AMAZING RENTAL HOMES! UNBELIEVABLE VIEWS! (Lake Chapala Mexico)

Lake Chapala Mexico is one of the most popular areas to live and retire for expats from the United States and Canada. And Ajijic Mexico is by far the most popular town for expats in the Lake Chapala area.

The weather is about as close to paradise as you can get, and there are lots of activities to keep you busy. It’s also about 30 minutes from the Guadalajara International Airport so you can easily fly back home or anywhere else in the world.

You’ll find a variety of rental homes to fit most budgets and requirements. In this video, Inesa from Chapala Realtors was kind enough to show us 2 rental properties in Ajijic Mexico and one rental condo in San Juan Cosalá Mexico, which is located about 15 minutes west of Ajijic.

Inesa is primarily a real estate agent so she specializes in home buying and selling, but she can help you find a rental, too!

Here’s a link to learn more about Insesa and to access her contact info…


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PERFECT AREAS for EXPATS from the UNITED STATES & CANADA (they’re not what you think)

Learning a foreign language as an adult can be painful and frustrating. It may be the LAST thing you want to do in your Golden Years of retirement, especially with all the other stressors from moving abroad.

Luckily, there are several popular places for expats where English is either the primary language or it’s widely spoken by the locals.

Link to the USNews & World Report article


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EXPATS TOLD US THEY LOVE THIS PLACE! (It’s easy to see why…)

The northshore of Lake Chapala has been popular with wealthy Mexicans from Guadalajara and expats from the United States for a long time, especially Ajijic.

As a result, the housing and restaurant costs in Ajijic have gone up significantly over the past few years so you may be looking for a more affordable place to live, but with similar amenities.

Thankfully, you don’t need to go far! The city of Chapala is located about 15 minutes east of Ajijic by car. It has a nice, new malecon with lots of restaurants and housing options, a Soriana Hiper (supermarket), a mercado, a bus station with transportation to the airport and Guadalajara, and more.

Plus, it’s far more affordable than Ajijic!

You may also want to check out Tlayacapan, San Juan Cosalá and Jocotepec, which are also located on the northwest shore of Lake Chapala.


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SHOCKING HOMES FOR SALE | LAKE CHAPALA MEXICO

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Lake Chapala and Ajijic Mexico is one of the most popular areas to live and retire for expats from the United States and Canada.

The weather is about as close to paradise as you can get, and there are lots of activities to keep you busy. It’s also about 30 minutes from the Guadalajara International Airport so you can easily fly back home or anywhere else in the world.

You’ll also find a variety of real estate to fit most budgets and requirements. In this video, Inesa from Chapala Realtors was kind enough to show us 5 properties in Ajijic and San Juan Cosalá, which is located about 15 minutes west of Ajijic.

Whether you want to buy a condo, a townhome or a single family detached home in the Lake Chapala Area, Inesa can help!

Here’s a link to learn more about Insesa and to access her contact info

Here are links to more info about the properties we toured:
ITZIA CONDO 101

ITZIA CONDO 203

ITZIA CONDO 401

Casa Colores

Casa Elegante


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THIS EXPAT HOTSPOT was NOT what we EXPECTED!

After a few days in what we think will be Mexico’s NEXT expat hotspot, we ventured out of the city to visit what may be Mexico’s most popular place for expats from the United States and Canada: Ajijic Mexico.

We were shocked by the number of expats in this area! While it was a beautiful place with lots of amenities that will appeal to retirees, it wasn’t at all what we expected.

Coolest Neighborhood in Mexico (and the WORLD)!

AirBnB in Ajijic


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EXPATS HAVEN’T FOUND THIS PLACE, YET! (Col Americana Guadalajara Mexico)

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This is the start of a new era for our channel! And we’re very excited about it!

Ecuador will continue to be our home base and we still plan to apply for citizenship next year when we’re eligible, but we’re taking our brand of expat edutainment on the road for future videos.

We already have several trips planned to other countries! This will allow us to gather more boots-on-the-ground information and do better comparisons between the various popular expat destinations.

In this video, we visited the neighborhood of Colonia Americana in Guadalajara, Mexico. It was recently named the “Coolest Neighborhood in the World” by TimeOut.

We’re not sure it’s the “coolest” neighborhood, but it was really cool. It has lots of restaurants and nice housing options. There are several universities in the area so it has a young, energetic vibe.

We really enjoyed our time in Col Americana and plan to visit again!

AirBnB Condo


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THE NEW RETIREMENT: EARLIER & AWESOME! (Plus 3 Tips & The 5 Best Places to Retire)

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It seems like there is a battle raging between retiring early, delaying retirement and going back to work, but there doesn’t need to be.

With the right attitude, financial discipline and a sense of adventure, you can retire early and live a freedom lifestyle like we do.

In this video, we discuss the new definition of retirement that’s more realistic, attainable and fulfilling than the traditional definition of retirement that often leads to an early death.

We also share 3 key financial tips that is helping us reach our FIRE goals. These tips allowed us to pay off all our debt in 3 years and start saving a large percentage of our income.

Finally, we’ll discuss the 5 best countries to retire based on the World Population Review Index.

Here’s a good starting point and overview of the FIRE Movement

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Videos We Mentioned:
How We Paid Off Our Debt
Best Expat Countries


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BEST EXPAT COUNTRIES? (One is a big NO WAY!)

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Every year, InterNations.org conducts a survey to see what current expats think about their home away from home. The results are tabulated and ranked to determine the Best Countries for Expats, according to expats.

Most of the countries that made the top 10 expat country list for 2022 shouldn’t be surprising, especially the number 1 country for expats, but a few might be considered controversial.

No countries from Central or South America made the list this year, which is very surprising. Let us know in the comments if you think a country is missing or one doesn’t belong.

Links to the original datasets that we discussed in the video:
InterNations Expat Insider Survey
Global Peace Index
CEO World Quality of Life Index
CEO World Healthcare Index


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