Tip for exploratory trip to Ecuador before living or retiring there

Posted on August 13, 2013 • Filed under: Ecuador, TRAVEL

As the author of “100 things to consider before moving or retiring in Ecuador“, I am always looking at new aspects on how a potential expatriate might make a better informed decision about living in Ecuador.

A number of those that decide to live in Ecuador basically just “jump in” and they are off on the adventure. Primarily this group has used many of the resources on the internet and read a few books. Another group of expatriates have the financial ability or interest in doing what is called the famed “exploratory trip” that you see mentioned in so many of the expatriate forums. The exploratory trip is highly recommended and one should spend as much time in the country as possible in order to gauge whether or not it is the best decision for you.

One option to consider for your exploratory trip is to join an organization called couchsurfing.com . This is a worldwide organization made up of travelers from around the world. They describe their site as: Couchsurfing is a global community of 6 million people in more than 100,000 cities who share their life, their world, their journey. Couchsurfing connects travelers with a global network of people willing to share in profound and meaningful ways, making travel a truly social experience.

One may find a residence with a national family that will offer free lodging. The idea is that there will be cultural interchange and that you may make a room available to someone from around the world who is visiting your country. There are many members in Ecuador who speak English or want to practice English that will be more than willing to share information about Ecuador with you.

Another method of learning about Ecuador and meeting other Ecuadorians is to contact one of Ecuador’s consulates if located in your home area in the U.S. They will often have information about Ecuadorian social groups and or meetings. You will find that many may speak English and will be happy to share information about their homeland. Also, consulates are also good for possibly finding travel agencies that specialize in airfares or tours to Ecuador. I have found over the years that there is usually an agency or two owned by an Ecuadorian in the area where the consulate is located and they may have discounted airfares. Here is a list of Ecuadorian consulates in the United States and of course the Embassy is located in Washington D.C..


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