Connie Pombo

Freelance Travel Journalist

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Cuenca, Ecuador Is "Just Like Italy"... Only Yours for $44 a Day

Would you like to wake up every morning and feel as though you're on vacation? I'm used to it, and after two years, I allow myself the luxury of not feeling guilty. As soon as...

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Living "La Dolce Vita" in Cuenca, Ecuador

I'll be honest; Cuenca, Ecuador was not my number one retirement destination-it was Italy. My husband, Mark, and I lived there for six years in our 20s and 30s, our older son...

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See the Galápagos on a Budget -

When my husband Mark said, "Let's go to the Galápagos for your birthday," I couldn't help but laugh. The Galápagos Islands, after all, are one of the ecological treasures of the...

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Get the Galapagos Experience...Without the High Price Tag

If you don't have thousands of dollars to pour into a Galapagos cruise, consider Isla de la Plata (Silver Island), affectionately termed the Poor Man's Galapagos. The island...

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A Writer's Life in Ecuador...or Anywhere You Want

The sun is out and brilliant blue skies with white fluffy clouds-that you can almost touch-overlook my morning jog next to the Yanuncay River. The linear trails, three blocks...

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The Art of Living Well in Cuenca, Ecuador

Like so many baby boomers, Suzy Giles felt she was destined to continue working full-time in the U.S. She wasn't working a bad gig-conducting wine tours in Napa Valley,...

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"Bravely" Living a Life of Luxury in Ecuador on $1,300 a Month

At least once a week, I receive an email with the words "you're so brave." I chuckle to myself because everyone back in the States thinks my husband, Mark, and I are so...

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Rent in the "Beverly Hills" of Ecuador For $400 a Month

Just over the bridge from the city of Guayaquil is the exclusive area of Samborondon, filled with gated communities, shopping centers, theaters, and trendy restaurants....

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Finding the Perfect Work/Life Balance in Ecuador

When Cynthia Connell visited Cuenca on vacation three years ago, she had no idea that it would become her next home. At the time, she was exhausted from the stress of the...

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Living Comfortably on $1,317 a Month in Cuenca, Ecuador

When we told our closest friends that we were retiring to Cuenca, Ecuador their first words were, "Wow, that's really thinking outside of the box!" When it came right down to...

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Every Day is a Vacation Day in Ecuador

Every morning, my husband, Mark, and I wake up to a view of Cuenca's Old-World charm...majestic cathedral spires rising before us. Then we take our morning walk along the...

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Every Day is A New, Exciting Adventure in Colonial Cuenca

Life is a balancing act, but Dave and Sherry Johnson have found what they've been looking for in Cuenca, Ecuador. Before his first exploratory trip, Dave imagined a Third World...

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Ecuador's Secret Beaches

Have you ever been to a place so breathtakingly beautiful you never wanted to leave? And once you did, you couldn't stop thinking about it? Los Frailes is that place for my...

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Escaping the Rat Race for Cultured Cuenca

While most New Yorkers are busy trying to make a living and not a life, Diane and Jim Shanley are enjoying the fun life in sunny Cuenca, Ecuador. There was a lot to draw the...

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A B&B on the Beach Funds This Idyllic Life

When John and Heather Schmit sold their 10-year-old trucking business in Phoenix, Arizona in 2011 they found their dream home amid white sandy beaches, rocky headlands, gentle...

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What Ecuador's "Little Cuenca" Can Offer You

A little distance away from Ecuador's famed colonial city of Cuenca lies a small city that you might never have heard of...but which is rapidly becoming a retiree favorite. Just...