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Couples Can Win A Month Abroad

The ex-pat living resource magazine International Living is offering a month's free stay in a retirement-friendly country for a couple willing to try out the expat lifestyle and write about it. This annual contest has rotated through Ecuador and Nicaragua, and this year's choice is Panama.

The selected couple will receive free round-trip flights from the U.S. or Canada to the capital, Panama City. Couples do not need to be married but the contest is aimed at those in a relationship. The lucky winners will stay at Coronado, Panama (not to be confused with Coronado, California!) which is a seaside community about an hour outside of the capital. They will also receive a month's living stipend of $1,500. Does that sound low? It should - that's part of the point, to prove how well expatriates can live overseas on amounts that would be near poverty-level in the U.S. or Canada.

International Living's Jessica Ramesch, who edits the Panama section, adds that Coronado has a new hospital, plenty of restaurants, and a pleasant lifestyle.

If International Living publishes pieces written by the couple during their stay, they will receive standard freelance rates for their work on top of the stipend.

Competition is stiff - last year's contest drew hundreds of entries. The process is reasonably challenging - interested couples need to produce a 3-minute YouTube video and post it on the International Living channel by April 2nd, 2014. The winners must embark on their month abrod prior to the end of 2014. is looking for Americans or Canadians to test-drive life overseas for one month in Panama, the best retirement haven in the world, all expenses paid.
The retire-overseas experts at will send one winner (along with a friend or spouse) to Coronado, Panama—for a full month in 2014, free.
The prize includes round-trip flights from the U.S. or Canada to Panama City, furnished accommodation in the beach-resort town of Coronado, Panama, plus a living-expense stipend of $1,500.
Panama recently took the top spot as the best country in the world to retire in’s 2014 Global Retirement Index. Coronado is a beach-resort town, located on the Pacific, an hour from the country’s capital.
“Coronado is a popular expat town—the most developed beach community along the Pacific coast,” says’s Panama editor, Jessica Ramesch. “With a new hospital, well-stocked groceries, restaurants, and so on, it caters to most First World needs. Living there expats can still enjoy many of the conveniences of life back home—plus enjoy the beach—and do it for much less than what a comparable lifestyle would cost up north.”
While here for a month, the winner is asked to enjoy life, explore beaches, restaurants, and markets...take walks...and attend festivals and other events.
Although no writing experience is necessary, the winner will be asked to share impressions and experiences with readers of’s magazine, website and e-letters.
If the winner’s reporting is used, will pay for it at the company’s regular freelance-writer rates—on top of the $1,500 living-expense stipend.
The competition is an opportunity to shine a light on the real-world experiences of somebody who is considering the benefits of a retirement abroad.
Now in its third year, the competition has already given one couple the opportunity to spend a month in Cuenca, Ecuador and sent another couple to Granada, Nicaragua. Both couples beat out hundreds of entrants to win the prize and reported back on their positive experiences. Last year’s winners, Bill and Nancy Mattox, reported: “Thanks to everyone at International Living for a fabulous experience. It has been everything we imagined and more.”
Those wishing to enter the “Win Your Dream Retirement Overseas Competition 2014", can do so by posting a video to YouTube (no more than three minutes in length) explaining why they would like to retire overseas—and why they would like to try a one-month test-drive in Panama.
The deadline for submitting videos is midnight EST on April 2, 2014. Candidates must be ready to fly to Panama before the end of 2014.
To find out more about the competition and how to enter, see here: "Win a Dream Retirement Overseas".
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