Reddit's Favorite (I hope) Hospitality Entrepreneur: AMA about building, owning and operating a boutique hotel...or about living in Mexico, having 7 cats & dogs, teaching English overseas or whatever tickles your fancy
10 years ago my wife and I bought a parcel of land just off a quiet beach in Mexico with the idea that we'd quit our university teaching jobs and spend every last penny of our life savings building a small beach hotel.
A year and a half later we did just that.
~2.5 years of construction nearly broke us in every way imaginable but with each passing season of being open the nightmare that is building fades further and further into the distance.
It's been a wild ride with incredible highs and lows. From "Holy shit, I can't believe this is our life!" to getting the plunger to dislodge some stranger's shit from the toilet bowl. We've met tons of amazing and interesting people and a handful of people who aren't welcome back, haha.
When we made the original decision to take this leap we figured that it was at minimum a 10-year investment. We're not quite 10 years in (April 1 makes 9 years in Mexico) but at this point we're definitely ready to sign on for another decade - even if we'll likely one day sell and move on to another adventure, simply for the sake of adventure.
Ask me anything except for the exact investment amount. That always gets asked when I do these...but let's just say that it cost approximately what you'd pay for a 3-bedroom house in the suburbs of a major city in the US but not a super expensive one like Seattle, SF, NY, LA or similar.
Completely unrelated slash bizarre questions are welcomed and encouraged.
PROOF (Includes photo of one of the many free cats available around here)
EDIT: I'll remove this add-on if requested by the mods but I'd like to share some of this Reddit love with another traveler slash entrepreneur in Vannes, Brittany. I met Julian on a Quetzaltrekkers hike between Xela and Lago Atitlan (highly recommended) over 5 years ago on my first real vacation we could afford after setting up shop here. We were just coming out of the throes of the challenges of getting a business off the ground and so when Julian told me that it was his dream to one day open up his own restaurant I said, "You ever open your own restaurant and I'll come to France and eat there."
And I ate there last summer (as part of a longer trip, of course).
He's a cool dude and a talented chef...and Vannes is a kick ass place to see if you want to do something in France that's not Paris...so if you find that you're in the neighborhood, book at table at L'ardoise and tell him Oaxaca Mike sent you. You won't get a discount, haha, but you will get a friendly smile.