Do you have any regrets? That’s a question I often ask my friends who are living overseas. And I’d venture that 99.9% of the time I get the same answer.
A legendary Latin lover once gave some advice to a younger man. “You cannot make love to every beautiful woman you meet,” he said, “but oh, my son, at least you might try.” I was thinking about this…about love affairs...as I gazed across the rooftops of Casco Viejo, Panama’s historic quarter. Some are passionate and last a lifetime, some are fleeting and some exist only in our minds...
I’m often asked what advice I would give to would-be expats as well as to “already are” expats, so I created this “Top 10” list. This really is a favourite subject of mine and I have much advice to give (just ask my husband!), so let’s get started with these 10 “tip of the iceberg” tips...
“I think you’re brilliant,” a friend said to me on a visit home last summer. Believe me, it’s the first time I’ve been described that way. “You know what you want and you figure out how to make it happen. You’re not afraid of failure. You really are brilliant in that way.”
I'm often asked about life in Ecuador and what it might be like to live or retire here. And I'm not shy about sharing my opinion on that topic. I've lived in Ecuador off and on for 13 years now. We spent a year in Quito beginning in 2001 and returned here in 2008. So yes, I think Ecuador is one of the best places on the planet to live. Here's why:
"Won't you miss your family and friends if you move overseas?" That's a question we at IL get asked a lot, and the answer is... “Of course you will.” It's something my husband Dan and I have experience of.
What makes for a happy expat? This is something I think about often, because honestly…not everyone is cut out for the expat life. The rewards are tremendous and it’s a wonderful, life-changing experience, but there are challenges—and most are easy to get beyond.