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Living abroad is the adventure of a lifetime! Living in another country can help you achieve a much higher quality of life and, most likely, a much lower cost of living. In this section, you’ll find all sorts of information about Country Comparisons, Cost of Living, Healthcare, and more.

Playa del Carmen Mexico Pros & Cons

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?

Redefine Retirement & Find Your Purpose

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

Far too many people spend their entire lives working hard to make someone else rich, only to find that when they finally cross the finish line to retirement, they’re bored and aimless.

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

And now, according to recent studies, more baby boomers than ever are becoming homeless. It takes just one crisis, like a job loss or medical bills, to push someone nearing retirement onto the streets!

The traditional concept of retirement is outdated, but you can redefine your retirement to make it more fulfilling and purposeful while protecting yourself from the dire consequences of unexpected hardships.

The Bowens in Ecuador Podocarpus

The Bowens Share Their Insightful Story About Raising Children in Ecuador

The Bowen Family (La Familia Bowen) is from Washington State via Arizona in the United States, but now they live in southern Ecuador with their young children.

In this insightful story, they share what it’s like to raise a family in a foreign country and take grandchildren so far away from their grandparents.

Cuenca Ecuador from Turi

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 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.

Kris and Mike Sunset in Ecuador

Why Kris and Mike Moved to Ecuador from Canada

Kris And Mike left Canada and moved to a small rural beach town in Ecuador. Here is their inspiring story about Living the Life You Love!

We owned a beautiful home on a lake in northern Ontario Canada. It was our dream home.

I was retired and Kris owned and worked at her small-town decor store. We loved to travel but other than that we never even talked about moving anywhere else, even within Canada.

Why would we? We had everything and were happy.

Why We Chose Ecuador

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

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.

Raising Kids in Ecuador

Schools & Raising Kids in Ecuador

Ecuador is a beautiful country with a rich history and culture, that’s why many people choose to live there as expats. If you’re moving to Ecuador with children, one of your top concerns will be finding the right school for them.

Additionally, raising children in a foreign country has its unique challenges, but it can also be a rewarding experience.

In this article, we’ll explore how it is to raise children in Ecuador and the different types of schools in Ecuador, including public, private, international, and homeschooling, to help you make an informed decision.

Why Locals Hate Expats

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 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.

Amazon-Box

Shipping, Mail & Muling Packages to Ecuador

Shipping things to and from Ecuador is not a straightforward process compared to the United States and other countries.

In this article, we’ll share the best ways to ship packages to Ecuador, and how to mail packages in Ecuador.

Cotacachi Ecuador

Cuenca vs Cotacachi Ecuador Comparison: Finding the Perfect Expat Haven in Ecuador

Cuenca and Cotacachi are two popular destinations for expats in Ecuador, each offering unique experiences and lifestyles.

In this article, we’ll compare the two cities and help you decide which one is right for you. Let’s dive in!

Best Neighborhoods to Live & Work in Medellín Colombia

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.

Earthquakes in Ecuador

Earthquakes in Ecuador

Earthquakes in Ecuador are a common occurrence due to its location on the Ring of Fire. However, most quakes are small and barely noticeable, and the bigger ones typically only occur once every 20 to 30 years.

The Ring of Fire is a seismically active region that follows the western coast of South America, Central America and North America before it heads west to the eastern coast of Asia and then south to New Zealand. Earthquakes and volcanoes are common throughout this region where nearly 2 billion people live.

How I Convinced My Skeptical Spouse to Move Abroad

How I Convinced My Skeptical Spouse to Move Abroad

Leaving the United States and moving to Ecuador was a decision that took some time, but once I started researching it, I quickly became convinced that it was the right decision for us.

After reading a lot of blog posts and watching a bunch of videos, I was ready to sell everything and move to Ecuador with our two dogs. Sight-unseen!

Amelia, on the other hand, was a bit more skeptical. Although she liked the idea of living abroad, she was reluctant to leave our comfort zone and move to a small country in South America.

The HARSH Realities of Expat Life!

The HARSH Realities of Expat Life!

Even after five and a half years of living in Ecuador and lots of personal and national changes, we’re still thankful we moved here. It was (and still is) the best decision we could have made.

However, moving abroad also comes with a set of harsh realities that are often overlooked or underestimated.

Looking back, here are some of the most challenging aspects of expat life that we experienced and that you need to be prepared for…

Mexico City Pros and Cons

Mexico City Pros and Cons: A Comprehensive Review for Digital Nomads and Expats

Over the past few years, Mexico City has become increasingly popular with foreign residents, and especially digital nomads. However, we were very hesitant to go there. We didn’t know what to expect or if we’d even be welcome.

We did enjoy our time in CDMX. It has a lot of great things going for it, but several drawbacks and one thing in particular that will probably keep us from going back. So in this article, we talk about the pros & cons of Mexico City.

USA Cost of Living

Why Does The United States Cost so Freaking Much?!

The cost of living in the United States is OUT OF CONTROL! Many of the things we need to live have become unaffordable for the vast majority of people. Things like food, healthcare, transportation and elder care are being charged on credit cards and driving people further into debt. It’s INSANITY!

You might not realize that the cost of living is NOT sky-high everywhere. In many countries, you can still afford to buy the things you need without breaking the bank.

We Believed the Propaganda About Latin America

We Believed The Propaganda About Latin America!

If you’re considering a move to Latin America, it’s normal to have fears and concerns about making such a dramatic change.

When we first considered moving abroad, we had a lot of fears about the safety, healthcare, infrastructure, language barriers, and other challenges that come with living in a new country.

However, after doing a lot of research, and after living in Ecuador for more than five years, we realized that our fears were largely unfounded or exaggerated.

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