24 March 2013 ~ 16 Comments

Cost of Living Colombia 2013: My Life In A Colombian Household Under $1000 / mo

I’ve got some positive feedback about my cost of living breakdowns in the past, notably from Colombia a couple years back as well as Ecuador. Well, I haven’t done one in awhile, so like a good blogger I thought I’d fill ya’ll in… Backstory: Find Rent + Food In One At the end of January […]

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16 December 2012 ~ 7 Comments

Why Fast Internet Is Worth Re-Locating For (Do The Math)

It’s really good living life down here in South America. There are lots of cities with great people and great times. I am definitely in love with a number of places like Colombia and Brazil. But I have now been through about 1/2 of the continent, as well as about 3/4 of the major cities, […]

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29 July 2012 ~ 6 Comments

8 Reasons To Go Abroad Before You’re Ready To

A lot of people wonder if they are ready to go abroad, ready to travel, ready to jump into the unknown of a foreign place. Let me just answer this question for you… GO. REGARDLESS. Seriously, do not sit around waiting until tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes. Your life is now. You should even go abroad […]

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21 May 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Accelerating The Search For Liveable Cities

A few weeks ago, the question that really came to me was… how long does it take to know if a city is liveable for you? In other words, how long do you need to spend in a city before you can make a decision regarding whether you would stay in the city for a […]

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16 April 2012 ~ 5 Comments

Life After 6 Months In Medellin

The other day I had to go in to get my tourist visa renewed in Medellin. They had given me 90 days upon entry, which means I’ve spent 3 months this year in Medellin (already!). Combined with last year’s 3 months, that means I have lived here for 6 months in total over the course […]

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11 April 2012 ~ 5 Comments

Four Caricatures Of Geo-Arbitrage (Or, How Your Travel Lifestyle Can Determine Your Costs)

Geo-arbitrage is the idea that you can earn money in one part of the world and spend it in another. If you do this, often you will find that your dollars (or pounds / euros / francs / krone) go further, and you can afford a higher standard of living, partially due to exchange rates. […]

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26 November 2011 ~ 6 Comments

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 […]

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17 November 2011 ~ 10 Comments

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 […]

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01 November 2011 ~ 15 Comments

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 […]

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28 August 2011 ~ 16 Comments

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. […]

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