Our 15 BIGGEST REGRETS about moving to MEXICO

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Our 15 BIGGEST REGRETS about moving to MEXICO 5
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Moving to Mexico was the best decision we've made. BUT... there are things we regret.

In our last travel Mexico video, we shared all the reasons why we are so thankful we made the decision to move to Mexico. Life in this beautiful country is nothing short of amazing and so many good things have happened in the year we've spent in Mexico.

However, this crazy life decision we made isn't without its regrets. Looking at this whole experience, there are 15 notable regrets we have about moving to Mexico—and they're probably NOT what you think. We'll be talking about things like learning Spanish, traveling in Mexico quickly, and letting certain ideas get under our skin!

There are some secrets we share in this travel vlog that have never been told on our channel before. We hope this video gives you a new perspective on some of the aspects of our life before Mexico, the crazy experiences leading up to our international move, and how it's been since then.


ABOUT US (MADDIE & JORDAN)
In January 2018, we sold everything we owned in the US (except our husky Laska & what fit in our tiny, tangerine Prius C3) to travel the world—starting with Mexico. Since then, we've been making travel videos about our life in Mexico and the new experiences we encounter while traveling the world. If you'd like to join our shenanigans, subscribe to our YouTube channel. You can also poke around our social media to find out what we’re up to each week.

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The taco joint right around the corner from us has amazing tacos al pastor! What's your favorite kind of taco?

Author — Tangerine Travels

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The sweetness and honesty of your videos make them compelling. If I may, so much of this brings back memories. I bought a home in Mexico in 1995, then moved here lock stock and barrel in 1997. It was a bit daunting, to be sure, but I can honestly say that I have never regretted it for even one depressed moment. Like you, my only regret is not having done it sooner. I waited until my only child was through college, married, fully launched. I should have moved to Mexico when she was still in Jr. High, and perhaps she would have escaped so much of the vicious bullying she endured in American schools. (There is bullying in Mexican schools, certainly, but I am very close friends with many families with school children and I do not believe the bullying is nearly as cruel and as out of control here as in the USA.) Anyway, I have never looked back, and it's now been 21 years and 4 months. I have a going business here, which enables me to not only support myself, but also employ Mexicans. I became a full Mexican citizen ( not just permanent resident) in 2008, and when I travel to Europe to visit family, I travel with my Mexican passport. My social life, to the extent I have one, is almost 100% with Mexicans. They are so inclusive and non-judgemental by nature. The fluency will come, but as you so rightly point out, it is a long process requiring patience, discipline, and real dedication. So many of the foreigners I meet through my business have been retired and living here for up to 20 years or more, and still speak only a few words of Spanish. So often, after a few initial months of sporadic effort, they just give up. "It's too hard." Of course, it's their loss. They will never know how much of Mexico, and the endearing subtleties of this lovely culture, they are missing.

Author — Robert Foster

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People are waking up to the fact that living in America is pure enslavement! Getting taxed to death on Everything! Soon we will be taxed on breathing! It's beyond ridiculous!

Author — bluegoldginger

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Bad things about Mexico are magnified by American media, but bad things are happening all around the world right now. Good things too!

Author — Luis Las Primadonnas

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I need to move to México the USA is getting too expensive my life la stressful everyday

Author — Jcmarti845

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I moved to Chile about a year and a half ago from California. I agree with everything you said in this video...everything! When people ask me how I like living in Chile I tell them that it is the hardest thing I have ever done...and the BEST thing I have ever done.

Author — Kim Smith

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Guys I was crying at the end of this video! I have always wanted to study abroad and now I am turning 31 and it feels very late for me, but this just made me reconsider. Thank you, great video!

Author — Anna Arroyo Vela

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Tip: i improved my spanish DRASTICALLY just by singing along to songs in spanish.

Author — Josh Thompson

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Sweet couple! I lived in Costa Rica 4 yrs now living in Ajijic Mexico n love it. Great travels. Love to see your wedding at a beautiful place in Mexico

Author — Praying Patriots

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My wife is from Panama' and every time we visit I don't want to come home. Panama' City is hectic but when you get into the interior it is paradise.

Author — Richard Bambenek

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Very engaging video with sound advice. Regarding one of your first regrets, not learning Spanish sooner, that's the big one in my opinion. I've been speaking Spanish off and on for decades, been living in Mexico for almost eight years, and I'm still not remotely fluent; but I rarely get a "mande?" LOL About a year before moving to Mexico, I decided to really bone-up on my Spanish, and one method I used was to start watching Telenovelas. Unfortunately, I'm now addicted (LOL) and I get teased about it a lot from both Mexicans and expats. However, it is one of the BEST methods to really understand the nuances and expressions commonly used here. In fact, over the past few years, I've read articles from language experts and they recommend doing that too; who would have thought? LOL Anyway, Televisa is one of the main telenovela channels and you can watch episodes free over the internet, www.lasestrellas.tv, without commercials generally and each episode is roughly 42 minutes. You might want to consider adding that to your language-improvement-process, just a thought. Would love a tour of your new temporary living arrangements in Puerto Morelos for an upcoming video. Saludos de Ensenada, BC

Author — alohadave13

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To help with your spanish, you need to mingle with the locals!

Author — Rejean Guindon

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You guys are too cute! I have struggled with a lot of the same things when I moved from Canada to Guatemala. My numbers don't match your points, but here are some thoughts.
1. Yes, learn more Spanish! Language osmosis isn't a thing. Ha ha! :D
2. Decluttering is so awesome and freeing! I actually loved getting rid of all my stuff.
3. I found out that my medication is 10 times more expensive in Guatemala than Canada. Shocker! I now go to Mexico for my meds. Simi's for the win!
4. Take negativity with a grain of salt. Guatemala is not known as the safest place! The negative news that I found online was a bit shocking, including scary warnings from the Embassy. Happily, Guatemala is a lovely country and very safe if you know where to live and how to be aware of your surroundings.
5. Things don't go as planned. Hell yeah. You have to learn to be flexible.
6. Know the laws and paperwork needed. So true! Seriously, do your homework!
7. Make a friend on the ground -- do this!! And then pay it back by being a friend to anyone else looking for help. A supportive expat and/or traveler community is vital to survival.
8. Relationships may not survive. Mine didn't. Travel, money, moving in together, culture shock -- all these things can destabilize your relationship.
9. Go for it NOW! This is the best "regret". Don't wait to follow your dreams. :D

Author — SpiralCee

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This my favorite of your videos. You're both so young, lucky and beautiful, and you express concerns I can identify with.

Author — Clay Erickson

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Hi guys, I’ve been enjoying your videos for a while. It’s great to see young, unbiased, smart ppl like u two appreciating
Mexico for its rich culture and history ... people like you, make our world better...! ..., and don’t worry about not being fluent in Spanish, be patient, it will eventually become 2nd nature . Saludos y un fuerte abrazo ...!

Author — Sergio Barajas

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You guys are pretty mature for so young. Much respect for you two. I will be subscribing and following your journey.

Author — He Came For You Ministries

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You re great guys, do U know? You´re learning a lot of spanish... Did you notice that now you use signs and sounds of mexican spanish? At 4:59 Jordan said "aja" to say yes.... I ve noticed that also in other videos! ji ji
Contrats! Coninue... as you said it requires a good effort to know any language. I learned french inthe way you re learning spanish and it take me time, anxiety, and so on... but at the end it was a gift for myself to understand the culture.

Author — Jose Manuel Z

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I would like to see a video from you guys in Spanish with English subtitles. (Great way to practice)

Author — Antonio Cervantes

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Have you tried listen to mexican music and memorize a whole song then use those phrases in a conversation, .. might anyhow, I like your videos .. keep it up....

Author — reinas tijuana

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I can order a beer in Spanish and I learned cuss words from watching Cheech and Chong's movie..Up in Smoke..so I'm good to go.

Author — Rob Rage