Early Retirement Paradise That’s Way Outside The Box

We turned left off the main road, taking our camper van along a dirt track for about half a mile.

The road climbed before it dropped to a beach along Bahía Concepción, on the east side of Mexico’s Baja peninsula. I saw about two-dozen vehicles parked along the sand, just 15 feet from the lapping water of the bay. Some of the campers had been there for months. They belonged to Canadian and American snowbirds seeking a small, quiet community of like-minded travelers.

I spent about a week getting to know this eclectic group. Nobody looked wealthy. But after a few conversations, I realized some were millionaires. Others had retired, or semi-retired, many years before conventional wisdom says they should. 

Photo by Andrew Hallam

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Andrew Hallam

I’m a financial columnist for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, as well as for AssetBuilder, a financial service firm based in Texas. I’m also the author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (2nd Ed. Wiley 2017) and The Global Expatriate’s Guide To Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat (Wiley 2015). My mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people on basic retirement planning and best practices for investing, using evidence-based strategies. I'm happy to comment on your questions. However, please read the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and the Comments Policy.

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