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The Happiest Expats I Know in Ecuador

The Happiest Expats I Know in Ecuador

Perhaps the happiest expat couple I’ve met in Ecuador came here with what fit in their suitcases and only two things that didn’t—a guitar and a fiddle.

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The Happiest Expats I Know in Ecuador

Perhaps the happiest expat couple I’ve met in Ecuador came here with what fit in their suitcases and only two things that didn’t—a guitar and a fiddle.

In Ecuador John and Sue found one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse countries in the world.

Why Move to Vilcabamba, Ecuador?

In Ecuador we found one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse countries in the world. And with a low cost of living, a government that leaves us alone, and some of the friendliest people you’re ever likely to meet, Ecuador more than exceeded our expectations.

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Why Move to Vilcabamba, Ecuador?

In Ecuador we found one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse countries in the world. And with a low cost of living, a government that leaves us alone, and some of the friendliest people you’re ever likely to meet, Ecuador more than exceeded our expectations.

“How Extraordinary My Ordinary Is”

How We Found Our Paradise in Vilcabamba

Are you for real? Do you have any kids? Do you like squirrels? How old are you? What does that do? Can I wear your hat? How did you get this job? Is your teacher pretty? How much do you get paid? Can I drive? Is John your real name? Can I toot your horn? Answering questions. It seems I have been doing that for most of my adult life.

Success in This Part of Ecuador is Guaranteed

Success in This Part of Ecuador is Guaranteed

My grandma, a legendary green thumb, once tried her hand at growing bananas. She was successful, producing exactly one banana… from a plant in a pot, in her living room, in Wisconsin, in the dead of winter. The bad news? I didn’t inherit my grandmother’s green thumb. The good news? Living in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, I don’t need it. And neither will you because the area has such ideal growing conditions that anybody can be successful, even with little or no experience. Here’s what you need to know to get started:

Success in This Part of Ecuador is Guaranteed

Success in This Part of Ecuador is Guaranteed

My grandma, a legendary green thumb, once tried her hand at growing bananas. She was successful, producing exactly one banana… from a plant in a pot, in her living room, in Wisconsin, in the dead of winter. The bad news? I didn’t inherit my grandmother’s green thumb. The good news? Living in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, I don’t need it. And neither will you because the area has such ideal growing conditions that anybody can be successful, even with little or no experience. Here’s what you need to know to get started:

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How We Found Our Paradise in Vilcabamba

It started when I was a boat captain on an authentic sternwheeler. Passengers always had questions, but never more so than when 100 five- and six-year-olds piled onboard for their end-of-the-school-year field trip.

26 Ways to Know You're Living in Paradise

26 Ways to Know You’re Living in Paradise…

During the recent Powerball hype, a friend asked me if I won the lottery, would I move somewhere else? Sure I would! I would move anywhere…but only if you can find me a place that has… 1. Good weather, the kind that doesn’t require a furnace or A/C to cope—just a T-shirt and a sweatshirt. 2. Beautiful scenery…because life’s too short to live someplace ugly.

26 Ways to Know You're Living in Paradise

26 Ways to Know You’re Living in Paradise…

During the recent Powerball hype, a friend asked me if I won the lottery, would I move somewhere else? Sure I would! I would move anywhere…but only if you can find me a place that has… 1. Good weather, the kind that doesn’t require a furnace or A/C to cope—just a T-shirt and a sweatshirt. 2. Beautiful scenery…because life’s too short to live someplace ugly.

People Say I’m Crazy

People Say I’m Crazy

Is it crazy to consider living in another country? John shares the story of how the “crazy” decisions he and his partner Sue made have culminated in a healthier, happier, and ultimately more rewarding life in Ecuador.

People Say I’m Crazy

People Say I’m Crazy

Is it crazy to consider living in another country? John shares the story of how the “crazy” decisions he and his partner Sue made have culminated in a healthier, happier, and ultimately more rewarding life in Ecuador.

“Is Ecuador Everything You Hoped?”

“Is Ecuador Everything You Hoped?”

Six years ago, Sue and I saw our home in Vilcabamba, Ecuador for the very first time. Even though it was our first day ever in South America and we hadn’t even seen the town of Vilcabamba yet, we agreed to buy the property five minutes after stepping through the blue steel gate that was the entrance to the property. And, as it turned out, to our new life.

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“Is Ecuador Everything You Hoped?”

Six years ago, Sue and I saw our home in Vilcabamba, Ecuador for the very first time. Even though it was our first day ever in South America and we hadn’t even seen the town of Vilcabamba yet, we agreed to buy the property five minutes after stepping through the blue steel gate that was the entrance to the property. And, as it turned out, to our new life.

People Say I'm Crazy

People Say I’m Crazy

Is it crazy to consider living in another country? John shares the story of how the “crazy” decisions he and his partner Sue made have culminated in a healthier, happier, and ultimately more rewarding life in Ecuador.

Dare to Dream

Dare to Dream

What are you thinking when it comes to living and traveling overseas? What are others thinking? What were John and Sue thinking? John provides some answers, and maybe some inspiration as well, to these questions and more.

People Say I'm Crazy

People Say I’m Crazy

Is it crazy to consider living in another country? John shares the story of how the “crazy” decisions he and his partner Sue made have culminated in a healthier, happier, and ultimately more rewarding life in Ecuador.

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Retired at 44 in Vilcabamba, Ecuador

We started researching retirement property, making full use of the Internet, libraries, networking, country visits, and, of course, International Living. It was a part-time job for us…and in no particular hurry, we passed on properties that didn’t measure up; settle for less, and that’s exactly what you’ll get. In July 2006, after searching for five years, we found a property in Vilcabamba, Ecuador.

Dare to Dream

Dare to Dream

What are you thinking when it comes to living and traveling overseas? What are others thinking? What were John and Sue thinking? John provides some answers, and maybe some inspiration as well, to these questions and more.

People Say I'm Crazy

People Say I’m Crazy

Is it crazy to consider living in another country? John shares the story of how the “crazy” decisions he and his partner Sue made have culminated in a healthier, happier, and ultimately more rewarding life in Ecuador.

Dare to Dream

Dare to Dream

What are you thinking when it comes to living and traveling overseas? What are others thinking? What were John and Sue thinking? John provides some answers, and maybe some inspiration as well, to these questions and more.

How to Retire Overseas on as Little as $697 a Month

How to Retire Overseas on as Little as $697 a Month

When John Curran turned 39, he decided to retire. It wasn’t that he lucked into a big bonus from work. In fact, John was a teacher from Wisconsin. But he and his wife, Sue, wanted a richer experience from life. At a time when most people are less than half-way through their working lives, John began researching retirement options…

What Cost The Perfect Life in Ecuador?

What Cost The Perfect Life in Ecuador?

If you’re moving overseas, perhaps the most important number for you is property price. Of course, you’ll want that number to be low so that you can afford your new life overseas.

Dare to Dream

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“We’re Never Heading North Again”

“We’re Never Heading North Again”

This will be the third holiday season since Sue and I moved to Vilcabamba, Ecuador. Our first Christmas here we were still getting settled in.

In Ecuador It’s Business as Usual

In Ecuador It’s Business as Usual

Perhaps one of those most heartening aspects of last Thursday’s unrest in Ecuador’s capital city of Quito was how few IL readers expressed their concern over the situation on IL’s Facebook wall.

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