Simplification of your lifestyle is a prerequisite of sustainability, because complexity is expensive and puts a strain on your limited resources.
As stresses of complex living situations become more apparent, some people are exploring the notion that less really could offer more, and Mexico is proving to be a popular destination for people seeking to engage in simpler, more wholesome lifestyles.
Americans, Canadians and Europeans are considering living in Mexico as an integral element of a change in their lifestyles; this is already demonstrated with the significant (and growing) influx of foreign residents, and particularly those of ‘baby boomer’ age, living here full or part-time.
Places off-the-beaten-track in Mexico, which were unheard of just a decade or two ago, are beginning to emerge as desirable destinations for people seeking an alternative to the constant go-go living styles apparent in their home countries. The middle-aged, those in their early fifties and even those of working age whose professions give them the flexibility to move now, are actively considering their options.
Locations in Mexico which are promising to be potential hot-spots for foreigners seeking simplified, sustainable living choices in the years and decades ahead include: Morelia and Pátzcuaro in the state of Michoacán; San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, Merida in Yucatan, Veracruz and Campeche on the Gulf Coast, Mazatlan and Manzanillo on the shores of the Pacific, Guanajuato, Queretaro and Aguascalientes in the colonial heartland, and San Felipe, Loreto and La Paz on the Baja peninsula.
All these places offer rural or semi-rural settings with excellent road and/or air connections. Although they are some distance away from the urban sprawl of Mexico’s three big cities, they still offer key services expats seek, like healthcare, hospitals, and communications infrastructure; as well as proffering easy access to modern amenities.
Sustainable living is not about moving back into caves. It is not about giving up innovation or technology; nor is it about living in poverty. It is about living materially simply and taking responsibility for how we lead our lives and implement our lifestyles; taking into account our consumption and recycling practices; and how we plow back value from our selves into the local communities where we live and become more respectful to the environments which provide for our well-being.
We predict that Mexico will become one of the world’s top destinations for people seeking ways and means to simplify their lives and lifestyles, moving here to live well, but live simply. The trends we are seeing in terms of the questions we get by email, the guides people are reading and the eBooks people are downloading already point to this.