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My Digital Nomad Experiment: 3 Months In... Is It Really Worth It?

I've been living in Mexico City and running my online business from my apartment here for just over 3 months now... So what's the verdict?

Watch my latest video below to find out:

Please leave a comment below with your thoughts 🙂

Speak soon!
- James Francis.
Founder & CEO, Digital Prosperity.

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17 Responses

  1. James, this is a great experience you spend there. That environment is something special for you. Can I come there to accompany you? :))

  2. Hi James, thanks for pointing out the positives of Mexico City - parks, restaurants, and people. Good perspective that I was not aware of before, makes me want to visit there too!

  3. James, I am from Mexico, I will recommend you visit el castillo de chapultepec, Tacos el Farolito, El Moro eat churros con chocolate, Test tortas, The City has all kind of world restaurants, Te best beaches of the world are in Mexico, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Acapulco, Playa del Carmen en Yucatan, Cancun etc.
    NOTE.- If you want to visit different restaurant each day you will need 50 years of your life.
    Now I am US person The people that visit any City of mexico will loved.

  4. Thanks Aaron! I agree - I've been to pretty much all of Chapultepec, ate the churros at El Moro, tortas and more - they're amazing. But I need to explore more beaches other than Cancun (which was incredible, nonetheless) for sure!

    Have a great day!
    - James.

  5. Hey James, really glad that you've been enjoying CDMX my man!

    As a Mexican myself, I can tell you I was laughing (with you) in a few parts of your video because I've lived almost my entire life in Mexico (the country, not Mexico City itself although I once lived there for two years when I was pursuing a professional career in music) and I still can't get used to those damn sellers on the streets (I mean the ones that have pre-recorded audios).

    We have people who are looking for metal parts and selling tamales but in my place, there are also people selling coconuts (which are very good btw but also annoying as hell when you want some quiet time), vegetables, fruits, brooms, mops and what not.

    About tacos, I think you are familiar with the mexican cuisine by now, I strongly recommend you look for tacos de lengua (which is cow's tongue) super tasty and well worth to try them out!

    About the tap water, there are many people who have installed filters in their kitchens so they never need to use "garrafones" (my parents' place has that system) but these are normally somewhat expensive and is not the common thing to do. Most people get water from garrafones (we do lol).

    I remember having to carry garrafones three floors up when I had my CDMX apartment and I always said "well, I think this is my free crossfit class!" haha

    And about purchasing stuff from Amazon, the thing you can try, is to create a new Amazon account at the mexican site (the one that ends with .mx) and also get the free 30 days prime account (it's all different from the UK or US site, think of this as a new website).

    You won't find anywhere near the same things you can find on the American or UK sites but if you can find something you'd like to purchase at the mexican site, you can be rest assured, you'll get it delivered as quick as next day, two days, etc.

    I have both US and MX accounts and even though I can buy from the US and have delivered to Mexico (not all of the time though) if I can find it on the MX site and the price is not much difference, I'd rather buy it from the MX site and get it delivered ASAP.

    Anyway, just my two cents on that.

    Are you going to keep traveling the world after your CDMX visit ends? I've heard fantastic stuff from Chiang Mai, Thailand but if you're talking about language barriers, I think it's going to be even worse in there, their language is bananas but probably they speak a bit more English by now (tons of english speaking digital nomads in there).

    Btw, about the language barrier in CDMX, if you ask people in the mid-low classes, chances are they won't speak the language (although some may actually surprise you) for people in the middle class and above, chances are they do speak English at least, probably not at a high level but enough to have a somewhat fluid conversation.

    I live in Culiacan (Sinaloa state) and if I really make an effort to remember who doesn't speaks/understands English from all the people I know, I'd count about 10-20 people but I know quite a few hundreds so it really depends on where you are located.

    Anyway, hope you continue to enjoy CDMX man, I lived there for two years and I still don't know much of it, it's a huge city with so much to offer for sure, take care!


    1. Thanks for the advice Sergio - much appreciated!

      I have a Prime account, but I find around half of the stuff I'm looking for isn't on there, haha. But it's good for what is on there, and I guess I have to adjust 🙂

      Plus yeah, I've found that to be true about the middle and upper classes speaking English more than the lower classes too. All the more reason for me to become fluent in Spanish, I guess!

      Have a great day,
      - James.

  6. James,
    I really appreciate your post!! It left me laughing and thinking about all the places I've been over the years. I'm glad for your adjustments and enjoyment. If you decide to visit the USA North West, please wait until late April to September. While I imagine you were quite use to the rain in past years, their is much to see in the Northwest, especially in the early summer. Again, it was a great story. Look forward to your next post.

  7. Hey James,

    Great video! Lot's of interesting information. I hope I get to visit Mexico someday. Would esp. love to try the food, the beautiful beaches and meet the wonderful people. Thank you for sharing!


  8. Great to hear your perspectives on Mexico James, especially as a Brit. Often wondered what it’s like living/ working there. Especially interested since I’ve done things the opposite way round; loads of travel (hence Route1Million) & now looking to move utilise much of that experience into online’. Hopefully I’ll be able to work with you on some eliments in 2019, if you’re still ‘on the grid’ long enough!

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