Busy In Paradise

I just crossed the 5 week mark in my 6 month preliminary stay in Cancun, and the results have been beyond my wildest expectations. In short, this is paradise. It’s been a great journey so far, and I’ve been getting a lot of time in at the beach, finding my way around the downtown area, visiting places like Isla Mujeres, and basically just enjoying my time here. My Cancun travel guide for the Location Independent folks is coming along nicely, and I’ve got about half of the information that I need for the complete guide, with the rest of it coming as I continue branching off and discovering the hidden truths about Cancun.

But the biggest piece of information is that I’m working on my first product for Complete Writing Solutions. Without delving too much into the juicy details, it is going to be a digital product that focuses on working remotely and why you should be taking advantage of things like medical tourism, reduced cost of living in countries that are mis-labeled as third world, and getting the most out of your money while reducing the amount of hours that you spend “on the job”. Too many people have been brainwashed into thinking that the only way they can survive is to spend 40, 50 or 60 hours a week grinding away at the sweat shop to make an income that is borderline poverty level, constantly questioning their sanity and wishing for a way out. Thankfully, there is an entire WORLD of opportunities available in the 21st century, and all it takes is a little bit of ingenuity and a little bit of “I can do anything” attitude and anyone can be enjoying the benefits of working part-time hours while spending all of their spare time hiking the jungles, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, relaxing on the beach, and traveling anywhere in the world, while at the same time seeing their money go two or three times further than it ever would at home.

I’ve spent a lot of my time in the past couple of years researching the cost of living in various countries around the world, and it’s a topic you have seen a lot of in the past on the Complete Writing Solutions website when I talk about content writing and the cost of living comparisons between countries like Italy and the United States. And having been blessed to travel in abundance over the past decade, especially in the last 3 years throughout Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, I’ve uncovered a lot and experienced a lot when it comes to knowing how to live the life you’ve always wanted to live without having to spend the amount of money places like the United States and the “Western” world tell you that you should be paying for things. I’ll be delving even deeper into the concepts that I’ve presented before on my website here, and showing people the physical proof they need to help get their career off on a new start and get out of the old rut that keeps them bogged down as worker bees for the corporations.

Sometime in late October I’m going to begin releasing snippet posts that cover portions of each chapter in this first book, and that will continue as I work towards completion of the book. My rough deadline is around Christmas or New Years, and I plan on covering a wide variety of topics within a central theme aimed at helping people understand the global pool of opportunities that exist in the modern world, and every week I’ll be releasing a post that contains just a portion of what is included in the book. I look forward to hearing your comments, ideas and thoughts as I make my way forward.

So for those of you who have been waiting patiently for me to make a “meaningful” post (since the last few months have been somewhat non-helpful and more bloggy in nature) in line with the nature of offering advise to writers and remote workers around the world, the wait is almost over :) Thank you for your patience, and I look forward to continuing to provide help to the global pool of entrepreneurs and adventuresome spirits.

T.W. Anderson is the founder of Complete Writing Solutions, and is a freelance writer specializing in travel writing, website content, interior design and home improvement, green-related topics, as well as anything else potential clients need him to be.

Posted in Complete Writing Solutions Travel Tips, The World Is Your Oyster
6 comments on “Busy In Paradise
  1. Stephan says:

    How are the schools down there? I have a special-needs child (autism) who needs individualized instruction. Our local public school provides this, but it would be great if we could relocate to a warmer environment with great public education and a lower cost of living.

  2. I’m not sure on the special-needs schools in Mexico, but I know the private schools are ever bit as good as they are in Europe (which means superior to private schools in the United States, for the most part, because they aren’t bogged down by bureaucratic nonsense and they actually teach the kids). I’ll certainly have to look into the special-needs schools and see what I can find. Regardless of the outcome, the city you choose down in Mexico will change the outlook considerably, because while places like Cancun cater heavily to United States travelers and citizens, other places such as Mexico City will not, and have higher crime rates and etc.

    I’ll let you know if I find anything.

  3. Rich says:

    I’m worried that I might get murdered if I go down to Mexico. Can you reassure me that drug lords won’t murder me and my wife?

  4. Rich:

    Mexico is like any other country in the world. It has its safe spots and its dangerous spots. Go into any city in the United States, such as New York or L.A. and you will find sections of the city that you simply avoid if you want to keep living.

    The myth of drug lords is just that: a myth. While it is true that people are occasionally kidnapped, the chances of it happening to you are almost the same as getting struck by lightning. The drug lords aren’t looking for tourists…they are looking for rich, high-profile people that they can get a ransom from. Not your Average Joe. Murder of random travelers rarely ever happens.

    Cities like Cancun and Puerta Vallarta are as safe and clean as any other major U.S. or Western European city. They have the same amenities, the same hospitals, the same grocery stores, the same public transportation systems and so on and so forth.

    Other places, such as Mexico City, have a high crime rate and in many ways reflect places like L.A. in the United States. If you stick to the tourist areas and the newer sections of the city you are completely safe, but if you stick your neck out in the gang territories you run the risk of something happening. Which can happen in *any* major city in the world if you head into the gang districts. These issues are not singular to Mexico.

    Heading into the back-country of Mexico is no different than heading into the back woods of Kentucky. Once you start getting away from major metropolitan areas you can occasionally run into things which raise the hair on the back of your neck. But if you stick to the major cities you are just as safe here as you are anywhere else in the world.

  5. Great post, and I completely agree! In fact, I’d argue that in most countries that aren’t having a civil war, it’s probably safer in general than opposed to the United States. As you say, there are always exceptions, but for the most part I’ve found major hospitality and safety when traveling abroad – just educate yourself like you would when traveling anywhere. Especially appreciate Isla Mujeres – always been a favorite spot of mine and I’m years overdue for a re-visit.

  6. I love Isla Mujeres. Last weekend we were there for 8 hours on a picnic and ended up sleeping for 3-4 hours on the beach in between eating, drinking and swimming. Amazing spot.

    Finding the best places in the world really is all about doing the research before you go. A lot of places are shrugged off by Western travelers due to misconceptions regarding the safety of said countries. I’m completely in love with Cancun, for example, and it’s every bit as safe as Rome, Sofia, Varna, Athens, or any other city I could name off the top of my head.

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