Podcast 004: Navigating Challenges: Living in a Foreign Country for Your Dream Retirement in Mexico with Janet Blaser

In this episode of the Dream Retirement in Mexico podcast, host Risa Morimoto is joined by guest journalist and author Janet Blaser.  She shares her experiences living in Mazatlan, Mexico. 

Despite facing challenges that come with living in a foreign country, including culture and a language barrier, Janet expresses her happiness and enjoyment living in Mazatlan.

Mazatlan is described as a busy city with a working-class feel surrounded by the Sonora Desert. Janet advises listeners to do personal research and check expat Facebook pages to find the right place to settle. She also discusses the rental process and what you need to do in order to successfully find your new home.

Janet emphasizes that an apartment in Mexico may not come with appliances, so tenants have to purchase their own. Regarding safety, she believes that the negative portrayal of Mexico in the US media is exaggerated and highlights that millions of people live normal lives unaffected by the country’s crises. 

Janet shares that living in Mexico can offer a higher quality of life with less stress and financial worries.  She edited an anthology of essays, “Why We Left: An Anthology of American Women Expats” for anyone interested in the relocation experience, not just American women despite the title.  The episode concludes with an overview of Mazatlan’s attractions, including its beautiful beaches, colonial section, and vibrant expat community.

Key Moments: 

[00:05:17] Mazatlan: Non-touristy shrimp port on Pacific Coast.

[00:10:05] One bedroom apartment with appliances for sale.

[00:13:17] Low cost of living in Mexico; medical/dental tourism.

[00:15:03] Renting in Mexico: No documents needed, references not checked. Security deposit required. Tenant responsible for some maintenance. Good rental experiences.

[00:19:48] Americans often exaggerate their importance, but living in Mexico is generally safe and normal. 

[00:24:53] Challenges of living abroad: water shortages, communication issues, language barrier, limited shopping options.

[00:31:48] Crossing the border can be complicated.

[00:35:31] Mazatlan isn’t quiet, but has options nearby.

[00:38:39] An anthology of American women expats.

About Janet Blaser: 

Janet Blaser, a journalist originally from in Santa Cruz, California, found herself at a crossroads when the advent of the internet impacted her publishing career. Realizing that she had to think outside the box to secure her future, Janet took a pre-planned vacation to Mazatlan, Mexico, and instantly fell in love with the city’s relaxed vibe and cultural offerings. Inspired by the influx of foreigners who were unaware of the vibrant cultural events happening in Mazatlan, Janet saw an opportunity to start a business that would connect expats with the local scene. Drawing on her publishing expertise and ability to attract an audience, she embarked on a new venture. As a single mother with three children, Janet was determined to create a stable life for herself, and her decision to pursue this business opportunity proved to be a turning point in her journey.

How to Connect Janet Blaser : 

Instagram – @The Janet Blaser

Facebook – @TheJanetBlaser

Buy Janet’s Book Why We Left: An Anthology of American Women Expats here

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