How does the consultation work?
This half-day 3-hour morning or afternoon session is ideal for a private in-depth question and answer session about life and living in Uruguay. It works very well online or face-to-face. Online we’ll meet on the video platform of your choice (Zoom, Skype, FaceTime). You’ll be amazed how time flies. On site in Montevideo it may include an in-depth visit to one neighbourhood, or taster visits to two neighbourhoods. Prior to the meeting, you will complete a questionnaire (we recommend over a good glass of South American red) regarding yourself, your expectations and your lifestyle. Your answers will guide our conversation. This consultation can take place on weekdays or weekends.
“I’m no rookie, having been an expat from the U.S. for 20 years. I had been to Uruguay many times and generally knew my way around, yet Karen’s insights over the three hours together were invaluable and highly useful. And I would have expended a lot of resources learning on my own what Karen was able to concisely share with me. Her suggestions, recommendations and contacts have been extremely helpful. Her consultation service is highly recommended.” – Larry took a Deep Dive with Karen in 2021
Your opportunity to have private one-on-one time with Karen A Higgs, author, Guru’Guay founder and Uruguay’s foremost English-language expert.
It’s all about local contacts
Like most places in the world and especially in Uruguay, the best experiences and services come by word of mouth. After over two decades in Uruguay and thanks to her ground-breaking work bringing Uruguay to an international audience, Karen has hundreds of trusted contacts in a broad range of fields to share with you.
Why consult about moving to Uruguay?
Uruguay is not a good fit for everyone. No place is perfect, right? And an advantage for one person is a pitfall for another. You’ll receive first-hand, realistic insights tailored to your specific circumstances.
Why consult with Karen A Higgs?
Karen is the creator of Guru’Guay, the most popular English-language website on Uruguay. She has lived in Uruguay since 2000. Her Guru’Guay guidebooks to Uruguay and Montevideo have been recognised by the Uruguay Ministry of Tourism and the Government of Montevideo as an essential reference for both travellers and expats. Karen is frequently invited to talk about Uruguay as a travel and lifestyle destination by international media—including the New York Times, the BBC and National Geographic–and on the world’s most listened to travel podcasts. The Uruguayan public has also fallen in love with Guru’Guay and Karen appears regularly in the national press.
Karen is British and studied in the UK and the US. She lived in the US, Costa Rica, Argentina and Spain before settling on Uruguay.
Are you looking for a different type of support?
Just write us. We’ll be delighted to suggest a solution.
Glenn Lawrence –
I’m no rookie, having been an expat from the U.S. for 20 years. I had been to Uruguay many times and generally knew my way around, yet Karen’s insights over the three hours together were invaluable and highly useful. And I would have expended a lot of resources learning on my own what Karen was able to concisely share with me. Her suggestions, recommendations and contacts have been extremely helpful. Her consultation service is highly recommended.
Jodie Johnson (verified owner) –
Both time and money beyond well spent. Karen provided knowledge and contact information that would be impossible for me to gather on my own. She is truly a caring person and wants to help in any way possible.
Her expertise extends in so many directions. For many of the questions I had she was able to send a message to someone in the know, while we were meeting, and almost immediately get
a response. Very impressive and also shows how well connected she is and how much she is respected. It is obvious that Karen loves Uruguay and Uruguay loves her. And, how wonderful that Karen is willing to share her years of hard won knowledge. Truly a privilege to be able to work with her.
Patrice Passarelli (verified owner) –
Imagine you wanted to move to another country.
Imagine said country was Uruguay.
Imagine you had a very good friend who lived in said country…
Well, imagine no longer and schedule a consultation with Karen Higgs! Having lived in Uruguay for quite some time, Karen is the ultimate source for every aspect of your relocation. She is well informed, well connected, knows Uruguay inside out, and is the ultimate guide with whom to begin your journey.
I strongly recommend beginning with the 180 minute Deep Dive consultation which covers a remarkable amount of material. Karen can answer any and all of your questions, offer pertinent information and multiple resources, supply contact details for more specialized inquiries, put things in proper perspective, and is intuitive enough to give answers to questions you never even thought to ask. Not only that, you will have an absolute blast speaking with her; the 180 minutes literally fly by and no stone will be left unturned.
So, definitely do not hesitate to schedule your meeting with Karen, and begin what is certain to be a fabulous journey with the invaluable assistance of a newfound friend.
Rick Shain (verified owner) –
Karen Higgs is a scintillating combination of someone with inexhaustible local knowledge and unfathomable wisdom. She is a delightful individual who is a wonderful listener. There is no better source for information on Uruguay in any language. Perhaps even more importantly, she will tell you honestly whether Uruguay is the right fit for you. I consider the money I spent on my consultation with her to be money well spent – and a bargain to boot.
Caitlin (verified owner) –
My husband and I have been/still are considering moving to Uruguay from the United States. We spoke with her and arranged a half day consult with Karen and then went to Argentina and Uruguay in the fall of 2018 for our honeymoon. We did a half day relocation consultation with her on our first day in Uruguay. Let me tell you, it’s worth the money. If you are planning on moving to another country, which is going to cost you anyway, isn’t it worth it to spend a little money on researching what you might be getting into? And who better to learn from than a person who has been through this experience herself and built a career on helping others do the same? She’s honest and realistic, she won’t sugar coat things to “sell” you on Uruguay. She’s doesn’t want you to move there and be unhappy because you had unrealistic expectations.
She asks you lots of questions about yourself in order to gauge what is most important for you to know and if Uruguay really will be a good fit for you. She will talk to you about jobs, housing, food, money, life…etc. Additionally, if you are visiting Uruguay and are planning on meeting up with her, I HIGHLY recommend doing it on your very first day. Moving to Uruguay aside, our honeymoon time there was exponentially better having had her guidance up front.
For instance, if you were to research your heart out online, as I did, you will feel like the food in Uruguay (except for steak), is ho hum, that you literally can’t get vegetables anywhere, and there is basically no such thing as a vegetarian or vegan restaurant. This was a bit of a worry for me moving there. I’m not a vegan but I like my veggies and am working towards it. You will also think that all restaurant and customer service sucks. But Karen dispelled those myths and showed us where you can in fact get veggies aplenty, and having made this into her living, she knows exactly which restaurants, cultural spaces, and services will benefit you the most and offer the best service. It really added that extra spark of awesome to our trip and allowed us to avoid unnecessary frustrations. It was totally worth it, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
We only did a half day with and even that was so valuable. Do a full day if you can, but if not, know that a half day is also incredibly informative and you will walk away with a much greater understanding of Uruguay than if you had just showed up and checked it out on your own. Our visit with her opened doors for us we would never have known about. If you are thinking about moving to Uruguay, this is 100% worth it.
Allie (verified owner) –
My husband and I did a consult with Karen, and we’re both really happy we did! We’re planning to spend a year in Uruguay and are considering a permanent move in the future. We had a slew of questions about everything from neighborhoods to housing to health insurance to bringing our pets to Uruguay. Karen not only answered our questions but gave us important details we never would have learned elsewhere. For example, I’ve spent hours researching the idea of trying to bring our car to Uruguay, and Karen was able to share important info that saved me a lot more research time, along with some possible costly mistakes. I highly recommend talking with Karen if you need expert Uruguay advice or are considering a move.
Alison Howard (verified owner) –
I had relied on Karen’s fabulous Guru’Fuay blog and both of her travel books to prepare for my first visit to Uruguay, so when I began thinking about moving there some day, I knew she would be the person to help me navigate not only the logistics but also the fundamental questions of whether and where a move would be right for me.
The thoughtful questions she raised and the discussion they provoked in my consultation with her were invaluable in helping me figure out the best path to get there. Her enthusiasm for the country, its people, music, art and literature, insight into how she and other immigrants have made Uruguay their home and realism about the process to get there are inspiring me as I hope to make the move, part-time at first, from the United States some time in the future. The amazing contacts she made for me have opened doors that I never would have known about, much less be able to open. I couldn’t imagine getting closer to my dream without Karen’s help.
Colleen and Brad Seehafer (verified owner) –
We had a great consultation with Karen! In addition to her connections and her ability to give fantastic references, it’s refreshing to speak with her and to get a better sense as to if we are “moving” in the right direction. After our discussion, we are going to to continue to proceed with our plans and it’s reassuring to know that we have an invaluable contact in Karen. We would highly recommend her services!