Ever dream of living on a beautiful lake in an exotic country? In this week’s episode we show you around our new apartment on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. This place is cheap, beautiful and right on the lakeshore.

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GoatLife TV Episode 31 – Living on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala- Our Lakefront Apartment

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Nick Wharton and Dariece Swift are the owners and founders of Goats On The Road. Together they have been travelling and working abroad since 2008 and have more than 20 years of combined experience in online business, finance, travel and entrepreneurship. Their expert advice has been featured on the Lonely Planet, CNN Money, Business Insider,  WiseBread and Forbes and they also spoke at the World Tourism Forum in Istanbul about the business of travel blogging.

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24 thoughts on “GoatLife TV Episode 31 – Living on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala: Our Lakefront Apartment

  1. WOWZERS! Fantastic place to hang out for a month…or so. Love the views from all rooms. Best thing is sitting out on the deck….have a drink for me 🙂 <3

    1. Totally! Love just chillin out on the deck with a glass of wine, or two 😉 We love how bright it is. We liked our place in Mexico, but this one is much nicer…it’s more “us”.

      Will have a drink for ya tonight 🙂

    WoW what an awesome place I’m going to really have to check it out one day.
    Perhaps you’ll email me the contact info.
    Ironically enough I was nearly booking Guatemala for language school and home stay and than a twist happened in my plans and we are now in Thailand.
    Guatemala is on my list than ever. Look forward to hearing and seeing more.
    Much blessings to you, I am sure amazing inspirations will come from that place along with r and r.
    Enjoy 🙂

    1. Thank you so much 🙂

      Thailand is great as well! Whereabouts are you? This seems like the right place for us for now, and we’ll be sharing lots of info on how to find a home here, what the cost of living is, etc.

      Happy trails!

  3. Wowwww such a beautiful casita! Just wanted to share that I’m really inspired by your story, your content, your newsletter and your videos… And my boyfriend and I will be moving to Ecuador and Bolivia for the coming six months and I’d love to do a bit of content creation on the road myself. Thanks so much for the inspiration! And enjoy Atitlan, I’ve been there in 2007 myself and LOVED it 🙂

    1. Wow, thanks so much Edith 🙂 That really means a lot to us. We aim to inspire and thank you for the feedback! Where did you stay on Atitlan? We would love to go to Bolivia and Ecuador – they’re on the list 😉

      Happy Travels!

  4. LOVE IT !
    You’ve found such a BeYOUtiful Place! with Wi-Fi on site for those inspirational times!
    So Spacious… private, quiet time spots for simply chill’n! Definitely no late night taco stand runs for Nick! lol!
    Enjoyed your fridge ingredients exposure … you can eat DE-liciously as backpackers and in an exotic location !
    It looks like your mosquito netting has remained packed – no need for it ? Are you still taking cold showers … haa..haa!
    Happy kayaking! 🙂

    1. haha, definitely no late night taco runs! Everything is accessible by boat – so interesting! We love that the internet is working (thank God!) and really enjoy the light and space, it’s perfect for us 🙂

      Thanks for commenting!

  5. Thank you for the wonderful tour of what seems a magical place, by you, and by all accounts.

    I have one question regarding interaction with local people. Do you meet and see the Mayan people very much and how, in general, do you think they are treated?

    My parents visited Guatemala many years ago (1990’s after Reagan did his damage), loved the land and culture, but were concerned about the treatment of the Mayans at the time. They are ultra-sensitive travelers, crazy as well, driving off into areas no one else dared venture and having endless stories as a result, but were a bit concerned about a tension they felt, and discouraged me from going for that reason, though I have plans to go in the future.

    Have a great time! You are certainly very warm and hospitable and clearly pure of heart.

    1. Thanks for watching and for commenting Greg. We haven’t seen any direct mistreatment of the indigenous people here but our limited Spanish may be keeping a bit of a veil over our eyes (that’s being slowly lifted as we study). We’ve heard plenty of things about how they are mistreated however. The men no longer wear their traditional clothing because, as the bread winners of the families, they find it almost impossible to find work if the employer knows that they are Tz’utujil and Kaqchikel, so they dress in jeans and a T-shirt to have a better chance of employment. Sad, but true.

      There are other issues here as well, but they are less obvious to a traveller passing through. I wouldn’t say it’s a reason to miss out on this incredible country and there are a LOT of programs around the lake to help out the local indigenous communities. They offer a great opportunity to give back and help them out, empowering them to find work or create jobs for themselves.

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