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Traveling and Living Abroad Seminars
In 2004, after fifteen years of working in the public sector and spending three years traveling and living around the world (including spending a year teaching English in Russia) as a young man, I took a leap of faith. I started a business called the Big Blue Marble. The Big Blue Marble offered seminars about living and traveling worldwide, budget travel, California tours, and living and traveling Mexico. I taught over 500 workshops (most lasted three hours) at adult education programs in over 50 schools in eleven US states.
In 2011, I leaped again at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel worldwide on a generous budget. I visited 69 countries and spent nearly five years on the road as a student, tourist, cruiser, and volunteer. I also spent over five years living in Montreal, Canada, and Merida, Mexico (where I currently live).
In 2019, I looked for a way to share my knowledge with the public, as I did previously with the Big Blue Marble seminars. I invested substantial time and money in the old version of the Fifty-Plus Nomad website and began to write a couple of books. After giving it a lot of thought during the Coronavirus Pandemic, I realized I missed teaching and wanted to settle down in Merida. (Though I wish to continue to travel for a couple of months a year as soon as possible). I also rediscovered my passion and skill at teaching Spanish and English as well.
In 2022, I will offer individualized travel seminars and language classes in my home in Merida, Mexico. If Fifty-Plus Nomads dedicate a week or two to exploring living and traveling around the world (or in Mexico), I can ensure that their adventures exceed their wildest expectations.
Living and Traveling in Mexico Seminar
While attending classes at my home in Merida, Mexico, we can develop a plan for you to live or travel for months at a time in Mexico. More than anything else, we will make sure that you also successfully adapt to life in Mexico.
Most expats find that Mexico is more different from the US than they thought, and many return home disillusioned. Not me. To me, Mexico is my home and will probably remain so for the rest of my life. My success here is because I realized that I needed to understand how to adapt to life before settling down here.
While we will talk about anything you like for a week, the class will address the following topics. (Note: I’d prefer to leave the detailed logistics to local expat experts):
- Determine whether to live or travel long-term in Mexico in the first place.
- Figure out where you want to live in Mexico.
- Learn how to adjust and succeed in living in Mexico.
- Plan a long-term travel itinerary around Mexico that matches your tastes and personality.
Pick my brain; I love Mexico and have extensive experience to help you design your perfect life (or long-term travels) in Mexico, including having
- Spent nearly two years traveling around Mexico and visited 27 of the 31 states. I started traveling in Mexico in my childhood and have witnessed firsthand the extensive changes to the country over that time.
- Lived in Mexico (Merida) for most of six years.
- Talked to hundreds of expats in Mexico as part of my research for my seminars.
- Stayed in ten Mexican families throughout the country and participated in their daily lives and struggles.
- Read over a hundred books about Mexican society, economics, politics, history, and culture and taken many classes about Mexico
- Studied Spanish using many different techniques for more than forty years. I know firsthand the advantages and disadvantages of most language learning methodologies and can match you with the methods that most suit your needs.
- Researched every aspect of Mexicanhistory, culture, politics, and economics to be an expert on how living in Mexico is different from the US and Canada.
- Reviewed around fifty books on living and traveling in Mexico and can provide you with many secrets to succeeding in Mexico that these books can’t.
In the future, I will partner with other expats throughout Mexico (any suggested partners?) to provide classes in their communities about logistics such as buying or renting a home, getting your home repaired, visas, and banking. (Some possible places include Cancun and the Maya Riviera, Merida and the beach communities, Puerto Vallarta and Sayulita, the Cabo region of Baja, San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, and Oaxaca).
How to Be a Fifty-Plus Nomad: Make the Most of Long-Term Travel and Expat Life
Want to learn my secrets from living and traveling outside of the US for sixteen years of my life? Let’s spend a week together in my comfortable home in Merida, Mexico talking about what it takes to live and travel abroad for an extended period. While most people who choose a nomadic life are happy with their new lifestyle, it is not that easy. It is easy to make expensive and frustrating mistakes, and many people abandon their dreams long before they anticipate. It takes more work and determination than most people think. However, I wouldn’t want to live any other way, and I feel confident that you will feel the same after taking this class.
While we can talk about anything you want during the one-week seminar, here are some suggested topics.
- Developing a travel personality inventory,
- How much does traveling around the world and living abroad really cost?
- Saving money for travel.
- Cultural adaptation and travel burnout.
- Different places to live and travel around the world.
- Legal requirements for traveling and living abroad.
- Cultural aspects of living and traveling in different countries around the world.
- Working abroad or by internet.
- The advantages and disadvantages of different traveling methods (independent and group travel and tours, cruising, active vacations, volunteering, learning vacations, etc.).
- Narrowing down the best place or places for you to live abroad.
- The logistics of traveling around the world including buying airline tickets, public transportation, finding good restaurants, meeting people, communications, shopping, sightseeing, frequent flyer, and other loyalty programs, etc.
- Some essential tips for learning another language.
The class includes a one-hour follow-up call, once a month for three months, more extended when you’re on the road or living abroad.
In the future, I hope to partner (any suggested partners?) with experts in Costa Rica, Panama, Italy, Spain, France in case you want more detailed information about living and traveling in those countries.
Want to Learn More About the Fifty-Plus Nomad Community?
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- My Surprising and Complex Journey from Nomad to Expat in Merida, Mexico During CoronavirusIn March 2020, I decided to live full time as an expat in Merida, Mexico. It was not an easy decision. I spent 2011 to 2015 as a full time traveler. From 2015 to March 2020, I lived part time in Merida and Montreal and also traveled three to four months a year. Right when I was excited about becoming a full time expat, the Coronavirus pandemic happened and changed my plans even more.
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- What is the Intended Audience for this Website? Long-Term, Round the World Travelers and Expats Over 50 Years OldThe audience for this website is long-term travelers and expats over 50 years old. While the website does its best to address the needs of everyone in this category, it is biased toward 1) Americans and Canadians and 2) travelers and expats who can live in some comfort ($100-$250 a day for travel and $2000-$4000 a month for expats).
- My Own Travel Personality InventoryPaul Heller, the Founder of Fifty-Plus Nomad, has outlined in detail his own travel personality. This inventory was developed after taking all the quizzes and answering the questions contained throughout the travel personality section of the blog. It is intended as a model for other fifty-Plus Nomads to use in developing their own inventory.
- Five Essential Fifty-Plus Nomad QuestionsIn addition to taking the four travel personality quizzes, Fifty-Plus Nomads should ask themselves five essential questions to help them determine how they like to travel.
- Quiz #2: What Type of Fifty-Plus Nomad Are You?Take Fifty-Plus Nomad’s Quiz Number 2 and discover if you prefer to travel like a local or as a jet setter. Or maybe, instead, you are an artful or a traditional traveler.
- Quiz #1: Do You Have What It Takes to be a Successful Fifty-Plus Nomad?Take Quiz #1: Find out if you have what It takes to be a successful Fifty-Plus Nomad? (Hint: Chances are, you do).
- Take the Myers-Briggs Personality Test and Become a Better Expat and Long-Term TravelerTake the Myers-Briggs Personality Test and discover more about your personality and needs before you begin your long-term travel and living abroad adventures.
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- What is a Fifty-Plus Nomad?When people ask me: ¨What is a Fifty-Plus Nomad¨? My reply is anyone over the age of 50 willing to invest time, money, and energy to make travel and/or living abroad an integral part of their lives.