January 10, 2017
Sophia here. I’m traveling again so I’ll share my experiences and insights with you as I go. Here is an overview of my travel plans through April 2017.
I welcomed in 2017 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This was purely a vacation. I am not considering living there.
I looked at some real estate while I was there, just for practice. I can only buy one property and Cabo does not meet my criteria: I want a property that would be a good rental property and also be in a place where I might want to live when I’m done exploring.
San Miguel de Allende
On January 6, I flew to Queretero, Mexico and then traveled by land (Uber) to San Miguel de Allende (SMA). SMA is located in central Mexico in the mountains. I first heard about the large expat community in SMA when I visited Boquete, Panama. I think that was in 2012. I will spend about 2 months here this winter.
I rented a small apartment through Airbnb. It’s very basic, but it meets my needs.
A Bootcamp I Attended in November
I attended an International Living (IL) workshop in November in Las Vegas. It was called the Retire Overseas Bootcamp. It solidified my resolve to check out central Mexico. I’ll write more later about why I chose to spend this winter in SMA.
Lisbon, Portugal and the South of Spain
After spending 2 months in SMA, I will visit Lisbon, Portugal for work. I’ll be there for about 4 days and then I’ll travel to the south of Spain.
I’m going to the south of Spain for a trading seminar. My trading coach relocated from Bariloche, Argentina to Benalmadena, Spain (a town near Malaga) about a year ago. He’s hosting a seminar for his students in March in Benalmadena. I’m excited about finally getting to meet him in person after working with him remotely for 3 ½ years.
Punta del Este, Uruguay
I’ll spend a week in Benalmadena, even though the trading seminar will only last 3 days. I had a few extra days before it was time to head to Uruguay for an Offshore Investment Summit in Punta del Este. The summit is hosted by the Sovereign Society.
I’ve been curious about Uruguay since I first heard a presentation about it in 2009. It sounded too expensive for me then, but it stayed on my radar. It has been referred to as the Switzerland of South America. I’m not sure why, but I figure it’s worth a further look.
I will be flying to Montevideo from Malaga, Spain. That is not a common route. My air travel will take 29 hours. Then, I’ll need to take some form of ground transportation to get to Punta del Este from Montevideo. I expect this trip to be a bit exhausting.
I will spend a full week in Uruguay, with a few days to relax before the summit. After the summit, I will head to Panama via Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Returning to Panama
There are only a couple of airlines that have routing from Montevideo to Panama City. The flight times were not to my liking and it was expensive. I saved almost $300 by flying out of Buenos Aires.
I’ll spend a long day riding in a bus and a boat to get from Punta del Este to Buenos Aires, but I’ll get to see more of the country this way. I also like riding on boats. I’ll spend one night in Buenos Aires before catching a direct flight to Panama.
I expect to spend 3 or 4 weeks in Panama. By then, the winter will be over in the U.S. and I can come back to work with my brother on getting our new sports bar going.
I’ll be writing more soon about each of the adventures I just outlined.
I welcome your comments and questions in the comment section under each article.
Yours in prosperity,
Sophia Hilton (A Savvy Woman)