Sunday, March 28, 2021
Travel Hippi Team

Dare to follow your dreams!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do” – not Mark Twain

We want to fill our lives with experiences, not things. We want to have stories to tell, not stuff to show.

Hi, we are Chris and Ciska, it is our privilege to have you with us; this is our story of how we sold everything, retired early and moved to Hispanic America.

The name? Yes, we get that question a lot. And fortunately, people love it! The name Travel Hippi is a fusion of our love for travel and our rebuff of the establishment. We simply decided to live our values and to act on our courage to retire abroad. So nothing sinister, just a cool name.

Chris sitting on the bow of Es Tiempo, looking out over the endless blue of the calm Caribbean sea
No better place than the Caribbean to contemplate the esoteric

Originally from South Africa, we exchanged our anchored citizenship for a mobile and minimalist life. We packed up and moved abroad, to Panama, where we now have permanent residency. Here we will keep searching for a base from where we can travel as and when it suits us. Right now, that base is on our boat ‘Es Tiempo’ in the Bocas del Toro archipelago in Panama.

Our tagline, Residency in Panama, is the essence of our website. Our mission is to offer information about residency in Panama and other selected countries, in a credible and professional manner.

Not neglecting the personal touch, we will share our experiences of expat life. Of course, we will include travel stories too!

You can read about the arising of Travel Hippi in the post The Story Behind The Story. We hope our story will be useful, interesting and inspiring.

Puerto de Vita, Cuba
Going to town in style in a 57′ Buick. Puerto de Vita, Cuba

In case you are wondering about us: Chris – “most of my working life revolved around SMEs. Owning and managing them, building or selling them, financing or mentoring them. Then came the opportunity to cash in and get off that spinning hamster wheel!”

Ciska – “my career mostly involved accounting systems, eventually leading to an independent consulting business. Enjoyable and profitable but demanding long hours including that inevitable, mind-numbing commuting to clients. When Chris’s opportunity came, I too got off that hamster wheel.”


We have a profound appreciation of travel and are fortunate to have visited 48 countries on five continents. We can spend hours chatting about travel experiences, and that usually ends with a round of bucket list juggling.

And we hate food matching etiquette – we enjoy a cold beer with any dish…

Please be in touch, we look forward to your questions and comments.

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