Moving Up By Opting Out And Retiring Overseas
Aug. 21, 2014, Cuenca, Ecuador: Lee Harrison retired more than a decade sooner than expected by relocating to Cuenca, Ecuador.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
"When I was 49, the engineering company I had been working for for many years went through a restructuring. The changes created an opportunity for those of us who were interested to take early retirement."
That's how Latin America Correspondent Lee Harrison recalls the starting point for what has evolved over the dozen-plus years since into a grand adventure overseas.
"My wife Julie and I were ready for a big change," Lee continues. "We wanted an adventure, to take ourselves as far outside our comfort zones as possible. So, when this chance came along to retire well ahead of the timeline I'd had in mind, I jumped at it."
Lee and Julie considered many options for where to retire overseas. Finally, they settled on Ecuador. It seemed to offer everything they were hoping for.
"Sometimes people who've retired to other countries boast that their lives in their new countries are hardly different from the lives they left behind back in the States," Lee says. "That's not the case with Ecuador. Living in Ecuador, you never forget that you're in a foreign country. For Julie and me, this was one of the biggest attractions."
However, the most important reason that Lee and Julie chose Ecuador as the place to reinvent their lives at this stage was the cost of living.