By Linda McFarlin
Have you considered moving to Ecuador? Are you sure it's the right place for you? Perhaps you've been meaning to get more information but don't know where to look. Maybe you've already made the move and now have unanswered questions coming up? If so . . .
I’ve written a 100-page e-book, “Moving to Ecuador: 20 Important Questions Answered.” This comprehensive guide will help you make up your mind about relocating and steer you in the right direction after you’ve arrived.
In our eight years as full-time residents of Ecuador, Gary and I have fielded thousands of questions from newcomers. Finding the answers was not always easy. Often we had to do a lot of digging.
We’ve assisted hundreds of people in all aspects of moving to Ecuador—with visas, rentals, interior design, property management, tours, land and home purchases, investing and business.
We’ve dealt with the related problems, difficult situations, cultural misunderstandings, contracts and legal boondoggles--our own and others’—that have arisen.
Because so many of our readers have the same questions, I decided to put the answers in writing. I share our experiences, disasters, difficulties and discoveries in, “Moving to Ecuador: 20 Important Questions Answered.”
Each topic is broken down into what to consider both before and after your move, with anecdotes, opinions and a few warnings thrown in for good measure.
International Living has often rated Ecuador its #1 and #2 choice for retirement and named colonial Cuenca their #1 retirement city in the world.
Websites extol the glories of living in Ecuador, the low cost of living, the wonderful food and its fascinating culture. Steady streams of foreigners make their way to Ecuador daily to check it out.
But what is more difficult to find out are the facts about the quality of medical care, the availability of health insurance and such things as how to ship your belongings or a pet.
Buying into pie-in-the-sky hype about Ecuador without researching the downside may result in your making a premature or unwise decision.
No one wants to have to pull up stakes and move yet again after finding out they’ve made a poor choice by not gathering enough vital information. None of us need any additional stress to adversely affect our health, peace of mind and financial stability.
Along with divorce and death of a loved one, psychologists consider moving and/or selling your home to be two of the most stressful activities there are. When the move is to a different culture, the potential for stress-related health problems is greatly amplified.
So although the positive aspects of life in Ecuador are numerous, before you make the move, read the answers to 20 frequently-asked questions that future expats ask us---and some they should have asked but didn't.
If you are even considering the possibility, then “Moving to Ecuador: 20 Important Questions Answered” is an essential read. It will make your move easier and help avoid costly, time-consuming errors.
Make a more balanced decision by studying this thought-provoking material that presents both the negatives and positives of life in Ecuador.
Then if you are moving to Ecuador, you can come with confidence and plenty of knowledge, rather than arrive as a newcomer walking blindly into the shock of a totally new culture.
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