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Make Your Move to Mexico Easier… and Happier!

Top 3 Things You Must Do When Moving to Mexico

If you’re considering a move to Mexico, or any other country for that matter, huddle in and listen up….the benefits to you could be enormous.

Here’s a story that plays out everyday. Couple goes on a holiday in the sun. They fall in love (we did) with the warmth, the people, the laid back feeling, the easy decisions you make every day….pool…or…beach? Tacos or ceviche? They remember who they are without all of the responsibilities they have back home, and want to feel more like this every day.

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Some of these people will go home, pack everything up and take their lives to this new place, buy a home and embark on new lives. They organize a lot of details to get here, but unfortunately, most leave out, or underestimate the most important steps in the whole process.

They underestimate the mental and emotional preparation that this kind of a big move takes. So, here are some important tips from expats who have been successful in pulling this off.

Be on the Same Page
Moving to another country is a big deal. If you’re moving as a couple or a family, even bigger. It’s very common for the enthusiasm of moving to be lopsided. One person wants it more than the other, and for different reasons.

Spend time up front to really listen to one another. Reflect and talk about what’s important to each of you in your life, as individuals, and together. Avoid one person ‘selling’ the other on this adventure. Allow time for each of you to explore positives and negatives. You’ll feel more like you’re part of strong team!

Get Your Head Out of the Clouds
Nowhere is perfect…and as the saying goes, wherever you go, there you are. It’s too easy with ‘vacation brain’ to believe that living in Mexico is going to be the answer to all the things that you don’t like about you life back home. Don’t get us wrong, there are lots of great things about living in Mexico, just don’t make the mistake of over romanticizing.

Research. Talk to as many locals as you can. Ask them what they love and what drives them crazy. Ask about everything that will be a part of your life there: from finding a home to weather to schools to how business is done to shopping and amenities. There are trade offs in life. Be realistic about your new place, the pros and the cons, and then connect them back to what’s really important to you. Whatever you’re going to be doing in your new home, ie, starting a business, raising kids, retiring, travelling or learning Spanish, create a plan for how you’re going to do it. Then get ready to hit the ground running feeling empowered.

You can imagine how common this is: newly arrived expats want every day to feel that ‘vacation feeling’, or don’t really know any other way of being there.

Yes, its important to restore and rejuvenate, but after a few weeks of doing nothing, it will get old. Life is a balance of many things, unique to each individual, but a feeling of purpose is important. So again, have a plan and stay connected to what’s important to you. With a lower cost of living, many new opportunities can open up: studying at a local school, plugging in to a new community, exploring, learning the language, volunteering etc. Plan for routines that will keep you on track for what you’re wanting and needing to do.

Time in a hammock is a perfect part of every day. Just make sure to plan your new life to be fulfilling in all the ways you need it to be.

Give Yourself Time
A period of disorientation is normal and all expats in Mexico who’ve lived there for a long time will tell you the same thing…expect it and don’t think immediately that because you feel this way, you’ve made a big mistake. They also say that the best thing to do is reach out, explore and embrace the local culture and new experiences…let it make your life richer. And stay connected to what brought you here in the first place and you’ll have the best of both worlds.

Have you made the move to Mexico? We’d love to hear about your experience, drop us a line!

Image courtesy of Osa Conservation

Image courtesy of Osa Conservation

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