Shannon: My chat is with Richard Webb, an American living in Mexico expat who lives in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. Richard’s been in Puerto Escondido for 5 years and is a health and fitness expert who has written the book Fat Burning Secrets: Efficiency in Fitness available on Amazon.
Who is Richard Webb? Tell us about your background.
First and foremost, I identify myself as a proud father of two adult children who were raised and still live in the city of San Diego, CA area. Hayden, my son is 27 and my daughter, Hannah, is 25.
I’m also a motivator on health. A natural bodybuilder who won back to back Master’s Division competitions on famed Muscle Beach in Venice Beach, CA.
As a result of my competition experience, I wrote a book, “Fat Burning Secrets: Efficiency in Fitness”. I also host a Youtube series on health hacks to improve your health and well-being in short periods of time.
I’m the founder of Web By Webb Digital Marketing where I provide digital marketing services in the US and Mexico.
I decided to become a digital nomad in 2015 when I was living in Austin, Texas but working for a company in California. I sold all I had and started living in different places a month at a time in different countries. I just needed Internet.
I also blog about fitness, travel and technology.
I grew up in Austin and received my BA in International Studies with a minor in French from Texas State University. Then I moved to San Diego for a tech job and stayed in California for 18 years. Received a MS in E-commerce from National University in La Jolla, CA.
How did you end up in the town of Puerto Escondido, Mexico and how long have you been there?
I met my Mexican girl friend in Austin. She was visiting a friend there, and when she said she was going back to Mexico I came with her. That was 5 years ago, and I have called Puerto Escondido home ever since. We are almost finished building a house now.
You run a business there. Did you plan that or how did it come about and how was your experience starting a business?
My business is US-based in Austin, Texas, but it’s completely run virtually from Puerto Escondido, or wherever I am traveling.
What is the most memorable living in mexico expat community experience you can share?
What is memorable for me is the rain here. The first year I was here, it did not rain much, and I asked my girlfriend what the drains were so big and so rough. She told me to wait, and the following year I was living in Mexico I believe we got 30 inches in the month of May alone. The thunderstorms are fantastic here, and I love the sound of thunder.
If you could give anyone one piece of advice about expats living in Mexico what would it be?
Don’t even think about driving down. Just sell your vehicle and buy down here. It’s not worth the effort or the money to transfer a car to Mexico from another country. Besides, certain parts of Mexico are not safe to drive anyway. Also, your perception of Mexicans and about Mexico is incorrect. Growing up in Texas the stereotype of Mexicans was that they are lazy. My perception as a living in Mexico expat is that in fact, they are the hardest working people I have ever witnessed in my life. If you see someone begging for money down here, chances are they are from Central America and not Mexico. Mexicans would rather work. Also, if you can speak Spanish or try to learn Spanish it definitely will help with your transition, especially if you’re living in a small town.
How long have you been in Mexico and do you feel like you will go back to US?
I’ve been a living in Mexico expat for 5 years in July 2021. I have no desire to live back in the US because living internationally is an education in and of itself. I’m encouraging my kids to move away from the US already. I love the US and appreciate the benefits of US citizenship and do not plan on giving that up, but I really love my life down here.
Visit Richard’s website at www.RichardHWebb.com
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