Moving abroad is unlike anything you’ve done before.
Moving is consistently ranked among life’s most stressful situations.
When you add in the sale of a home, possessions, leaving behind family and friends, along with new challenges like language and culture – you have an interesting mix. It isn’t uncommon to have reservations about moving and living in Ecuador. We’ve all been there.
We recently asked the following question on Facebook:
“What was (or would be) your biggest concern when moving abroad?”
We immediately had a strong response. Everyone has a specific concern. Check the conversation on Facebook.
What’s Your Biggest Concern About Moving to Ecuador?
Here’s what our Facebook community had to say:
- Lydia Chiang Earning an income.
- Tiana Kennemur Education for my kids or healthcare
- Janis Paquette The language barrier.
- Mike Haines My biggest concern is earning an income too.
- Jeff Schinsky Being accepted by the locals, and the potential for suffering through a cold shower. Oh.. Availability of needed prescriptions.
- Sharie Lieberg My husband and I are considering moving to Cuenca, and he is really concerned about what to do with himself all day (retirement blues in general). I say it’s a beautiful country to be explored…
- Mike Haines I look forward to reading that post on ways to work abroad. I have even thought about blogging like you guys. I love to read blogs and like to write also. Maybe this can be an option for me?
- Judy Crawford I would say healthcare for me. Getting up there in the age bracket! ugh
- Julio Alvarado How about the quakes? Ecuador is on top of a subduction zone between the Nazca and South American plates. Have the quakes affected you or your day-to-day experiences in any way?
- Judiel Gonzalez Money is always a constantly issue… but above that it’s crime and security.
- Julia Haggstrom Crime and money
- Larry Richards My wife.
- Veronica Pelaez Earning an income but still having lots of time to live
- Thomas Beard Sharie Lieberg – 100% correct – Ecuador is a natural wonder! He needs to travel this beautiful country for 3 months, from the coastal towns, to the Andes, to the jungle, to the Galapagos. He will never be the same!
- Shanna Dawn The horrendous visa hurdle. When none of the visa types fit and the to-dos get to be overwhelming.
- Terri Fullerton Abrams Besides the visa hurdle as prior post mentioned-we would like to learn about shipping over some personal belongings-furniture, etc Do you know of others that shipped over belongings? And also-earthquakes-do they have them? Thank you
Update December 24, 2013: The following comments have been added since the post originally published a few weeks ago.
- Phyllis Dowell My biggest concern would be missing my family…especially my children.
- Brenda Lee Being a single woman in Ecuador. Would I find other single retired professionals to associate with?
- Lena Glace Is there an expat help once your there if your having any problems….
- Brenda Webb finding a place for my husband and myself and my two horses
- Pattie Emmett-Chavez I am on my last two days of a perfect expat tour of most of Ecuador. I am returning to Cuenca for another 2 months. I am concerned about finding the RIGHT location with weather, amenities and safety with easy access for travel to call my new home.
- Ron Allanach Crime.
- Susan White loss of free prescriptions. I take a lot of medications and wondering about the availability of them.
- Patti Lorman Education for my elementary school aged child.
- Justin Bonfenda-Khonde being accepted by Locals as a Canadian retiree and loss of free prescriptions.as a I take a lot of medications and wondering about the availability of them.
- Sollena K Morginn Making friends and the altitude adjustment.
- Stephen Fryer Finding a high school so my son can finish grade 10-12. Prescriptions drug costs? Safety for my kids.
Now, we want to hear from you.
What is your top concern about moving to Ecuador?
Please share your concerns (and tips) in the section below.