Friday Travel Dreaming – 8/9/13

Our home for 3 days in Bocas del Toro.

Our home for 3 days in Bocas del Toro.

Greetings from Boquete, Panama! Although we enjoyed Panama City, we’ve been having an even better time since we left the big city. First we flew to the islands in the Bocas del Toro region of the country. Talk about a chilled out, beautiful set of islands! We were only there for 3 days, and we really wished we had planned more time there. After a full day of sea kayaking, snorkeling, diving, beach combing, surfing and/or zip-lining you can have a delicious meal and adult beverage of your choice at one of the many restaurants in Bocas Town. And you can do all these things fairly inexpensively, especially if you do group tours that are advertised all around. And if you wanted to stay there longer-term, we saw small houses for rent for like $400 per month!

Part of our gorgeous drive Thursday morning near Boquete.

Part of our gorgeous drive Thursday morning near Boquete.

After a water taxi from the islands we took a bus to the city of David. The bus took us through beautiful mountains and lush valleys, one of the prettiest bus rides I’ve ever experienced. We rented a car in David and made our way to the green and lush, over-the-top beautiful town of Boquete. There are quite a few Americans here, both travelers and residents, and it’s immediately easy to see why. The roads are great, the food is delicious (tons of organic foods here!), the natural scenery is some of the best in the world and the prices for what you get are hard to beat. Anyone looking for a place to retire or just an inexpensive and beautiful place to live should without a doubt consider this place.

We did a little bit of hiking today, and we hope to do more tomorrow. We’re also going to do a coffee tour at our little hotel which is aptly named The Coffee Estate Inn. Which reminds me – the coffee here is outstanding, all the more reason to come here.

And here are the resources for some of the best travel giveaways and deals of the week!

quit jobImagine Quitting Your Job And Traveling The World I’ve done this every decade of my adult life, and I never regretted it a single time! Seriously, if you really and truly want to take some serious time away from ‘normal’ life to see the world, you can do it. Single, married, kids, not kids – people do it all the time.

home echange For Free: Home Exchanging In Panama! Want to see how we travel for free – and our definition of traveling for free? (Hint: it doesn’t mean you don’t spend a penny. It means you can travel for the same, or less, money than you would spend at home). Check out Shelley’s post from Panama!

25 Tips

25 Great Tips For Planning Your Trip From Top Travel Bloggers “Travel bloggers are, by their nature, a globetrotting bunch. Along the way from Cairo to Copenhagen, or Dubai to Denver, they’ve learned some great tips for navigating the world of travel.”

Travel well!

About Keith Hajovsky

Exploring and photographing different parts of the world is my passion, and I enjoy helping others do the same. Whether backpacking, staying in 5-star resorts or anything in between, I believe experiencing and interacting with other cultures enriches our lives and helps us to better understand the complex world we live in.
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