As I write this (January 31, 2019), it both pains me and delights me to realize that retirement is not far off.
I’ve always assumed I could find the ideal retirement location in the United States. I like a climate that’s not too hot and humid, a place with lots of activities to participate in, and easy access to an airport from which I can travel around the world in not too many stops.
But political and economic circumstances have led me to seek a retirement destination elsewhere. The challenge is to find a place that ticks all the boxes and also welcomes expats. So many of the places I have traveled would be ideal, except they are either very expensive or very difficult to emigrate to.
When I traveled to Mexico in December 2017, I fell in love with the country and the people. But there are challenges: I don’t speak Spanish, and it’s hot in Mexico.
Then I learned about Ajijic. And I decided to check it out. So I went down there earlier this month for a week.
I took a red‐eye flight from Seattle to Guadalajara on Volaris (a low‐cost Mexican airline that has the only direct flights on this route but that definitely reminded me that you get what you pay for). I hired a local guide (via ToursByLocals) to pick me up at the airport, give me a tour of Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque, and deliver me to my Airbnb in Ajijic. Then I spent six nights learning about Ajijic and trying to determine if it’s where I will retire.
Stay tuned to find out what I decided.