Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
at 1/3 of the Cost
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Typical Mexican Pacific Coast Beach
Mexico, that constantly media-bashed country to the south of the US, might be
your better option for retirement.
million Americans already call Mexico their home and its amazingly easy to
obtain your residency visa for full-time living, most receiving theirs in a
matter of days.
Snowbirds could easily add another million visitors to this number and can stay
6 months on a no-cost visitors visa!
With its proximity to the United States, both US and Mexican airlines offer
non-stop flights to and from many destinations in the US. Or, of course, you
could drive. So visiting family or utilizing Medicare is much easier than if you
were to live elsewhere overseas.
There are lots of reasons why Mexico is a great choice for retirement, so let’s
Cost of Living
Mexico has everything that the US offers - along with a better lifestyle - at a
fraction of the cost.
The Dollar exchange rate makes for attractive affordability.
The cost of a beer is 30 Pesos or about $1.50 at a bar. A lakeside lunch of
grilled salmon with wine or margarita as your beverage plus a generous tip runs
about $11USD per person.
used medicines at pharmacies won’t break the bank, and a consultation
with a cardiologist or a surgeon is less than $40USD.
More on Medical Care
Many US doctors train in major Mexican hospitals where the “care” is still part
of the healthcare industry.
Most doctors here - including specialists - are easily available through phone, WhatsApp or email and most speak English. Highly skilled dentists are abundant
with oral surgeons performing
teeth implants for a price less than your dental copay back home.
options run the gamut. Pricing for private rooms in a
traditional Mexican mansion with gardens, comfort dogs, meals included,
internet, laundry service and social activities and a driver to take you to
appointments are about $2,000USD per month.
Chapala, Mexico, all price ranges are available for both rentals and
home ownership. For as little as $300 USD a month you can rent a one bedroom
furnished apartment or you can purchase a house in any of the towns which dot
the lake for many times that amount.
Maids and gardeners are commonplace, and the price for plumbers, carpenters and
electricians run about the same as a Lakeside lunch.
Whatever your budget and desires allow, you can find something here.
Colonial Cities offer the city life with
bars, night life,
theater and orchestras. So one is not limited to small town charm.
What’s your preference?
Mexico has mountain towns like
San Miguel de Allende with 6000 feet elevation and cool temps, or dry
Oaxaca with eternal spring-like weather year-round. Mexico boasts two coast
lines of beaches that rival the best in the US. You can have your choice of the
Pacific Coast or more
Caribbean style calm
Whether it’s a four-season location or a tropical one, a bustling city or a
moderate sized town there is something for everyone.
Transport- Inapam card
Modern public transportation is available all over Mexico.
buses with reclining seats and your own entertainment system travel
to every major city and little out posts way in the hills or choose to hire a personal
driver. Taxis and Uber are widely available.
In-country discount air-carrier flights make Mexico an easy county to travel and
are staggeringly cheap.
Along with your residency card, if you are over 60 years of age, you qualify for
an INAPAM card. This allows you major discounts on buses and free access to
museums. We can fly from Guadalajara to
Puerto Vallarta for less that $50.00 or
bus it for $13.00 with our INAPAM cards.
Availability of food, upscale dining, local markets and online shopping
Mexico by far has the best food in Latin America and the
street food rivals that
Local traditional foods like
tacos and pozole can be found anywhere, and fusion
foods like white mole will rival that of New York and California.
Mexican markets sell tropical fruits, gourmet cheeses, pastries, imported and Sonoran beef, fresh seafood, and mounds of moles. Modern super-store grocery
chains like Soriana, Sams, Costco and Wal*Mart have dotted the country.
Due to the convenience of online shopping, we now have items delivered to our
door via Amazon, or Mercado Libre without a hitch. Things that used to be
difficult to find here are now routine.
Time zone and international cell service
Mexico has similar time zones as the US and Canada, so calling home to family
members is a breeze.
Telcel, the local cell service, runs 200 Pesos per month or about $10 USD with
FREE unlimited calls and time to the US and Canada as well as 3.5 gig data.
Lots of English Speaking Mexicans
Where ever we have traveled throughout the country we have found English
The younger Mexicans, especially in University towns always want to practice
their English and can act as a translator if necessary.
If retirement is in your
future and you are looking for an affordable location with wonderful weather,
similar culture, friendly people, and a relaxed lifestyle, try Mexico.
About the Authors
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.
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