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Hi, I’m Jessie!

This blog is where I share my love of photography, travel, and food from my home base in Mexico and beyond.

Why I'm Living in Mexico

Why I'm Living in Mexico

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Why I’m Living in Mexico City

I’m writing this blog post as I sit at my desk in my apartment in Mexico City, but I’d like to take you back to kind of how it all started. It was a few months after graduating from college. I was tired of not being able to really do what I wanted the past four years so I was ready to make an adventure for myself and spend my time doing what inspired me. I set off November 28, 2017 with a one-way ticket to Mexico with the intentions of backpacking my way down to South America solo for the next year or so. I had no idea what to expect, but this is how it unfolded…

Backpacking Latin America

I started in Mexico City where I volunteered at a hostel for 6 weeks. It was such an amazing experience, I couldn’t stop thinking about it during the rest of my trip. I used Workaway to find that volunteer opportunity and two others during the rest of my trip. I fell in love with Mexico City and I met a ton of awesome people. Afterwards, I explored small towns, beaches, and the jungle in Mexico over the course of 3 months before moving on to Guatemala.

I lived with a host family in the city of Quetzaltenango (aka Xela). Here I practiced my Spanish and took in the sights of mighty volcanos that towered over the city.

After one month in Guatemala, I flew to Colombia. I decided to volunteer at my third hostel since I had such an amazing time working in hostels in Mexico City and the beach town of Puerto Escondido. I stayed for a month volunteering in a hostel in Colombia’s rainy and moody capital, Bogotá. Read more about how I volunteered at hostels in my post Money Saving Tips for World Travel. After staying in Bogotá, I spent a second month seeing as much of Colombia as I could.

Hierve el agua, Oaxaca (left) Cartagena, Colombia (right)

Hierve el agua, Oaxaca (left) Cartagena, Colombia (right)

Living in Mexico Sounds Like a Great Idea

It was in the lush and rainy town of Filandia, Colombia where I got the idea of moving to Mexico. I had been traveling solo for 6 months at that point and I had become tired. I wanted a home base where I could relax and feel settled, but also someplace new and exciting with a lot to explore. That’s when Mexico City came to mind. I was no where near ready to move back to the U.S. and Mexico City was my favorite city I had visited during the past 6 months backpacking. So from my hostel in Colombia I found myself an apartment in Mexico City through Facebook. A month later, I was on a flight to what would become my new home.

Living in Mexico

I arrived in Mexico early June, 2018 with the intentions of staying 3 months or so to explore this amazing city and to improve my Spanish. I ended up getting a job and making some really great friends (sadly, many have gone by now). My 3 months stay in the city quickly became almost 14 months now as I write this and I do not plan on leaving anytime soon. None of this was planned, and I am not much of a planner if we are being honest. I came with an open mind to look for adventure and a lifestyle that I truly love and that’s what I found.

Tacos el pastor in Mexico City (left) Xochimilco boat cruise (right)

Tacos el pastor in Mexico City (left) Xochimilco boat cruise (right)

Money Saving Tips for World Travel

Money Saving Tips for World Travel

Mexico and Guatemala Travel Route

Mexico and Guatemala Travel Route