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How To Make Better Photos (With Your Current Camera) – “Getting Out of Auto” Book Review

As a travelers and expats we get to see lots of great new things. Since moving to Ecuador, our photography has significantly improved – we’ve taken more than 15,000 photos since arriving two years ago. Sometimes we travel with our large d...
by GringosAbroad.com on Aug 14, 2011

How To Plan Your Ecuador Relocation

Planning to move abroad is huge. If you are at this stage right now, you probably have a hundred questions. We are going to assume that you’ve already decided on the country, and probably even the city. Some of the common packing questions are:...
by GringosAbroad.com on Jul 31, 2011

How to Litter Train a Puppy: A Lazy Way to Ease Culture Shock

When we moved to Ecuador our daughter was lonely because she didn’t have any friends, and she was frustrated because of having to get used to a new language.  She really wanted a puppy, and we felt it was important to get her one for companionship...
by GringosAbroad.com on Jun 21, 2011

How to Travel in Ecuador Without a Car – Part 2: Using City Buses in Cuenca

Car ownership can be complicated and somewhat expensive in Ecuador so, like many other expats, we have had to adapt to a car-less lifestyle. In Part 1 of the How to Travel in Ecuador Without a Car series, I covered how to use taxis in Cuenca. Many ex...
by GringosAbroad.com on Jun 14, 2011

How To Teach English Overseas

Okay, so I’ve never taught English overseas. It is something we talked about, even something we planned on doing when we first arrived in Ecuador. But it just never happened. So why feature this book? Well, it’s still an awesome idea. If...
by GringosAbroad.com on Jun 5, 2011

How to Make Money with Your Travel Blog

We get lots of questions about making money while traveling and living abroad. Nomadic Matt, (our friend and fellow travel blogger) has a great book, that really helped us: How to Make Money with Your Travel Blog Does he know what he’s talking...
by GringosAbroad.com on May 22, 2011

How to Get a Car and Drivers License in Ecuador – The Guide

Over the past few months, we’ve been working to get licensed so we can drive here in Ecuador. And we’ve spent significant time shopping for and then registering our car. Here is the process to get your license and a car, should you be bra...
by GringosAbroad.com on Apr 7, 2011

How to Get an Ecuadorian Drivers License – Step 3

So, I bet you’ve been wondering about my drivers license, eh? You’re probably thinking: “He failed the exam and was too embarrassed to put the next post”. Well, after I started this process, that thought did go through my mind...
by GringosAbroad.com on Feb 9, 2011

How to Do Your Banking in Ecuador (for Canadians)

Moving abroad involves many fine details – visas, health, money, etc. Access to our money is something we take for granted “back home”, but in another country, it can be kind of challenging. We heard a story about an American couple...
by GringosAbroad.com on Jan 21, 2011

How to Buy a Vehicle in Ecuador

Buying a car is something we swore we would never do when we moved here a year and a half ago. We were terrified of the style of driving and the apparent lack of road rules. Well, we’ve loosened up a lot since then, and we are ready to be indep...
by GringosAbroad.com on Jan 20, 2011

How To Receive International Shipments in Ecuador

For my other job, as a business journalist for Online Business – About.com (shameless plug) I receive lots of review materials. Mostly books, but some software too. Some publishers are hesitant to ship to Ecuador, telling me that their shipping...
by GringosAbroad.com on Jan 12, 2011

Club Correos: A New Way to Receive Online Purchases in Ecuador

I recently discussed how to send and receive packages in Ecuador. And for a quite a while, we had trouble with international shipments. However, things have recently changed and we have successfully received a number of packages from the U.S. directl...
by GringosAbroad.com on Jan 7, 2011

How to Open an Ecuador Bank Account

A few weeks ago, we finally opened our bank account here in Ecuador. After 17 months, I’m sure you can tell that it’s not a priority or necessity to have one. But it does make things more convenient. At least that’s what we are hopi...
by GringosAbroad.com on Jan 6, 2011

How To Send and Receive Mail in Ecuador

How can I receive and send mail in Ecuador? In the States, and I suppose in many other “developed” countries,  receiving mail is a simple matter of walking to the curb and checking the mail box.  Every house has a mailbox and a street address w...
by GringosAbroad.com on Jan 4, 2011

How to Make Money With Your Travel Blog

This is the first in a new series: Fund Your Travels. Have you heard all the buzz? Blogging Success Summit 2011 — the world’s largest online blogging conference is coming this February. I registered this week, and can’t wait. The format...
by GringosAbroad.com on Dec 31, 2010

How to Drive a Stick Shift

So you’re thinking of moving to South America? Great. Thinking of getting your drivers license? Also great. But wait – there’s just one thing. The majority of people only know how to drive automatics. If you’re coming from Can...
by GringosAbroad.com on Dec 28, 2010

How to Get an Ecuadorian Drivers License – Step 2

On Sunday, I completed Step 2 of getting my Ecuadorian drivers license. I completed the seven-day driving course, with a planned 35 hours of learning.  Read Step 1 (The Paperwork). I’ll be honest – I was dreading the week. I know how to...
by GringosAbroad.com on Dec 21, 2010

How to Get an Ecuadorian Drivers License – Step 1

So it time to get my license. After almost a year and a half here, I’m tiring of taxis and buses. Hired vans are nice, but I really want to drive – and explore. Whenever we visit another city (in Canada, the States, the Caribbean, or Sout...
by GringosAbroad.com on Dec 9, 2010

How To Do Your Banking in Ecuador

This post was contributed by Doug Willis. When we first started to seriously consider moving to Ecuador one of the many questions that came up had to do with banking.  Of course ATM cards and credit cards work fine here, but what if a card got lost...
by GringosAbroad.com on Nov 30, 2010

How To Do Your Banking in Ecuador

This post was contributed by Doug Willis. Doug and his family moved to Ecuador in 2007. When we first started to seriously consider moving to Ecuador one of the many questions that came up had to do with banking.  Of course ATM cards and credit card...
by GringosAbroad.com on Nov 30, 2010


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