Nov 14, 2009, 3:56 AM
Post #26 of 48
Your last message is alarming.
If you do not have sufficient funds to make the move to Mexico, what will you live on when you get here?
Everyone enters marriage with the hope of it lasting forever, but what if it doesn't? You will be in a foreign country with no means of support.
I see many expats come down here believing they can live on $1000 a month. Well you can if you don't pay rent, don't go out to eat at a restaurant, don't go to a doctor, and don't buy clothes.
Please take a realistic look at your finances. Better to delay, then to come to Mexico with no funds.
Do you have an independent income? Do you have a job you can do from home online?
And to come here without a computer is truly a desperate act. You will be cut off from family, friends, banking and other facets of your former life that are important.
Few people can pull up stakes, never look back and be happy.
It is not an easy transition. Mexicans are gracious, helpful, warm and friendly. But like with any other people you must earn their trust. You can find yourself a stranger in a strange land and broke.
And if you come and marry you are now 100% dependent on your new husband. Does he have the income to support you? Do you want to be dependent?
Do you have skills that are readily transferable to Mexico so that you can work?
Many people ask me about what it is like to live here, how I made all of the friends ( mainly Mexican) and whether I miss my old life. I tell them it was slow, sometimes the lonliness was overwhelming, but we had money in the bank and income.
We arrived here to take possession of the house we bought and had to immediately install good air conditioning, make major repairs, the septic system was non-functional, my mother died, and within a few months I had to have eye surgery! It did not feel like paradise.
Many people come here with fantasies of opening a fish charter business, or massage therapy or some kind of small shop.
It can be done, but dong business in Mexico is not easy.
Have you heard this adage: How to end up with one million dollars in Mexico? Start with two million!
Wrap up note:
If you do not have the funds to make the move, will not have a computer, no back up money, no income, no car, you are heading for disaster.
On the beach in La Paz
Author of Margarita Mind Series of Books about Mexico
Book #1 now available: www.MargaritaMind.com