That’s right, we’re moving to Mexico.
I know what you all must be thinking…wait, didn’t you say you’d have jobs teaching English in Korea by now? What gives? Let me rewind and tell you how we got here.
In our last post Shelly wrote about exactly what we’ve been up to the past few months, including how our FBI Background Checks took absurdly long. This caused us to miss our goal departure of February for Korea to teach English. We’ve officially been back home in the States for going on eight months now. It was unplanned for and frustrating at times, but we’ve both been making the best of it. I don’t mean to make that sound sad; we’ve actually been very productive with learning about blogging and living abroad, among other things.
The hiring process for Korea was frustrating, and with each passing month something seemed to be growing in the back of our minds. An idea. A faint glimmer of the realization that, as fun and challenging as it’d be to live in Korea and explore Asia, teaching English isn’t our passion. Travel is our passion. Since the beginning of this blog, we knew that we wanted the freedom to live where we want to live and work how we want to work. We just didn’t know how.
We would much rather work 24 hours a day towards our own dreams than work 1 hour a day towards someone else’s.
We began researching ways to work remotely, and reading books like Tim Ferris’ the Four Hour Work Week. We reached out to others who were once in our shoes and are now dominating the digital nomad lifestyle. We networked with app developers, graphic designers, freelance photographers, and social media managers. With each passing day we realized more and more that we can do this. Sure it’s going to take a lot of hard work, dedication, discipline, and long hours – but we would much rather work 24 hours a day towards our own dreams than work 1 hour a day towards someone else’s.
And with that, we decided in July that we were done pursuing Korea. Asia will always be on our bucket list, but for now it comes down to what we want to focus on: building our own businesses to eventually become digital nomads and have the freedom to work and travel from wherever we choose. Shelly will be pursuing graphic design and social media management, and I will be following my passions for photography and writing. We both eventually want to learn some WordPress programming and website design to expand our skill set even more.
…teaching English isn’t our passion. Travel is our passion
Once our documents were shipped back to us from Korea, and with a weight lifted off our shoulders that we didn’t even know was there, we began researching where we could now go. Central and South America kept coming up as intriguing possibilities. Costa Rica? Panama? Brazil? We needed a place where Shelly’s loyal husky, Dakota, could come with us, we wanted to be near a beach, and there had to be a relatively low cost of living.
We’re telling you all of these things (mostly because we’ve been relatively quiet over the last several months) because a few days ago we purchased one-way tickets to Playa del Carmen, Mexico! Playa is listed as a top city for digital nomads and we feel like it’s a great stepping off point towards Central and South America. There we will meet up with our new friends The Bucketlist Bombshells, learn to speak Spanish, try our best to avoid the tequila, and become inspired by our new surroundings, the people, and Mexican culture. The sense of adventure is a strong force, and it almost feels like we’re taking the jump into the unknown again! At least this time we have a little more experience and clarity on what we can expect.
We will be leaving August 11, and while there is still so much up in the air as far as being able to make this work, we are completely excited and determined! Playa has a relatively low cost of living, modern conveniences, awesome food, and a good expat community. Not to mention its beautiful surroundings and tropical climate year-round. We can already imagine kicking back in a hammock with our Mahabis on and drinks in hand. The adventurous side of us is most looking forward to swimming in Mexican cenotes, exploring the Mayan ruins, swimming with whale sharks, diving Isla Mujeres, and learning to surf.
Of course, we are also over the moon about FINALLY being able to share some incredible Tinggly adventures with you all!
I mean, just look at a few of the exciting adventures they have available in the area:
Amazing, right? We can barely contain our excitement for exploring yet another beautiful area of the world.
We hope we’ve been able to help or inspire some of you to pursue your own passions, whatever they may be. If you want something badly enough, do what it takes to make it happen. We’ll leave you with one of our favorite quotes:
Even the biggest failure beats the hell out of never trying
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