Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Spring, TX
Hello from Texas
I'm new to the forum although I've been lurking for about a week or so now. There is an abundance of useful information on this site about travelling to the Playa Del Carmen area for vacation but what has intrigued me the most, is all the people that have moved and now live in PDC.
My girlfriend and I have dreamed of moving to some sort of tropical vacation destination for some time now and hearing all of your testimonials and advice has been very informational but unfortunately all I can do now is daydream about moving to PDC.
My girlfriend and I have worked out a sort of "5-10 year plan" for moving to PDC with the obvious sort of objectives such as: saving money, liquidating unneccesary items, sorting out the house. I believe we can have enough money saved in this time period to survive without any other source of income for atleast 2 or 3 years. The problem lies there within, how will we generate income while we are there? I would prefer not depend on generating income in Playa.
My idea is a brilliant one if I can just convince my current employer that it is a good idea. I plan to convince my company that all of the tasks that I currently perform at the office could easily be performed from a home office. With today's technology this is honestly not a stretch. I would be willing to travel occasionally for work as I do now and have the same level of responsibility that I currently have. Now I know you are probably thinking, why would my company be willing to pay me to do the exact same thing I do now, but from PDC instead of my office in Houston. Well, this is the kicker (all my eggs in one basket), I make enough currently that I could offer to my company to pay me a percentage (maybe 1/2) of what I make now and still be able to live very well in Mexico. I think that removing half of my salary from overhead would be something that would be pretty intriguing to my employer. Plus, I think that if you add 5-10 years to my current tenure of 9 years, my company just might buy it!
Most of the stories that I hear from people who have moved to PDC or just live abroad in general are either retired or have an immediate source of independent income (i.e. investments, real estate), but I have not heard of too many people (particularly my age 32) that have been able to make this type of transition without some sort of immediate outside source of income.
I would gladly welcome any of your thoughts on the transition and sources of income that you may offer. Additionally, any ideas or suggestions that I may use to convince my company that this is a GREAT idea would be welcomed.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I look forward to hearing from all of you!
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