Surprise flight connection that could save you BIG getting to/from Ecuador

Recently, I helped an Ecuadorian friend buy her ticket from Ecuador to Israel.

And I learned something interesting.

To or from most places in the world, right now, it is FAR cheaper to fly there from Bogota than from anywhere in Ecuador.

Bogota is WAY more connected than Quito, and right now Quito is getting way more connected than Guayaquil.  (In the last two weeks alone two big direct routes to New York and Europe have been moved to Quito.)

And now, as I reported last month, we can get to and from Bogota cheaply from Quito with the new budget airline Wingo.  Last I checked, $150 RT Quito-Bogota.

In this particular case, prices from Quito to Tel Aviv for her was around $1600 at the cheapest. From Guayaquil even more.  But from Bogota just $1000!  And buying the Wingo ticket for $150 she ended up saving almost $500 on the round trip to Israel.

So, especially if you are coming from far away, or trying to go far, research connecting through Bogota, and buying a separate ticket with Wingo from there to Ecuador, you just may save a bunch!

For instance, from Bogota to Miami right now one way $157 with Spirit Air.  Can’t find that from Ecuador.

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The best new-age way to find furnished rentals abroad for expats

When moving to a new country, in this case Ecuador, as a new expat you are going to face a problem.  

You don’t want to live in a cramped hotel room for extended periods of time with no kitchen.  

And all the cheapest rentals that you’ve read about online (like the $200-400/month ones in Ecuador) are unfurnished.  

Most do not want to jump right in and invest thousands in furniture.  

But over the last few years another alternative has popped up meant mainly for travelers but I see it as even MORE advantageous for new arrival expats.  

AirBnB.com  

With AirBnb you can find short-to-medium-term rentals at reasonable prices with all the services and furniture already in place.  

Plus, you avoid the biggest problems new expats face when renting from Ecuadorians in Ecuador.

Faulty construction (you can just move if you don’t like it since you are not locked in for the long-term).  

And the landlord not returning your security deposit when they should.  It is the NORM in Ecuador.  

When renting through AirBnb if you pay a security deposit the money is held by a third party (AirBnb) and returned to you by them upon exit like should happen.  

And while you are in an AirBnb rental you can learn your new city and then begin to search for a longer term, cheaper, unfurnished option as you go.  

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The biggest mistake new expats make before they even get to Ecuador

“Oh, man. What did i get myself into?” I said to myself as I arrived to my new craigslist rental I found online which ended up being on the wrong side of the river in a ghetto of Santo Domingo, in the DR.  

That was the scene for me a few years ago when moving to the Dominican Republic.  

But I see it all the time.  

The BIGGEST mistake new expats make is they often find a long term rental (and begin paying it) before they even move to Ecuador.  

I’ve seen some even pay a rental for over a year before arrival.  

Big mistake!

Often, they will arrive and for one reason or another not like it wasting all money already paid and losing their security deposit.

It’s hard to grasp how it would be living somewhere long-term by a few online photos or even a short visit.

So I say WAIT until you get to a new country to find a long-term place to live.  If you make a bad choice in hotels who cares?  It’s just for a few nights.  

Tomorrow I’ll give you an even better alternative.  

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