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.

Photo Albums

Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque (94 items)
Ajijic (92 items)

Blog Posts

Off to Mexico Again (1/18/2019)- My last trip to Mexico was just over a year ago. Now I’m going back, to a different place and for a different reason. I’m currently at SeaTac waiting for my flight to Guadalajara, and I’ll be spending six nights… more…
Guadalajara Guadalajara (1/22/2019)- Flying to GDL I was very happy to discover that Volaris flies nonstop from SeaTac to Guadalajara’s Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport. But next time I come down here, I might just decide it’s worth making a connection. First, many… more…
A story about Mexico that’s also about me (1/22/2019)- I have been thinking a lot about the situation here in Mexico that has led to long lines for gas and an explosion killing 90‐some people in the state of Hidalgo.The part about MexicoI have no idea how much coverage… more…
Impressions of Ajijic (1/23/2019)- I’m conflictedI have been struggling to come up with words that will accurately reflect the various conflicted feelings I am having. When I think of uprooting myself from my life in Seattle and the USA and moving to a foreign… more…