097: How to Retire Abroad with Keith & Tina Paul *

While many people devote time to travel after they retire, even more retirees are now finding new countries to call home – to enjoy an even better quality of life and standard of living.

In their mid-fifties, Keith and Tina Paul decided to leave Southern California to make Ecuador their home. Before retirement, Keith was the Chief Technology Officer for the University of Southern California Medical Center, and Tina owned her own neuropathic medicine practice in California. Since moving to Ecuador, they have also visited over 30 countries in the last year, as well as all 50 United States. They have a hugely popular blog, have appeared on HGTV’s House Hunters International, and continue to enjoy many of the comforts of their former home.

Today, Keith and Tina join the podcast to talk about why they decided to retire abroad in their mid-fifties, the qualities that a person needs to have to adapt well to retiring abroad, and the unique financial planning that makes their lifestyle both fun and sustainable in ways that would have never been possible had they stayed in California.


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In this podcast interview, you’ll learn:

  • Why Keith and Tina chose to retire in Ecuador – and the unique qualities that their new city has that work so well for them.
  • How Keith and Tina walked away from what many people consider to be their peak earning years of 50 to 60
  • Why people who can work remotely for American companies have an extraordinary opportunity to save money by living overseas and earning domestically.
  • Why Keith and Tina rarely feel unsafe in Ecuador, or as travelers in the countries they visit.
  • How Keith and Tina get over feeling isolated from their friends and family – and why traveling from California to Florida and traveling from California to Ecuador is almost the same thing.
  • How Keith and Tina’s blog offsets their travel expenses and gives them a sense of purpose.

Inspiring Quotes

  • “If you could have an American job and live in a country like Ecuador with your American wages, you could save so much money.” – Keith Paul
  • “You can’t just order something on Amazon and have it shipped here in two days. There’s things you’ve got to get used to, but it’s not like you’re going to do without. You’ve just got to be open-minded. That’s really it. And it’s easy to do.” – Keith Paul

Interview Resources


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