Thinking about moving overseas? Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about Ecuador and how inexpensive it is to live or retire there. But for those who are doing the research, it can sometimes be difficult to determine what’s hype and what's real. It can also be difficult to connect with the people who have actually made that leap and moved to Ecuador.
So with that in mind, we’ll be doing some features on real people and their adventures in Ecuador. But to kick off our series, we want to start by linking you to some of the experts in the area.
Want to read about the real-life journey of a couple’s transition to Ecuadorian life? Then you must check out Gringos Abroad. This blog not only showcases the experiences of a Canadian couple who moved to Ecuador in 2009, it outlines their move and their path to residency.
The posts are informative and enjoyable to read, but they’ve gone a step further. They’ve created a Started Here page that organized their hundreds of blog posts into clear, organized categories. If you want an insider’s view of the whole experience, you can’t get much better than this.
Call it news for the Ecuadorian lifestyle. This youtube channel and website offers feature stories about life in Vilcabamba and surrounding areas of Ecuador. Topics range from local medicine and dental procedures, to interviews with expats in local restaurants, to public interest pieces on activities and festivals. There is a nice mix of the interviews. Some are with locals and are in Spanish, but they have very good English subtitles. Some are with the expats from the U.S., U.K. and Canada.
This is a great way to see the country from the perspective of a native and local expats, while learning about local life, medical facilities and local activities. There are even videos about crime and local problems.
When deciding to make such a leap, nothing beats talking with the local expats. Fortunately, the internet has made that process so convenient. There are many forums and online discussion groups for expats in Ecuador. Here is one of our favorites:
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