We’re Gary & Elizabeth. In April of 2017, we packed up our sold our house in Austin, TX and moved to Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
A few years ago, we spent a month in Belize, on Ambergris Caye. I was on vacation for 2 weeks, and worked for 2 weeks. I work in software development, so I can pretty much do my job anywhere with an internet connection. At the end of that month, we raised the question: could we do this forever? Maybe!
We liked Ambergris, but we knew that we did not want to live there long term. So we began searching for the place where we felt we could live long term. We love Mexico – the people, the culture, the food, the architecture, the celebrations. We’ve traveled to many places throughout Mexico – Playa del Carmen, Acapulco, Isla Mujeres, Oaxaca, Merida, La Paz, Los Cabos (Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo), Sayulita, Puerto Vallarta, and a bunch of smaller towns along the way. None really felt right. Then, in 2015, we visited Puerto Morelos, and we finally felt like this was somewhere that we could live.
Puerto Morelos is a small fishing village. It’s midway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, and only 20 minutes south of Cancun airport (being close to a major airport is important to us, as there’s still so much of the world we want to see). It’s a beach town, which is SUPER important, as the being on the ocean is good for my soul. It’s a walkable town, which we love. And everyone we’ve met there has been lovely. We’ve now been to Puerto Morelos 5 times, as we want to be sure we’re just not in a honeymoon/tourist bliss phase. We might still be, but we’re comfortable enough to take the leap. We’re slightly terrified, but also super excited.
We’re now expats!
In April of 2017, we sold our house and most of our stuff in Austin, TX USA. We packed up our Jeep, loaded up a small trailer, and drove to our new home in Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico. It’s now us, our 2 dogs (Bessie and Sadie), and our cat Wookie.
Since we both work online, we’re able to still work – even in Mexico – and we don’t have to be retired. Gary is the CTO for a small software company, and Elizabeth is a health coach; she works with women to easily incorporate health into their busy schedules. Find out more about Elizabeth’s business here.
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Our House Hunters International Episode
In June 2018 we had the opportunity to be featured on House Hunters International.
It was tons of fun, and we’d totally do it again even though the internet trolls came out & told us what horrible people we were because, well, the internet gives everyone a voice – whether we use that voice to spread good or spew hate is up to us.
But the truth is that if we agreed on everything, if we liked everything, it wouldn’t make compelling television now, would it? It would be pretty boring.
Enjoy the show!