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Win a Dream Retirement Overseas International Living

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We’ll pay the round-trip airfare, your apartment rental, and a generous expenses allowance.

- Retirees Wanted to Test-Drive Life Overseas for a Month – FREE – in the World’s Top Retirement Haven. Must be willing to relax… explore a new place… shop the local farmers and craft markets… take walks… go to concerts… attend festivals… maybe try a Spanish class… enjoy local restaurants… make new friends. Ideal candidate is of (or close to) retirement age, hails from the U.S. or Canada, and believes that – in the right places overseas – it’s possible to live better, for less. Details below...

In 2012, we’re going to send a lucky winner (along with a friend or spouse) to the world’s top retirement destination abroad – for a full month, FREE.

If you’re of retirement age (or close to it) and intrigued by the idea that you could retire better for less overseas, then you might just be our perfect candidate…

We’re looking for an American or Canadian with a sense of adventure, a willingness to try new things, and a belief that you might not have to settle for an uncomfortable retirement at home – when you could be living “the good life” overseas…

For nearly 32 years, International Living has been pointing readers to the best-value destinations on the planet… showing them how to trade up in retirement to enjoy a champagne lifestyle on a beer budget… how to travel smarter… start international businesses… invest in booming overseas markets… and more.

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We believe the world is full of opportunity… and that you don’t have to be rich and famous to take advantage of it…

In fact, by sending a lucky winner (or couple) to Cuenca, Ecuador for a month, we’ll prove it can be done… that you can enjoy adventure, fun, and the joys of a comfortable retirement… on less than it would typically cost you to stay home.

Our ideal candidate needs no reporting or writing experience, but would be willing to share impressions about this month-long overseas “test drive” and details about day-to-day life. (We’ll compensate the winner at our current writer’s guideline rates – above and beyond the living-expense stipend – should we use any of his or her reporting in International Living – on our website, in our monthly magazine or in our daily postcard e-letter.)
The Prize: Details about What the Winner Receives…


One lucky winner (along with a friend or spouse) will win a four-week stay in Cuenca, Ecuador—free.

Ecuador is International Living’s Top Retirement Haven for 2012. The colonial city of Cuenca is one of the communities there we recommend most enthusiastically. A well-preserved colonial-era university town, there’s lots to do, the weather is good, and there’s a growing expatriate population already living there.

(You can read here about Cuenca and read here about why Ecuador is International Living’s # 1 retirement haven for 2012.)


We’ll give the winner of our “Win Your Dream Retirement Overseas” Competition —

Round-trip airfare (for two) to Ecuador from his or her “home city” in the United States or Canada.
A four-week stay in a furnished apartment in historic Cuenca, Ecuador, rent paid.
$1,500 spending money to fund a comfortable overseas retirement for a month.

Ecuador is one of the best-value retirement destinations on the planet today. In Cuenca, expats on the ground report a couple can live well on $1,415 a month – or even less (housing costs included). We’ll give the winner $1,500 to fund a month’s expenses, in addition to covering the cost of rent.


Though you don’t need any writing or reporting experience to win this competition, we are looking for a candidate willing to document the month-long stay and share details about how much things cost, what he or she does to stay busy, impressions of Cuenca and living overseas, likes, frustrations, pleasant surprises, and more. (If we use this reporting, we’ll compensate the winner at the current writer’s guideline rates, above and beyond the $1,500 living-expense stipend.)
How to Apply

To enter the “Win Your Dream Retirement Overseas” Competition, do this –

1) Post a video to YouTube (no more than 3 minutes in length) explaining why you would like to retire overseas – and try a one-month test-drive in Cuenca, Ecuador.

Please start the video with this sentence: “I’d/we’d like to win a dream test-drive retirement overseas with International Living because...”

If you’re entering the competition as a couple, then both of you should feature in this video.

2) Once your video is uploaded to YouTube, use the form here below to submit to International Living the link to your video and give us your contact details.

Please note that only one video per entry is allowed. Please read our Terms and Conditions before entering this competition.
Deadline for Submission

You must use this form here below to submit your YouTube video link to International Living by midnight EST on March 15, 2012.

Candidates must be ready to start their new life overseas with this one-month test-drive before the end of 2012.

Winners will be announced on International Living’s website and in our free daily postcard e-letter on May 30, 2012.
Timeline and Process for Choosing the Winner

March 15, 2012 – By midnight eastern U.S. time on March 15, 2012, all submissions are due. Any received after this date will NOT be considered.

April 2, 2012 – Choosing from all the submissions received, the International Living staff will post a shortlist of 20 finalists – uploading each of their videos to

April 2 – April 15, 2012 – The public will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite videos among these 20 finalists at Taking those public votes into account – together with our own in-house preferences – we’ll narrow the finalists to three.

April 16 – May 29, 2012 – We’ll interview those three finalists by telephone, ask each to provide answers to three questions via email, and we’ll choose a winner.

May 30, 2012 – We’ll announce the winner on this page and in our free e-letter.

Ecuador Travel at Febrero 4, 2012 07:39 AM