We first set out to Mexico for a 2-year stint. In November, 2012 we packed up our 3-bedroom house on Bowen Island, a charming artists haven thirty minutes ferry ride from Vancouver, B.C., Canada, put everything in storage, quit a cushy government job, cut the dock lines, crossed Canadian, U.S. and Mexican borders in our overflowing VW Jettta, and eventually arrived on sunny Mexican soil with our one year temporary retirement visas, known as, ” Visa Temporals”.
Prior to us embarking on our adventure, wide-eyed we soaked up the stories we had heard of others who had done it , cut the dock lines, and we yearned for the possibility ourselves. And now that we have done it, we still get commented on our courage and feel an admiration from people close to us and also from new people we meet along the way. And we notice that “familiar look,” a longing that one day they might also find the courage to adventure and/or retire in a new land as well.
This is our story. Our candid personal account. A glimpse into our emotional journey. In hopes that we may encourage you to cut your own dock lines and set sail to exciting new destinations such as beautiful, sunny, vibrant Mexico or wherever your dreams and desires take you.
We yearned for opportunities to re-invent ourselves, and to do so, had to abandon the security of the familiar.