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Simple, Sustainable Lifestyles in Mexico

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Along with the current trends of seeking healthier ways to live, some people are discovering how Mexico offers choices for living simpler and more sustainable lifestyles.

Mexico is already host to a strong contingent of expats, and the influx of foreign residents choosing to live here full or part-time continues to grow.

Improved transportation infrastructure and access to information via the Internet is also causing off-the-beaten-track places in Mexico—some of which were completely unheard of just a decade or two ago—to emerge as desirable destinations for people seeking alternative living styles.  And it’s not just the retired who are seeking change: we’re receiving interest from people in their middle-ages, and even some younger working-age people whose skills enable them exercise their talents in various areas of the ‘knowledge economy’.

Locations in Mexico which offer potential for foreign residents seeking simplified and sustainable living choices in the years and decades ahead include:

Morelia and Patzcuaro in the state of Michoacan;

San Cristobal de las Casas in the state of Chiapas;

Merida on the Yucatan peninsula,

Veracruz and Campeche on the Gulf Coast,

Mazatlan and Manzanillo on the shores of the Pacific,

Guanajuato, Queretaro, and Aguascalientes in the colonial heartland; and

San Felipe, Loreto, and La Paz on the Baja peninsula.

Mexico City remains a popular choice for those who like living in an urban setting, and working foreign residents are particularity taken by neighborhoods like Condesa, Del Valle, Napoles, and Roma—as well parts of the refurbished Centro Historico.

Outside of Mexico City, the places mentioned above offer rural or semi-rural settings with good road and/or air connections. Although most of them are some distance away from the urban buzz of Mexico’s three big cities, they nonetheless offer key services foreigners seek like healthcare, good transportation links, and reliable internet connections—as well as ready-access to modern amenities foreign residents tend to use on a regular basis.

Another attraction for people seeking an alternative lifestyle here is the lower cost of living in Mexico—which translates into things like more retirement savings for those still in their working-age, and more sustainable living standards for those on fixed incomes in retirement.

Sustainable life styles are about living materially simply and taking responsibility for the choices we make, for example, by taking into account our consumption habits and how we plow value into the local communities we adopt.

We predict that Mexico will become one of the world’s top destinations for people seeking ways to simplify their life styles: moving here to live well, but live more simply.  The questions we get asked by email, the guides people are reading on Mexperience, and the eBooks people are downloading reveal trends that indicate people are actively considering how they can live differently—and they’re considering how Mexico could be part of the changes they seek.

You can learn more about relocating to and living in Mexico through our extensive guides and information published here on Mexperience.

4 Comments

  1. Jeanne Phariss says

    I am mexican\ American I’ve been to Mexico only once when I was seven years old to juarez I speak Spanish but I am not fluent . I want to live in Mexico when I retire I would be living g on a fixed income .Where would be the best place for me to live? Iam a 60 y/o woman.

  2. Marie Tzannetakis says

    Living in Mexico provides many benefits to the stressed American. I am looking to find interested foreigners who would enjoy rural, high altitude living with breathtaking views of Popocatepetl, Malinche and Orizaba. My home is in Tlaxcala and would like to know how I can interest others in this area of Mexico. #eco-village#permaculture#animal restoration#

    • Loretta says

      Marie,
      What is the cost of living in your Town. What does your area have to offer for retirees.
      How far is it from mexico city?
      Loretta

    • Sally Parsons says

      I would be interested in finding out more.I live in US but planning on visiting to find where I want to live. I do not speak Spanish yet so am looking for a place where English is spoken, please send info.

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