July 18, 2021
That’s right… I made a move to Cancun, Mexico solo! Moving to Cancun Mexico as a Black woman is a bold move, so I’ve been told. This blog post is dedicated to sharing why I moved to Cancun temporarily.
I’m a full-time entrepreneur who helps other women build successful 6+ figure businesses. I’m blessed to have the luxury to live in Mexico as an American, but let’s be clear, my business has afforded me this opportunity.
Mexico is known as one of the best places to retire, but I didn’t want to have to wait until retirement to live it up in paradise. That’s why this solo move to Cancun was a great idea!
I made a move to Cancun, Mexico solo (temporarily) for many reasons – so today I’m going to share 5 reasons why I moved. I’m actually living the digital nomad life, so my move to Cancun Mexico is only short-term.
Let’s dive into…
My first ever trip out of the country as an American was to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2010. That’s when I got the appetite for international travel. As a Black girl from Chicago, the last time I’d been on a flight was the last time my parents decided to take us on a family trip to Disney World in Florida. My flight to Buenos Aires was my first flight in around 10 years.
I’ll never forget my experiences traveling the world for the first time. It was eye-opening! The food was amazing, the culture was rich, and the experience was different. I loooooved it!
So my solo move to Cancun, Mexico was really all about my love for travel. I’ve always had a desire to move abroad as an American, so the unique situation that the pandemic brought about was the perfect platform for me to move.
I’ve been learning how to speak Spanish since I was in the 4th grade. What better way to improve my Spanish than immersing myself in Mexican culture?!
I chose to live in Cancun, Mexico, specifically because both Spanish and English are spoken here. While Spanish is much more common than English in Cancun, Mexico, you’ll find that a lot of the people you interact with speak both. English is common in places where there are lots of tourists. However, in order to do things like get around the city by taxi, go shopping, or visit local restaurants, speaking Spanish will come in handy.
I’m not the best Spanish speaker. That’s exactly why I moved to Mexico… to get even better and more comfortable with speaking it.
The first time I’d ever visited Cancun, Mexico was my 25th birthday trip. One of my friends traveled with me but couldn’t stay the entire time. Since my friend could not stay the entire time, I had to stay in Mexico for a few days alone.
I actually spent the day of my 25th birthday alone in Cancun, Mexico. I stayed at a nice resort, but I wanted a fancy dinner to celebrate, so I went to a fancy dinner alone. (Of course I didn’t tell my family that my friend was leaving me, but I said a prayer and hoped I’d stay safe the entire time.)
I remember being afraid to leave my hotel in Cancun’s hotel zone alone, but I got enough courage to leave out and it was perfectly fine. My taxi driver picked me up and took me directly to my restaurant of choice on the lagoon. During my taxi ride, I had to use minimal Spanish and it was way simpler than I thought. I enjoyed a lovely dinner that even ended in a special birthday treat. That’s when I realized traveling solo (especially in Mexico) has its perks!
My 25th birthday trip to Cancun made me a lot more comfortable traveling solo in Mexico. That’s why I was comfortable when I made a move to Cancun, solo!
I wanted to live somewhere I felt comfortable in and had previously traveled to before. Cancun was the perfect choice for me.
Like I mentioned, I’m a full-time entrepreneur who can work from anywhere on my laptop. It’s a luxury I don’t take for granted.
Since the pandemic, I realized that my environment was very crucial when it came to my mental health. I love soaking up the sun, and it has major impacts on my mood and productivity.
I knew I wanted to move outside of Chicago, but I couldn’t figure out where for a while. Nothing in the states seemed right for me, so I started to explore international options.
Cancun turned out to be one of the best options for me. I checked AirBnB, and the rates to stay monthly were reasonable (and less expensive than rent in Chicago). I made my decision to move to Cancun, Mexico solo and the rest was history.
One thing about me… I’m going to eat good. One of my favorite cuisines is Mexican food. Who doesn’t love a good Taco Tuesday paired with a margarita? That sounds heavenly to me.
Besides the amazing food that Mexico has to offer, I adore Mexican culture. I studied Spanish from the 4th grade through my junior year of college. Not only did I learn the language, but I learned a ton about Mexican culture.
I wanted to immerse myself in the culture of Cancun, Mexico (and surrounding areas like Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum). It’s one of the main reasons I moved to Mexico and it has been amazing while living here!
Making a Move to Cancun, Mexico solo is one of the best adult decisions I’ve made so far. I don’t regret it. I 100% recommend making a move to Mexico. If you’re considering it… this is your sign to make the move or take a trip! It’ll be so worth it!