Are You Planning Retirement with Your Emergency Brakes On?

September 25, 2013

Are you planning your retirement with your emergency brake on?
Now, an emergency brake is good to have, if you’re parking on a hill, or if, heaven forbid, your brakes fail.
So, while emergency brakes are not bad things, they need to be released when you’re ready to move forward. Are you ready to move forward in planning your retirement?
I’m all for planning, but don’t let the paralysis of analysis stall your move forward either.
Do a little self diagnosis. Are you stuck in your retirement planning? If you’re reading this article you’re at least curious about life at Lake Chapala or as many of our happy readers have done you’ve already taken the plunge and have made a trip here or perhaps several or even bought property.
Good for you! If you’re one of those folks please consider sharing your thoughts in the comment section below. You just might be the stimulus someone reading this needs to have to come see for themselves, or take a step in this direction by investing in our book, “How to Live a Caviar Lifestyle on a Tuna Fish Pension at Safe, Beautiful, and Affordable Lake Chapala, Mexico”.

If you’ve already invested in the book, I would love for you to share your thoughts by writing a review on the book page at to encourage others to consider the purchase.
For the rest of you, what’s holding you back? Is it the bad press Mexico in general gets? (Our area is very safe) Your fear of… “Having to learn Spanish?” (A little Spanish goes a long way here.) Share your concerns with us.
We promise to tell it like it is. We’re not right for everyone.

After more than 10 years of sharing my knowledge of Lake Chapala with at this point thousands of folks, training and coaching people from all over the globe about Lake Chapala, I’ve helped an untold number of them to decide if Lake Chapala was right for them.  I can do the same for you.
Did I tell them all everything is perfect? Of course not! I told them like it is and in the vast number of cases, “like it is” is better than they even imagined.
So, if you’re stuck, let me help. I hate pushy sales types, but I thoroughly enjoy talking to knowledgeable service providers in an area of interest to me.
Am I cautious, even with these folks? Of course I am. 35 years as a police officer taught me to be cautious. I check them out. I invite you to check me out. 
A recent 5 STAR Review of our book on Amazon put it this way.
My husband and I just finished our work careers yesterday and are headed off to find our new retirement home – Lake Chapala being a candidate. I have spent hours upon hours trying to get facts about the Lake Chapala area and Mexico itself since the news media is so biased in its negative reporting about Mexico. In doing my due diligence, I ran across Sid's name on various articles and started reading his input about Lake Chapala, I thought, "this is an American who not only knows the area but has strong ties there; from his past profession in law enforcement, he is probably trust worthy so I'm going to read what he has to say with regard to the area…

Just finished reading Sid's book about Lake Chapala and it definitely saved me hours upon hours of research. The book was well written and addressed issues that I hadn't even thought about. The cost of the book was peanuts compared to the time this book saved in my research.

If you are considering even visiting the Lake Chapala area, the book is worth every penny it costs…”

So, where ever you are in your quest to start retirement, get a new beginning, or find your place in the sun, I want to help.
With articles like this one (motivational), our book (fun and full of solid information), and with our one on one telephone consultations (Up to an hour where I answer your specific questions).
I’m here to help you to a rewarding new life at safe,
Beautiful and Affordable Lake Chapala, Mexico.
Let me hear from you.
All for now.   Siempre tu amigo, Sid Grosvenor

  • Mark Terry

    Everything is perfect about Lake Chapala, especially the Lake Chapala Society. But…are you still at 5,000 feet of altitude? I might be able to adapt to that, or maybe not. Being 75, I hesitate to try.

  • Bear

    Okay, Sid, we’ve released our emergency brake and bought non-refundable airline tickets to Guadalajara. But, truthfully, I guess my foot is still poised above the brake since we got round-trip tickets this first time out. :) Anyway, we’re looking forward very much to meeting you in person in the spring!

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Bear,

    Good News. Looking forward to meeting you and shaking your hand.
    Stay in touch and about a week before you leave be sure and send me
    an e mail or let’s set up a call so I can give you some tips on how to prepare for your trip. Tu amigo, Sid

  • Bear

    Will do. Thanks for all of your help!

  • disqus_PqCnW3sl8r

    Hey Sid, My name is Mark Boyle and I would like to thank you for all the advise you offer. I am looking at November to pay a visit and check out this beautiful lake of yours. I hope that I will come to enjoy it as much as you do. Thanks again and maybe we can enjoy a cold one together. What is the best way to get to Lake Chapala from Guadalajara? See ya. Mark

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Mark, Thanks for your nice words. If you mean coming from the Guadalajara airport use a taxi. About $38 USD (in pesos).

    If you mean from Guadalajara City.

    Go to the old Central bus station by taxi from your hotel in Guadalajara.

    Enter the bus station (a small coin get’s you in but keep the drunks out>

    The, go all the way to the back and look left to a long table where there
    will be a sign that says, “CHAPALA”. They run regular and express buses.

    Take the first available bus even if’s the local (cheaper and you get to check
    several small towns on the way to Chapala.

    You arrive in downtown Chapala’s main bus station. Walk around Chapala
    and take in the sights and or take a taxi or local bus to Ajijic to look
    around there. Bus about $1 USD. Taxi about $4 to $5 USD in pesos.

    Thanks again, Tu amigo, Sid

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