South America

From Canada to Ecuador: Our Road to the Gentle Island and Beyond

05 December, 2016 12:48  Erin Erin

Our Road to the Gentle Island and Beyond

Hullo, I’m Danica, just a regular woman (to be honest I still call myself a girl!) from Canada who has stumbled across a pretty amazing life. I worked in the field of finance and accounting for a good part of my life, as well as being a published poet and novelist. I tend to describe myself as a timid adventurer, but I’m getting braver, the more adventures I go on with my husband. Our general philosophy is that life is short and we should do as much as we can, while we can. This idea has led us to our crazy South American adventure. While we’ve sacrificed a lot to be doing what we’re doing, it’s well worth it.

1.    Why did you move abroad?
A broad? She was in our way…okay, bad joke, but I felt compelled to say it anyway. Seriously, our thirst for travel seems to run unchecked and we wanted to travel further afield, having seen a good part of Europe, Canada and the US. So we decided to make the leap to South America, as we had only visited once and wanted to see more. Our base in Cuenca, Ecuador allows us easy (and less expensive) access to both South and Central America.


From Grenada to the UK to Peru: Pelican Tales

24 October, 2016 09:37  Erin Erin

Pelican TalesI'm Danielle, 30 years old, and from the small island of Grenada in the Caribbean. After 12 years living in the UK (Manchester and London), I now call Lima, Peru home.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I first moved away from home to the UK to study. I went to the University of Manchester and then lived in London working in the charity and NGO sector. I've always wanted to travel to South America, but didn't know how to make it happen. Then out of the blue my finance's company offered him a transfer to Lima, so we decided to make the move for a new adventure.


From South Carolina to Chile: Our Chilean Adventure

16 May, 2016 12:08  Erin Erin

Our Chilean AdventureMy name is Lori and me and my husband Jim and 3 of our six children moved to the south of Chile in 2013 from South Carolina, USA.

1. Why did you move abroad?
In 2007 we lost a child and then in 2008 our real estate business collapsed with the bubble. We were increasingly unhappy with life in the US and decided that we wanted to spend the last part of our lives doing something adventurous and building the small farm we had always dreamed of. So we retired early and moved to the Los Lagos region of Chile to stay at a friends vacation home to explore and see if we could find our dream farm.


From Brisbane to Bogota: Sarepa

16 November, 2015 13:22  Erin Erin

Sarepa My name is Sarah Duncan, but people call me Sarepa (I'm addicted to arepas). I'm from Australia, but split my time between Brisbane and Bogota, Colombia.

1. Why did you move abroad?
The first time I decided to live in Colombia was after many years of travelling to the country. I had fallen in love with the place through the work of famed Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez and wanted to live out my own dream of living in Colombia and writing about my own experiences. I made that decision in 2012 and was shocked by how my parents reacted. "Thank goodness!" my mum said. "You've been wanting to do that for ages!"


From Michigan to Rio de Janeiro: My Quarter Life Epiphany

28 September, 2015 10:30  Erin Erin

Quarter life crisis brazil Hi! I’m Steph, originally from the tiny town of Lowell, Michigan. Now I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil since October 2015, and before that was in Bangkok, Thailand for 2 years.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I didn’t really move abroad, I just never left. I had taken a one week vacation for my first overseas trip to Thailand, and fell in love with the country and decided to make a new life there. So I stayed, based in Bangkok for 2 years while I traveled throughout Southeast Asia.
For the move to Rio, my fiancé and I decided we’d like to try something new. We wanted to move away from the concrete jungle and live somewhere with more nature. He received an offer to work for the 2016 Olympics, so we moved to Zona Sul of Rio de Janeiro.


From the USA to Ecuador: Paul Acee's Ecuador

20 July, 2015 06:32  Erin Erin

Paul AceeHello my name is Paul and I live in Cuenca, Ecuador. I was born and raised in California but I've spent most of my life in Fort Worth, Texas so I consider Fort Worth my hometown. Most of my career before I retired was spent in manufacturing management. I'm happily single and no kids.

1. Why did you move abroad?
My plan was to retire south of the boarder from the U.S. since about 1998 so this was very old retirement plan of mine.


From the USA to Brazil: Coconut Water

11 May, 2015 15:59  Erin Erin

Coconut Water Brazil Brynn Barineau is from  Atlanta, GA, USA and now lives in Vitoria, ES, Brazil.

1. Why did you move abroad?  

I was finishing my Master’s degree and working for the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program, a Fulbright Program specifically for midcareer professionals from developing countries to network for a year in the US, and one of the fellows was an incredibly handsome and brilliant judge from Brazil.  I helped him open a bank account.  We had a few lunches.  A year later I was moving to Rio and two years after meeting, we got married.  Now, we live in Vitoria, Brazil with our daughter.  This all makes me sound like way more of a risk taker than I actually am.


From Arkansas to Buenos Aires: The Road Les Traveled

23 March, 2015 10:35  Erin Erin

Road Les TraveledHola! I’m Lesley Murphy, the blogger behind The Road Les Traveled. I’m from Fort Smith, Arkansas, graduated from UGA, worked in Atlanta, D.C., LA, and now call Buenos Aires, Argentina my home. I arrived in 2013 with 2 bags and my sub-par Spanish skills, and haven’t looked back since.

1. Why did you move abroad?
Why not?! I’ve always wanted to live overseas. I honestly just thought the right time would never come, and then I realized that you have to make it the right time. You have to drop everything where you are and just go. My boyfriend took a job in Buenos Aires three months before I moved in with him. Best decision I’ve ever made.


From England to Colombia: Honestly Cali

26 January, 2015 08:28  Erin Erin

Honestly Cali My name is Marie and I am half French half British but grew up in England. I have been living in Cali, Colombia for four months now.

1. Why did you move abroad?
I moved abroad primarily for professional reasons as I had just finished a Masters in Environment and Development, focusing on issues in the Global South and, in this field, it is quite important to get experience in the field so I thought it was better to do this while I didn’t have any ties or mortgages to pay back in Europe! Then again, I chose Colombia because I have lived here before and my boyfriend is from here, so it made it much easier!


De l'Ardèche à la Colombie: Instinct Voyageur

17 March, 2014 09:44  Erin Erin

Instinct Voyageur Je m’appelle Fabrice Dubesset, originaire de l’Ardèche, en France.
Depuis deux ans, je passe la plus claire de mon temps en Colombie.
1. Pourquoi êtes-vous partis à l'étranger ?
Je suis parti en Colombie pour retrouver mon amie qui est colombienne. Nous nous sommes rencontrés à Paris lorsqu’elle travaillait là.

Je crois que c’est une motivation pour un certain nombre d’expatriés !


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