The American Dream as it exists today is a hamster wheel grind that keeps roughly 60% of the population living in poverty. The minimum work week consists of 40 hours, overtime is often mandatory if you want to retain your position, and the threat of being downsized in favor of someone who is willing to do your job for half the pay is constantly hanging over your head. The hope is that one day, when you are around 65 years of age, you will finally have enough money saved up to be “allowed” to retire, at which point you can kick your feet up and enjoy a life of relaxation and luxury. But until you reach that point, you have nothing to look forward to other than a continual grind of 8 hour work shifts, barely managing to pay your bills on time. And, if you are like most Americans, you are actually juggling your bills and paying alternating ones late each month so that you can just manage to squeeze by.
An unfortunate reality regarding most Western countries is the prevalence of their media and the reputation for spreading propaganda and smear campaigns against any country who doesn’t conform to their ideals. And while there are plenty of American businesses in Mexico, the country is nevertheless the victim of a variety of false reports from the U.S. media, especially in regards to the danger levels of the country. While it’s true that the northern borders in and around Juarez and certainly high risk, the other 30 states of Mexico are just as safe as their U.S. counterparts. This is good news to expats looking where to live in Mexico, because there are plenty of options once you look beyond the hype and the bad press.