A Canadian Family Traveling & Living Abroad (in Ecuador)

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How do I choose good travel insurance? This is a question we get asked all the time. Which provider is best? How can I get coverage as a resident of Ecuador? Who covers Ecuador? I should note that we are not experts in travel insurance. But I've learned a lot since moving to Ecuador, and ... [Read more]


Before we moved to Ecuador, we spent a lot of money on books and courses to learn Spanish. I wish we would have had this course before we moved! I just finished listening to the audio version of Speak From Day 1 - a language hacking guide. I really liked it, it was motivational and made me ... [Read more]


Are you interested in earning a passive online income? Making a living, while living abroad, is a topic that many of our readers want to learn about. It is one of the most common questions that we get asked. In fact, one of our most-popular non-Cuenca posts is: How Do You Earn a Living Abroad? From ... [Read more]


As we planned our moved to Ecuador we bought a lot of books. Not just books to learn Spanish or books about becoming expats. Once we decided on Ecuador, we were hungry for information about what was actually there (here). We wanted to know not just about Cuenca, but also the other cities and towns in this new ... [Read more]


There is no shortage of books on travel, language and making money. The problem is that many of them are speculative. Have the authors actually done it themselves? Do their methods actually work? The best way to learn is to learn from the people actually doing it. You'll get practical advice that works in the ... [Read more]


Last week, a reader wanted to know how we earn our living here. We are in a fairly unique situation compared to most expats - at least those in Cuenca. The majority of expats here are retired. They receive a monthly income from pensions or investments and don't worry too much about their income. When ... [Read more]


What's up with House Hunters International in Cuenca? If you have seen the episode we did with House Hunters International (HHI) you may be a little confused. If you are, we can understand why. HHI contacted us after reading Gringos Abroad because they wanted us to reenact our initial move to Cuenca Ecuador. So that ... [Read more]


Our episode aired February 15th. Check out: Behind the Scenes: House Hunters in Cuenca Ecuador This week we finished filming a House Hunters International episode in Cuenca. This part was our house-hunting component which was shot Sunday through Tuesday. Our back-story (the why of our move) was shot while we were in Miami last month. ... [Read more]


As a travelers and expats we get to see lots of great new things. Since moving to Ecuador, our photography has significantly improved - we've taken more than 15,000 photos since arriving two years ago. Sometimes we travel with our large dSLR cameras - other times just a simple point and shoot.  Really depends on ... [Read more]


This is part of our Expat Profile Series. Do you have a story? Share your Story here. We have one section for Expats and another for Travelers. The Expats: Franziska & Daniel Pedersen Blog: www.santuariohibiscus.com/news Twitter: @santuarioh Facebook: Santuario-Hibiscus Dan and I live in La Unión, Azuay, Ecuador (about 1 hour south of Cuenca). Dan ... [Read more]

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About Bryan & Dena Haines

We are a Canadian family of 3 living in Ecuador since 2009. We blog about life and travel in Ecuador. If this is your first visit, start here. Interested to work with us? Read more about Bryan & Dena

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