The Best Books on Expat Life and Travel Abroad
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The Best Books on Expat Life and Travel Abroad

We don’t regret moving to a new country, but living abroad isn’t all rainbows and butterflies every day. In the beginning, we struggled with the language, setting up internet and cable, getting lost countless times with Google Maps, and experiencing a car accident three days after buying a car. Most of the stories you hear…

So You Want to be an Expat? How to Choose the Perfect Country for Your Lifestyle
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So You Want to be an Expat? How to Choose the Perfect Country for Your Lifestyle

Have you ever dreamed of living in a villa overlooking the Mediterranean? Or an off-the-grid ecolodge in the jungles of Costa Rica?  Strolling through the vineyards of Tuscany? Or maybe a high-rise apartment in Bangkok with the best Asian food just steps away…The perfect country is out there for you, but which one? It’s surprising…

Christmas in San Miguel de Allende
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Christmas in San Miguel de Allende

Christmas in Mexico is a festive and joyous occasion. Celebrations typically combine religious traditions with family gatherings, cultural customs, and a lot of noise. Though department stores start selling Christmas decorations as early as September, most towns will not start decorating in earnest until the second week of December. With mild temperatures, colorful architecture, and…

Best Times for Shopping Discounts in Mexico
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Best Times for Shopping Discounts in Mexico

Moms teach us from an early age never to pay full price for anything. This life lesson extends from prom dresses to Black Friday deals. It’s also true if you live abroad. Mexico is known for its low cost of living and inexpensive food prices, but at certain times of the year, price tags are…

Best Restaurants in Queretaro (Outside of Centro)
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Best Restaurants in Queretaro (Outside of Centro)

One of the reasons why we chose to live in Queretaro was because of its multicultural food scene. Queretaro’s restaurant scene may not be as well-known as Mexico City or San Miguel de Allende, but its flair for traditional, contemporary, and international cuisines cannot be denied. Queretaro has restaurants ranging from Korean BBQ and Indian…

Restaurants in Centro Queretaro – Where to Eat for Every Budget
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Restaurants in Centro Queretaro – Where to Eat for Every Budget

Eating while traveling is a given, but where should you eat? Tripadvisor and other review websites are great resources, but are they bolstered by tourists or locals? Around Jardin Zenea alone there’s plenty of choices easily within walking distance. You’ll see people in the parks eating ice cream and dancing. Visit around the holidays and…

Getting Your Temporary Visa or Permanent Visa in Mexico
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Getting Your Temporary Visa or Permanent Visa in Mexico

**This post has been updated with known 2023 requirements from the Mexican government but still retains our 4-year experience getting both the temporary and permanent visa.** For our first four years, I  shared our experiences of getting a temporary visa. In December 2021, we qualified for the permanent visa and are ecstatic that we never…