“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” Marcus Aurelius.
Hello, and welcome to NaturalVistas! Hola y bienvenido a VistasNaturales! Thanks for being a part of our blog.
I’m Dave and that good-lookin’ girl with me is my wife, Robin. We’ve been traveling and exploring together since 1978. We’re a Canadian couple from the South Shore of Nova Scotia where winters are waaayyy too long and summers are short.
We moved to Ecuador on January 2nd, 2016 and lived there for one and a half years. We’ve since moved back to Canada and live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia – where winters are tolerable.
We created this site as a resource for those of you considering residency in Ecuador, and to keep in touch with our family and friends. We write about our experiences, both good and bad, and share photos and videos. Maybe you’ll learn a little Spanish along the way. Si?
I’m a Toronto Maple Leafs fan—Robin doesn’t like sports (although she did get excited when the Blue Jays won the World Series). She likes to sleep in—I get up early. I talk a lot—she’s quiet (well, most of the time). She likes gardening—I like watching stuff grow.
We like music, campfires and beer, walks on the beach, canoeing and fishing, watching the sunset—enjoying life and being happy…
Since we can’t afford to be “snowbirds”, escaping winter for 6 months, we thought, “Why not just move somewhere with beautiful scenery, warm beaches, tropical rainforests?”
Yeah, right…but, after months of research, we discovered it is possible! So we decided to just do it!
“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” Henry David Thoreau
The rising cost of basic needs is making a comfortable retirement in Canada look bleak for people (like us) without private pensions. Working for the rest of our lives, just to pay our bills, is not the life we envisioned.
We looked at options, one of which was moving to a country where the cost of living is lower than Canada and the temperatures warm all year. We considered many countries and finally decided to pack up and move.
We chose Ecuador as our new home.
It’s not just the money. We want to travel. We want to experience a different culture, eat different foods, float on a river in the Amazon jungle and experience an erupting volcano.
We’re not getting any younger. It’s now or never to start a new life, do things we’ve never done, meet new people, and learn a new language. It’s time for an adventure.
Update, June 2017: After a year and a half enjoying Ecuador, we decided to move back to Canada. We packed up our old campervan and drove across Canada from Nova Scotia to Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Follow us on our new adventures: I Want to be Outdoors.com