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Don’t Move to Mexico Just Because It’s Cheap

March 28, 2017 , In: All Things MEXICO, Moving to Mexico , With: 10 Comments
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I often get asked why we moved to Mexico. One of our reasons was because Mexico is a cheap place to live if you earn the American dollar. After living here for over three years I can say with conviction, “Don’t let that be your main reason for a move to Mexico”. Why?

Don't Move to Mexico Just Because It's Cheap

Because if that is your only reason you probably won’t last. Fortunately for us, we adapted rather well to the new culture but for some, it can be rather difficult if they are not prepared for change. Change is essential if you are going to move to another country. Change will allow you to stay, whereas being bull-headed and only seeing things in black and white will send you packing your bags and running for home.

Mexico is Cheap

But it is so much more than that. I am not well-traveled but the one thing I do know is that wherever you go you need to be able to appreciate what is different. For me, different is part of the adventure of travel and living abroad!

The cost-of-living in Mexico is cheap in comparison to living in the US. It’s not exactly cheap for Mexicans. The wages here are awful and that is terribly sad… but that’s another story. But for Americans, Canadians, and many Europeans, when we bring our money to Mexico it buys a lot more than in our home countries.

Because my husband is disabled and we live on a budget, economically and healthwise, a move to Mexico made much more sense for us than struggling in the US. So yes, this was a big factor in our decision.

Mexico is Different

No two countries are alike. Isn’t that amazing? I find the differences in Mexican culture, food, architecture, and language to be fascinating. I think diversity is beautiful and makes us unique. Mexico is diverse. I had no idea how much so until the last few years. I have learned more living here than I ever imagined was possible.

Being adaptable and able to accept change is a big deal. You will be able to experience beautiful and grand new things in your life. You won’t be stuck in your own small world but you will be able to really appreciate the world around you. You will discover how big it is and how small we really are. Change gives you a whole new perspective!

A move to any country requires change and a love for adventure! Thanks for sharing :-)Click To Tweet

Bottom line: If you move to Mexico…

Or anywhere outside your own country, don’t move just because it’s cheap. Don’t let that be your only reason. Move because:

  • It is new.
  • It is different.
  • It is an adventure.
  • It is a discovery.
  • It is an experience.
  • You are ready for change!

And here are a few more reasons that made sense for our family:

  • My husband’s health ~ Mexico is tranquilo :-)
  • We wanted to expand our Bible ministry.
  • Mexico is cheap since my husband’s pension is in the American dollar… but remember that wasn’t our only reason!!! Just need to be sure you got that part ;-)

Signing off in Mexico and loving it here, Tina

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  1. Reply

    Thank you for your post. I couldn’t agree more. I will be following you on FB.

    • Reply

      Thanks Deenie! I also started a new group on FB called Life in Mexico ~ Move to Mexico if you are interested :-)

    • Shar-ann
    • March 29, 2017
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    Beautifully written. That is so true with any move. We moved just about an hour away from our home to a city that an aquaintance told me not to move to because she hated it. But we had to because economically could not afford a house in our our hometown and our family grew by 3 in 4 years. So I was nervous because of how horrible her and her family said it was living out here in the country….but we love it. I have found how much I love learning all I can about my new city the people and exploring it has been the best move for our family.

    • Cassandra Martinez
    • March 30, 2017
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    Hi Tina,

    I’ve joined your new group on facebook, and now reading your blogs!! I am so happy that I found it. My hubby and I are planning to move to Mexico due to several reasons. Even though he is originally from Veracruz Mexico he don’t remember much (moved to US in 1999) and he said their family did not travel outside of their city. So we both are scared and nervous. We also have a young adult son who has Downs Syndrome so we want to make sure that he will adjust as well. I look forward to all the information that I can get

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      Mexico is really a beautiful country with beautiful people. I wish you the best and will try to help you where I can!

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    Thank you for your sharing that made me understand more about the people and the beautiful mexico country
    Thanks!

  3. Reply

    Tina, my wife and I travel quite a bit. In fact, we recently returned from a trip to Mexico where we explored the Aztec and Mayan temples and pyramids. It was our 6th or 7th trip south of the border. We love Mexico and would consider moving if it weren’t so far from our children and grandchildren. That said, we love excitement and adventure, and Mexico would fit the bill if we were able to move. I thoroughly enjoy your blog!

    • Reply

      Thank you, Joe! I understand the distance… I miss my family every day! I am hoping eventually they will move here too ;-)

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