Retirement decisions are sometimes difficult. Your whole life will probably change when you are no longer heading out the door of your home at least 5 days a week to head to that job you may have had for years. When the time comes near, there are many, many decisions you are going to have to make, and hopefully, you’ll be happy to live with those decisions – for years! ‘Cause retirement can be a huge portion of your life what with the health care we’ve been given.
But, the sad reality is many people simply are not able to have a good life during that inevitable retirement period, due, of course, to their finances. And we can blame that on many, many reasons.
Some people have lost the “little pot of gold” they were planning to live on, due to some of the financial catastrophes the United States has experienced the last few years. Some people are facing losing a “company pension” they had been counting on for years. Some people simply never put enough away to live on, when that paycheck stops – as it eventually does. Whatever the situation is, there are, thank goodness, alternatives.
One easy alternative is to simply move to another country – where the cost of living is not as escalated as it has become in the States. That pretty much opens a whole world of possibilities – literally – the whole world is open to consider.
There are places in the world you can live on very little money – I’m talking about under $100 a month. But, I prefer a flush toilet, thank you. And I want water coming out of a faucet in my home – I cringe at the thought of dipping water out of a crocodile infested pond for daily use – not for me. Now, that may sound exciting and enticing to some – and if so – hey, go for it. This picture shows a Mexican neighborhood you won’t see from your resort, I bet!
But for me, I need conveniences. I want high speed internet, cable TV, a nice big refrigerator well-filled. I want to be able to go to a church of my choice. I want to be able to shop without an armed guide. And I want to live among people I can communicate a bit with, and I even want a couple of other N.A.’s somewhere in the area, just to turn to, if I need them.
I want good medical care – that may be number one on my list of wants. And maybe number one and a half, on my list, is the ease of returning to the States when I want to visit kids and grandkids, take a tour, check up on important things, or just to be back in the good old U. S. A. for a while.
Sounds as though I want it all doesn’t it?
Oh, and I forgot to mention, I want a really nice low cost of living. Well, luckily for all of us, we share a huge border to our south with a country called Mexico. Hopefully it will be a more secure border soon, but beyond that problem, Mexico offers everything to have a happy, relaxed retirement.
Mexico is nearby. Of course, Canada is near too, but I can almost guarantee, you don’t want their cost of living – Canadians are flocking to Mexico, too.
As long as you hold a passport, it’s a pretty simple process to head back north across the border, and easily be back in the States from Mexico.
Roads are constantly being improved in Mexico – try to stick to the toll roads until you are totally familiar with Mexico and you’ll pretty much travel same as you would in the States. Plan ahead, know where you’re going and when you want to get there. You’ll probably find many places with the colors of Mexico, as in this picture.
Mexico has just about every convenience you are used to finding in the United States. You will find high speed Internet in most locations now. And TV – either by cable, or a dish – and they are readily accessible. Don’t worry, you’ll not miss your favorite programs. But, you just may be lucky enough to live where, on many warm nights, you will hear the strains of a Mariachi band drifting through your open window instead of the tv droning on.
Of course, if your dream lies in living in a small Mexican village, then, you may have to travel – probably not very far – to shop in a WalMart, Sam’s, or even a Costco. But I’ll bet after a very short while of living in Mexico, your desire for those stores will get less and less. You’ll more than likely quickly find the wonderful street markets and the fascinating Mercados that are all over Mexico. That’s where the natives shop and they spend only a fraction of what they would in the big type “foreign” stores.
However, do realize Mexico is not the United States. At the present, drug lords are having an all-out war for their territories – and that reaches right across the border and into the United States. So be very aware, keep your eyes open, and as my Mother always said, keep your nose clean. Be careful – much as you would be in Los Angeles, Miami or Chicago.