In this episode, I am speaking with Siobhan Farr, who is the Spark Originator for Digital Nomads Beyond 50 Network. Siobhan is on a journey and she wants to take others along with her on that journey traveling the world all the while making a living.
I was directed to Siobhan by one of the Career Pivot Community members. Siobhan manages the Digital Nomads Beyond 50 Network Facebook group, which is a thriving group of over 1000 members who either are digital nomads or want to become digital nomads.
Read Siobhan’s bio:
2019 Siobhan started selling off 30 years of her Dallas, Texas life to begin her nomad years in March 2020. When her initial three weeks in Ecuador stretched to 13 months due to COVID lockdown, she pivoted her plans to market and manage her business remotely. The search for others who are older Location Independents, led her to become the Spark Originator of Digital Nomads Beyond 50.
DNB50 is an online community for people in their late 40s+ who currently travel, work, plan to, or are just curious about this life. Siobhan turned to her previous profession in corporate Learning & Development to organize the DNB50 Virtual Summit June 2021. In June 2022 they hosted in Medellin, Colombia the first Digital Nomad CoLiveWork specifically designed for older nomads.
Siobhan is truly a home-free Digital Nomad with no permanent base. She wants to inspire others to banish the belief that it’s too late to reinvent themselves. Her motto… “Flip the page, the future is still unwritten!”
This episode is sponsored by Career Pivot. Check out the Career Pivot Community, and be sure to pick up my latest book, Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for the 2nd Half of Life Third Edition.
This will be a very special episode as we have crossed multiple milestones. This is episode 300, over a period of 6 years and over half a million downloads. This is quite an accomplishment as the audience for this podcast is those of you who are 55 years of age or older which is one of the smallest demographics that listen to podcasts. I want to give you a little history to the podcast and then play you 4 segments from episodes from the first 3 years of the podcast that I thought were particularly impactful.
This episode is sponsored by Magic Mind.
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I published episode #1 of this podcast in late October of 2016. I started the podcast to help launch the 2nd edition of Repurpose Your Career – A Practical Guide to the 2nd Half of Life.
The book published in April of 2017, and I originally planned to continue the podcast maybe for another year.
The show’s download numbers slowly grew. In April of 2018, the podcast was mentioned in AARP magazine as one of 3 podcasts for AARP magazine readers. Downloads the next month went from about 2000 downloads in April to over 10,000 in May.
My wife and I then spent the summer of 2018 in Ajijic Mexico. We closed up our condo in Austin, Texas and had our neighbors collect our mail each week and put it in our condo.
We returned to Austin in October and when I investigated the box of mail, I saw 5 or 6 packages that contained books. I was having major publishers send me books unsolicited. They wanted me to either review the books or have their authors on the podcast.
My response was what?!….
Since that time, I am solicited just about every day by authors or their publicists to be on this podcast.
I discovered that this podcast was the greatest networking tool I have ever had.
I have met and built relationships with so many interesting people. To put it bluntly, it has enriched my life and I have continued the podcast for that reason. My business, Career Pivot, which includes this podcast; no longer must be profitable. Over the last few years, the business and this podcast have done a little better than break even.
I really enjoy the creating this podcast. I started in 2018 blogging and creating some podcast episodes about our journey in becoming expats in Mexico. I largely did this to help me process what I was experiencing. Little did I know that these blog posts and podcast episodes would become quite popular. I have increased the frequency of the episodes based on feedback from listeners.
In this episode, I want to give you some insight into the health care that is available to you when you move to Mexico. I will discuss high-level health insurance options and decisions you will need to make about Medicare. When you get into health insurance and Medicare there are no RIGHT decisions but there are many shades of grey that you will need to sort out for yourself.
Mexico has 2 healthcare systems, a public and a private. This in many ways is not different than the US where you have public healthcare groups run by the federal, state, or county governments, and you have private company healthcare groups.
The difference is the cost. The US healthcare systems are the most expensive in the world and in my humble opinion are quite broken.
There are 2 YouTube videos that I am going to reference and include in the show notes from QRoo Paul from 2 Expats in Mexico called Public Health Care Options in Mexico and A Look at Private Health Care in Mexico.
I am not going to talk much about the public health care system because even though it is very low cost or free, it has a lot of drawbacks. If you really want to learn more watch QRoo Paul’s YouTube video.
What I am going to talk about is the private healthcare system and the choices you will need to make.
For example, I have no health insurance here in Mexico. My wife and I pay for everything out of pocket. We do however pay into Medicare Part B which we cannot use in Mexico.
Wait a minute. You are probably saying that makes no sense. You have no health insurance that you can use but you pay into a system that you cannot use.
Yes, you heard me right. There are no right decisions and there are a million shades of grey. You have to figure out what works for you based on your physical, mental, and financial health.
This episode is sponsored by Magic Mind.
I have a 20% off code to share with you guys, it’s RYC. To use it, you can go to magicmind.co/RYC and enter the code RYC at checkout. The best part is that they have a money-back guarantee. If
you get the subscription, it’s 40% off. My 40% off code only lasts 10 days, so hurry up.