Riding around in my automobile – that’s what I’ve been doing.
I missed a turn, and ended up having to take a boat ride in my car to get where I wanted to go.
Those flat boats are where you drive onto the boat, and it’s about a 20 minute ride to get to the other side of the lagoon, which would lead me to the town I wanted to get to.
I watched other SUV’s get on the boats and take off. Didn’t appear to be much danger, so on the boat I went.
Not the sturdiest thing I’ve ever been on, but the locals have been doing this for decades – when in Rome, do as the Romans do……..
It’s really amazes me some of the places I’ve gone to with this 98 Ford Explorer!!!
The only thing missing in my travels is the “My baby beside me at the wheel” Oh well, maybe in the future I’ll have that “Baby beside me at the wheel”, or not……..
So, new month, new hopes of doing a bit more on the website, social media stuff and that sort of thing.
Not many people who’ve retired do much on sharing their experiences.
My goal is to show that it’s not as difficult as most think it is to travel. It’s actually much cheaper that traveling in the U.S. Even with a RV, which my brother is doing with his wife.
If you take into account the cost of the RV, the cost of paying for the specific places he’s got to go to in order to park it, my way of traveling is way cheaper.
Living is actually cheaper even if you own a house in the states.
Food’s less expensive, the rent is very reasonable and even eating out 2 or 3 times a week is possible while living on a small stipend.
Now, I travel slowly. I stay in one place for a month or two. I rent an apartment or a house and do my own cooking 75% of the time.
So, let’s say I get $1,000 per month in SS Retirement benefits
I can rent a studio, 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom for about $500 U.S. per month. That includes all utilities of which I make sure I have A/C and hot water in the shower.
Cooking is usually done with propane cooking equipment, but I have rented places that do use electricity. (Electricity is high compared to other things – but similar to what you would pay in the U.S.)
If you want to live like the locals, no hot water or A/C – you could easily get a house or an apartment for around $200 to $300 per month. I’ve been there and done that, thank you. I’ll pay the higher cost and go with A/C and how water in the shower. (Now in the mountains – like Oaxaca or San Cristobal in Mexico – it’s cool enough at night where A/C is not needed. But, be sure you have a good stand fan to keep it reasonably cool during the day. Ceiling fans, at least for me, don’t cut it.
Now, to get around, taxis are pretty doggone cheap, and if you take the bus, you can cover a lot of ground at a very reasonable cost. Tica busses cover all of Central America and Mexico.
I drive a car and even with that added expense, I can easily get by on $1,000 per month.
So, don’t tell me you can’t travel………..
Traveling quotes from Mark Twain
Travel is fatal to bigotry, prejudice and narrow mindedness.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel only read the first page.
Twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed in the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. Throw off the bow lines, set the sails and get out of the safe harbor explore, discover and dream!!
’til next time!