How does the consultation work?
Is Uruguay a good place to live? This one-day 6-hour 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 a full day is ideal if you are considering small towns outside of the capital or want to really get inside which neighbourhood of Montevideo is best suited to you. Usually it’s fairly obvious which neighbourhoods are best after an initial chat, but sometimes one wants to really see what else is out there and could be surprised. We’ll do this by car and includes lunch.
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.
“We had the full-day in situ consultation, and it was invaluable. After interviewing us very thoughtfully about what sort of place we might like to live, Karen gave us an extensive and detailed tour of various neighborhoods she thought might suit us. She is incredibly knowledgeable about what each part of town offers in terms of available housing and local resources (restaurants, bars, music venues, grocery stores). This is very important in Montevideo. Many wonderful places hide behind rather plain facades. Karen steered us toward cultural events we never would have found on our own.”
– Nick and Tim had a VIP Day
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.
Is Uruguay a good place to live? 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.
We came to Uruguay with a view of becoming residents. Unfortunately even before meeting Karen on our fourth day in Montevideo that dream had come to a screeching halt. Having paid for the pleasure of meeting Karen before arriving we hence met under slightly unusual circumstances.
Karen was a terrific fountain of knowledge. The quality of our stay and our lives improved measurably after having spent a few hours learning from her experiences, connections and stories. You can read from her generic information that introductions and personal connections are important in the country. Let me assure all of you who think you can do it on your own – you can’t. We have been living away from our countries of birth for just about three and four decades respectively, we are experienced “expats” but spending time with her made the remaining time in Uruguay so much easier and more enjoyable.
If Uruguay is your destination you should take advantage of the opportunity of spending time with Karen.
Karen A Higgs –
Thank you so much for your feedback, DRH. It was a real pleasure — Karen
Nick Olcott –
We visited Montevideo with an eye toward a six-month stay next year. We couldn’t have had a better source of information that Karen. We had the full-day in situ consultation, and it was invaluable. After interviewing us very thoughtfully about what sort of place we might like to live, Karen gave us an extensive and detailed tour of various neighborhoods she thought might suit us. She is incredibly knowledgeable about what each part of town offers in terms of available housing and local resources (restaurants, bars, music venues, grocery stores). This is very important in Montevideo. Many wonderful places hide behind rather plain facades. Karen steered us toward cultural events we never would have found on our own. She knows the city like a native, and she can tell you what living there is really like. If you’re considering a move or an extended stay in Montevideo, you couldn’t do better than to consult Karen.
Herman Boyd –
Our consultation with Karen exceeded our expectations. The pre-consultation questionnaire and the conversations enabled us to clearly articulate our desires and expectations as we consider an extended stay and a potential relocation to Uruguay. She was very effective in assessing and calibrating our readiness for relocation as well as how we would live going forward. The consultation felt very personalized and tailored to align with our needs.
In addition to her books and blogs, Karen’s preparations and insights were valuable in outlining how we could integrate into the country, culture and communities. She inquired and shared the availability of resources to connected to our interests, activities, and hobbies.
I highly recommend consulting with Karen for expert insights and/or if considering a move to Uruguay. Along with a wealth of knowledge, she is engaging, personable, attentive, and very easy to talk with.