In 2000, Dr. David Viner, a climatologist with CRU said: “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.”
CNN today, 15 years later: “Boston has its snowiest month on record.” (since 1872)
Panama today: Another fine day, 30C/86F and sunshine.
Could be your place to relax or to develop some ideas. All year round. Walking the beach is my preferred activity to think about issues and come up with fresh ideas.
Or take a small plane, head South over the Pacific Ocean and enjoy Las Perlas Archipelago views and beaches after less than 30 minutes. There are 7 airstrips on different islands to choose from.
Tropical lifestyle comes with a much better and healthy work-life balance.
And, don’t worry about snowfalls.
Here’s what NomadList found the best ones:
Chian Mai, Thailand – Prague, Czech Rep. – Bangkok, Thailand – Hoi An, Vietnam – Belgrade, Serbia – Riga, Latvia – Davao, Philippines – Zagreb, Croatia – Sofia, Bulgaria – Ubud, Indonesia.
Interesting. Half of them are in Asia, half of them are in Eastern Europe. I happen to know some of them and this list makes me laugh.
Of course, personal preferences are different and here’s why I would have Panama City, Panama ranked first.
My criteria are very simple ones and there are 0, 1 and 2 points given
1. Quality of living
- weather: 2
- people: 2
- nature: 2
- safety: 2
2. Business environment
- solid growth: 2
- infrastructure: 2
- bureaucrazy: 2
- taxes: 2
- immigration: 2
- Weather: You can’t beat a country that close to the Equator, surrounded by 2 oceans. Don’t even try.
- People: Super-friendly, good looking, competently running the Panama Canal, world’s largest ship register, a banking system without bad banks etc.
- Nature: a rainforest within city limits, and 50% of the country is rainforest, more than 2,500 km coastline, Pacific and Caribbean, hundreds of islands, a silent volcano, 3,500 m high.
- Safety: Only risk is in the drug trafficking business for those involved. Stay away,
- Infrastructure: Impressive how fast things are being done here. Look at skyline and airports and metro and ports and the Pan-American Highway
- Bureaucrazy: For self-imployed pros or those who do their business offshore, not a big deal. For the others, settle in one of 3 Special Economic Zones.
- Taxes: See bureaucrazy. No income taxes for offshore business
- Immigration: with 4% unemployment, the country welcomes foreign professionals and investments. Some easy ways to immigrate.
So Panama City is getting my 18 out of 18 points, but check with your own preferences.