“Kathleen, I have been hearing a lot about Ajijic, Mexico (near Puebla). It’s supposed to be an ideal location for expats. I have never heard you mention it, though. What’s your take on this location?”
–Alice G., Ecuador
Ajijic is one of the most established overseas retirement havens in the world, home to one of the biggest communities of foreign retirees anywhere. It can be a great choice for the retiree looking for an easy transition to life in another country. Most of your neighbors would be foreign retirees, like you, meaning you wouldn’t need to learn to speak Spanish if you didn’t want to and you’d never have to look far for like-minded companionship.
One of the first questions you should ask yourself as you consider the idea of retiring overseas is whether you want to retire to an established expatriate community…or whether you’re up for going more local. If you’re interested in moving a little outside your comfort zone and embracing a new culture and a new way of life, Ajijic wouldn’t be an ideal choice. On the other hand, if you want turn-key, comfortable, and convenient, Ajijic could be the ticket. Weather’s nice, and the cost of living is low.
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