Learn about our August 2022 move from Austin, Texas, USA, to Montevideo, Uruguay.
We depart Austin on the morning of Saturday, August 13. That’s in

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We plan to drive from my parent’s house north of Austin to Vicksburg, Mississippi, on the first day. On Sunday, we’ll finish our drive to Atlanta. Monday, we’ll drop off Luther, our largest dog, at a boarding facility for his ride to Miami and separate flight to Montevideo. I’ll work from a hotel (or nearby coffeeshop) near the airport for a few days. On Tuesday, my parents, who are accompanying us on our flights and for our first ten days in the country, will fly from Austin to Atlanta. Then, finally, on Wednesday, August 17, we fly out to Montevideo, Uruguay, with a short layover in Panama City, Panama.

We are scheduled to land in Montevideo on Thursday, August 18, at 6:30 AM. That’s in

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Why Montevideo, Uruguay?
As we watch housing costs and inflation continue to rise across the country and especially in Austin, we worry about our ability to maintain a satisfying life without constantly struggling for ever-increasing pay. We realized we were faced with being forced to move somewhere rent is less expensive — whether or not it’s a location with the particular amenities we find valuable. So, rather than select some random U.S. town in which all other costs (food, utilities, etc.) remain the same or increase (transportation) except our rent, why not an interesting foreign city — and one that comes with possible financial benefits, to boot?


Consumer Price Comparison: Austin vs. Montevideo
Consumer Prices in Montevideo are 17.84% lower than in Austin, TX (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Montevideo are 40.70% lower than in Austin, TX
Rent Prices in Montevideo are 70.19% lower than in Austin, TX
Restaurant Prices in Montevideo are 28.59% lower than in Austin, TX
Groceries Prices in Montevideo are 35.11% lower than in Austin, TX
Source: numbeo

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Basic Uruguay Facts

  • Montevideo, the capital and largest city, has 1.6 million inhabitants.
  • 3.4 million people in all of Uruguay.
  • Around 40% of the country’s population lives in Montevideo.
  • In 2022, it has a projected GDP of $53.9 billion, with a per capita of $30,148.
  • Uruguay is the most secular country in Latin America.
  • Montevideo is ranked as having the highest quality of life in South America.

Books about Uruguay

Constantly being updated.


  1. What a great idea! My wife and I visited Montevideo back in 2010 and really loved the place. It just felt so humane. Jeri published a piece in the San Antonio Review a while back. Here’s the link for a piece she wrote that was published in a local paper based on our trip to Montevideo and the threat of authoritarianism in the US.

    I published a short piece in Americas about the Gurvich Museum, a really wonderful place, but the magazine folded and the link seems to be gone.

    Best of luck to you and your wife.

    1. Thank you for the well wishes and encouragement!

      Another great piece by Jeri. Keeping San Antonio Review’s published works available after I give it up is one of my ongoing projects. People seem to not know/forget someone has to pay to keep sites up and files stored and accessible. Have you tried searching for your piece? Also good to archive stuff there yourself.

      Thank you again!

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