Some of you might feel trepidation about moving to a foreign land and well, most people are a bit fearful, especially if they have never left the USA before. This article, first published in May 2012 is about moving to Cuenca Ecuador but it also applies to moving anywhere abroad.
Are you thinking or dreaming about retiring to Cuenca Ecuador or somewhere else in the world? Haven't made it happen yet? Why not? When we were still thinking and dreaming about moving to Cuenca Ecuador we had to do a lot of fact finding and soul searching. In this information age, it is so much easier than it used to be even just a couple of decades ago to find information right in your own home on your own computer.
Update 2016 - When Costa Rica was first getting pumped by the International travel press there were no computers and you actually had to find out your information from subscriptions to travel magazines, the occasional travel book, and word of mouth. Today there are many blogs, websites and travel forums where you can find out most information about any place in the world...however it is always best to check out more than one website just to see all sides of an issue.
Everyone is different and has different reasons why they chose to live where they live abroad and subsequently their writings and videos will depict those reasons; a lot of times too, writers will suppress pertinent information that newcomers NEED to know and well, we don't do that.
Newcomers have told us they appreciate our openness in our writing and videos and because they feel they know everything, even if its negative, it actually seems to make them even more confident about moving to Cuenca Ecuador.
Moving abroad just because monetary vested interests make it sound as if it's your only option in life, or the best thing that ever happened to your retirement is not necessarily a wise choice for most people. Making huge plans of entering into financial commitments of one shade or another is not necessarily the road to a smooth and happy retirement and should not be the main priority when retiring abroad.
Here's what we did before we chose and then moved to Cuenca Ecuador.
We even talked with someone on SKYPE who had already been living in Quito for a couple of years so we could get some of our nitty-gritty questions answered. In 2009 and 2010 when we were looking at Ecuador for a possible move there were only a few websites and blogs for Ecuador. In point of fact, talking to someone that has made the move before you and you admire for one reason or another, is a great idea.
What if the U.S. dollar is toast? What if my check doesn't come in? Did you know in Ecuador government workers sometimes don't get their check for a couple of months? It happens.
If we've done it, you can do it.
Update 2016 - We say, come here or wherever you think is the best fit for you and your family/spouse/children and enjoy all of it. Not just as a tourist either but go local, get you feet dirty and stomp around a bit. Who knows, you may not like it, or you may love it. The experience of visiting and exploring new countries, cultures and people is a wonderful learning adventure that everyone should experience at least once in their life time.
Until we write again here's a few articles about moving to Cuenca Ecuador you might enjoy.
And we also have a video from a fellow frugal and happy traveler that discusses part of that fear we have been talking about thus far. Enjoy: