Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador (PRWEB) September 07, 2015
An estimated 30,000 American expats live in Ecuador, and more are relocating every week. Yet the evidence suggests that only about 50% of the newbies will live there beyond three years. Why? What goes wrong?
The answer is, the majority of it is all about the “software," not the “hardware.” In this analogy, the “software” is all the programming (read baggage) that people carry around in their heads. As a wise person once quipped, “Wherever you go, there you are!”
The “hardware” in the analogy is the environment in which one lives—in this case, Ecuador, which has many pleasant attributes and a few off-putting attributes. It is what it is and largely lives up to its positive billing. People will find that wherever they go. Based on the author’s observations and expertise, the person’s programming has many times more impact on how they view their life experience than the environment itself.
In “Relocating to Ecuador—Eyes Wide OPEN: Quick Reading Bulleted Do’s and Don’ts That the Author Wishes Had Been Available to Clarify Things Before His Own Move to Ecuador (Updated 8.24.15)", the author reveals the leading reasons why expats return to the States.
-Having unrealistic lifestyle expectations: They expect to surround themselves with a mini-America environment—including not learning the local language—and not fully embracing the local culture. They discover that it is not only hard-to-do, but it is isolating and a more expensive lifestyle.
-Thinking the cost of living will be lower than it actually is: Some publications claim that Americans can live the lifestyle they’re accustomed to in the United States for just $600 a month in Ecuador. Recent surveys say that number is closer to $1200–$1500 a month.
-Missing relatives and friends: Some expats find that they miss relatives and friends even more than they thought they would. Not being in their usual “comfort zone” compounds that feeling. Returning to the States a couple times a year—or having friends visit Ecuador—is more expensive than anticipated when all costs are considered.
-Encountering health issues: Since the majority of American expats are seniors, it stands to reason that health issues play a significant role. When expats learn they have a serious health issue, they often return to the States (a) for pre-existing insurance coverage, (b) for access to quality specialists that they perceive (perhaps wrongly) are not available in Ecuador, and (c) to have family around them to manage life’s necessities.
-Mates embracing Ecuador to different degrees: Often one person in a relationship loves Ecuador, the other one not so much. The resulting stress in the relationship causes one or both to return to the States.
In assessing whether people may or may not thrive living in Ecuador or any foreign country, they should take an even closer look at their own “software” programming more than at the prospective country’s “hardware.” Therein lies the best clues. Relocating to Ecuador—Eyes Wide OPEN helps solve this puzzle.
Contact: Terry Dean Roberts, Author
“Relocating to Ecuador—Eyes Wide OPEN”