The wonderful friends we’ve made living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico are what I love most about living here. Sure the weather is 85 degrees year round, the food is delicious and there’s a low cost of living. But what good is all of that when you don’t have close companions? Our social network has truly made our life south of the border worth while.
Saturday night we were at happy hour at a friend’s house who lives in Playacar. Pretty much the main topic of discussion the entire evening was my favorite: travel. One pal was discussing how he used to be an international courier over a decade ago, flying to Asia for less than $500 USD. It was a side job that he’d do in order to defray the costs of his month long vacations to Thailand or other exotic areas. He was lamenting that unfortunately the courier company was bought out and the service discontinued.
Other friends spend months in Thailand having medical and dental work done. He’s had a quadruple bypass, among other operations. The quality of such care in Thailand is comparable to many first world countries, and is available at a fraction of the cost. When I was in Bangkok two years ago I had my teeth whitened for a quarter of what I would pay in the USA.
Another chimed in and was discussing her upcoming trip to Portugal with her boyfriend in August. She had rented out her home in Playa del Carmen and with the proceeds was going to spend a month in Europe. Last winter she spent 2 months traveling in Thailand and Vietnam while her beachside condo was rented. Essentially she’s learned how to travel with spending little or no money.
The travel discussion are not only stimulating, they’re also inspirational. We’re already talking about future excursions. I’m heading to Ireland with my Mom next week, Allan and I are going to the USA this summer and then in the fall we’re in Egypt, Turkey, Morocco and maybe a few more places. Perhaps we’ll explore northern Mexico in the winter.
It’s not like we are rich. We also rent out our home, and we go sleep in a small studio with no kitchen that costs us less than $300 USD a month. With the funds from renting our primary residence we travel the world. Travel is always possible – it’s just a matter of finding a way how. When you are surrounded with like minded vagabonds, you acquire travel tips and trips for exploring more.
When we moved to Mexico we didn’t expect to find such a great group of globe-trotting adventurers. They’re not only nice people, they’re interesting and challenge us to see more. Everyone has ideas of where to go, how to travel for less money and how to stay abroad longer. It’s a great wealth of knowledge that adds to my travel database! Hopefully you can start traveling more, too!