More than 10,000 Americans and Canadians have chosen to live permanently along the shores of Mexico’s Lake Chapala, begging for everyone else the questions of what motivates them to leave lifelong homes, and what they have sought – and found – in their new lives south of the border.
Fortunately, those who may be considering such a move – or are who newly arrived – can draw upon the experiences and observations of the area’s resident writers for authentic insight.
Presented here are four books chock full of personal accounts written from different perspectives and in different voices. Some are nuts-and-bolts tutorials on life in Mexico, and others delve into the psyche of foreigners who have chosen to live abroad. In combination they serve up a full mosaic of expat life in contemporary Mexico.
These are the true stories of real people who have already made the move.
Baby Boomers: Reinvent Your Retirement in Mexico. This book by Karen Blue is a collection of accounts by expats who have found in Lake Chapala way to fill their lives with passion and purpose, and to cultivate their full potential.
It doesn’t focus on the wheres, the whats and the hows as much as it invites the reader to immerse him/herself in the expat mindset. Find it here on Amazon.
Head for Mexico: The Renegade Guide. This book was edited by Teresa Kendrick, who is also the author of a guidebook to the Lake Chapala area, and Karen Blue and Judy King are among its contributors. This book offers readers comprehensive information needed to make an informed decision about moving to Mexico. Find it here on Amazon.
Living at Lake Chapala. This guide to everyday living at Lake Chapala draws upon Judy King’s years of explorations, inquiries, and writings about local village life.
She leads readers through the what, where, how and why of everyday life in this part of Mexico. She offers up tips and advice about how to accept and embrace the many cultural distinctions that make Mexico such a fascinating place.
This is not only a book to read before arrival, but one to keep for reference after arrival.
Find it here on Amazon.
Midlife Mavericks: Women Reinventing Their Lives in Mexico. This book, also by Karen Blue, does not suggest that moving to Mexico is for every woman, but it does present it as a viable consideration for those experiencing or desiring significant change in their lives.
For some, change means a readiness to shed the trappings of corporate life and consumerism for a simpler existence.
Others are victims of economic happenstance that has left them no other choice. And some are simply unwilling to further postpone dreams of a breakout adventure which has sustained them through otherwise uneventful lives.
Find it here on Amazon.
(Post by Antonio Ramblés.)