Getting Out (FSN Follow-up)
Has anyone heard of Mike Adams? He is know to many as the “Health Ranger”. I subscribe to his newsletter. It’s all about natural health. He lives in Vilcabamba, Ecuador.
There is a growing expat community there and the prices are reasonable, it’s still a developing country of course. But lots of gringos there to hang out with. Great place for computer based businesses, where you can semi-retire earlier on in your career.
The equator runs through it, so temperatures can get hot, but cooler at the ocean and in the mountains. There is controversial stuff going on with the oil drilling there. But it’s a fairly close air trip to the States for those who’d like to go back and visit semi-regularly. A nice catholic country. A few other things about Equador: they use dollars, they have American schools in both Guayaquil and Quito.
Here’s the link to where Mike Adams is. Btw imo he is one of the great patriots of our time. (not discounting many others of course). If you moved there you’d be in the greatest of company.
In response to the growing interest in South American destinations for tourism and abundant living, I’ve put together a breathtaking photo tour of the town of Vilcabamba, the Valley of Longevity and the Hacienda San Joaquin ranch where expatriates are currently buying land and building homes. I’ve been reporting from this ranch for the entire month, recording radio shows, writing articles and drinking fresh vegetable from my garden several times a day. Now, I’ve decided to share this uplifting experience with NaturalNews readers. (photo tour removed)…
– I recently moved to Ecuador. Not for a vacation. Not for a month or two. I moved to Ecuador for good, as a permanent resident. Upon hearing my plans for living in South America, many people who knew me in the States asked things like, “Well what about the stability of Ecuador as a nation?”…
some photos here, you can do some googling and look more into the Vilcabamba & other spots in Ecuador if you are interested.
From my files:
Another link for English schools in Latin America :
I enjoyed interacting on this forum and a lot has happened in our economy and in my own life since April when this discussion was happening. For anyone interested I’ve now set up a real estate business in Chile. http://southernchileproperties.com/
I’m not posting this entirely for self promotion, which is a trait few people admire I realize. But I have something to offer. One is a simplistic (but time consuming) overview (cut & paste) from the web with information on a number of expatriation programs world-wide, that I did. Decide which country looks the most attractive to you, then go the next step. The list is not entirely inclusive, not a professional presentation, but pretty adundant and a good starting point for busy people.
Second of all, I have made up some information on Chile (for people interested) which is not posted on my site. So for starters, if anyone thinking of expatriating wants an overview of monthly living costs there just email me and I can send you some stuff to get you started.
My husband & I already have an income stream, so this is essentially a hobby-job for me (how annoying I know). But I’ve been at this awhile and sure wish someone had been out there to offer me some information and help. If this means you just email me at my website: [email protected]
I have been in many countries in asia, europe, latin america, and I find Ecuador to be the easiest and best country to transition to out of the US, especially for retirement or to start a business. I call it Expat 101. We are buying farms there in anticipation of rising food costs and shortages. The culture is almost 10,000 yr old and still have a major say and control on the government there. Over 40 North Americans a day are moving to Cuenca alone, the number one city to retire to last year, not to mention many other locations in Ecuador.
I hear you on HK and the China thing. If I had a family with kids I probably would have moved to Australia or NZ for the safety and stability there. But I am a city kind of guy and am taking my chances with HK for now, while simultaneously making plans for where to go when TSHTF.
Hi Erik T. Great thread. Love this topic. I just found this forum. I have three kids and a fair bit of money in the bank, and some bullion stacked up. My intention is to move out of USA for various reasons.
Earlier this year I visited Australia with one of my sons. It’s a very rich country, and if you like beaches and waterways, it’s a paradise. I found the landscape outside of the city to be extremely dry and parched, and unattractive. I rented a car and was stopped for no reason, and the cops asked for my ID and had me blow into a handheld tester. I watched their police show on tv, and the cops rule with a very strong hand. I didn’t like what I experienced.
All prices are very high, for real estate, for seafood (which is fantastic), for everything. I felt that moving to Australia was like moving to a bubble land, and I could lose what I have saved up. I met with an agency for immigration, a very good agency I can recommend here called Southern Cross, in Sydney. You can likely find them online. Based on my situation, as a business owner, I could qualify quite easily for a residence visa. But there is something about Australia which I find unacceptable as a destination for resettlement, so the search continues.
I really REALLY appreciate the information shared here and I will continue reading this thread, and other information at this domain.
What do you guys think about the life after 50.
Smily life after 50 is Peak Life…..everything is peaking these days LOL.
I have been in many countries in asia, europe, latin america, and I find Ecuador to be the easiest and best country to transition to out of the US,
How difficult is it to get a Visa, buy a property, work … in Ecuador? Climate in this equatorial region is probably very tough isn’t it?
I’m looking for a place to get permament residence, or even citizenship. I have lived in asia, but didn’t particularly like it. Singapore was probably the best.
I have considered ecuador or chile, but I am a woman and would be travelling with my 5 year old daughter, and am concerned with her safety.
Anyone have any thoughts?
Eric, thanks for starting this fascinating topic. You are such a great writer! For a second, I thought I was reading a novel. We all appreciate your wonderful attention to detail.
One possible course of action: if you pass on renting one of the luxury pads in HK, you could use the savings to purchase a one way ticket on NetJets for a quick exit to Maine. :o)
Having spent most of my life in New England I certainly have a fondness for the topic: moving to a warmer climate.
We have just put our main residence in southern Vermont (5 private acres, 1/2 mile from town) on the market. Our plan is to move to our summer house in northern Vermont which is partially insulated and then “island hop during January and February.” Our two grown children hop to the southwest during winter and then hop back to New England for the summer.
Of ongoing concern is something that Harvard Prof. Niall Ferguson has stated repeatedly – “that the life cycles of great powers might not follow the long-accepted pattern of gradual rise and fall. Rather, he says, “it is possible that this whole conceptual framework is, in fact, flawed,” and that empires fall quickly and without warning.” Full essay: http://www.suite101.com/content/decline-and-fall-of-the-american-empire-a215593