Jan 30, 2010, 10:37 AM
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From the many questions I've read on Mexconnect and from the many people who have tried to offer helpful answers, there is an underlying thread: Many people are looking for answers to questions they should have asked themselves before even considering the life-altering decision to pull up roots and move to a foreign country.
HEADING FOR MEXICO? QUESTIONS FOR YOURSELF
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Yes, Mexico is a close neighbor, but it is very much a different world.
Here are some of the issues:
Do you speak Spanish? If not, are you planning to move to an expat-intensive area where there will be English speakers to ease your way until you learn enough to get by?
Are you healthy enough to undertake such a move? If you have a chronic condition requiring prescription meds, have you worked out how you will get them?
Are you ready to leave your favorite medical care facility and accept a new doctor; perhaps a new hospital?
Can you feel comfortable without your U.S. medical coverage? Think about this long and hard. The idea of going back to the states for care only works if you aren't too sick to move, and IF you have it worked out how you are going to stay in the States until you're well. Do you have a "medical savings plan" in place in case you can't be moved? Can you afford a good Mexican health insurance policy? Will you be willing to accept care in an IMSS hospital where you will need a person to help you with non-medical care during your stay?
If your spouse or significant other dies, are you prepared to stay in Mexico on your own? Could you afford it?
How about those children/grandchildren? Can you (and your spouse if you have one) be away from them for long periods without being miserable? How often do you need to visit NOB for that reason? Can you afford those trips on your budget? Will that be enough, or will you be seriously homesick?
Are you ready to deal with a culture where the priorities are very different from those in the U.S.? Where family is more important than making money, and a birthday trumps showing up to fix your plumbing? Will your blood pressure handle the many little frustrations of things like: traffic, unavailiability of your favorite (.......), the law enforcement differences?
Can you deal with a place where living behind high walls, and having barred windows is considered "normal"? Where the garden looks inward, not seen from the street?
Are you ready to be a foreigner, surrounded by a different culture? Where, whatever you used to do in the states is no longer important to anyone?
I'm sure others will add to this list. But, IMO, these are questions which every potential expat needs to consider.
Those of us who have been here a while are glad to help with the things that come up, but the above questions can only be answered by oneself. I'm always saddened to lose a new expat friend to "regrets" as they leave to return NOB.
(This post was edited by tonyburton on Jan 30, 2010, 11:55 AM)