It’s been three years since Linda and I arrived at the Cancun airport with all of our worldly belongings packed into four suitcases, all weighing under 50 lbs. We had just spent the previous year selling, donating or otherwise disposing of all of the ‘stuff’ we had accumulated throughout our lives.
When we got rid of our stuff, we got rid of the debt that came with it. No more mortgage or car payments. We were actually debt free for the first time in our adult lives. The key was to maintain that status while we built a new life in Mexico and learned to live on a retirement income that was only about 1/3 of what we were making when we were both working.
Our original plan was to try it for a year to see if we liked it and if we could afford to live in Mexico — and live well. One of the reasons that we decided to retire young was so we could enjoy it while we had our health, but ‘enjoying it’ meant having enough disposable income to travel, go out to eat etc. — otherwise, what’s the point?
After only two months into our one year trial period, we had already decided that Mexico was the perfect place for us. We loved the area, the people, the food, the healthcare, and most of all, the low cost of living. Not only were we able to live well on on our reduced income, we even put some money in savings each month.
That’s when the stars really aligned for us and the owner of the condo that we were renting, and loved, asked if we were interested in buying it with all of the contents included. We were able to do it without accruing any debt by using the money that we had made from selling virtually everything we owned back in the States. We were laying down roots!
We started this blog near the end of our first year in Mexico, so if you’re a regular reader of the blog, you already know how things have been going over the last two years or so. If you’re not, I’ll sum it up in one word: outstanding!
Let’s Wrap This Up
The last three years that we’ve spent in Mexico have been some of the best of our lives.
When I think back, I’m thankful that we didn’t choose to stay in our jobs a little longer back in the States just to earn a little extra money toward retirement. I wouldn’t trade the experiences that we’ve had in Mexico for 20 times that amount.
Still no regrets.