At last! The “Slow Travel Guide to Living in Antigua Guatemala” is finally here!
After what now seems like ages ago, I set out to create a guide to help fellow travelers and future expats make a smooth transition into Antigua Guatemala and provide up-to-date information about the cost of living in Antigua Guatemala.
I figured writing a guidebook would be just like writing a series of blog posts with a few pictures thrown in – boy, was I massively wrong. Writing and preparing this guide, at least the way I envisioned it, was a lot more work than I originally bargained for. What started as an outline for a book that would be about six or seven chapters long ballooned to a massive eighteen chapters!
Suddenly, the pictures I had planned to sprinkle throughout the book did not cut it anymore. I upgraded my camera, learned about photo composition and a bunch of other useful things needed to take great pictures. A few months ago I discovered that amazing photos could be taken using a technique called High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography. The OK photos from my point-and-shoot cameras weren’t going to cut it anymore, so I invested time and effort into becoming knowledgeable in the art of HDR photography.
I’m no expert on HDR photography yet, but the photo below won third place in the local magazine’s – Revue Mag – monthly photo contest, for which I was super excited. I can now say I’m a “published photographer,” which is cool. Well, so the photo is on page 88 and terribly cropped, but no matter. It’s always special to see one’s work in print for the first time.
My writing also improved. Nothing like editing and revising a 450-page book to sharpen skills a bit.
I also became a lot more knowledgeable about Guatemalan bureaucracy and the many hoops it makes even short-term visitors jump through. Thankfully, I documented those situations on the spot, since I knew I’d be writing a book eventually.
While it was very hard work – I felt like giving up a couple of times – I stuck through it. The result is what I hope is a massively useful book that helps a lot of people making a move to Antigua Guatemala.
Cost of Living in Guatemala
Many people say living in a Central American country is cheap. Well, that’s not true, especially of Antigua, which can be very expensive depending on which Real Estate agent you talk to. In the book, you’ll learn how to stay clear of expat traps, which is why I made an effort to lay out prices for everything I could think of so that you would have a clear idea of what items cost and how to set up a budget before you get here. No pie-in-the-sky numbers, but real information.
I’m thankful for all the people who have written in, via the blog, Facebook, or through e-mails with your questions. You were really helpful in giving me an insight into how varied the reasons are for people wanting to leave their homeland, move to a foreign country and what sort of thing they were looking for. I’ve already met some readers that have visited on scouting trips and even helped some that have made the move already.
I’m already looking for ways to improve the book, so if you do buy it (wife, daughter and I thank you profusely!), reach out to me if any crucial questions for you went unanswered in the book. Download a sample chapter of the book by clicking the ad-box above. This book is iPad-ready and comes in PDF format, which should be readable on any device, including the Kindle.
Looking forward to meeting with you in Antigua Guatemala!