Living in Ecuador, we have a big money problem. Or rather, we have a problem with big money. The sad truth is that the cost of things like cabs, fresh produce, lunches, and so on, is so low that no one likes to break large bills.
For just over a quarter of a century, International Living has ranked, rated, and named the best retirement destinations in the world. Each year we’ve refined and improved the process, bringing new categories and considerations into play.
My partner, Stacey, and I have lived in Cuenca for almost three years, and we have learned that some of the busiest and happiest moments of the entire year come towards its end. And best of all, the joy has a great price point: completely free.
Expats living all over the world, during the holiday season have one thing in common—their adopted countries have Christmas traditions that are likely very different from those back home…if they have Christmas at all.
If you’re of retirement age and you’ve decided to retire overseas, lucky you. And smart you. Not only are you about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime, but you’ve likely made a very wise decision. Because almost anywhere you might settle will surely cost less than living in the U.S. these days. But if you’re Read more...: 5 Countries Where Life is Good on a Social Security Check
“What do you DO in Ecuador?” That’s a question that expats get asked all of the time. For the most part, the simple truth is that we do pretty much the same things that retirees do anywhere in our day-to-day life. We read, watch some TV, get together with friends, indulge in hobbies, and so on.
One of the things I love about living in Cuenca, Ecuador, after spending nearly 40 years in the sweltering heat of Florida, is that I can actually walk outside during the day without worrying if the heat steaming from the blacktop will melt the soles of my tennis shoes.
If you're looking for a quiet, peaceful, relaxing lifestyle, it would be hard to find a better place to live than Cotacachi, Ecuador. This little Andean town, takes up a small space in a valley between two impressive, yet long-dormant, volcanoes.
We considered ourselves serial expats even before moving to Ecuador. My spouse, Sara, had been an international aid worker employed for more than two decades in places as far flung as Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.
Healthcare is one of the top concerns for retirees when considering moving abroad. But, the good news for retirees, is healthcare overseas often proves to be a fraction of the cost it is in the U.S.