Opening Up A Co-op House For Single Moms: Living In Merida, Mexico

We’ve almost reached the 2nd-month mark of living in Merida, Mexico, and this past week I did something I have been dreaming about for a while now. I signed a three-year lease on a single mom guest co-op house right here in Merida, Mexico. Let me explain more.

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I found a beautiful 8 bedroom/ 4 bathroom home that I have decided to turn into a guest house for members of my Single Moms DO Travel FB group. This is going to be absolutely amazing, and I can’t believe how quickly everything is happening.

We DO need your HELP with this guest house. In order for us to get it up and running, we need help getting the place furnished. It came completely unfurnished.

With our first round of donations, we were able to purchase the refrigerator, stove, blender, microwave, some pots, and cooking utensils.

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Out of my own money, I purchased the sofa and living room rug. I have total faith that we will raise the funds to cover that soon! I didn’t want to miss out on the sale that Sears was having on the sofa so I took a risk and bought it. It is beautiful. I’d love to add some side tables, plants, floor cushions, and two more chairs to the living room space.

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Such a comfy sofa!

I am looking to complete the living room and dining room area by the end of June before moving onto the first guest bedroom. It all depends on donations.

If you would like to DONATE, please do so by clicking here. Every donation helps and is greatly appreciated.

I plan on renting the rooms at a low price and some for free for moms in exchange for their unique offerings.

This will also serve as the girls and I’s personal home. We will occupy three of the 8 bedrooms for now.

All of this is completely unexpected but that is typically how my life works. I set out to do one thing and the Universe has this funny way of taking me down the path I am supposed to go down. So much has happened since I last updated you all about living in Merida, Mexico.

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Loving my pallet bed. Mia painted all the pallets!

Not only did we get this beautiful home/ guest house but we also have the possibility of being on a TV show! How exciting is that? I can’t give any details about the show but I hope to find out soon if we are actually going to be on it. If not, it was still a great opportunity that I am so grateful for.

As many of you know, my three daughters and I have been living out of three backpacks for the past three years.

We have tried to create a home base three times in those two years but none of those worked. This time is different. We didn’t have to try when it came to Merida. The city felt right immediately, and I knew I just needed to find the perfect home for us.

We found it and it has been one big adventure ever since. I used, Barbara Blanco, my transition specialist for everything. She called about the house since the owners only speak Spanish. Actually, that is how I found out it had 8 bedrooms. I thought it had 4 originally!

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Moving furniture into the new home with Barby.

She negotiated the contract, signed the contract as my guaranteer, helped me set up the internet, helped get furniture ordered and delivered, and so much more. I don’t know how any of this would have been possible without her. Seriously!

My emotions are everywhere right now. When I first put the nonrefundable deposit on this house, I had a complete breakdown in the middle of the night. I wanted to walk away from it even if that meant losing all that money. It scared me to be following such a big dream.

What if I failed?

What if I disappointed others?

What if I hated it?

Even the thought of buying furniture terrified me. I got rid of all my possession to travel the world full-time. That act was life-changing. I found absolute freedom in life by releasing my attachment to stuff. Would I lose that if I started buying things again?

Something I haven’t really spoken about since we started our journey of full-time travel two years ago, was how much I used to love decorating my home. It brought me so much joy and I’ve missed crafting and decorating. Now I get to make crafts and decorate 8 bedrooms!

In my panic that night, two friends talked me down. The worst that can happen is that it doesn’t work out. I don’t believe that will be the case but with that being the worst of it, it doesn’t sound so bad. Yes, it is scary but it is also pretty wonderful.

I am learning so much already.

All About The House

Let me describe the house to you since I am restricted on actually sharing pictures on social media right now due to the possibility of being on the TV show. I will say that not being able to share pictures really makes it challenging to crowdfund. I’ve shared some in this post and I am truly hoping that is okay.

The house is completely gated with a beautiful iron gate surrounding it.

There is a spacious living room area and dining room area downstairs as well as a large kitchen. The three guest rooms are also downstairs and each has its own private bathroom.

I am hesitant to call this a hostel because I think hostels bring to mind shared bedrooms and bunk beds. That is not the case here. If you can think of a better name, please leave me a comment below with your suggestion

Two of the guest bedrooms will have two queen size beds in them and beautiful hammocks, plus a desk, and walk-in closets. The other can only fit one full sized bed and a hammock. Guest will have a shared garden space in front of their bedrooms.

The house is very old and has beautiful Jewish characters throughout the house. It also has an indoor/outdoor feel to it which is typical of large homes here in Merida. I am going for a total boho style and I can only imagine how beautiful it will be when I am done.

Currently, there is no AC in the house but this house is designed well and stays nice and cool with the airflow and ceiling fans. The guest bedrooms stay especially cool because of how they were designed. It is almost shocking.

I do plan on putting an AC unit in the shared living room space. Electricity is super cheap if you do not have AC.

Once AC is added, it can get very expensive. In order to keep the cost very low for single moms, I will not be adding AC to the bedrooms.

I also can’t wait to share pictures as we move along. So far we have raised about $1300 of our $7000 goal and I am so thankful. This would not be possible without all of you.

Who Can Book A Room?

I have had many people reach out and ask if the co-op house is only for single moms. The answer is YES with some exceptions. The exceptions are family and friends of mine and possibly single fathers who I know personally. This co-op house is for members of my Single Moms DO Travel FB group.

If you are not familiar with the group, it is a community of single moms who have pushed past their limiting beliefs and are working towards or have created the lives of their dreams.

I believe single moms can do it all and I am on a personal mission of changing the typical single mom narrative of struggle to one of total empowerment.

If you are interested in booking a room in the future, please send me an email to amoya@trippinmomma.com.

What Is The Purpose Of The House?

The purpose of this home is to give single moms the opportunity to try out traveling and living abroad without the huge accommodation expense that can sometimes come along with renting off of Airbnb or Booking.

Also, often single moms are scared to try out travel and living abroad by themselves in a foreign country. Moms will have other moms here with them taking away the fear of having to do things alone.

I am opening up my home because I know how scary it can be to travel alone. I am hoping this spreads all over the world and more places like this open up specifically for single parents.

The Neighborhood

I absolutely love our neighborhood. We are in the Miguel Aleman neighborhood which is halfway between Centro and the North where a lot of the big malls are. There is an awesome playground nearby with carnival rides for little ones and food trucks.

There is a laundry place three doors down. I actually paid $2 to have my clothes washed, dried, and folded the other day. Next door and is a beauty salon. I need to find out if they do nails too!

There is a market nearby and an Economica Concina. An Economica Concina is the best thing ever! Basically, they make homemade food for a low cost of about $2 or $3 A meal. The plates are large and can often feed more than one person. I am not a huge fan of cooking so this is a lifesaver. The food is delicious and the menu is huge!

We also have grocery delivery and Uber eats so you don’t ever have to leave the house if you don’t want to. Actually, they can even delivery money, alcohol, medicine, plus much more! Did I mention doctors will come to your house as well if you get sick?

Getting Around

Public transportation is awesome in Merida. I personally use rideshare apps to get around. The cost anywhere from $1.50 to $5.00 depending on the distance. I use Indriver but a lot of people use Uber. Unfortunately, my Uber account is not working so I can’t use them.

My teenagers use the bus with their friends. Using the bus will save you a ton of money on transportation.

Single Mom Community

One of the best things about Merida is the single mom community here. I can’t express enough how thankful I am for it. We do not hang out with each other all the time. Some moms hang out with each other more than others. I have actually been so busy with the new house that I haven’t been hanging out as much as of the late. But having them here does make this magical city even better.

I know that I am not alone and I have a great group of women I can depend on.

My kids also have their own friends which has been such a nice change from when were traveling full-time.

If you are not already a member if my FB group SIngle Moms DO Travel, please join today and if you want to help get this hostel up and running, please donate by clicking here. I can’t wait to share more!

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