WHERE'S MY BAG: CUENCA, ECUADOR

Morrison bag in Cuenca

The “Where’s My Bag?” series highlights Clark & Mayfield bags in interesting locations around the world. This is a guest post by Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com. Michelle and her husband are "digital nomads," running their business online as they travel. As a proud owner of our Morrison laptop bag, Michelle shares about some of the destinations she's visited with this Clark & Mayfield bag in tow.

Cuenca, Ecuador

With its city center designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Cuenca is one of the most attractive cities in Ecuador. Located nine hours south of the capitol, Quito, it sits in the highlands of the Andes where the weather is mild year-round. Cuenca boasts several popular attractions and landmarks - including the world-famous flower market (pictured above). But more than a tourist hot spot, this city is particularly loved by expats and retirees who have made it their permanent home.

Why We Went

My husband and I chose to spend six weeks in Cuenca this winter for a number of reasons. For one, the weather is better and the cost of living is very affordable. Since we work online, it makes financial sense to live where rent, food, and transportation are 1/3 the cost of what our expenses would be in the States. Cuenca is also the safest city in Ecuador, has all the modern amenities you could need, and everyone we knew who had been there, absolutely loved it. If you're interested, we wrote a whole blog post about how we choose our work/travel destinations.

Looking down on one of Cuenca's riverwalks and the surrounding mountains

Looking down on one of Cuenca's riverwalks and the surrounding mountains

We were extremely happy with our choice to stay in Cuenca. We met some really lovely people, both locals and expats; we practiced our Spanish; visited ancient ruins, ate three-course lunches for $2.50, and explored what the city had to offer in our free time.