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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.

The Problem With Retiring Overseas is Deciding Where to Live

The Problem With Retiring Overseas is Deciding Where to Live

When my now-grown son was a little boy I used to take him to Baskin Robbins for a cone. He would stare and stare at those 31 flavors. They were all so tempting, and I watched him grow physically agitated as he agonized over his decision. Inevitably he would always pick—chocolate chip. The same thing can happen now to folks scouring the Internet for possible retirement locations.

Living the American Dream... in Ecuador

Living the American Dream… in Ecuador

That belief in freedom is still driving people today—and some have chased the American dream all the way to Ecuador. Take Cynthia and Ron Kelley. They didn’t want the identikit big house with the white picket fence. They wanted something unique to them—but they could never have afforded to build such a home in the U.S. In Canoa, Ecuador, however…

The Unvarnished Truth about Ecuador

Ecuador: The Unvarnished Truth

In Ecuador, you can have it all…but it doesn’t come without sacrifice. At times, International Living is accused of seeing the world through rose-colored glasses… of overlooking the bad and omitting the blemishes. If you’ve been here in Quito the past few days, you surely would not agree with that.

The Truth About Retirees in Ecuador

The Truth About Retirees in Ecuador

“These are the best years we have left, and we don’t want to waste a single one of them.” That’s Edd and Cynthia Staton’s philosophy. During their 35+ years of marriage, they raised two kids and enjoyed long successful careers. But a few years ago, while living in Las Vegas, they were smacked hard, as many of us were, by economic recession. They both lost their jobs.

The Smartest Choice of All Was to Move to Ecuador

The Smartest Choice of All Was to Move to Ecuador

“No matter what kind of lifestyle you’re looking for, you can find it here in Ecuador,” I told about 350 people today. It may be a small country, but the variety it has to offer is huge… From palm-lined beaches… to tranquil living in small mountain villages… to modern cosmopolitan living in sophisticated cities like Quito and Cuenca, both of which have historic centers that are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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.

More on Our Winner: Ecuador

Ecuador scored well across all eight categories in the Global Retirement Index. However, there were some areas in which it did extremely well. Ecuador’s climate scored a maximum 100 points thanks to its mild, varied weather that makes for comfortable living year-round. Average daily temperatures reach into the 70s F, and the nights are cool and fresh.

Follow Your Passion in Ecuador

Follow Your Passion in Ecuador

Everyone who moves to Ecuador has a different reason for doing it, but they all have one thing in common… they’re glad they did. Earl Phillips and his wife, Jan, almost lost everything they had spent 36 years working for when the property bubble in the U.S. burst. But after Jan suggested moving from their home in central Washington to the coast of Ecuador…

Best Places to Retire In the World – Live Better for Less

Are you daydreaming about retirement? And perhaps worrying if you’ll be able to retire at all? (Who isn’t concerned about the value of their nest egg these days?) I have good news for you. If you’re wondering where to retire, there’s a place that’s perfect for you…no matter your financial circumstances and no matter what kind of lifestyle you’re looking for.

The ABCs of Retiring to Ecuador

The ABCs of Retiring to Ecuador

It happens to me every now and then…I look around in amazement and ask myself, “How did I get here?” Right now, here is a small Andean mountain village basking under the equatorial sun in a green valley 8,000 feet above sea level between two extinct volcanoes in northern Ecuador. And of course, I know more or less how I got here.

Beach Home Bargains in Ecuador

Beach Home Bargains in Ecuador

If you’re looking for a beach home and you’re on a tight budget, one country should top your shortlist: Ecuador. Ecuador’s coast is a sleeping giant. For years foreign buyers ignored it as a second-home destination. When it came to buying a place in the sun, they focused on better-known (and more expensive) beach destinations. That lack of foreign buyers is why beach homes in Ecuador remain affordable.

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The ABCs of Retiring to Ecuador

It happens to me every now and then…I look around in amazement and ask myself, “How did I get here?” Right now, here is a small Andean mountain village basking under the equatorial sun in a green valley 8,000 feet above sea level between two extinct volcanoes in northern Ecuador. And of course, I know more or less how I got here. Almost a dozen years ago, my husband Dan and I sold our house in Omaha…

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Live Comfortably on Only $800 a Month on the Coast in Ecuador

My wife is the one who first suggested we look for a home on an entirely different continent. We began our research and discovered we could trade in the familiar U.S. retirement locations for more affordable (and exotic) destinations overseas. Over time, we narrowed our target to Ecuador. We wanted warm weather and beachfront property with a view.

“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.

Moving to Ecuador: What About the Grandchildren?

Moving to Ecuador: What About the Grandchildren?

One of the major concerns for retirees considering relocation abroad is being separated from their grandchildren. My wife and I weren’t grandparents when we arrived in Cuenca, Ecuador over two years ago. Now we have a 1-year-old granddaughter and two more grandbabies on the way.

The Next Best Thing to Being in Ecuador

The Next Best Thing to Being in Ecuador

If anyone needed a retirement rescue—it was Ron and Terresa Moore. “Our 401k turned into a 201k after the economy went sour in 2008,” Ron joked today. Their story is all too familiar. Back in July 2007, Ron and Terresa made six-figures managing a car dealership, they had real estate and $1.2 million in assets. But fast-forward to December 2008.

More Than 300 North Americans Come to Ecuador to Explore What This Country Has to Offer

More Than 300 North Americans Come to Ecuador to Explore What This Country Has to Offer

As the emcee for many of International Living’s seminars and conferences, I’m used to full attendance at our events, and this one was no exception. Getting more than 300 North Americans to come to Ecuador to explore all that this amazing little country has to offer doesn’t really surprise me anymore…nor do the record crowds we’ve been hosting all over the world at all our recent events.

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Moving to Ecuador: What About the Grandchildren?

One of the major concerns for retirees considering relocation abroad is being separated from their grandchildren. My wife and I weren’t grandparents when we arrived in Cuenca, Ecuador over two years ago. Now we have a 1-year-old granddaughter and two more grandbabies on the way.

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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.

No Regrets Retiring to Ecuador

No Regrets Retiring to Ecuador

Many people dream of retiring to a foreign country and starting an exciting new life. But the uncertainty of such a bold transition…and the niggling questions it raises…sometimes prevents those dreams coming true. “What will my life really be like?” “What if I need medical attention?” “What if I miss my family too much?”

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No Regrets Retiring to Ecuador

Many people dream of retiring to a foreign country and starting an exciting new life. But the uncertainty of such a bold transition…and the niggling questions it raises…sometimes prevents those dreams coming true. “What will my life really be like?” “What if I need medical attention?” “What if I miss my family too much?”

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Ecuador: The Most Affordable Place on Our Beat

A round-up of the events you should be chalking down on your callendar. All of these events are expected to sell fast, so book your place early to avoid disappointment.

Five Secrets to Paying for A Life Overseas

Five Secrets to Paying for A Life Overseas

When most Baby Boomers start looking at life abroad, they are looking for quality of life, good financial value and a little mental activity to keep those brain cells engaged as they charge into an adventuresome phase of their life. I’ve traveled to Ecuador six times in the last four years and as I walk the streets in Quito, I’m always struck by the good mood I see on the peoples’ faces.

Get Your June Issue—This Month in International Living Magazine

Get Your June Issue—This Month in International Living Magazine

Your issue this month is jam-packed with new discoveries, savvy insider tips, and bargain-hunted real estate. Suzan Haskins goes off the gringo trail and explores one of Ecuador’s prettiest and most livable cities. With a rich history, modern clinics and hospitals, great shopping, and a stunning colonial center, it’s a surprise that Loja wasn’t discovered before now… Alison Talbert knew nothing about Ecuador when she first went there and started making money. On page 14 this month she reveals how just taking a vacation to the country’s highland market towns can turn you a profit.

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How Much to Live in Vilcabamba, Ecuador?

Vilcabamba, Ecuador is a place that’s pristine and natural. It just makes you want to slow down and enjoy life as long as you can. Some scientists believe the clean, mineral-rich water that flows from mountain streams and springs is akin to the fountain of youth.

Winners of IL's Win a Dream Retirement Overseas Contest

Winners of IL’s Win a Dream Retirement Overseas Contest

Congratulations to Americans Barry and Denise Luckenbach who are the lucky winners of International Living’s Win A Dream Retirement Overseas competition. The couple will spend a month “test driving” an early retirement in Cuenca, Ecuador, all expenses paid. The prize includes round-trip airfare for two, a 4-week stay in a furnished apartment and $1,500 spending money.

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Beach Life in Ecuador

“We’re right on the beach and we love that,” says expat Cynthia Kelley. “We can hear the ocean at night and we love to watch the sunset over the water in the evenings.” It’s easy to get the feeling that you’re a million miles away from the rest of the world in Canoa, on Ecuador’s northern coast.

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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.

Move Overseas: How to Fast Track Your Plans

Move Overseas: How to Fast Track Your Plans

Where in the world shall we go today? If you’ve been dreaming of Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, or the Dominican Republic (wow!), come on—let’s go. I’d like to take you on a whirlwind tour of these countries. With only the best, most knowledgeable (and most entertaining) guides, of course. I’m Suzan Haskins, reporting to you from International Living’s Ultimate Event, going on now in Cancun.

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Why I Moved to Vilcabamba, Ecuador

“You’re out of your mind!” This was one of the milder things people said when I announced that after 30 years of living in the paradise of Maui, Hawaii, I was moving to South America. And at 80 years of age. Alone. Without speaking a word of Spanish.

Test-Drive a Retirement Overseas – Free

Test-Drive a Retirement Overseas – Free

InternationalLiving.com is looking for a single person or couple willing to spend a month road-testing an overseas retirement in colonial Cuenca, Ecuador – a destination that earned the top spot in their 2012 Global Retirement Index, a listing of the world’s best retirement havens.

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Retirees Wanted to Spend Month in Ecuador–Free

We’re looking for someone to spend a month in the world’s top retirement haven—on us. If you like the idea of relaxing in a spring-like climate, exploring a colonial University city, making new and interesting friends from all over the world, trying new things and maybe even reporting about your adventures…this could be for you.

The Best-Value Real Estate in the World's Top Retirement Havens

The Best-Value Real Estate in the World’s Top Retirement Havens

There’s a lot to consider when buying a home anywhere, but especially one overseas. First thing you want to know is how much it’s going to cost. With bang-for-your-buck in mind, Ecuador comes out on top, offering some of the best-value real estate in the world. For $50,000 you can buy a penthouse suite in a colonial town or a beachfront condo.

The Best Retiree Benefits in the World in 2012

The Best Retiree Benefits in the World in 2012

There are a number of special benefits, discounts and breaks you can gain access to as a retiree overseas. Some countries stand out for the amount and quality of benefits they offer foreign retirees. Panama tops the category with an organized program of discounts and perks called the pensionado. The program is open to foreigners and there’s no minimum age requirement.

Ecuador's Coastal Gem

Ecuador’s Coastal Gem

When my wife, Suzan Haskins, and I visited the Ecuador coast recently, one of the nicest surprises was Bahia de Caraquez. It’s hard not to describe this little city of 20,000 people as a gem.

Great Lifestyle Options in the World's Best Retirement Haven

Great Lifestyle Options in the World’s Best Retirement Haven

As far as I’m concerned, Ecuador rocks. It may be a small country, but it has more to offer than you can imagine…great cities and quiet villages….the majestic snowcapped Andes mountains…impossibly beautiful beaches…and the glorious Amazon rainforest. Importantly, Ecuador has a low cost of living and some of the world’s lowest real estate prices.

"I'm Living My Dream in Coastal Ecuador"

“I’m Living My Dream in Coastal Ecuador”

Fourteen years ago, while on a Caribbean sailing trip, I decided that some day I would find my own place by the ocean. As time went on, that dream became ever-more important. I was sick and tired of corporate greed and useless politics in the U.S. It was time to make my dream a reality and check out moving overseas.

Retirement Rescue 101

Retirement Rescue 101

If anyone needed a retirement rescue—it was Ron and Terresa Moore. But thanks to low-cost Ecuador, they’re enjoying a relaxing early retirement in a warm, sunny climate. They have quality health care for $133 a month. And today they “sleep like babies every night,” says Ron. Back in July 2007, Ron and Terresa were living easy. But fast forward to December 2008. After 30 years, they found themselves out of work.

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