5 Things You Should Avoid If You Are Planning to Move to Mexico

Since the COVID pandemic began, Mexico has received a large influx of foreigners that work remotely. The loose restrictions on social distancing, and vaccinations contributed to boosting this destination among visitors, especially the ones coming from the United States.

However, the local population has quickly generated divided opinions towards these new neighbors. To ensure a peaceful transition and to avoid creating any tension, here are 5 things you should avoid when you are planning to move to Mexico:

1. Overpaying for services

The main point of concern for Mexicans about the arrival of foreign workers is the disparity between their wages and the earnings of the local population. Many visitors marvel at the low prices in Mexico, but this is a false impression caused by the low minimum wage that most of the residents depend on.

It might be easy to tip over the recommended 10% or give out extra money when you buy things, thinking this is an act of kindness. However, while it might seem generous, it can lead to resentment from locals and make it more difficult to build relationships in the future. To avoid this, it is important to be aware of the local customs and make sure to follow the suggested price range.

2. Disrespect people wearing masks

Unlike other countries, Mexico didn’t impose mask mandates during the recent pandemic. Instead, the government shifted responsibility towards employers and businesses. After a while, masks simply became a habit for a large part of the population.

Despite the high vaccination rates in the big Mexican cities, most of the population still chooses to wear a mask. Sadly, some people in Mexico have been facing disrespect and negative comments simply for wearing a mask. This is a sad reminder of how divided our society is and how much more work needs to be done to create a more unified society.

This is especially about considering that wearing a mask is one of the most simple and effective ways to protect against the spread of COVID-19. We need to take it upon ourselves to show respect and kindness to those who are taking the necessary precautions to keep us all safe.

3. Expect people to speak English

Many Mexicans learn basic English through the public education system. Private schools offer a higher level of foreign languages. Still, speaking English fluently is a privilege. We must remember that not everyone has the same access to resources or opportunities to learn a foreign language.

Therefore, we must be understanding and patient with those who are not as comfortable communicating in English. We should be respectful of their language and cultural differences.

We must not judge those who are trying their best to understand us, and instead offer support and compassion. This is the only way we can show our appreciation for their efforts, and create a stronger, more inclusive society.

4. Break the law

In every country you visit, researching the basic laws is recommended. For example, many foreigners do not know that in Mexico City dogs must be leashed at all times on the street.

Ignorance of the law is not an excuse, so it’s important to ensure that you’re aware of and abide by the laws of each country you visit. Additionally, it’s important to remember that breaking the law can have more serious consequences in some countries and cultures than it may in your own.

5. Bargaining

Another thing that bothers locals is when foreigners with higher wages try to bargain for a lower price, especially if they are buying crafts or food from small producers. These small producers make a living from the items they sell, so it’s important to be respectful and pay the asking price.

It’s also important to be aware that some countries may have laws that regulate pricing, so it’s best to do your research before trying to haggle.

Finally, it’s also important to remember that many of these items are handmade and unique, so it’s best to pay the price that has been set by the seller.

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