International Living Announces Winners of the Dream Retirement Overseas Competition

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Americans Barry and Denise Luckenbach took the top prize in International Living's Win a Dream Retirement Overseas competition.

The couple will spend a month “test driving” an early retirement in Cuenca, Ecuador, all expenses paid. The prize includes round-trip airfare for two, a 4-week stay in a furnished apartment and $1,500 spending money.

After receiving more than 600 video entries, chose Barry and Denise Luckenbach as recipients of the Win a Dream Retirement Overseas competition. The couple will head to Ecuador in July to try out an early retirement for a month in the colonial city of Cuenca. will provide the couple with two round-trip airline tickets, a 4-week stay in a furnished apartment and $1,500 in spending money.

Originally from New Jersey, Barry and Denise have lived in Hawaii for the past 31 years. He’s an elementary school teacher and she works at a brokerage firm. Travel enthusiasts, they have visited 45 countries and lived abroad for a time years ago, when Barry took a teaching assignment in Holland.

Now they are interested in retiring to Ecuador to lower their cost of living, improve their quality of life and reduce their stress level. The couple believes that by moving overseas to a place where the cost of living is much lower than it is in Hawaii, they will be able to retire years earlier than they planned.

In their video entry, Barry and Denise said, "The very low cost of living in Ecuador is so attractive. We'd be able to enjoy a higher standard of living than we can afford here in Hawaii. And at the same time, make our hard earned money stretch longer into retirement. All this, while also having the opportunity to explore a new land and a new culture. What's not to get excited about?" will ask Barry and Denise to report on their experiences for the website and its magazine, sharing details about how much things cost, what they do to stay busy, impressions of Cuenca and living overseas, likes, frustrations, pleasant surprises, and more.

Al and Debra Barby and Ellis Roddick and Bob Gaynor, two couples from Canada, were the runners up in the competition.

You can view Barry and Denise Luckenbach’s winning video entry here: "Winners of Dream" Retirement Contest".

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For more than 30 years, has been the leading authority for anyone looking for global retirement or relocation opportunities. Through its monthly magazine and related e-letters, extensive website, podcasts, online bookstore, and events held around the world, provides information and services to help its readers live better, travel farther, have more fun, save more money, and find better business opportunities when they expand their world beyond their own shores. has more than 200 correspondents traveling the globe, investigating the best opportunities for travel, retirement, real estate, and investment.

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