For more than three years, my wife, Rita, and I have lived in Ecuador without any form of Ecuadorian health insurance. When we first arrived, we checked into getting private plans, but we found them to be a little difficult to use, and questioned whether they were worth the expense.
It's no secret that the coast of Ecuador has some of the lowest-priced coastal properties in the world. Still, cash is king in the real estate market here, and not everyone can take advantage of the bargains to be found.
When you live in another country, every once in a while something happens that makes you stop for a moment and realize how much you have been changed by the experience. My wife, Rita, and I have been living in Salinas on the sunny southern coast of Ecuador for three years now, so this has happened to us a few times before.
The city of Loja (also known as “The Music and Cultural Capital of Ecuador”), in the southern Andes of Ecuador has long been overlooked as an overseas retirement destination. Slowly that is changing, as more people are discovering this interesting and friendly town.
"I woke up this morning and saw 30 or more horses grazing in the bamboo forest across the street from our home," says Roger Wergin. "How's that for a tranquil retirement view?" Roger and his wife Cyndy feel they made the right decision when they bought a lot and built their three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in a gated community, just a 10-minute walk from the town of Olón, Ecuador
I was talking to someone in the States the other day about my life in Ecuador, and he asked a question that an expat hears often: “Don’t you get homesick?”. This is not a trivial question, and one that anyone thinking of moving to another country should consider.
“Honey, I think we need to make a trip to the ‘Tad,” my wife Rita said to me the other day. “Great,” I replied. We’re just mad about the ‘Tad. The place my wife was referring to was La Libertad—a.k.a. The ‘Tad.
"I'm kind of a social butterfly," says Linda Flierl Hooks, owner of The Donkey Den Cafe and Guesthouse in Santa Marianita, Ecuador. At 71 years old, Linda's life is socially active and satisfying.
It was a great feeling when my wife and I sold our car three years ago and got on the plane for a one-way flight to Salinas, Ecuador. Living without a car has been a wonderful experience, and it's one of the ways that expats are able to keep their living expenses so low.
Usually when people think about moving to the beach, it is to enjoy sunshine, surf, sand, and good weather. When my wife Rita and I moved to Salinas, Ecuador on the Pacific coast, great weather was at the top of our checklist.