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7 Reasons Why Living In Latin America Is An Awful Idea

At this point I feel like a poster boy for Central and South America. 

I’ve written so many positive things about the region that I’m sure I’ve painted quite a rosy picture in the minds of some readers.

But here’s the thing.

Latin America is not a great place to live. Most westerners looking to relocate will be better off choosing Eastern Europe or Southeast Asia, especially if they are in their early 30s or older.

I could probably come up with 100 reasons why it’s a bad idea to live in Latin America.

But ain’t nobody got time for that.

Instead, here are just a few of the frustrating things likely to send you on the next flight home.

Everything You Need To Know About Life In Mexico City

I’m FINALLY leaving. 

And, as a sort of departure gift, I thought I’d write a post on living in Mexico City. If you are wondering what life is like in the capital, I’m here to help. Whether you’re moving here, or doing a short-term stay, here’s what you should know.

Mexico City vs Lima: Which City Is Better For Expats?

Whenever I’m in a new city in Latin America, there’s only one thing on my mind:

Is this somewhere I would like to live?

You see, I have a somewhat odd life plan at the moment. I want to do extended stays (3 months or more) in the region for at least the next few years.

This makes me a bit different than the average backpacker who can gather all the information he needs from Lonely Planet.

I’m forced to dig deeper.

So, without further ado, it’s time for another one of my Latin American city showdowns. In this post I will be comparing the “City of Palaces” (Mexico) with the “City of Kings” (Lima) to determine which is the better city for an expat to live in.

Read This Before You Move To Latin America

I copied the following reddit post by Noblepeasant5. Basically, it explains how the initial bliss of a move to Latin America (in this case, Central American) expat give way to a gnawing sense of paranoia and neurosis with the passage of time. Personally, I think the lad is trolling a bit — I would not be surprised if he hasn’t even been to Central America. However, he does expose one very ugly side of expats which is rarely discussed. I’ll get to that later.

Here’s the text.

Medellin Kind Of Sucks.

I read a great post by Maverick Traveler that reaffirmed what I’ve always known about Colombia’s second largest city, but have been too afraid to say.

It’s HIGHLY overrated. 

The city lacks personality. There’s no beat to it. The food is inescapably average (you’re much better off in BogotaCali or the coast if you want good food). People aren’t particularly easy to connect with. Nightlife is good, but no better than other cities of its size and often difficult to infiltrate. The cityscape is orderly but unremarkable. The cost of living — while not high — was not as low as I was lead to believe.

All of this begs one question:

Why do so many travellers, particularly backpackers, fall madly in love with Medellin, Colombia?

5 Simple Rules For First Time Visitors To Mexico

I’ve been living in Mexico for almost a year. And, while I don’t claim to be an expert on Mexican culture, norms and mores, I have picked up on a few things that can make adjusting here as a foreigner a whole hell of a lot easier.

Basically, these tips are aimed at helping prevent foreigners – particularly young ones – from offending any locals, or becoming a stereotype.

I’d imagine that most of these tips should be common sense, but I’ve seen enough foreigners trip up on them while they’re here, so I figured it was worth composing a cheeky little list.

The Best Cities For A Young Man To Live In Latin America

As I approach the one-year mark of living in Mexico City, I’m trying to decide where to relocate. While reminiscing about the cities in Latin America that I’ve spent time in and loved, I came up with the idea for a post about the best cities for a young man to live in Latin America.

Perhaps the biggest surprise I’ve encountered since starting this blog is how many young folk are interested in becoming location independent and moving abroad. I fully endorse this – if you are a man on the journey of discovering his place in life, immersing yourself in a different language and culture can help you identify your values and gain perspective – much more than a blitzkrieg-style backpacking trip (although those have their place as well).