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Crime And Safety In Ecuador

“Kathleen, I have been an avid reader of your newsletters for several months now, and my appetite for retiring outside the United States has become very active since I first subscribed to your services. The one thing I feel is lacking from your services are the advisories from the U.S. Bureau of Consular Services and the U.S. Department of State. Your recent newsletter about Ecuador had my mouth watering until I read the U.S. State Department website article. I have provided the link for your reference. We all know that if anything sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true. I feel strongly that you folks need to expose your readers to both the good and the bad.

“This link will give you the U.S. government view on Ecuador: http://www.travel.state.gov/” (Actual link removed as of 2016).

–Tom R., United States

We do expose our readers to the good and the bad.

Read the U.S. State Department advisories on any destination and you’ll stay home. The advisory for Ecuador reads like so many others I’ve seen over the years. I’m sure crime is a problem in parts of Ecuador, thanks to the poverty in this country. As when spending time anywhere, you have to take precautions and be sensible.

These U.S. State Department warnings are written with broad strokes to protect those writing them as much as to protect U.S. citizens overseas. In this case, the way the report is worded, it sounds like U.S. citizens are being singled out in Ecuador. I don’t believe that’s the case. Anyone over 5 feet tall and white sticks out in Ecuador.

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