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Will 2021 Be a Better Year than 2020?  

Sailboats La Paz, Mexico
Credit: Jack Hamilton

Will 2021 be a better year than 2020? It wouldn’t take much to surpass the abysmal year most of us have just struggled through. Not in our lifetimes have we faced a global pandemic as virulent as COVID-19, not in our lifetimes have we seen an economic downturn wreak as much havoc on so many people and not in our lifetimes have we seen the peaceful transition of democratic power in the U.S. be challenged so blatantly.

Felice and I are optimistic that the new vaccines will bring the virus under control and people will be able to return to work, find new jobs or restart their businesses. And we hope the political rancor in the U.S. will subside and comity will prevail in the halls of the U.S. Congress.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the things you can look forward to in 2021 within the pages of Expats In Mexico – The Expat Guide to Living in Mexico.

Next week, we will be adding a wonderful new city to our Cities section: La Paz. The capital of Baja California Sur hugs the western shore of the Sea of Cortés, or the Gulf of California if you prefer. This city of a quarter million people has a growing expat population that loves it beaches, sailing, fishing and whale watching, among other pleasures. A low cost of living and a great climate make La Paz a great choice. As with the other 14 Mexican cities we profile, you can expect detailed information about La Paz within 10 sub-sections.

Later in the year, we hope to bring you a new city profile featuring that corporate expat favorite, Monterrey, Mexico’s third largest city.

And for the fourth year, we will be launching our Expat Survey in January, focusing on the needs and aspirations of those of you who do not live in Mexico but wish to call this country your home when you retire. Whether you live in the United States, Canada or another country and are planning or considering retirement in Mexico, we will want to hear from you. We’ll make sure you are well aware of how to participate in the survey beginning in early January.

Of course, you can expect more top-notch articles from expat writers living in Mexico. With the introduction of our subscription service earlier this year, we now have the wherewithal to add more interesting, informative and lively articles penned by expats in Mexico who know their stuff.

Based on reader surveys we have done, we have increased our content related to healthcare, cost-of-living and expat stories, to name a few topics you said were important to you.

Our article contributors are all experts in their subject areas. For example, Monica Rix Paxson from Cuernavaca has published the definitive book on healthcare in Mexico, which is in its fourth printing. Mexico City denizen Leigh Thelmadatter knows more about the work of artisans in Mexico than almost anyone I know and always has an interesting take on a number of wide-ranging topics. John Pint ventures out from his lair in the idyllic forest west of Guadalajara to report on outdoor life in Western Mexico for us. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, John’s your man. Sarah DeVries from the misty mountains of Xalapa is our daily-life-in-Mexico observer who brings an irreverent view of her encounters with Mexico and its people.

We also just added Thilini Wijesinhe from Mérida to bring you articles that will help you live better in Mexico for less. Look for her first article in February.

Felice and I are perennial optimists, so we are glad to close the door on 2020 and welcome 2021 with open arms. Feliz Año Nuevo, everyone!