Have you ever dreamed of quitting your job and moving to some Instagram-worthy destination abroad? Well, all you need is a $29 winning ticket to become the proud owner of ecolodge La Casa Verde in Ecuador.
After eight years of running the property located in the scenic valley town of Baños, Rebecca and Doug Greenshields, 40 and 43, are ready to start a new chapter in their lives by moving back to Australia to be closer to family. That means they're getting rid of their slice of paradise, where they've lived with their two children, by raffling it off at $29 a ticket.
"La Casa Verde is pretty special and we knew we wanted to do something different when passing it on to someone else," Rebecca Greenshields told TODAY via email. At first, the couple considered drumming up publicity to sell the place by advertising that a portion of the proceeds would be donated to a local charity. But they didn't think that would be enough. "Then we saw a Micronesia resort being raffled off and it gave us the push we needed to make the decision to raffle it off," she said.
But how did this couple from Down Under (a Kiwi and an Aussie) end up with an ecolodge in the middle of Ecuador? "We were traveling for a year in South America and weren't ready to return to our 'old lives' of being a statistician (Rebecca) or a farmer (Doug), so we decided to try something different," said Greenshields. "After our travels, we knew there was a lack of affordable eco-friendly accommodation in Ecuador and we wanted to bring sustainability more into the mainstream."