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Voting Opens on “Test Drive Your Dream Retirement Overseas – A Free Month in Nicaragua” Competition from InternationalLiving

May 8, 2013

InternationalLiving.com has stepped up its hunt to find the ideal candidate(s) willing to try out life as expat retirees in Granada, Nicaragua for a month – all expenses paid.

InternationalLiving.com has been inundated with entries since February when it asked Americans and Canadians willing to live for free in Nicaragua for a month to get in touch.

InternationalLiving.com received hundreds of videos from hopefuls who explained why they deserved to win the prize.

These were then trimmed down to the just-released list of 20 finalists, and voting on who should win the trip has now opened.

Now InternationalLiving.com is calling on the public to help them decide who should win a competition for an all-expenses-paid, month-long “retirement test-drive” in Granada, Nicaragua.

“By sending a lucky winner to Granada for a month, we’ll prove you can enjoy adventure, fun, and the joys of a comfortable retirement on less than it would typically cost you to stay home,” explained InternationalLiving.com’s executive editor, Jennifer Stevens.

Nicaragua’s lower cost of living does not mean you have to sacrifice the quality of life you have been accustomed to in the U.S. or Canada.

The winning entrant will receive round-trip airfare for two to Nicaragua from his or her “home city” in the United States or Canada, a four-week stay in a furnished apartment or house in the beautiful colonial city of Granada…plus $1,500 spending money.

According to research from InternationalLiving.com, a couple can live well in Granada on a budget of $895 per month, after rent.

Although no writing experience is necessary, the winner will be asked to share impressions and experiences with readers of InternationalLiving.com’s magazine, website and free e-letters.

Winners will be announced on the InternationalLiving.com website on May 30, 2013.

The public can vote on who out of the 20 finalists they would like to see win the prize, here: Top 20 Finalists.

A slideshow of images from Granada can be viewed here: Granada Photos.

Source: InternationalLiving.com

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Voting Begins to Decide Who Will Win Free Month-Long ‘Retirement Test Drive’ in Ecuador

April 3, 2012

Overseas living experts InternationalLiving.com are calling on the public to help decide who should win a competition for an all-expenses-paid, month-long “retirement test-drive” in the colonial Ecuadorian city of Cuenca.

InternationalLiving.com was inundated with entries after first asking Americans and Canadians willing to live for free in Ecuador for a month to send their video “applications” back in February.

Internationalliving.com received nearly 600 video entries from hopefuls explaining why they deserve to win the prize.

International Living staff narrowed the field to the just-released list of 20 finalists, and public voting on the frontrunners has now opened.

“By sending a lucky winner to Cuenca for a month, we’ll prove you can enjoy adventure, fun, and the joys of a comfortable retirement on less than it would typically cost you to stay home,” explained InternationalLiving.com’s executive editor, Jennifer Stevens.

InternationalLiving.com chose Ecuador after the South American nation was announced as the world’s best overseas retirement destination in Internationalliving.com’s 2012 Global Retirement Index.

Stevens continued, “We’ve been telling the world that Ecuador is the number one place for an overseas retirement for years – now we’re going to prove it by sending retirees out there to see for themselves.”

The winning entrant will receive 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…plus $1,500 spending money.

According to research from InternationalLiving.com, a couple can live well in Cuenca on a budget of $915 per month, after rent.

Although no writing experience is necessary, the winner will be asked to share impressions and experiences with readers of InternationalLiving.com’s magazine, website and free e-letters.

Winners will be announced on the InternationalLiving.com website on May 30, 2012.

The public can vote on who out of the 20 finalists they would like to see win the prize, here: “Cuenca Competition Finalists

Details of the 2012 Global Retirement Index can be viewed here: “The World’s Top Retirement Havens in 2012

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InternationalLiving.com Launches Contest to Choose Couple Willing to ‘Test Drive’ retirement in Ecuador–Free

March 8, 2012

InternationalLiving.com is looking for a single person or couple willing to spend a month road-testing an overseas retirement in colonial Cuenca, Ecuador – a destination that earned the top spot in their 2012 Global Retirement Index, a listing of the world’s best retirement havens.

According to InternationalLiving.com’s want ad, entrants “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.”

The overseas experts at InternationalLiving.com have launched this competition to give the winner a chance to live in Cuenca for a month and report on the experience.

The winning entrant (plus a spouse, partner, or friend) will be given free flights to the South American nation, paid-for accommodation and a living stipend.

Although no writing experience is necessary, the winner will be asked to share impressions and experiences with readers of InternationalLiving.com’s magazine, website and e-letters.

“We’re not giving away a free vacation,” explained International Living’s executive editor, Jennifer Stevens. “We’re giving our winner the chance to take an overseas retirement for a test-drive.

“And it’s an opportunity for us to show readers what life on the ground there is really like for somebody who, like them, is considering the benefits of a retirement abroad.”

Low living costs, friendly locals, varied climate and good healthcare have pushed Ecuador to the top of InternationalLiving.com’s annual Global Retirement Index for three years running.

Stevens continued, “We’ve been telling the world that Ecuador is the number one place for an overseas retirement for years – now we’re going to prove it by sending retirees there to see for themselves.”

The winner will get a 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 the historic city of Cuenca and a $1,500 living-expense stipend.

According to research from InternationalLiving.com, a couple can live well in Cuenca on a budget of $915 per month after rent.

In turn, the winner will document the month-long stay and share details on costs, what he or she does to stay busy, impressions of Cuenca and of living overseas.

If the winner’s reporting is used, InternationalLiving.com will pay for it at the company’s regular freelance-writer rates – on top of the $1,500 living-expense stipend.

Those wishing to enter the “Win Your Dream Retirement Overseas” Competition, can do so by posting a video to YouTube (no more than three minutes in length) explaining why they would like to retire overseas – and why they would like to try a one-month test-drive in Ecuador.

The deadline for submitting videos is midnight EST on March 15, 2012. Candidates must be ready to fly to Ecuador before the end of 2012.

Full competition details, plus terms and conditions and instructions on how to enter, can be seen here. “Win a Dream Retirement Overseas“.