We are from a small town in Nova Scotia Canada, a quiet little town where we hardly ever saw anyone of a different nationality or culture. Everyone we knew was pretty much born, brought up and stayed right there. We never knew anyone from our town or the next that had decided to pull up roots and move to a foreign country.
So why did we?
What Was Wrong With Us?
We had what pretty much all of our family and friends had or were working toward: our own home, a successful business and a new car. We had it all, right? It may have looked that way and many people would have been content with that, but we were not. We wanted more, but what we wanted didn’t have to do with more money or stuff, it had to do with more time and life experiences.
On top of running a successful advertising business, we were so busy fixing and renovating our home that we were missing each other. Our daughter was growing up and we wanted more time with her to do the things we love to do as a family. In short, the lifestyle we had created was keeping us from really enjoying our life.
The Idea Of Life Abroad
The cost of living was stopping us from being able to mold our life into what we wanted it to be. We tried many times to adjust our business so we could have more time, but it was not possible. So we started exploring the idea of moving abroad.
We had thought about moving abroad in the past, but since our daughter came along the idea faded into the background and we started thinking we would never be able to make it happen. Our daughter was 8-years-old when we started seriously considering moving abroad again, and that seemed a good age to expose her to a new culture and language. We loved to travel so the idea excited us.
The search for our new home was on and it was a consuming one.
We got our daughter involved so as to take her preferences into account as much as possible. We needed to find a place where the cost of living was lower but still had the healthcare and other infrastructure that we were used to. There were maps and atlases, along with papers filled with country statistics spread all over the table, it was a learning experience for all of us.
How It All Came Together
At that point we put our house and business up for sale and started selling off all of the stuff we had collected over the ten years of our married life. We sold our stuff at second hand stores, yard sales and on Kijiji. Getting rid of all that stuff was hard at first but once we saw it disappearing, a feeling of relief and freedom started to take over. We don’t miss any of it.
As it turned out, things worked out perfectly, our home and business sold on the same day. We stayed with Bryan’s parents while we got the last few things taken care of.
Were We Crazy?
We arrived in Ecuador with a few bags of luggage and no work – talk about a leap of faith! Our plan was to live off of our savings until we could start up an online business of our own. We had enough savings to last about 3 years, but we wanted to stay a lot longer than that. Read more about our back story.
The idea we had for an online business fell through, so we started throwing around some new ideas. We decided to try our hand at writing.
- Bryan landed a job as the guide to online business and hosting at About.com.
- We started Gringos Abroad – a blog about travel and life abroad to share our experiences and get feedback from others.
- The popularity of Gringos Abroad.com lead to us being hired by a Cuenca businessman to blog about the Galapagos Islands.
- Seeing the response to Gringos Abroad brought about the creation of Blogger Abroad. Blogger Abroad is all about helping others to do something similar to what we’ve done, change things up and create a life on their own terms. As it turns out we really enjoy writing.
Landing in Ecuador with no work and no concrete prospects might have seemed like a crazy thing to do, but sometimes those crazy leaps of faith are what force us to think outside the box and realize what we are capable of. Read more about how we earn a living abroad.
What It All Comes Down To
Working together to create a new life has given us a feeling of accomplishment, it’s been kind of empowering. Traveling around Ecuador and sharing our experiences with so many people has been amazing. And being able to help some of those that want do the same thing we’ve done feels really good.
Getting used to life abroad has had it’s ups and downs. We had to learn Spanish and get used to a new culture. We have dealt with some difficult times but during those “downs” we’ve never forgotten the motivation that brought us here. Having a closer family, more time together and learning so much has kept us here. We hope nothing will take us away.