Financial and psychological costs Ex-pats need to consider wen moving to Mexico

Bodie Kellogg describes himself as a very middle-aged man who lives full-time in Mazatlán with a captured tourist woman and the ghost of a half wild dog, this is his last contribution in the Mexico News Daily website. He can be reached at buscardero@yahoo.com

Prior to choosing Mexico as a relocation destination, all future expats ponder the big question: “What will be our cost of living?”

The implications contained in the term cost of living cover a broad spectrum of our personal reality, where the financial aspect is the most conspicuous component. So what does it really cost to live in Mexico? Just what are the monetary advantages, and are they all true advantages? Are there hidden costs?  If so, why and where are they hiding?

Some wonder, will my meager retirement income be adequate to live with some level of comfort?  Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! What shall I do?

How about the personal costs? What is the impact of this culture on your psyche? Will it rankle the deep-rooted and closely held sensibilities implanted by your native culture? How do people deal with the merciless culture shock which lurks around every corner? Is there some type of therapy available to defray the nagging angst of making a huge mistake? Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! What shall I do?

Or, could it be possible that life in Mexico is the most brilliantly awesome thing since sliced bread? How easy could it be to meld into a culture where the concept of tomorrow falls somewhere between nebulous and nonexistent?

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