Are you one of the 10,000 baby boomers reaching retirement age every day? Yes, every day for the next 18 years 10,000 people in the US turn 65. Even if only 1% of those people consider México, that is 36,500 people per year. Are you one of them?
Paul and I decided on México for retirement for a lot of reasons. We wanted an adventure. We wanted to learn a new language, learn about a different culture, and experience life in a foreign country for ourselves. We wanted to live in a place with better weather. We wanted to enjoy a lower cost of living. We wanted to live in an area where we walked rather than drove. We wanted to enjoy friendships with other adventurous, interesting people. We wanted to live where people take responsibility for themselves and where people laugh and enjoy life more. We found everything we wanted here in México – and chances are you will, too.
Here are a few of our tips for boomers considering México for retirement:
Take every chance you get to visit. We spent every vacation in México for years. We had a wonderful time exploring the country and considering what kind of lifestyle we wanted.
Talk to people. Of course when you’re traveling you’ll want to talk to everyone you can about the communities they’ve enjoyed. Don’t be shy, the effort you make now will really help – not just uncovering wonderful places to explore, but also when you make the move and need help getting adjusted.
Stay in B & B’s or very small hotels when you’re exploring. The other guests, staff, and owners are fantastic resources.
Think about the things you must have in a new community. We wanted a great place to walk and one reason we chose Mazatlán was because of its wonderful malecón. We’re all unique – only you know what’s right for you.
Take Spanish classes – don’t wait until you get here. Community college extension courses would be great, supplemented with audio programs in the car or while walking.
Read blogs written by people who live in México. Be sure to comment, too – you just might make a friend to visit someday! I have a blogroll here to get you started.
Consider your budget – most people will find their retirement income stretches much further in México. Property taxes are around $100 US, food is less expensive, health care is very reasonable, etc. In the US even if you were to have a home with no mortgage, monthly insurance and tax bills could be tough to manage on a fixed income.
Join online communities. Some are more general – having to do with all of México, and others are for individual communities. You’ll find all kinds of people willing to help and answer questions.
Don’t be afraid. The US press makes it seem as though México is full of terrible cartel violence. But México is a huge country and the pockets of violence are pretty isolated.
Just do it! When we talk to people considering moving here we always tell them “just do it, you’ll be glad you did.”
If you’re interested in exploring México online, I have Mazatlán links and México links pages on my blog for you to explore. You might also want to visit my favorite blog posts page to get a feel for life in México.