James Whittall, Mirador San Jose

Who are you? When you ask who I am, the answer always includes my wife. We’re from Ottawa, Canada. We’re both 55.I am the former head of marketing at a major music festival. My wife is a retired lieutenant colonel, Royal Canadian Air Force. We moved to Ecuador in January 2019. We own a villa … Read more

Jessica Fay, Quito

Hello! My name is Jessica Fay and my family and I left our home in Texas to explore the world! We are currently in Quito, Ecuador, and are having a fantastic time!We wanted to take what we are calling the “Fay Family Gap Year”. This was important to us because we have a two-year-old daughter … Read more

Luca Lamanna, Quito

Who are you? My name is Luca Lamanna, I’m a 25-year-old Canadian living in South America.I teach English and I do hobby photography. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Quito, Ecuador in 2017. I moved abroad to change my lifestyle. While living in Toronto, I worked for a bank and … Read more

Elliott Segelbaum, Cuenca

Who are you?My name is Elliott Segelbaum.I’m 46 years old, and I retired at 40 from computer programming because my wife, Stephanie, and I realized that life is too short to spend our best years in a cubicle. (She retired with me, and was 38 at the time.) Where, when and why did you move … Read more

Jim Santos, Salinas

Who are you? My name is Jim Santos, I’m a retired computer and networking professional, now earning some extra money (and getting a lot of satisfaction) out of writing freelance.I have a blog where I write about our lives in Ecuador, our travels, and life in general. I’ve also been published in the Wall Street … Read more

Keith & Tina Paul, Cuenca

Who are you? We are Keith & Tina Paul. Early retirees who believed there’s so much more to life than work. We love to travel and now have a successful travel blog. Where, when and why did you move abroad? We moved to Cuenca Ecuador in January of 2015.We wanted to retire early and moving … Read more

Jim Santos, Salinas

Who are you? Jim Santos, retired from the computer / network support business, and now a fulltime freelance writer and blogger. I’m the Ecuador Coastal Correspondent for International Living, and recently had an article published in the Wall Street Journal.Where, when and why did you move abroad? My wife Rita and I moved to Salinas … Read more

Leigh Anderson, Quito

Who are you? My name is Leigh Anderson. I’m a freelance writer from Canada and I love the opportunities my work affords me to constantly meet new people and live in new places. Through my work, both professionally and on a voluntary basis I’ve been able to spend several years living abroad, first in South … Read more

Maureen Stimola, Tena (Ecuadorian Amazon)

Who are you? Excited by adventure and discovery, fascinated by science, mildly obsessed with lizards, attracted by new places and weird food, interested in new people but quiet until I get to know someone, that’s the nutshell. More factually, my name is Maureen (totally unpronounceable in any language except English) Stimola, and I am 23 … Read more

Gary Kesinger, Cotacachi

My name is Gary Kesinger. I worked as a middle school teacher for nearly 20 years, traveling internationally nearly every summer. After tiring of the stress of modern life, my wife and I decided to start a new life in South America. I had been interested in the idea of breaking away from the rat … Read more

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