From Dubai To Ecuador—Walking Away From A Life Of So Much For A Life Of So Much More
Oct. 21, 2014 Vilcabamba, Ecuador The low cost of living is only one reason to consider retiring to Vilcabamba, Ecuador, which also offers a rewarding quality of life.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
Sue and I were living and working in Dubai, and we had it made.
Tax-free salaries, free accommodation, a transportation allowance, free air travel home each year, and 13 months' salary for every 12 months worked. It was a better deal than either of us could have received for comparable work in my home state of Wisconsin or in Sue's home province of Alberta.
Crime was almost nonexistent. The highways smooth and lighted. The communications fiber optic. The TV satellite. The government efficient. The snow skiing (yes, the snow skiing) indoors. It's the desert. It's 100 degrees outside. It's Dubai. Where else would the snow skiing be if not indoors.
We had access to those shopping malls Dubai is famous for, some of the world's largest.
We had it made.
Now we live on the side of a mountain off a dead-end dirt (we aspire to gravel) road in a rural area of southern Ecuador.