Live or Retire in Mexico: Trip to the Bank

A Live or Retire in Mexico Illustration:
A Trip to the Bank as a Major Cognitive and Emotional Effort

Before you decide to live or retire in Mexico, let’s break your thought process down into all of the individual questions you will have to answer before stepping out your door to do a simple errand such as going to the bank.

 1. Where is the bank?

 2. How will I get there? Car, bus, taxi?

 2A. If by car, do I have gas?

 2B. Do I know the route?

 2C. Where will I park? Is the parking safe?

 2D. If by bus or taxi, do I have change or small enough bills?

 2E. Do I know which bus to take and where to get off the bus? / Do I know how to tell the taxi driver where to take me?

 3. What documents are necessary for the transaction I want to carry out? (Sometimes they are different from back home.)

 4. What Spanish phrases will I need to use to communicate my needs?

 5. Shall I take a book to pass the time on the bus or in line?

 6. Is there a bathroom nearby that I can use? (You may chuckle now, but this is often a major consideration for me before heading out on the bus to take care of various transactions.)

 7. Do I know how to get back home? (For example, where is the bus stop for the return bus route?)

 8. How long will this errand take me? Should I take water? Should I wear comfortable shoes? Will I need to eat before I come home? 

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Add onto the above the fact that it’s hot, sunny, you consider personal safety measures, you sometimes feel like you stick out like a sore thumb banks are miserable places etc. etc.

All of the above questions are things you don’t even have to consider back home.  This is why it is critical when you live or retire in Mexico, that you take things slowly and do things one at a time. 

After 6 months to a year, you will find that you are equally as comfortable in your new surroundings as you were before you moved. Just know that it will take time—especially if you don’t speak Spanish before you become an expat.

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