Retirement – That Day is Coming Closer and Closer!

From the first day the realization comes to you that – hey, I am getting near the age that I can retire, until you make your final decision as to just where you’re going to spend the best years of your life, you need information. Just as in real estate investing, where the most important theme is location, location, location, when deciding on your future home, remember you can never have too much information, information, information.

On this site, you’ll find over 10 year’s worth of truly excellent questions and answers that were generated in response from the readers of my first book, Retire In Luxury, and in response to articles I’ve published right here. You’ll benefit from many potential expat’s and potential expat’s questions in the “Things I Write About” section over to the right of this article.

How to decide if Mexico is the right choice for you, how to get your finances in order and whether it is realistic for you to choose to retire now are only a couple of the subjects covered here. But, you will find, as thousands have already discovered, that Mexico can save YOU a lot of money. It doesn’t matter who you are, how old you are, or what your station in life is.

Mexico 2010 024Maybe your interest in Mexico has nothing to do with affordable healthcare. Maybe you’re just looking for an affordable place to take a family vacation once or twice a year. Maybe invest in a property that you can vacation in now, and retire to later. That’s good thinking too. Why not combine that vacation with a dental checkup and cleaning – maybe pick up a pair of spare glasses? You have that option available to you, too.

If the prospect of going to another country to get what you need makes you feel a bit uncomfortable …if you feel awkward …maybe even unpatriotic …or just down-right scared, just realize it’s okay. There are people who have been there, done it, understand what it’s like to be in your shoes, and they’ve paved the way for you to follow and most of them have their arms opened wide to welcome you and help when needed.

I do want to thank my readers who stay in touch, and write in and email me with questions of their own. I especially appreciate all of you who send in information from your own experiences – nothing beats information from those who are experiencing what you are wondering about! Many times, I elaborate on those particular questions and answers and bits of information in upcoming articles, sometimes, you find that info in the comments section at the end of the articles.2010 Dec CRUISE 223

So, before you begin picking and choosing the articles you want to read right now, get a cup of coffee or tea, sit down, relax, get comfortable, then dig in. The more you continue to read my articles, the more you’ll be open to new ways of thinking and new possibilities for your future. “There’s always a better way”, Dick says, and that couldn’t be more true right here, right now.

And now, another email:

Hi Barbie, I love getting your newsletter!!  Without it I may never have had the courage to make the leap in to purchasing a home in Baja Ca.

Being a widow on Soc Sec, I was a little leery about selling my home in So. Calif but my boyfriend and I would drive down to Rosarito to shop, eat and loved every minute of it.

I knew I was ready for a big change in my life ….I found your website, did my research, which included visiting different single homes, condos and new developments.  I found a website which had the most ” BANG FOR THE BUCK” single family homes.  “Rancho Descanso” is a new development approx 2 miles south of Puerto Nuevo ( Well known Lobster Village) the houses are under $190,000.00 and absolutely beautiful.  2bdrm, 2baths, fireplace inside, built-in  fireplace and BBQ grill in the backyard, but the best is the entire rooftop is a sun terrace….I have the most spectacular (view) of the ocean, mountains and the Cantamar Dunes.

I am within 40 miles of the border, I have my kids and grandchildren in the States so I am able to visit them as often as I want.  I always prepare my self for waiting anywhere from 10 mins to 2 hours (Barbie: at the border crossing) ( I have waited 4 hrs but only once, during the holidays) . I have been renting an apt. in Rosarito for 6 months, my new home should be completed by May.  I now have settled into a new way of living, I know where the best tacos are, the Lavamatica (launder mat)  which has a small snack bar, sodas , coffee, chips and a great opportunity to practice my Spanish with the attendtant.

I will continue to look forward to your newsletters as there is so much information in them. I tell all the other “Newbies” to check your site.

Thanks again Barbie !  Sincerely, C

Addition Feb 3, 2013 – the amount you need to move to Mexico has changed – see –

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2 Responses to Retirement – That Day is Coming Closer and Closer!

  1. Jerry

    March 7, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    What information can you give me about house rentals in Otavalo, Ecuador?
    Thank you,

  2. Barbie


    March 12, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Gosh Jerry, I’m sorry, don’t have info for you on that. Maybe if you find some, you can send it on to me and I’ll share the info with the readers. Barbie

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