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Our Top 10 Ecuador Travel & Expat Posts of 2011

Posted in: Ecuador Travel, Everything Expat, Living in Ecuador

We have had an amazing year here on Gringos Abroad. We have more than 10,000 people reading every month and more than 340,000 page views last year. This is all thanks to you. We really appreciate this and want to thank you for reading!

One of our most popular posts last year was Top 10 Posts on GringosAbroad in 2010 – we summarized the most read posts of the previous year. And so we are doing it again this year.

Here are: The Top 10 Posts of 2011

10. How To Plan Your Ecuador Relocation

This was a hub post, linking eight primary posts about what you need to know/consider when making a move abroad. Learn about start up costs, costs of living, what you should bring and what you can get here.

9. What We Would Have Done Differently in Our Move

We learnt (yes, we’re still Canadians) a lot with our move to Ecuador. Overall, we did pretty good, but there were some things we would have done differently. Here they are:

8. How to Buy International Travel Insurance

When we shared our story about finding and buying travel insurance, we never expected how popular the post would become. So many people were in the same situation as we were. Here is what we learned.

7. Club Correos: A New Way to Receive Online Purchases in Ecuador

This post explains a service by the Ecuador Postal System that fixes a common expat problem – getting stuff from home: everything from shoes to English books. Learn how here:

6. Living Abroad: The Bad Days

Despite being published just 9 days before the end of the year, this post is #6 on our top posts of 2011. Bad days can happen anywhere, regardless of where we live. But living abroad presents some unique challenges. It really struck a chord with many readers and is one of our most commented posts of all time. See what all the buzz is about:

5. Two Years In Ecuador: Why We Moved, Why We Stay

Dena shares another perspective post, discussing the “why” of our move to Ecuador. Why we came in the first place, and why we have decided to stay. One of our most highly commented and shared posts. She talks about the challenges and what we’ve learned.

4. Whats Your Expat Question?

This is one of two Question Posts that we published this year (the other one was even more popular). This post addresses questions that are commonly asked by future and new expats.

Don’t forget to ask any questions that you have about becoming an expat. We’ll do our best to answer them all – and many readers are also sharing their expertise.

3. Culture Shock in Canada – Our Trip Home

Dena writes about a recent trip to Canada – and how it felt after being gone for more than two years. We expect to experience some culture shock in another country, but its weird when it happens where we grew up.

2. New Episode of House Hunters International: Haines Family in Cuenca Ecuador

This post generated a huge amount of comments – many negative which was a first for us. Many (at least a few vocal ones) feel that this episode, which has still yet to air, is going to be the death of Cuenca. Time will tell…

1. Whats Your Question About Cuenca, Ecuador?

This post has (so far) generated 223 comments with wide ranging topics. It has become a hub of information about life in Cuenca. Makes for some interesting reading – and don’t forget to post your questions!

 Thanks for reading and watch for great new content and new directions over 2012.

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Meet the Author

Bryan Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with GringosAbroad.

9 comments… add one
  • Dundas Winn Dec 1, 2012, 11:58 pm

    We are planning to visit Equador soon and found your articles on drinking tap water helpful. Sounds controversial, some do fine others not so much.
    We would like to stay out of the hospital and avoid getting sick during our three month stay. Are there neighborhoods that have better water than others?

    • Bryan Haines Dec 6, 2012, 7:01 am

      The water supply varies depending on the municipal government. The quality reduces dramatically once you get out of city limits (and it depends on which city). Hotels in Guayaquil often provide free bottled water because the tap water isn’t safe. Drinking bottled water should keep you healthy.

      Something to keep in mind is that water quality isn’t consistent. We’ve seen water go from clear (and apparently healthy) to looking like chocolate milk within just a few hours. With variable quality it is just a matter of time before you get sick.

      All the best on your plans!


  • Priscilla Theriot Jan 2, 2012, 6:51 pm

    I had a great vacation in Ecuador for 3 weeks in November based in large part on info from your blogs. Thanks for all you do to keep so many people well-informed. My trip was a great success and I’m considering moving to Cuenca in a few months.

    • Bryan Haines Jan 2, 2012, 7:50 pm

      Thanks for your feedback Priscilla – so glad to hear you had a great trip. All the best on your plans!

  • Bob French Jan 2, 2012, 2:08 pm

    Hi Guys, I really enjoy your site, it is helping me on making my mind up on where to retire. The info, comments and the articles are more than useful and interesting. I save all you posts so I can go back over and re-read for info that I want to check. Please keep-up the excellent work. Till next time, take care…

    • Bryan Haines Jan 2, 2012, 2:12 pm

      Hi Bob – thanks for your kind words. So glad that you are enjoying the site.

      All the best on your plans.


  • Ralph Sabean Jan 1, 2012, 9:53 pm

    I enjoyed the story about your trip to the Galapagos Island Not sure the spelling is right. I also liked your stories about retiring in Ecuador as an alternative for people like myself who’s now living in Canada. It’s a long way from home as you well know but if you can stay away long enough and make it your home it would be fine.

  • Lisa Jan 1, 2012, 7:13 pm

    Hi B,D & D. Wow!! Read some of the comments posted regarding the upcoming show on HGTV. Don’t the nay sayers know that even negative publicity makes people want to watch and see what the big to do is. Let us know when it will air. lol Keep up the informative writing.

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