While I love the US, I feel like my heart is in Mexico. Reading these reasons for Living Abroad Over 50 should inspire you find where and if your heart belongs abroad, too.
Both Costa Rica and Mexico are wonderful places to retire. However, I chose Mexico because of its rich culture, history, and food.
This post lists the pros and cons of living in Merida, Mexico. It also shows how I have adapted to (and even come to appreciate) some of the cons of living in Merida.
The audience for this blog is long-term travelers over 50 years old. While the blog does its best to address the needs of everyone in this category, it is biased toward 1) Americans and Canadians and 2) travelers who can live in some comfort ($150-$400 a day) for travel
As part of my research for my blogs and seminars over the past 15 years, I have talked to over 300 American and Canadian expats in Mexico, Central America (particularly Costa Rica), Europe (mainly Italy), and Thailand. These expats generally are happy they made the move but found both the challenges and the benefits of living abroad vastly different than expected.
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When I was younger being charged more for things than locals used to piss me off. Now I simply acknowledge it as part of traveling and living in third-world countries. I find the less it bothers me the less I attract aggressive vendors, too.
By far the biggest issue I had while traveling around the world as a younger man was culture shock. It even resulted in me making some major decisions, most of which I regret in retrospect. In my experience, many people suffer from culture shock while traveling around the world or living abroad but most don’t even know they are suffering from culture shock.
Unless you are careful, you will spend 7% more on foreign exchange conversion fees than you should. By making a few simple changes, I avoided these fees and saved myself $18,000 during my five-year, round-the-world journey.
Whenever you start researching the idea of living abroad you will read a lot of useful information that may leave you thinking this is harder than you expected. Yet, it is not that hard. Living abroad is the best decision I’ve ever made and it can be for you too.