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Old 16th March 2019, 05:07 PM
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I'm not sure if I'm supposed to hit reply, but I didn't see anywhere to start a new post, so here goes the introduction!

I'm a former military brat, so no place has been "home" and I've lived in Utah for several years taking care of my mom, she passed away last year. My mother had moved to Utah to live with my sister after my father passed away; then my sister moved to California, so I moved here from Texas. I guess the *let's move every two years* military upbringing never gets out of your system, does it.

My children range from 22 to 35 (the 22 year old is my last hurdle to true freedom to be able to up and go). I don't think she's going to be keen on me moving, although her father lives there, in Chihuahua (long story made short....he's a bit of an idiot and got deported 10 years ago).

Lately I've been thinking about taking Social Security early when I turn 62--in 2023, assuming there's still that option, about living there. I have a house here, it's not much of one but it's still a house, and the wee daughter could have it, by then she'll be 27, and if she's not married and in her own place it would be a nice parting gift. If none of the children want the house then I could sell it and make life a little more comfortable in my old age.

I am just so tired of the Utah winters, but not sure if I'm ready to deal with the Chihuahua summers. It gets hot in Utah, very hot, but it doesn't last as long as in Chihuahua.


I've been telling my coworkers that I'm retiring somewhere south of the border, I just haven't worked up the nerve to tell my daughter, lol
Welcome to the Expat Forum! If you're thinking of retiring in Mexico, there are lots of places here with better weather than Chihuahua.
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Chihuahua is just where the family is, the nieces and nephews, etc. Plus, I can semi find my way around the city (I have THE worst sense of direction). I am open to looking elsewhere, if it's within the budget

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I am just so tired of the Utah winters, but not sure if I'm ready to deal with the Chihuahua summers. It gets hot in Utah, very hot, but it doesn't last as long as in Chihuahua.
When you want to get away from the heat in Chihuahua in the summer, you can always go to Guachochi or Creel or Basaeachi just a few hours to the west and in the high country of the Barrancas del Cobre. It is really beautiful there.
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Just like here in Utah, we escape up to the mountains I almost bought a cabin in Creel a long time ago, and I'm kicking myself now for not doing it, I'm sure the housing prices have gone through the roof with all the tourism they have now.

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Just like here in Utah, we escape up to the mountains I almost bought a cabin in Creel a long time ago, and I'm kicking myself now for not doing it, I'm sure the housing prices have gone through the roof with all the tourism they have now.
I don't think it's too late. That area struggles. I have been going to Creel and vicinity every year for about 10 years now and I don't see much change. The hotel prices are still the same as they were a decade ago. There is a new Airport in Creel but they haven't gotten their act together to get it certified so no flights go in or out. There is talk of adding a more luxurious class or classes to the El Chepe train; maybe that will attract some new people, but in general tourism has fallen off there over the past few years.
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Greetings to all,

My name is Don, and my wife's name is Carolyn. We are Ajijic bound next year.

We are both native Oregonians living in a floating home on Multnomah Channel just outside of Portland. Carolyn and I decided we would not age-in living on the water, and for the last couple of years have been trying to figure out, "where do we go from here?" That was solved last December when we visited longtime friends living in Ajijic and Chapala.

Our friends have a combined fifteen years of fulltime lakeside living and have continually encouraged us to visit. It was easy to see why they've made the Chapala area their full-time homes. They've been very open kimono on all the plusses and minuses to living in Chapala/Ajijic and Mexico in general. As nearly all the members of this forum have found, the minuses are trivial compared to all the plusses Mexico has to offer.

We will be renting a home that is walking distance to central Ajijic. We plan to rent for one year, then reassess from there; continue renting, buy in the lakeside area, return to Oregon, explore other areas of Mexico. It's pretty exciting now that we've pulled the trigger on unloading most of our possessions.

We are world travelers having visited over 45 countries for business and pleasure. Separately we've had extensive travels. As an IT engineer/manager, I worked on projects in Austria, Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Italy, Germany, Japan, Korea, and The Philippines. Carolyn started her career teaching on the island Phonpei in the Eastern Caroline Islands. This experience allowed her to continue traveling eastward through Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Iran, and Europe. Together we've had memorable trips throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

We look forward to engaging with the forum to help us make this transition.

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Saludos!

My husband and I are in our mid-40s and looking to move to Mexico for 6 months to 1 year this summer. We're currently looking at all of our options and trying to find a location that will meet most of our desires (ideally close to the ocean but with access to big-city amenities).

Right now, we're looking at Mazatlán (plus for ocean and minus for heat), Tepic (seems like a possible "undiscovered" area close-ish to the ocean) and somewhere in Oaxaca. We're bringing our 10 year old cat (yikes!), who needs medication for a chronic health issue.

I lived in San Miguel de Allende for a few years in the mid-90s. Hablo español fluidamente, which will be a big help! My husband and I visited Oaxaca (city and Puerto Escondido) a couple of years ago and fell in love with the friendliness of the culture. He's from India originally and we've both traveled/lived in many areas, so we're pretty sure we can adjust to living abroad again.

I just wanted to post a friendly "Hola" and thank you for all the advice already posted.

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I'm excited to be here and looking forward to meeting some good friends who are like minded about retiring (on a budget to coastal Mexico! I love new horizons, people and experiences!

I'm trying too navigate this site and zero in to the closest group. I live in Nevada now and am desirous of retiring to San Pancho (first spot that felt right) for a simple beach life. This is my first post and I'm sure I need to know lots, so... Here goes!

My target date is 2021 and I guess the first thing would be to scour this site for preparation steps. Anyone know of a template of steps to take for a smooth transition?

Thanks for any help
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Greetings all! New to this forum. So grateful to have found it. Ive spent my career in ER as RN. Retired now. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Mexico over the years. Love the coastal, cool climate, people, food, etc. Friend lived there for decades and I visited every chance i got. Sooooo. Tired of paying taxes thru the nose in US, and living in California makes it even way worse if that’s imaginable. Looking to rent a place til I buy but most all I see for rent is “seasonal”. Sigh. Any suggestions would b appreciated. I may just have to take my ***** down there and spend some time looking and talking to locals. Would like to have some places to look at beforehand, but.......... glad y’all are here and willing to share your knowledge/experiences. 😊👍

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