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, [...]



How You’ve Lost 30% Of Your Wealth But Didn’t Know It (Or, Why You Should Learn About Currencies & Exchange Rates)

The other day I was chatting with a friend about his time in Brazil. He lived there for 2 years and had a blast. Interested to see what it would cost to return there, he looked up the exchange rate of Brazilian reals to US dollars today. The rate was BRL 1.57 to USD 1. [...]