For those of you who are not regular readers of the blog, allow me to give you some background here:
In 2015, my wife and I disposed of 99% of our worldly belongings, packed the remainder into four suitcases and moved to Mexico.
We came with the hopes of creating a life that was like a perpetual Caribbean vacation. We envisioned spending our days lounging on white sandy beaches and sipping Margaritas at quaint little beach bars. We basically wanted to create a life that we didn’t need to take a vacation from, and we wanted it for a price that we could afford.
Did I mention that we took a 67% cut to our yearly income by leaving our jobs in the U.S.? That’s why we didn’t keep a house back in the States as a backup – we needed to drastically cut expenses and eliminate debt.
The Honeymoon Phase
Your first year in a new country is a lot like the first year of marriage: both are life-changing events that most people face with optimism, excitement and enthusiasm. At the same time, there is always a little fear that things won’t work out as planned.
Our first year turned out better than we had hoped. We purchased a condo in a tight-knit community that we absolutely love, we obtained our resident cards and developed friendships with expats and locals alike. We also spent every single day like it was the last day of vacation – in other words, we made the most of our time here.
Eight months after arriving in Mexico, I launched this blog and began sharing our experiences with thousands of strangers across the globe.
I guess those early articles were a little too positive because they prompted some readers to write me and accuse me of “wearing rose-colored glasses” or “still being in the honeymoon phase”. One reader even encouraged me to wait another year and then write an article sharing my impressions of Mexico once I was more established.
Well, a year has passed since I started the blog and I decided to take that reader’s suggestion.
This is the point in the article where the more pessimistic readers are expecting me to admit that things are not as rosy as I thought they were the first year — sorry to disappoint.
The fact is that our life in Mexico has exceeded our loftiest expectations of what we expected our new life to be like south of the border. Moving to Mexico has been one of the best decisions we ever made and we have no plans to move back to the United States.
In many ways, the second year has been much better than the first. Now we’re well-established, have developed great friendships, and truly feel at home in Mexico.
Let’s Wrap This Up
For those people thinking of making a life-changing move to Mexico, I have a little advice: don’t listen to the pessimistic people who try to rain on your parade, or dismiss your dreams as mere fantasy. The best approach is to just smile back at them and then prove them wrong.