9 Mistakes to Avoid In Panama

I’m Canadian so I can say it…

If you’re after a politically correct, passive-aggressive (which is why we’re really good at ice hockey) clean-living 1st-world haven, moving to, or staying put in Canada is your best option.

Of course, there’s the added attraction of those looong ball-breaking winters too. The price you pay for having your very own government-issued nanny-care.

Nonetheless, in summer Canada is delightful! The posterchild for picket fence peace and serenity – lovely architecture, spotless roads, civilized townsfolk sipping craftily branded Craft beer, squirrels running wild…

Poles apart in Panama

No so Panama. Panama City is crazy, chaotic, colorful. Nothing gentle about it. It’s hard and it’s tough and it shakes up your senses. The beach and mountain areas are so tranquila you might be forgiven for thinking you’ve moved 50 years back in time.

That’s why it’s super important that you must be aware of the obstacles you are likely to face, including 9 Mistakes to Avoid in Panama as I point out in today’s video.

Squirrels vs sloths

Look, selling up and moving to a new country is a really adventurous decision – no matter where you go. But if you’ve always been a Frozen Margherita rather than a vintage Bordeaux kinda person, Panama might be right for you.

  • Yes, Panama is a developing country with crazy traffic and poor(ish) infrastructure.
  • Yes, you have to get your head around having to subsist off the fruit of your own labor (and overheads and business plans and sales proficiency).
  • Yes, your kids will not be brought up competing in the multitude of activities and sports available to them back home and in other countries.
  • Yes, the national culture will take a bit of getting used to, but locals are welcoming and friendly.
  • Yes, you have to get your head around having to subsist off the fruit of your own labor (and overheads and business plans and sales proficiency).
  • Yes, your kids will not be brought up competing in the multitude of activities and sports available to them back home and in other countries.
  • Yes, the national culture will take a bit of getting used to, but locals are welcoming and friendly.

But it also has a buzz of opportunity that is bound to set your mind on fire with inspiration and possibilities. Or you can just sink into your hammock and live la vida loca.

For me personally, if I have to choose between squirrels politely sharing nuts in Canada and sloths hanging on for dear life in Panama, my personal choice is clear.

Remember though, although it’s really easy to get permanent residency in Panama, the catch is “how to make a living?”

Although there are many immigration agents and networks promoting immigration to Panama, we encourage you to do your own homework thoroughly before moving to Panama.

You only get one chance to do it right.

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