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Old 04-08-2013   #1 (permalink)
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Moving to Playa in June, CANNOT WAIT!

Hi everyone, I'm moving down in June so I just figured I'd introduce myself.

My name is Josh, I joined the forum to get better acquainted with the area before I move down, also to become familiar with some of you locals and hopefully learn a thing or two before my arrival.

Me: I'm 30 years old, originally from Chicago, have been living in Fort Lauderdale for the last 4 years and now moving down to Mexico for a few different reasons.

1. I am EXTREMELY sick of the US, the bullshit politics, bullshit government and the day-to-day rat race that's required just to simply survive. I feel trapped, I cannot relate with most people and just need to get the heck out of this materialistic, "money is king" atmosphere. I'd like to be able to spend some serious time on self-reflection, relaxing with a slower paced lifestyle in a beautiful area with like-minded people. OH yeah, and for much cheaper than I do here in the U.S.

2. I'm fortunate enough to be able to work remotely, so I'll be getting paid in USD which is a big plus and probably the only factor that makes it possible for me to relocate to Mexico.

3. I haven't traveled nearly as much as I'd have liked to in my life, and while I have plenty of time to do so, I figure this is an excellent start to working remotely while living abroad. (I guess it's referred to as being a "digital nomad").

4. I love Mexican food, relaxing on the beach with drinks in hand , the landscape, the culture and history, as well as the various historical & geographical sites that the Yucatan and Quintana Roo have to offer.

In general, I'm pretty laid back, am always learning new things and enjoy meeting new people & spontaneous adventure. Music, the Arts, spirituality (not religion) and similar things are very important to me and I think being in mexico will give me a good chance to improve my knowledge, meet some cool and interesting people, and more importantly, do so in paradise.

Anyways, I look forward to meeting and/or talking with some of you in the future!
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Best of luck!! Hope it turns out to be the right decision for you.

May I ask... how much time have you spent in Playa??
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Best of luck!! Hope it turns out to be the right decision for you.

May I ask... how much time have you spent in Playa??
Thanks, much appreciated. You want the honest truth? ZERO.. I've been to Cancun a few times and have been through Playa once when visiting Tulum, but that's it. However, I've done my research and am just going to be renting a room in a house so the move is not really a major life defining decision for me. I enjoy a challenge and can typically figure out how to make things work. I'm pretty resourceful so I'm not going to be disappointed if I don't like living there. However, that's part of the fun. At least for me anyways.
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How's your Spanish?
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How's your Spanish?
Mi spanish es no muy bueno. The good news is, I'm getting a free copy of Rosetta Stone next week!
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So.... you're moving to a place in Mexico that you've never spent any time in (because America SUCKS as much as your current ability to speak Spanish).

I hope you're up for a challenge and an eye opening experience.

(You might want to keep your options open in Chicago in Awful Amerika just in case Playa isn't the paradise you anticipate it to be.)
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Josh, it sounds like you've got a plan. The world's your oyster and you should go for it, especially since you can do online or remote work to support yourself, as opposed to having to try work down there.

The only thing I would take issue with in your OP is the statement that you think it might be cheaper to live in the Playa than the U.S. Of course it depends on what part of the US you're comparing it to, but Playa's more expensive than the area I live in. Getting paid in dollars is nice but I don't really see how it'll benefit you that much. Playa's generally a very expensive part of Mexico in which to live. But, as long as you've got enough income to support yourself, I think you'll have a wonderful adventure and you should go for it. If it doesn't work out, move on.
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So.... you're moving to a place in Mexico that you've never spent any time in (because America SUCKS as much as your current ability to speak Spanish).

I hope you're up for a challenge and an eye opening experience.

(You might want to keep your options open in Chicago in Awful Amerika just in case Playa isn't the paradise you anticipate it to be.)
I spoke no Spanish when I moved here. My Spanish still sucks.
He's young and adventurous. He can try it out and if it doesn't work out, he can move on.
Methinks your issue is his issue with the US.

Oh, and for Dan-O....Playa is much cheaper for us. Of course, we are in the Ejido and not Centro. Big difference.

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So.... you're moving to a place in Mexico that you've never spent any time in (because America SUCKS as much as your current ability to speak Spanish).

I hope you're up for a challenge and an eye opening experience.

(You might want to keep your options open in Chicago in Awful Amerika just in case Playa isn't the paradise you anticipate it to be.)
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So.... you're moving to a place in Mexico that you've never spent any time in (because America SUCKS as much as your current ability to speak Spanish).

I hope you're up for a challenge and an eye opening experience.

(You might want to keep your options open in Chicago in Awful Amerika just in case Playa isn't the paradise you anticipate it to be.)
I am single, make $3,500 a month USD, and have no obligations to be here in the US. Trust me I understand where you're coming from - but I'm not jaded although it may come off that way. Like I said, I can easily make my way up the coast to Cancun, or practically anywhere else I'd like to go if I found Playa to be that unappealing.

Also, I'm not heading there as an ignorant kid trying to run away - I'm heading there because I actually enjoy challenges, the excitement of being in a place I've never really been, and being able to explore and soak up some culture... I suppose I'm one of those rare few people who is able to do that sort of thing with confidence - I always manage to get by. I suppose I should look for a bi-lingual girlfriend to help familiarize me and get acquainted...?

I do understand it's a huge difference from the US, I really do. However, I'm prepared and won't be heading back to South Florida nor Chicago anytime soon after my arrival. Those places are exactly what I'm looking to get away from. And the Spanish thing is no big deal, like I said I'm getting Rosetta Stone and I'm a very quick learner so 8 weeks will be PLENTY of time to familiarize myself with more than just the basics..

I've made moves like this all over the states, and while I understand fully that Mexico is very different, it's honestly no big deal for me.
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But Babs... you knew people in Playa. You had a feel for Playa.

I have no issue with why he's leaving the States. Just quoting what he said. Playa is not an "escape" to paradise.
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Josh, it sounds like you've got a plan. The world's your oyster and you should go for it, especially since you can do online or remote work to support yourself, as opposed to having to try work down there.

The only thing I would take issue with in your OP is the statement that you think it might be cheaper to live in the Playa than the U.S. Of course it depends on what part of the US you're comparing it to, but Playa's more expensive than the area I live in. Getting paid in dollars is nice but I don't really see how it'll benefit you that much. Playa's generally a very expensive part of Mexico in which to live. But, as long as you've got enough income to support yourself, I think you'll have a wonderful adventure and you should go for it. If it doesn't work out, move on.
Thanks, man. I'm renting a room in a great, modern condo for $500 a month so in my opinion, It'll be much cheaper. Mainly because food, going out, and activities that I enjoy are cheaper there than in the US (depending where I frequent). I honestly have nothing to lose and I feel like it's a perfect starting point for quite a few solid years of travel through Mexico and South America.
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Hmm...$3,500 a month income and you're single? Careful there, you may get some propositions before your boots even hit the ground.

What are you waiting for?
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I spoke no Spanish when I moved here. My Spanish still sucks.
He's young and adventurous. He can try it out and if it doesn't work out, he can move on.
Methinks your issue is his issue with the US.

Oh, and for Dan-O....Playa is much cheaper for us. Of course, we are in the Ejido and not Centro. Big difference.
Yeah that does seem to be his problem, which in turn, is not my problem.

I'm all about planting myself somewhere beautiful, sight unseen. I'd also like to check out Cancun, Merida, Tulum, and a few other places so who knows. I may do like 2-3 months in each place before finding somewhere to make a more permanent life, or I may just move on to Costa Rica or somewhere else tropical. I'm not afraid of being in an unfamiliar place and thanks to the internet I can learn a plethora of things about a potential destination to help me decide if I'm interested before embarking on that trip.
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Hmm...$3,500 a month income and you're single? Careful there, you may get some propositions before your boots even hit the ground.

What are you waiting for?
My boss is moving, along with his company from Miami up to North Carolina. He's allowing me to work form home since I'm unwilling to relocate, but I can't really make the move until he moves to NC, which is June 1st. I'm going to Chicago to visit some family and friends for a week or two, then I'm coming down. Another bonus of being there is I'll be in a beautiful place and be able to actually bank some money too, which is super hard here in Florida. I will have a better quality of life, for practically half the cost. Financially, I can't lose. Worse case scenario is that I wouldn't like Playa, but then I'll just move on. I couldn't possibly hate it that much though, I'm pretty easy to please.
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Go for it. try it, have a great time, experience it all, there are great people down there that can be wonderful, welcoming, and helpful, and if it doesn't work, hell, no foul. America will still be there.
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