The Dangers Of Being An Expat In Latin America

January, 2012

"Things are going really well for me," he said, sipping his coffee. "I'm making around $2000 a month!"

John was from Texas. He had moved down to a small, touristy town in Central Mexico about 10 years back, and was now working as a tour organizer/driver, transporting Americans and Canadians around to various historical and cultural sites in the region. He was about 50 years old.

Wow, I thought. You could live like a king in Mexico on $2000 a month.

Through John, I was able to meet a number of foreigners living in this Mexican city.

There was George...

Asuncion, Paraguay: Could This Be My Next Destination?

Hello again!

So, I'm in a bit of a dilemma: I don't know where to go next.

In a few months' time I'll be leaving my base in Lima and heading back to Canada for a wedding. After that, my plans are wide open.

Of course there are the obvious choices: Colombia, MexicoBrazil, but I've been yearning for something different; something new; a breath of fresh air.

And I can't seem to shake the idea of Asuncion.

Panama City vs Mexico City: Which City Is Better?

It's time to go head-to-head once again!

This time, we'll compare Panama City and Mexico City and determine which is better for visiting or living. In many ways, these two capital cities are similar - they are both modern, they both have a large number of expats and they are both easily accessible from the USA, with a large number of cheap, daily flights from major American cities.

I'll say right off the bat that both are solid choices for someone looking for an introduction to Latin America.

But there are some differences that you'll want to consider before choosing either one of these destinations...

Want To Work In Latin America? Here Are Some Ways To Make It Happen

I always thought I'd work in Latin America.

I loved the countries and the cultures so much that I figured I was destined to earn my keep south of the border.

So, I went down every Internet rabbit-hole I could find to try to figure out how to live and work in Latin America: teaching English, hostel work, international corporations, hotels, sales, transcription, writer, bartender, house-sitter, etc. I was open to anything.

As some of you know, I eventually settled on an online income through writing and proofreading - it was the only way I knew to leverage the skills I already had while giving me the flexibility to live in the places I wanted. 

But now that I'm pursuing a career change (so to speak), I've started to look for other opportunities.

The Best YouTube Videos About Latin America

Hey folks,

As a diehard Latin America enthusiast, I've spent countless hours digging through YouTube looking for some decent content on the region.

It's surprisingly hard to find anything good - most of the vids are either female vloggers, generic BuzzFeed-type videos that aren't informative or boring university lectures.

But over the years I've found some gems, and I'm happy to share those with you today. Whether you're interesting in travelling, working or studying in Central or South America, these videos should give you a better idea of what things are like down here.

The Complete Guide To Dating & Meeting Women In Latin America

Vance here!

I've been wanting to write a guide to dating and meeting women in Latin America for awhile now. But something's always held me back.

What could I say that hasn't already been said?

Sex and dating are two of the most discussed subjects on the Internet, particularly on Manosphere and PUA blogs. While I love to talk about women as much as the next guy, I've tried to keep them on the periphery of my writing. I want My Latin Life to be an information resource for travellers and digital nomads as opposed to a journal of my sexual exploits south of the border.

Also, I'm not an expert with women.

Sure, I've had...

Is Lima, Peru A Good Place To Live?

Hello again!

I've been in Lima for nearly two months now and I've finally got a feel for what it's like to live here. So, I thought it prudent to do a post for any nomadic travellers that are scoping out a new city.

As regular readers know, Lima is not my favourite city in Latin America. But it's starting to grow on me...slightly. Enough so that I've decided to stay until June (I was considering jetting off to Colombia instead after my first month here).

I'm still not head over heels for it, but I've come to understand its appeal a bit better.

So, is Lima, Peru a good place to live? Let's talk about it.

Mexico City vs. Bogota: Where Should You Live?

I've just finished living in Mexico City. Now I'm living in Lima.

As I've noted in a recent post, Lima isn't quite living up to my expectations. I've decided to stick it out here for awhile. It's not bad and I'm enjoying myself, but it's not a place I see myself living semi-permanently.

As such, my mind has already been wandering. I'm thinking about my next destination.

Sometime within the next two years, I'd like to choose a city to spend the bulk of my time in. 

Right now it looks like it'll be Mexico or Colombia.

Bogota is a city that I've been thinking more about recently...