Tag: Mexico

Dec 06 2016

What it Cost Us to Spend a Month Traveling in Mexico-Part 1: Transportation

In past years, when we’ve spent a month in Mexico, we were lucky enough to get our airfare and about five days food and lodging paid for by International Living. However, in 2015, IL held it’s last conference in Mexico for the foreseeable future. So this year, for our 30 day trip to Mexico, we …

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Oct 28 2016

Paul and Gloria in Mexico – October 2016 First Pics

Paul and I are on our annual trip to Mexico. This year, we are spending time in Mexico City, Puebla, Cholula (for Paul’s University of the Americas reunion) and, now, in Oaxaca. We will resume our regular features (our cost of living and weather articles) when we return in early November. In the meantime, here …

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Jul 21 2015

Eating Out in Oaxaca, Mexico

We had so many memorable meals on our recent trip to Oaxaca, there are too many to talk about. We ate in restaurants that ran the gamut from smaller, family restaurants called comedors to fine dining restaurants — one of our favorites is Las Quince Letres where we enjoyed a four-course comida corrida for 90 pesos ($6.00) each. …

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Jul 21 2015

The Floating Gardens of Xochimilco

On a recent visit to Mexico City, we hired a driver to take us to the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco. Xochimilco (pronounced, sochi-milko – in Aztec meaning ‘place of the flowers’) is a network of canals and man-made islands originally used by the Aztecs. In pre-Hispanic Mexico , in the valley where Mexico City stands was a lake called Lago …

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Jul 21 2015

Our June 2015 Costa Rica (& Mexico) Cost of Living Expenses

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June was a big travel month for us which meant lower than usual Costa Rica living expenses — Less than $900. (We were traveling in Mexico for almost the entire month, leaving on June 2nd and returning on June 30th.  More about those expenses later. Costa Rica Fixed Costs But back at home in Costa …

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Jul 15 2013

Cooking Class in Oaxaca Mexico – Muy Sabroso!

For me, one of the highlights of our trip to Mexico was taking a cooking class at Casa Crespo in Oaxaca. Sure, I can make quesadillas and burritos, even fajitas, but the preparation is more Tex-Mex style. True Mexican cuisine is so different than what we’re used to in the U.S. and I wanted to …

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Jun 26 2013

Paul’s Monthly Tip to Live for Less in Costa Rica: Vacation the Retire for Less Way!

We may be thrifty but, mostly, we like to get a good bang for a buck. But we also love to have a great time, and this vacation was no exception. Other than our expenses in Playa del Carmen (May 21-25) and the bulk of our airfare, we spent just $1650. International Living reimbursed us …

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Jun 26 2013

Retire for Less Went to Mexico!

We’re back and we had a GREAT time! It was, without a doubt, the best vacation of our lives. We walked and walked, seeing all the sights up close, then we walked some more. We talked with Mexicans in the parks, on the street, in restaurants, and at the indigenous markets. We shopped, bargained, and …

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Jun 10 2013

Retire for Less Goes to Mexico!

That’s right, we’re going to Mexico, to speak at the International Living Ultimate Conference in Playa del Carmen, also known as the Riviera Maya, south of Cancún. We’ll be leaving on May 20 and returning June 6. After five days at the conference talking about our lives in Costa Rica, we’ll spend the next 10 …

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