By Carol Stanley
Contributing writer to Latinworld.com
You are finally retired, and want to find a new and exciting life. The house is sold, the family is spread out, and frankly you feel like it is time for you to kick up your heels.
There are many attractive places to relocate south of the border. This is the time to investigate, check out real estate prices, and find your perfect lifestyle. Almost anywhere you look there will be a wide selection of homes to choose from. Most cities in Mexico boast of economical living in comparison to the United States real estate prices. Generally speaking food costs, utilities, transportation, entertainment, and health care are fairly reasonable.
Be aware that moving to a foreign land has some challenges. The language is probably one of the biggest challenges. In Mexico many people speak English, but there will be times when you struggle to communicate. Also, there are cultural differences with regards to time. Things move a little slower in Mexico so don’t be surprised if 9am is really 10am. Things are different south of the border and you will have an adjustment period to go through, however, this is part of the learning experience.
Some of the things you will have to look into are as follows:
1. Laws of the country and how they apply to U. S. citizens
2. Banking in a foreign country and where to have your direct deposits go
3. Pet laws
4. Taking your automobile to a foreign country and costs
5. What you can bring, and what is best left behind
6. Papers that need to filled out before entering your place of choice
7. Medical care including medicare benefits
8. Learning the new language
9. Finding affordable housing that suits your needs
11. Traveling (back and forth to the U.S.) flight availability and costs
There are more things to look into, but this is a beginning. All relocating experiences offer challenges and can be exhausting; and moving to a foreign country will just offer a few more things that need to be addressed.
Here are some suggestions for retirement destinations in Mexico:
San Miguel de Allende
Check out the many websites, make some calls, find expat forums and ask questions. The best advice is to spend some time living in one of these exciting places. Actually it is a good idea to visit several places, and the longer you stay you will get a true feeling for the place. You may be willing to give up certain comforts, but there are some things that are important to you, and those things should be addressed.
You could very well have that adventure of a lifetime.
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Carol Stanley is a well known speaker and author. She writes frequently on baby boomer and retirement topics. Her latest book, For Kids 59.99 & Over can be found at all online bookstores. www.babyboomerpower.com, www.boomercarol.com