Can My Stomach Handle the Food in Mexico?

Q&A with a Reader

Greetings from Iowa!

Am rereading one of your books I have purchased and have a couple of questions.

1: Am thinking about buying your “4” pack of books an am wondering when you wrote those and if the information has changed much?

2: Regarding all the restaurants/local food places that you eat at, I wonder if the ole digestive system ever gets affected? I’m showing my wife all your pictures and she laughs and says, “Can your stomach handle that unboxed food”? haha

Many thanks

Craig and Lori

Life is an adventure, follow your dreams.

Quesadillas being made on the street in Mexico

Quesadillas being made on the street in Mexico

Hi Craig and Lori,

Thank you for taking the time to write. We enjoy your questions and appreciate your keeping in touch.

In regards to the books written on Mexico, those books were written when the Peso was 12 to the Dollar, and currently the Mexican Peso is 18 to the Dollar. Any inflation that might have happened since the books were written would be covered by the better exchange rate. Right now, it’s a great time to be visiting Mexico.

As for the food in Mexico, take a look at our piece, Is Eating Street Food Safe?

Beautiful beach of Zicatela, Mexico

Beautiful beach of Zicatela, Mexico

If you want to eat at a food stall and there is no one in line, pass it by. If there are people waiting to be served, chances are the food is good, and is turning over rapidly.

Not every dish in Mexico is spicy. There is a wide range of flavors and sauces including mole from Oaxaca and chicken Tinga from the coast. If you eat fresh food at all at home in Iowa, you should be fine in digesting the food in Mexico. Stay away from the fried stuff if that bothers you… but even then, you’ll have lots to choose from. The fruits are fabulous!

Monte Alban in Oaxaca, Mexico

Monte Alban in Oaxaca, Mexico

Learn a few survival phrases (those listed at the back of our books should help you get started) and you are on your way.

Be sure you have a debit card that works with the Plus or Cirrus systems and works overseas. In this way you are able to get local currency at the ATMs.

Let us know if you  have any other questions. We’d be happy to answer them.

Take care, the both of you.

Best regards,


About Retire Early Lifestyle

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired three decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement (Your Simple Path to FIRE) and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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