The Real Reasons We Left Olón Ecuador (and Moved to Manta)

We get a lot of questions about why we left Olón, Ecuador so we thought it was about time we filled you in on why we decided to leave.

It wasn’t because we had any bad experiences or fell out of love with the place. We had an amazing time in Olón, but we always knew it wasn’t going to be our forever home.

We love Ecuador, and we want to experience more of this beautiful country. We wanted to show you all the incredible sights and experiences that Ecuador has to offer, beyond just Olón. To make that happen, we knew we had to spread our wings and move around a bit.

One of the main reasons we left Olón was to broaden our YouTube video opportunities. We wanted to capture more of Ecuador’s diverse landscapes and showcase them to you.

We also realized how important it was for us to have a place with a stunning view, something we didn’t have in Olón. Working from home,we wanted to be able to look out the window and enjoy the ocean views and incredible sunsets. It’s not just about taking walks on the beach; we wanted to truly immerse ourselves in the coastal beauty.


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Our new place in Manta has an abundance of natural light that floods in from every angle. We instantly fell in love with the condo building and the variety of options available here. While Olón had its charm, it couldn’t match the range of high-rise rentals we found in Manta.

Another reason we left Olón was because we wanted to travel more, and Manta has an airport. Now, we can easily hop on a plane and jet off to Quito and, from Quito we can travel to other incredible destinations within Ecuador or beyond. The possibilities are endless, and we can’t wait to share these new experiences with you.

Olón is a small comuna of approximately 2500 people and it was too small for JP. I grew up in the hustle and bustle of the Chicagoland area, so I couldn’t quite relate to what JP was feeling. But JP grew up in a small Kansas farm town, and he couldn’t shake off a bit of small-town PTSD. We both needed a place that struck the perfect balance, and Manta offered that for us.

We still love Olón and it holds a special place in our hearts. In fact, we plan to visit when we can and indulge in some of our favorite activities, like taking long walks on the beach, watching the sunsets, and eating at our favorite restaurants.

So there you have it: The reasons behind our departure from Olón. We wanted to explore more of Ecuador, find a place with a breathtaking view, expand our filming opportunities, and discover the perfect blend of city and seaside living.

Our journey continues, and we can’t wait to bring you along for the ride. Stay tuned for more adventures!

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I grew up in the Chicagoland area and spent most of my career working as a sales rep in the commercial lighting industry. I still work online for a company in Denver doing sales CRM administration. YouTube is my part-time gig, but I'm so happy we can share our Unconventional Life and hopefully inspire you live yours!

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