Post Wedding Plans: We’re Moving to Mexico!

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And the big reveal is: Tacos!

I’ve been pretty vague about my plans for the rest of the year, mostly because up until a couple of weeks ago, I really didn’t know what we would do after this little wedding we’ve been planning in September.

We’re ready to move on from Washington DC- it will always be my hometown but it’s really not the place for us right now. Only, we didn’t know where to go next. We have some long range plans and goals, but we were a little perplexed over the next step.

Italy on my Mind

You already know this if you read his blog, but Michael is currently in the process of obtaining his Italian citizenship. For the last two years he has been tracking down paperwork across the span of several countries to prove the citizenship link between him and his Italian-born grandmother.

If all goes well, hopefully by this time next year we’ll be making a real home in the gorgeous city of Bologna. I’m so excited to dive deep into Italian cuisine and culture, and maybe even take a real crack at mastering Italian. We’re both looking forward to having a real home base of our own, a launch pad for exploring Europe and a wall or two to hang up some of our travel souvenirs.

Having an EU passport is like gold to us. Because we’ll be married I’ll be able to travel and live in Europe with him (and actually become a citizen myself in a couple of years)!

It’s been a lot of work to gather all of the paperwork though, a very slow ongoing process. Even in a best case scenario there is no way that it will all be wrapped up by September. More likely we’re looking at sometime next year. Only… we don’t want to wait around in the US for that long.

The Six-Month Honeymoon

Mexico was my idea. For some reason I’ve seriously neglected Mexico in my travels. Aside from one measly weekend press trip to Mazatlan a couple of years ago, I’ve really never been there. Which is kind of stupid.

I’ve been floating the idea to Mike for awhile now: 6 months in Mexico. We could wait out our paperwork woes, live by the ocean and skip winter this year! I am seriously over winter. Mike can start surfing again, I can write, and eat tacos. So so many tacos.

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We’ve batted around some other options: Asia, house-sitting gigs, getting an apartment here in the US, but none of those things really make as much sense, or sound as much fun as going south.

So the first week of October we’re headed to Puerto Vallarta. Or most likely one of the small beach-side towns near Puerto Vallarta. Assuming we like it, we’ll stay and use the area as a base for relaxing, exploring Mexico and maybe even jumping down to Central America. We’re keeping it casual. Our 6 month Mexican honeymoon.

We’ll return around mid-spring to prepare for our real move: the one to Italy.

The Even Shorter Term Plan

We’re getting married here!


For the next couple of months we’ll still be based in DC. The wedding is in September and we’re focusing all of our energy into pulling that off (stay tuned for a post on why planning a trip is WAY more fun than planning a wedding). I’ve got a handful of domestic trips coming up this summer: San Diego with Michael, Indianapolis and Silicon Valley on my own.


People keep asking me if I’m excited about the wedding, but really, I’m just excited to get married! And to get on with our lives abroad, the way we both live best. I’m excited to explore the world with my husband (wow that sounds crazy) and I’m excited to have you guys along for the ride.

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  1. “People keep asking me if I’m excited about the wedding, but really, I’m just excited to get married! And to get on with our lives abroad, the way we both live best.”

    My exact thoughts earlier this year 🙂 Good luck with everything.

  2. When I read this post’s title, I was like, “what about Italy?!” I’m so excited for you guys, and I hope you have a wonderful not-winter!

  3. I’m ALL about skipping winter in favour of the sunshine! Such a good decision when you’re sweating away in the sunshine and those back home are moaning about snow on Facebook hee hee! (smug face)


  4. ha it sounds like what I have and am doing. I spent a winter in PV two years ago. Just loved it! I lived slightly on the outskirts in an oceanfront condo I rented really cheap thru a friend. I bussed everywhere. Super cheap, super crowded but it makes for an amazing time and an easy way to get around. PV and surrounding is super safe. I went as a single girl and never had an issue the entire time. Now I am living in the Piemonte Italian countryside. Learning lots about what they don’t tell you about Italy! Word of advice, learn Italian before you get here. It does not get any easier when you are on the ground, it’s harder! Oh and come with no expectations. Italy is a different kind of country nothing like we are used to but awesome in it’s own right. Enjoy everything! Can’t wait to hear about PV!

  5. I cannot recommend Mexico City highly enough (for more than the 2 day museum madness. Don’t go if that’s all you have time for). Also, tacos are amazing, and different depending on which region you’re in. Oaxaca has the best food that isn’t tacos – try some tlayudas.

  6. lulz. I talked about that too. Why planning a trip is more fun than planning a wedding. No joke, our wedding costs $2700. And I thought THAT was an insane amount. And I’d rather put the effort into traveling (…or buying shoes…). Future congrats to you. =)

  7. Awesomesauce. Please post lots of pictures of delicious, tasty tacos!

    This sounds like a super fun idea! 6 months in Mexico. Wow! Also, I’m not sure about how it works in Italy, but in many EU countries (the UK for example), a couple doesn’t have to be married for the non-EU-passport-holding one to be able to live and work there. But I guess being married certainly makes it easier.

    Question, and I know this may seem a little rude (I really don’t mean it like that; I’m just curious!): why do the big wedding thing if you’re not excited about getting married and just want to be married? Why not just have a quick in-and-out at the registry office to get the papers?

    • Steph says:

      Fair question. We’re actually not doing the big wedding thing, we’re having a pretty small and cheap wedding but it has still turned out to be waaay more work than I could ever have imagined. I told Mike that next time we get married we’re definitely eloping.

  8. congrats on so many exciting things ahead!! the hubs & i got married in september, so we may be biased… but it’s the best time of year for a wedding.

    ALSO, we’re relocating to france in august for his mba, and are pushing for a post-mba eu passport for all of the reasons you mentioned.

    good luck!! xo the romantic

  9. This sounds incredible! We have been trying to figure out where we might want to settle down when our time traveling long-term comes to an end or a pause or goes on hiatus (who can say?). Since I’m Canadian & Tony is American, we’ve got options, but the more we think about it, the more we think that we don’t really want to base ourselves from either of those places but we have been hearing great things about Mexico. Plus, as you so rightly pointed out: tacos! I’ll be really interested to see how things progress and what you think of it!

    Also, small weddings are definitely the way to go. They still wind up stressful and someone will end up crying, but I’m so glad we only had like, 20 guests at ours rather than 10 times that…

  10. Sounds like a great plan! Andy and I have Mexico on our list for the winter too, one of a few places we’re considering for 2-3 months to escape some of the cold German winter.

    I’m in the process of hunting down all the paperwork to apply for Italian citizenship as well, though much earlier in the process than Mike is. But just an FYI for you, you and Mike have to be married for 3 years before you can apply for citizenship, and I recently heard from someone else who is working on that part of it that it takes 2 years to go through. So you are looking at 5 years from your wedding date for when you will be able to get citizenship. I’m not 100% sure about the 2 years processing time thing, it’s just what I heard from someone else, but it seems reliable. If you guys have seen anything that contradicts that, please let me know! BUT Mike having an EU passport means you will have no problem staying, you’ll just have to get a spouse visa from Italy when you get there and renew it every so often.

    Maybe we’ll run into you in Mexico this winter!

    • Steph says:

      Oh yes we know- me being married to Mike is enough to let me stay legally so I’m happy with that. If we actually live IN Italy I can apply for citizenship after two years.

      Let us know when/where you’ll be in Mexico!

  11. Congratulations on the wedding and good luck with the visa application!

    Can’t wait to hear about how Mexico goes. It’s somewhere I’d love to visit in the future, but until then I’ll have to enjoy it through you (And I’m massively envious of all the tacos)

  12. Good luck w/ your wedding plans. We just decided on New Orleans for our wedding destination! After our RTW trip comes to an end that is.

  13. KarenPatricia says:

    Definitely do the Mexico thing. You will never regret it, probably save money, and have many stories to tell for a long time to come.

    And get to drink some excellent margaritas.

  14. Well, that just sounds like the best honeymoon plan ever! Paperwork/immigration stuff is such a headache, why not wait it out in a beautiful tropical location?

  15. Congratulations for your wedding ! Mexico is a nice place to live I have been there many times. Good luck and keep the excelent job

  16. I hear ya about wanting to skip winters! I was so happy this year to be baking away in Hong Kong rather than blizzard-ing Chicago!

    Also, a 6 month honeymoon? Super jealous! Can’t wait to read all about it

  17. I love the idea of a six month honeymoon! I’m getting married around the same time as you at the end of September and so hear you about being excited about being married rather than the wedding itself. Don’t get me wrong I’m sure it’ll be a fabulous day but it is just one day in hopefully a long marriage, and if I never have to care about seating plans or floral arrangements again I’ll be happy!

  18. Wow what a way to start a new life in a completely new country how exciting and what a great base to explore more new territory in Latin America. Good for you!

  19. (Semi-long-time reader, first time commenting, yikes!)

    CONGRATS on the wedding, and the upcoming honeymoon, and Italy, and tacos! I am SO looking forward to your posts from Mexico.

    P.S. I’m from the Silicon Valley, so if you’d like some ideas on what to do, hit me up! 😀

  20. Wow! mexico and finally Italy! what a plan! :)) i’m reading about tons of people who want to move to my country, so happy you like it that much! Living in Mexico for 6 months is such a good idea! i want to visit the country one day, so i will be waiting to read your stories from there! 🙂

  21. Awesome – I lived in Guadalajara for 4 months during an overseas exchange. You should definitely take the chance to visit there if you can. It is a massive city… and if you are in PV, it is pretty close by bus! Let me know if you need any tips on places to visit, and *ahem* restaurants for good eats.

  22. Congrats! If you’re looking for recommendations: I loved Sayulita – it’s just 45 minutes from PV and it’s full of all sorts of interesting people from all over the world.

  23. As a EU citizen I am marrying my Mexican husban and moving to Mexico for a while in October also. After that we are probably off to London. Or Spain. Or Italy. Who the hell knows 🙂 Good to see that there are other weirdos out there who likes to live life internationally! 🙂

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