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10 years ago Robert Ross sold everything he owned packed up a suitcase, 6 surfboards and his dog and moved to a small surf town called Montañita, Ecuador where he built and operates a large Hotel and Real Estate business @montanitaestates, ME Hotel & Villas - Montañita Estates. Do you want to follow your passion and walk away from your 9-5 corporate job but curious how other people afford to their lives traveling and living in exotic locations? Before, leaving the United States, Robert lived in Los Angeles, worked in financial services and used every vacation for 12 years traveling to exotic surf destinations in Central, South America and Asia scouting the world for the ideal place to live on a beauitful beach and leave his corporate life behind. Today, he focuses his energy on spending every minute of the day on exactly what he wants to do, time with his family, Surfing, Kiting and growing the ME Hotel. A long the way Robert has spent countless hours meeting and talking to others who have traded in their corporate lifestyle to take control of their future enjoying the life of the nomadic traveler and business abroad. Robert seeks to share his experiences and that of others that are doing business while traveling and living abroad on this podcast.

Nomad Business & Lifestyle Robert Ross

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10 years ago Robert Ross sold everything he owned packed up a suitcase, 6 surfboards and his dog and moved to a small surf town called Montañita, Ecuador where he built and operates a large Hotel and Real Estate business @montanitaestates, ME Hotel & Villas - Montañita Estates. Do you want to follow your passion and walk away from your 9-5 corporate job but curious how other people afford to their lives traveling and living in exotic locations? Before, leaving the United States, Robert lived in Los Angeles, worked in financial services and used every vacation for 12 years traveling to exotic surf destinations in Central, South America and Asia scouting the world for the ideal place to live on a beauitful beach and leave his corporate life behind. Today, he focuses his energy on spending every minute of the day on exactly what he wants to do, time with his family, Surfing, Kiting and growing the ME Hotel. A long the way Robert has spent countless hours meeting and talking to others who have traded in their corporate lifestyle to take control of their future enjoying the life of the nomadic traveler and business abroad. Robert seeks to share his experiences and that of others that are doing business while traveling and living abroad on this podcast.

    Pandemia Trends in Coastal Ecuador Real Estate, Vacation Rentals, and Hotel Industries and a ME Hotel Visual Tour

    Pandemia Trends in Coastal Ecuador Real Estate, Vacation Rentals, and Hotel Industries and a ME Hotel Visual Tour

    On this Podcast Robert Ross is interviewed by BR Magazine, Ecuador's #1 Online and Printed Magazine for Real Estate based out of Guayaquil.   Robert provides an update trends in Montanita, Olon, Manta and Santa Marianita for the Real Estate, Vacation Rental and Hotel industries.  Robert includes details on Social Media Strategies, trends with Credit Cards, Channels such as Booking.com, Airbnb and Expedia/Hotels.com.  Robert covers in detail the state of the Montanita and Olon markets and compares it to Manta before, during and after the Pandemic.    Robert starts the podcast off with a visual tour of the ME Hotel & Villas - Montanita Estates so if you haven't been to visit this is your chance to see the Hotel and Development presented to you on youtube.  

    • 43 min
    $40,000 for Oceanview Property in Paradise is Expensive???? Property In Paradise Buyers Guide

    $40,000 for Oceanview Property in Paradise is Expensive???? Property In Paradise Buyers Guide

    Can a $40,000 OceanView Property in Paradise be expensive?  $30,000, $20,000?  Yes, absolutely.  On this Podcast Robert Ross who has lived and travel in a exotic destinations around the world, compares destinations such as Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua and talks about the characteristics of properties in exotic locations that can make what seemingly is a cheap property very expensive and what seems like a high price actually a great value.  Robert also compares the different investment opportunities up and down Ecuador to Montanita and Olon including the North Coast of Ecuador San Clemente, San Jacinto, Canoa, and Puerto Cayo.  

    • 32 min
    Galapagos - The Insider's Guide to Vacations, Surf, and Investment?

    Galapagos - The Insider's Guide to Vacations, Surf, and Investment?

    Have you thought about a vacation in the Galapagos?  Maybe a Surf Trip?  Or after a visit maybe you thought about investing?  I've lived in Ecuador 10 years and visited the Galapagos a number of times.  Today, you can hear my thoughts on the best way to vacation there, how much it costs and how to do it?  Whats a surf trip like to the Galapagos like and how to do it?  And lastly information about investing in the Galapagos and why you should steer clear. 

    • 29 min
    Costa Rica vs. Ecuador: An Interview with Hagit Gold on the East Coast of Costa Rica

    Costa Rica vs. Ecuador: An Interview with Hagit Gold on the East Coast of Costa Rica

    Have you thought about leaving your job and escaping to a warm sunny beach but not sure which country to choose? Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Nicaragua,  Mexico, whats the difference?

    On this episode I got to catch up with an old friend Hagit Gold.  I met Hagit 6 years ago when she stopped in Montanita, Ecuador for an extended stay and she has since settled in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica where she has opened a hostel in the jungle just steps from the beach.   She also just recently had her first child in Costa Rica.  

    Hagit and I cover a number of different topics including:  The difference between the east coast of Costa Rica and Ecuador for price, housing, food, social, real estate, health care, school for young children and more.  We also talk in length about the difference between the east coast of Costa Rica (Puerto Viejo) and the west coast of Costa Rica (Tamarindo, Santa Teresa)  

    • 37 min
    Build your beach bar in Paradise: Ariel Pellegrino, the Poco Loco Story, Full Interview

    Build your beach bar in Paradise: Ariel Pellegrino, the Poco Loco Story, Full Interview

    In this Interview I get to catch up with Ariel Pellegrino, owner of a giant bar and club in Montanita, Ecuador, Poco Loco.  Ariel left Israel in his mid 20s in search of paradise in Latin America.  After exploring Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua and Costa Rica he ventured into Ecuador and Montañita and found what he felt like was his new home and built from scratch an enormous business.  In this episode Ariel tells us  how he picked Montanita over Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Mexico, how he started from scratch,  how he built his successful business in paradise, how much he invested, what it costs to start a bar and a few keys to success.  This is the full interview of our most popular episode, "$30,000 to build a beach bar in Paradise".  Please excuse the questionable audio it was one of my first interviews.  

    • 34 min
    Life and Travel with Raul Cabrera, Nomad A - Professional Documentarian and most Traveled Ecuadorian

    Life and Travel with Raul Cabrera, Nomad A - Professional Documentarian and most Traveled Ecuadorian

    On this Podcast Robert Ross catches up with Raul Cabrera, the most travelled Ecuadorian and Professional Documentarian. Raul through his media company and brand Nomad-A talks about how he turned a passion and dream for travel in the 90s in Guayaquil, Ecuador into a lifelong career as a documentarian pursuing exotic destinations around the world. Raul spent 10 years traveling on shoestring budgets to the most remote destinations in the world (over 92 countries) which ultimately led to meetings with the Pope, Documenting the President of Ecuador and Television Shows back in Ecuador. I was lucky to enough to catch him grounded during the Pandemic to talk about his career, advice for aspiring travelers and documentarians and thoughts on travel destinations.

    • 1 hr 10 min

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