1. Mini Vacations: Every weekend I have the opportunity to take a “mini vacation” by relaxing at the pool or going to one of Panama’s beaches. Most people only get to dream of doing this for 1 week out of the year.
2. Cheap Public Transportation: I used to have a car in states and I have to say I do not miss it at all. I use the metro bus to get to work everyday for .25 cents and when I use a taxi it is only $2 – $3 anywhere in the city. Although the public transportation is cheap, it comes with a price. Sometimes I wait an hour for the bus and sometimes I wait a minute. It’s also up to the taxi driver if he wants to take me to my destination so I sometimes have to stop 5 cabs before one of them will take me.
3. Cheap Fruits and Vegetables: I have recently become obsessed with juicing and I’m happy that I started my obsession in a location with cheap fruits and vegetables. Most of the fruits and vegetables are locally grown so they have a much lower price tag than ones that are imported. However, most other foods here are a little bit more expensive than in the states.
5. Warm Weather: When I lived in Kentucky it was freezing cold for about 4 months out of the year and this is absolutely miserable. It’s not enjoyable to be outside, I had to wear 10 layers of clothes and put them on and off when going into buildings, my skin becomes dry and flakes off everywhere, walking through wet snow makes me want to cry, driving through snow is even worse, and I have around 100 other reasons why I am anti-winter. Not dealing with winter has been a life changing decision and provides a much better quality of life. There’s no reason to be miserable for 4 months 😉
6. No Catastrophic Storms: I feel like weekly there is some state or country that is destroyed by a tornado, earthquake, tsunami, etc. Why in the world would you choose to live somewhere where that happens? In Panama there have been no catastrophic natural disasters; the only weather that we have is dry season where it doesn’t rain and is beautiful everyday for four months and wet season where it rains for an hour a few days a week.
So that’s my top 6 favorite things about living in Panama. Leave a comment below and let me know what yours is!