How The Hell Did I End Up Here? And Other Memories From 2011

The 2011 year has raced by faster than any year I can remember. It has been one of the most eye-opening, inspiring, life-altering years of my life in so many ways. This blog hardly begins to scratch the surface it all. But what makes me chuckle often are the moments when I say to myself [...]



How To Minimize Your Theft Exposure While Abroad (Part 2)

Previously, I wrote about the first step in minimizing your theft exposure while abroad: minimize your chances of being robbed at all. Now we move on to the second step… Step 2: Minimize The Stuff That Can Be Robbed This is a step, which if combined with step 1, will drastically reduce the effects of [...]



How To Minimize Your Theft Exposure While Abroad (Part 1)

I recently visited Quito, Ecuador, a place notorious for crime and petty theft, especially against travelers. Practically everyone I have met who has visited Quito has either been robbed, seen a robbery, or had a friend be robbed. I am no exception, as my buddy Brendan was robbed the day after I left, and one [...]



How To Jump Off A Bridge And Not Kill Your Offspring In The Process

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you probably know I have been in Ecuador recently. And if you follow me on twitter or facebook, you probably heard that I jumped off a bridge recently… Well, let me tell you a little bit about this adventure. First off, this bridge is not your [...]



Cuenca Ecuador For Upstart Travelers

As I mentioned in my post about my costs of living in Ecuador, I spent 6 weeks this fall living in a town called Cuenca. If you haven’t heard of Cuenca, you obviously have not been reading US international retirements magazines, because the city is a hotspot for older US expats and retirees. It is [...]



Breakdown of My Monthly Costs Of Living In Cuenca Ecuador

So, I spent 6 weeks living in one of the principal cities of Ecuador, Cuenca. Cuenca is located in southern Ecuador, a little bit towards the east. It is an old city with a rich history and a lot of old architecture. It’s no surprise it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, with the impressive Calderon [...]



The Medellin Effect (Or, Why Geo-Arbitrage Isn’t Everything)

I am in Ecuador and am suffering from something. Here are my symptoms: 1. I don’t see cute girls in my field of vision. I don’t see them on the street, in the malls, working at bars, filing into universities. I don’t see them as my parking lot attendant, my store clerk, my waitress. They [...]



A New Chapter For Ryan Goes Abroad

About a year ago, I started Ryan Goes Abroad. I started it as an experiment in finding out what the social media world was all about. And if you had told me what I was going to experience in the next year as a result of this blog, I wouldn’t have believed you. I have [...]



Medellin vs. Bogota Smackdown: Which Is The Best Place For An Internet Entrepreneur?

Within the past year, I lived 2+ months in both of two major cities of Colombia, Medellin and Bogotá. Today I’m going to share with you why an internet entrepreneur / aspiring location independent might consider living in each of the cities across different considerations. (Note: the internet connections in both places are solid and [...]



Breakdown Of My Monthly Costs In Colombia

Since deciding that the location-independent lifestyle is something I wanted to pursue, I’ve been more conscientious about my costs. And, since coming back to Colombia, I’ve been enjoying a decent bit of cheaper living. All told, Colombia isn’t cheap compared to other places in South America, but compared to the major cities of the US, [...]