Entries by JP Stonestreet

Salinas Ecuador Pros & Cons

With the rise of remote work, the allure of living abroad has become even more attractive. Many people are venturing out of their home countries, seeking unique experiences and looking for places that offer a high quality of life at an affordable cost.

One of the locales that expats have been flocking to for years is Salinas, Ecuador. Known for its tropical charm, welcoming community, and affordability, Salinas offers an enchanting blend of lifestyle benefits that have been winning the hearts of expats from around the globe.

However, like every place, it comes with its own set of pros and cons.

Medellín vs Cuenca: Comparing Two Popular Expat Destinations in Latin America

Medellín, Colombia and Cuenca, Ecuador have become increasingly popular destinations for expats, digital nomads, and retirees.

Both cities offer a unique charm, vibrant cultures, and an array of attractions that cater to various lifestyles and preferences.

In this comprehensive blog post, you’ll learn about the many facets of living in these two amazing cities, including the pros and cons of each, comparing aspects such as living conditions, cost of living, infrastructure, and safety.

Hopefully, this will help you make an informed decision about which city might be the ideal destination for your next adventure or new home abroad.

Buying Real Estate in Colombia: Process & Tips

We had the opportunity to interview Juan Camilo Villegas on our recent trip to Medellín, Colombia.

Juan is an experienced real estate agent and shared some valuable information about buying real estate in Colombia, the unique process, and the essential steps for foreigners looking to invest in the country.

In this blog post, we summarize the main points of our conversation with Juan to help you successfully navigate the Colombian real estate market.

7 Easy Side Hustle Ideas for 2023 (Non-Technical Skills)

A thousand dollars a month. That’s all you need to earn from working online to completely change your life!

The side hustles in this article do NOT require technical skills so pretty much anyone can do them as long as you have a computer and a reliable internet connection.

You’ll learn how easy it is to get started doing each of these side hustles, how long it will take to hit that magic $1000 per month milestone, and how you can use that money to set yourself free and change your life forever.

Medellín Colombia Real Estate Tour: 4 Amazing Properties

If you’re a real estate enthusiast like us, you’ll definitely enjoy this post about our recent real estate tour in Medellín, Colombia.

We had a blast exploring four amazing properties with a range of prices to fit almost any budget.

As an added bonus, we’ll also compare these Medellín homes to similar properties in Denver, Colorado, where we used to live.

Spoiler alert: Medellín offers some incredible value!

Best Expat Countries (According to Expats)

Every year, InterNations.org conducts a survey to see what current expats think about their home away from home. The results are tabulated and ranked to determine the Best Countries for Expats.

Most of the countries that made the top 10 expat country list for 2022 shouldn’t be surprising, especially the number 1 country for expats, but a few might be considered controversial.

No countries from Central or South America made the list this year, which is very surprising!

Manta Ecuador Pros & Cons

Amelia and I had always dreamed of living in a high-rise condo on the beach with an ocean view, and that dream came true when we moved to Manta, Ecuador.

Overall, we enjoyed the year that we lived in Manta, but no place is perfect so we ended up leaving. 

In this article, we’ll share the pros and cons of Manta Ecuador to help you decide if it’s the right place for you.

Playa del Carmen Mexico Pros & Cons

Today, we’re going to take a trip down memory lane and revisit our decision to move to Cuenca, Ecuador rather than Playa del Carmen, Mexico when we left the United States.

As some of you may know from watching our older videos, Ecuador wasn’t our first choice. We had our sights set on Playa del Carmen because it was familiar to us and much closer to home. However, we ended up ruling it out for various reasons.

After traveling throughout Ecuador, Mexico, and Colombia, we felt it was time to reevaluate our decision and answer the burning question: Did we make the wrong choice?

Redefining Retirement: Pursue Your Passion and Live a Life with Purpose

Retirement – a word that brings to mind golden years, relaxation, and financial freedom. But what if I told you that the conventional idea of retirement is a scam?

We spend our entire lives working hard, making someone else rich, only to find that when we finally cross the finish line, we’re bored and aimless.

Sadly, this is the reality for many who retire, leading to deteriorating health, depression, and early death.

In this article, I’ll explore why the traditional concept of retirement is outdated and how you can redefine your retirement to make it more fulfilling and purposeful.