I Retired Early Thanks to Ecuador’s Affordability

I Retired Early Thanks to Ecuador’s Affordability

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April 20, 2017

Nearly four years ago, my husband, Brian, and I decided to pull the pin and move from Ontario, Canada to Cotacachi, Ecuador. This is not all that uncommon…except that we were 45 and 33 years old respectively. The main question that people asked me was “What are you going to do with yourself; you’re too young to retire?”

How Living in Easy-Going Ecuador Has Changed Me

How Living in Easy-Going Ecuador Has Changed Me

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April 19, 2017

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.

I Could Never Afford This “Private Beach” Paradise in the U.S.

I Could Never Afford This “Private Beach” Paradise in the U.S.

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April 18, 2017

My wife, Heidi, and I moved to Ecuador from Utah just over a year ago. We wanted to swap the regular routine back home for a more stimulating, affordable lifestyle. We first lived in the beach community of Bahia de Caraquez but moved to the temperate mountain city of Cuenca last April.

In Photos: Healthy Eating for Less in Cuenca’s Local Markets

In Photos: Healthy Eating for Less in Cuenca’s Local Markets

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April 16, 2017

Ever since I retired and moved to Cuenca nearly three years ago, the low cost of food and groceries continues to be a favorite topic in the expat community here. But, this lazy cook wanted to know for sure—can a shopper really get fresh foods and also save dough?

Top 5 Things To Do in the Orosi Valley, Costa Rica

Top 5 Things To Do in the Orosi Valley, Costa Rica

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April 15, 2017

When I talk to my friends in the U.S. about my life in the Orosi Valley, they say I live a perpetual vacation. That’s pretty much true. My life here couldn’t be more perfect. This area offers me all the things I was looking for in an overseas retirement—a laidback lifestyle, a low cost of living, and an abundance of things to do and places to explore.

My Dream Lifestyle in Cotacachi, Ecuador for $1,200 a Month

My Dream Lifestyle in Cotacachi, Ecuador for $1,200 a Month

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April 13, 2017

Five years ago, I was at a crossroads. My parental caregiving came to a natural conclusion, I was in my early 50s and, by this time in life, I knew the importance of “living while you are living.” Back then I was working long hours as a healthcare executive. It was meaningful work, but another life was calling to me.

My Life in Cuenca is a Never-Ending Vacation

My Life in Cuenca is a Never-Ending Vacation

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April 12, 2017

Cuenca is known as the land of “eternal springtime” with moderate temperatures year-round (highs in the 70s F and lows in the 50s F), but for my husband, Mark, and me it’s the land of “eternal vacation.” When you go on vacation, you leave your stress and the daily grind behind for a place where you don’t have to be reminded of those things.