"My life here is as close to ideal as I could ever imagine...it's amazing," says Salem Orion, who lives in the beach city of Mazatlan on Mexico's Pacific coast. "Every morning I wake up with anticipation, not resignation."
When I moved from Sandpoint, Idaho to Mexico in 2006, I wasn't just seeking a lower cost of living. I was looking for a complete lifestyle renovation. I no longer wanted to waste my days toiling away at work and I wanted a warm and affordable location for my new life of leisure.
"Three years ago I started learning to surf," says Janet Blaser. "It's something I always wanted to do." The sixty-year-old had lived in America's surf capital, California, for nearly 30 years, but she'd never had the chance to learn to surf.