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Frugal Living Abroad – A Better Life For Half The Price

Posted by | Live Like a Local, Mexico, Negotiation, Quality of Life, Traveling Tips | 4 Comments

It was confusing as hell when I was at TBEX a few weeks back, because there happen to be two of us named Tim who live in Mexico. Myself, obviously, but for those of you weren’t aware of it, renowned travel writer Tim Leffel also happens to be based out of Mexico, although he’s far more north and west of where we are in Palenque. He currently lives in Guanajuato with his family.

Along with being in the industry for well over a decade and authoring the World’s Cheapest Destinations book as well as running the associated blog, he also heads Perceptive Travel. Earlier in 2013, he and I got to talking in emails and Skype about a few things related to living in Mexico and the whole “cutting your cost of living into a fraction of what it was in the U.S.”.  Read More

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Avoiding The Gringo Tax – Local Living In Mexico

Posted by | Live Like a Local, Mexico, Traveling Tips | 10 Comments

There are two ways to live in Mexico: like a local, and like a foreigner. The first will see you enjoying the bounties of a low cost of living and an easy pace of life (throw away your watch!), while the latter will see you getting ripped off at every turn, paying three to four times the actual cost of everything, otherwise known as paying the “gringo tax”.

Thankfully, there’s an easy way to avoid getting nailed by these fees, and it simply requires you to shed your fear of foreign cultures, learn a little bit of Spanish, and dare to cross over to the world of immersion travel. Read More

Playa Fundadores

Playas en Playa Del Carmen: Fundadores

Posted by | beaches, Live Like a Local, Mexico, Playa del Carmen | One Comment

Hay un montón de buena información que existe en la Riviera Maya, y es hora de que empecemos a añadir nuestro punto de vista único a las cosas. Por ahora, es el momento de continuar con nuestras series “Playas en”, simplemente sustituido por nuestro nuevo hogar! Estamos empezando con la playa principal de Playa del Carmen, conocida como Playa Fundadores (o a veces Playa Piñatas). Read More

Cris in front of neighbor's home

Adventures In Frugal Living Abroad – The Cost of Living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Posted by | Live Like a Local, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Quality of Life | 12 Comments

Welcome to our ongoing series, Adventures In Frugal Living Abroad. Our goal, above and beyond finding some of the cheapest destinations on the planet, is to show you how to get the  most for your dollar while living in developing countries and cities around the world. Follow along as we uncover the bottom-dollar prices and local secrets that help your money go as far as possible.  Read More

Playa Fundadores

Beaches in Playa del Carmen: Playa Fundadores

Posted by | beaches, Live Like a Local, Mexico, Playa del Carmen | 6 Comments

There’s a lot of good information out there on the Riviera Maya, and it’s time for us to start adding our unique point of view to things. For now, it’s time to continue our “Beaches in” series, simply substituted for our new home! We’re starting off with the primary beach in Playa del Carmen, known as Playa Fundadores (or sometimes Playa Piñatas).   Read More