to American expats, so if you’re thinking about moving to Panama from the USA, you’re not likely to find a more relevant site than this to help you on your journey!

Those are our recommended expat blogs for today. Do you write about being an expat? Let us know in the comments!


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