Get personal advice on Uruguay living and travel – Now at Plansify!

We at Uruguay Expat Life & Uruguay For Me enjoy sharing our experiences, creating internet communities where other folks considering life in Uruguay gather to chat, and meeting and conversing with other expats, immigrants, slow travelers, who may be wondering if Uruguay is for them. That’s why we created and offer so many different free options for online community, like all the ones in our menu up top. Including the very popular Uruguay Expat Life Community on the Google social platform. We will continue to curate and encourage these communities, post our own observations here at the heart of our site network and on our social media sites, and encourage everyone to contribute. Lisa Mercer and I also get a lot of emails, private messages, and contact form responses, and we’re happy to give some quick info.

Sometimes what you need is more than just public social media and blog discussions, more than a short general reply to an email. When it comes to asking “Is Uruguay for me?”, that requires research, perspective, advice, and on-the-ground knowledge. Same with figuring out all the various travel alternatives and ways to maximize frequent flyer programs and schemes to afford the multiple trips you really should do before committing to live here. Now we have a way to help you with those details, via Plansify.

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I (Mark Mercer) am thrilled and honored to have been invited by famous travel blogger / entrepreneur “Wandering Earl” to be one of the Travel Advisors at, and it’s now live! You can book your consultation with me right now. Continue reading Get personal advice on Uruguay living and travel – Now at Plansify!

There goes (some of) our nonstops from Europe

Visiting or considering moving here and coming from Europe? Sadly your airline options just got a bit lesser in total number of flights weekly.

Spain’s Iberia Airlines, wholly-owned by the same company that owns British Airways, and a partner of oneworld airlines such as American, Finnair, LAN and others, is the only nonstop from Europe to Uruguay. They are having serious financial issues, and in response have dropped many routes and cut back frequencies on others. (“Nonstop” is North American English for what everybody else calls a “direct” flight. In North America and especially in the US, “direct” can misleadingly mean a flight with a stop, or even a flight where you change planes. Silly USA.)

Picture of Iberia aircraft
Don’t worry, those MD80 shorthaul narrowbodies were not the aircraft they were flying here.

Here is an article from El Observador (en español) explaining the situation.

Not to worry, they are still going to fly it 4 times weekly reduced from six. Continue reading There goes (some of) our nonstops from Europe

Adios Pluna, Uruguay’s miserable little airline.

If you are a Uruguay Expat, or are visiting Uruguay to investigate if our lovely Oriental Republic is right for you, you have to fly here. Sadly, or more likely luckily, you won’t be doing that on Uruguay’s own airline, miserable little Pluna. They have suspended all flights and are shutting down.

The story on the closure from my friends at Sky Today news.

We don’t need Pluna. It was a regional-aircraft-only airline that Continue reading Adios Pluna, Uruguay’s miserable little airline.