‘Living or Retiring in Mexico’ is a poignant collection of stories and practical information for anyone that wants to spend more time in Mexico, or would even consider staying permanently. Written by a seasoned gringo, the book covers Mexican culture and history, how to make it workable, and what to expect in this foreign country and how to deal with it. From bringing goods into Mexico, medical and car insurance or buying property, handling utilities like water and gas to nachos and mescal. Many useful suggestions are shared, even for one who is not planning to be an expat, it’s informative and at times funny to anyone with an interest in Mexico. The 174-page book is a guide for people considering ‘living the life’, or retiring in Mexico, while seeing their retirement budget gain substantial spending power.
The book is divided into five parts: Introduction, The Fun Part, Food and Beverages, the Not So Fun Part and The Important Stuff. The latter deals with visas, medicals, becoming permanent resident etc. It will give a tremendous insight on ‘Life in Mexico’ through the eyes of an expat and will help you shape your opinion and decision making about living in Mexico, and figuring out if this would be the right thing for you.
First Review by: Ms Please Pass the book reviews
Living or Retiring in Mexico: offers an insider’s guide to all things expat, perfect for anyone looking into mid to long-term relocation. Comprehensive in its delivery, Buijs tackles the full-gamut of what to expect and includes a great deal of insight from his own personal experience. With the average age of retirement being pushed further down the road, Mexico, Central and South America have become increasingly popular options for many looking into other viable, sustainable alternatives. I think this book will also be useful to the huge and ever-growing collective of travel bloggers, most of who look for affordable home-bases outside of US and Canada.
For me, the most interesting section covered Mexican holidays. It’s fascinating to read about the varied customs, traditions, and both national and religious holidays that the country has on offer. As a frequent tourist and expat myself, I found Buijs’ guide to be practical and informative; an excellent stepping stone for anyone considering spending an extended amount of time off of the beaten path.