Entries by JP Stonestreet

How To Start a Successful YouTube Channel: A Step-by-Step Guide

Dreaming of living abroad and funding your expat lifestyle by starting a successful YouTube channel? That’s exactly what we have done!

With over 300 videos, 90K subscribers, and 12 million views on our YouTube channel, we now earn a six-figure income that supports our life in Ecuador and our travel to other countries.

In this comprehensive, step-by-step guide, we’ll share our journey and strategies for starting and growing a successful YouTube channel. Let’s dive in!

Cuenca Ecuador Neighborhoods

Cuenca Ecuador has several neighborhoods that are popular with expats.

We lived in El Vergel, which was more popular with Ecuadorians at the time, but now has become more popular with expats, as well.

In this article, you’ll learn about the inner and outer neighborhoods of Cuenca Ecuador that are most popular with expats.

The NEW American Dream: Leaving

The old American Dream was about freedom, prosperity, and opportunity, like home ownership or providing a better life for your kids.

However, for many Americans, that dream now seems unattainable so a NEW American dream is taking its place: Leaving. 

The US State Department estimates that 9 million Americans live abroad, and this number has been on the rise for the past several years.

So, let’s dive into the top seven reasons why people are leaving the United States and pursuing the new American dream abroad.

How To Find Online Jobs

If you’re looking to shift your career toward the work online realm and find an online job with an employer, it might be easier than you think.

With the right work experience and a marketable skill set, your dream remote job may be just around the corner.

Let’s dive into the most in-demand remote work jobs, how to find them, and how to sell yourself to remote-working companies.

Top 10 Reasons Why We Chose Ecuador

When it comes to choosing a new home country, there are a lot of factors to consider. After careful research and much deliberation, we decided to take the plunge and move to Ecuador.

In this article, we’ll explore the top 10 reasons why we chose this South American gem as our expat destination. Hopefully, our insights will help during your decision making process.

Ecuador Gun Laws

Guns in Ecuador are tightly regulated and the right to bear arms is not guaranteed by the constitution as it is in the United States.

There are several gun ownership restrictions and laws that make it difficult, but not impossible to have a gun in Ecuador.

Why Locals Hate Expats!

Locals in many countries are FURIOUS with us immigrants!

Well, not really, but it got your attention, didn’t it? 😁

Although most people welcome foreigners with open arms, we often receive comments and complaints about expats.

In this blog post, we’ll reveal the top 10 reasons why some locals think expats are ruining life for everyone else. And make sure you stick around until the end, as we hear #1 on a daily basis!

Tipping Etiquette in Ecuador

Tipping in Ecuador is a lot different than the United States where tipping is completely out of control. Businesses in most countries are required by law to pay their employees a living wage, and tips are not considered part of that equation.

This article explores the tipping etiquette in Ecuador, as well as the consequences of over-tipping and overpaying in Ecuador.

It also discusses why it’s important to blend in and adapt to the local customs and culture rather than trying to change them.

Best Neighborhoods to Live & Work in Medellín Colombia

Have you ever visited a place and immediately felt like you could live there? That’s how we felt when we visited Medellín for the first time!

We quickly discovered why Medellín is so popular with expats and digital nomads – the transition to living there would be very easy.

From the solid infrastructure to the excellent healthcare, great weather, and awesome people, this city has everything we look for in a place to live.