Earn Six Figures…With a Third of the Year Off

"Are you still working?" is a question I get asked a lot these days. Instead of working a steady 40-hour work-week with just a few weeks' vacation, I'm routinely taking up a third of the year off...while still making a full-time income. I live in Cuenca, Ecuador, where my costs are a fraction of what they would be back home in Nebraska. I can dine out regularly in top-rated restaurants and afford to have a cleaning lady once a week.

From Burnt Out to Chilled Out in Cuenca, Ecuador

"This is the best thing I ever did—in so many ways," Jim Evans says. He's talking about moving to Ecuador and opening a business. His small shop in the historic downtown district of Cuenca, Ecuador is close to the Concepcion Convent, an institution that traces its roots back to 1599. The rhythm of life surrounding the convent is simple, unhurried, and low-stress—exactly what Jim was looking for when he relocated in December 2009.

Why I Never Left This Ecuadorian Colonial Town

The colonial city of Cuenca, Ecuador, draws vacationers from all over the world...and it has a tendency to turn visitors into permanent residents. That's what happened to me four years ago. My three-month visit turned into a six-month stay...Then a year passed and I still hadn't left. Cuenca has become home. I've been to some great places in the world and have loved them—places like Spain, Italy, or even Argentina. So why do I stay in Cuenca when there are so many other great places I could be living? Well, there are three big reasons I keep staying (and staying and staying).

Fun and Luxury in Ecuador With This Portable Income

I'd wanted to visit Ecuador for almost 12 years before I finally set foot there. At the time, I didn't realize it was going to be my new home. I thought I was just visiting... But when you've got a portable income, vacations go on forever. Money wasn't an issue and I could easily afford to stay in Ecuador. I picked up a new apartment...a weekly cleaning lady...and lots of new friends. I had both the funds and the flexibility to be as social as I wanted. And I settled into a new kind of life in the colonial city of Cuenca—one that I truly, truly love.