My New “Office”

  • January 4, 2011 by Corbett Barr

If they aren’t going to invite me on Cribs, I’ll just shoot my own. Indulge me for a few minutes while I show you our sweet new place in Mexico for the winter.

After shooting this I realized I forgot to show you what’s in the fridge. That’s what you do on Cribs, right? Well, it’s chock full of 40s of Pacifico. Actually, they don’t call ‘em 40s down here, but I was fibbing about my fridge being full of them anyway. There’s beer in there, but there’s also food. Maybe that’s why they haven’t asked me to be on Cribs yet?

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TrafficColeman January 4, 2011 at 6:15 am

Corbett just send that video in to MTV..they might just use bro..have an good time..

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Ivonne Vazquez January 4, 2011 at 6:17 am

Fabulous! This is what we should all do for the winter and part of the big picture plan for anyone working virtually. Congratulations and enjoy in good health!

PS…you wouldn’t happen to need a Spanish speaking virtual assistant, bNyany chance?!? :)

Corbett January 4, 2011 at 9:41 pm

No assistant needed, but perhaps a virtual spanish teacher would be useful ;)

Carl Hancock January 4, 2011 at 6:58 am

Very nice! Where on the west coast is that exactly? We won’t be going for 3 months but we do head to Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan for a month next week to stay in a house we are renting.

If you don’t mind me asking where is that located and what is the rent running for a 3 month stay? That place is super nice so I’d be interested in specifics on finding a place like that out there.

Corbett January 4, 2011 at 9:43 pm

We’re in the Costalegre, which is the stretch between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta. It’s a nice area with several sleepy little towns. Rents can range between $200 a month for a very basic 1 bedroom to $5,000 a month for a beachfront house with a pool, etc. It really depends on the circumstances. Email me if you need more detail.

Joshua | The Minimalists January 4, 2011 at 7:33 am


Your whole “working from the beach in Mexico” story is a very compelling story. I have a lot a great things going on this year (this quarter really) that will afford me the freedom and flexibility that you’ve achieved. Thanks for being an inspiration.

Take care,

Joshua Millburn

Corbett January 4, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Awesome Josh, congrats on the upcoming projects and best of luck.

Alan January 4, 2011 at 7:35 am

“Stoked” is the perfect word to describe a place like that. AWESOME.

Enjoy your winter!

Corbett January 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Oh good, that word isn’t out? I was afraid my slang was getting a little dated ;)

Lisa January 4, 2011 at 7:52 am

OMG the VIEW!! How awesome to wake up to that every morning!! I’m jealous…but just makes me wanna work harder!! I’m going to view this video every time I get frustrated with my progress lol!

James Schipper January 4, 2011 at 8:01 am

Excellent place! We are working on a plan for March at the moment. After realizing I never left the state last year (there is a lot to do here), we decided to get away for a bit. Something very sweet may have fallen in our lap the next day. Won’t be as long as your wintering, but it looks a bit similar :-)

Melissa Gorzelanczyk January 4, 2011 at 8:02 am

Awesome crib, Corbett. Today, it is snowing in Wisconsin. Which is why we are heading to Mexico in a few days to enjoy some time with your “office partner.”

Can’t wait!

Thanks for the preview!

Paul Oldford January 4, 2011 at 8:05 am

Very cool! How’s the K-6 school down there…might consider a move. Enjoy.

Corbett January 4, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I don’t know exactly, but I’m sure it would be an “experience” your kids would never forget.

Giber January 4, 2011 at 8:13 am


Awesome video!
My wife and I are thinking about doing this next year. So, I was wondering if you could answer these 3 questions?

1. Where is this place at?
2. Where did you find it?
3. What is the cost for those 3 months?

Thanks a bunch and much success to you this 2011!

Corbett January 4, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Hey Giber, see my answer to Carl above.

Eric January 4, 2011 at 8:16 am

Where you at in Mexico you lucky dog?!

No seriously this is a message for your pooch Corbett so if you can pass that along to have him get back to me that would be great!

Corbett January 4, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Oh yeah, I forgot to introduce Kinsey in the video. That’s our 12 year old Vizsla.

Barron January 4, 2011 at 8:35 am

Dude this is awesome! Thanks for giving us a glimpse. Totally inspirational!

Walt January 4, 2011 at 8:38 am

Very lovely Corbett! That’s the life eh.

Your Canuck friend.

Ryan Martin January 4, 2011 at 8:51 am

So awesome! Be sure to make surfing a priority on the list! Nothing like waking up, hitting the ocean, and catching a few waves.

So when will you allow backpacking bums to show up on ur doorstep?

Corbett January 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I’ll have to get back to you backpacking bums on that ;)

Julie Halsey January 4, 2011 at 9:01 am

Hey Corbett ! Thanks for sharing!! Your bragging is my inspiration!! After a slow first year of out my corporate job of exploring various business ideas and doing some consulting work – none of which really took off – have been toying with the idea of ‘getting the dreaded j.o.b.’ again. Seeing your video and going back to a couple of your other posts – kicked up the inspiration again!

Have a fabulous 3 months in Mexico ! Awesome place – and congratulations too for creating your desired life!!


Giber January 4, 2011 at 10:01 am

Hey Julie,
saw your comment and felt compelled to write a quick reply. I’ve been in the same boat as you. However, I kept focusing on the bigger picture and refused to get a job. Keep persevering and don’t lose the faith.

Tom January 4, 2011 at 10:04 am


Sarah January 4, 2011 at 10:05 am

Love this. Congrats on the move. I still say SF ain’t a bad place to be, but I admire your traveling and explorations. Have fun!! Looks like a sweet deal!

Corbett January 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Hell no, SF isn’t a bad place to be at all! It’s still our first choice, just not in the winter months.

Sean January 4, 2011 at 10:18 am

Pretty damn awesome. Simple as that.

Jenny January 4, 2011 at 10:39 am

A-MAZ-ING. I’m jealous. Right now where I’m at is cold and I hate the cold. I’d much rather be on some tropical paradise…. leaving in less than 3-weeks. Eeeeeee.

Congrats on finding an awesome new place!

jules January 4, 2011 at 10:56 am

Great Vista!

Elias January 4, 2011 at 11:33 am

Excellent video Corbett. I hope you enjoy your time in Mexico. I want to let you know that I just grabbed a copy of your free manifesto and will be looking forward to learn more from you and your sites. You are sure an inspiration to move on.
Just took action and created a basketball blog: but still feel lost about how to make a blog successful. It will be awesome to take that blog from non-existence to first page of google…
I select you as my hero/mentor to follow, if you don´t mind. Cheers for the new year!
P.S. Pacifico is a pretty good beer. Try Bohemia if you would like to taste a darker and a bit stronger beer.

Corbett January 4, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I don’t mind at all, Elias. Enjoy the manifesto and best of luck with the project. Let me know how it goes.

And yes, Bohemia is good as well. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried them all. Victoria is my standard choice.

Ryan January 4, 2011 at 11:54 am

Verrry cool Corbett! It’s always easier to work when it’s sunny and you don’t feel like you have to ;)

I’m sure it’ll be nice waking up to sunlight every morning.

Enjoy your stay! Hopefully you follow through and do more surfing then working :P


James M January 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Certainly something for me to be aspiring towards. I would love to spend some time in Mexico or other hot location in the winter time with my young family.

Michele Welch January 4, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Sweet! Shows you what hard work and determination can do, huh?

Awesome place and well deserved. It’s good to know you are enjoying your life… I’m sure it was a LOT of hard work at the onset to get to the place where you are at now.

You are definitely an inspiration…thanks for sharing this. It makes me want to persist even more. :-)


Corbett January 4, 2011 at 9:51 pm

There was definitely work involved, but the beauty is I honestly love what I do now, so it doesn’t seem so much like work, ya know?

Vicki Childs January 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Well you created just the right reaction with that one … first “THAT’S NOT FAIR!!” closely followed by “I WANT IT!!”
What better way to inspire us to get off our butts, stop planning and start making it happen!!
Good for you – you deserve it. Now move over so there’s room for me!!! ;)

Corbett January 4, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I’m always happy to inspire reactions like that! And don’t worry, there’s plenty of room for anybody who wants it.

wilson January 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm


Not much I can say but congrats on living the lifestyle you want and keep rocking man. Reminds me when I lived in Colombia with the family. No material needs just a pad and a nice view. What else can you ask for?

Corbett January 4, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I can’t complain. I’ll bet Colombia was pretty cool. I hear Cartagena is awesome.

Satya Colombo January 4, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Not bad my friend, not bad at all. :)

Krista (kristastes) January 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Looks amazing! Have a blast!!

Marnie January 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Great crib, Corbett. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was drooling over your ocean view. If only…(long, exaggerated sigh)

Sheryll January 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Absolutely amazing! Such good motivation to start planning my trip!

David Wang January 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Well you succeeded in making me jealous *grrr*

Chris C. Ducker January 5, 2011 at 3:39 am

Loved this post, Corbett.

Awesome stuff, buddy!


Marcin January 5, 2011 at 4:30 am

Hi Corbett. You don’t answer how much YOU PAY for the flat. Thanks. How much are apartments like yours.

Corbett January 5, 2011 at 7:35 am

Hey Marcin, take a look at for some prices. How much I pay has nothing to do with how much you’ll pay. It depends on who you know and what you negotiate, ya know?

Kathy Dobson January 5, 2011 at 6:21 am

Hi Corbett…
I navigated here from Chris Ducker’s blog ;)

I love all this “lifestyle design” stuff. I enjoyed your video very much and it’s a great example of the opportunities that are available to anyone looking to work online in this exciting age.

Ocean, ocean, ocean from every room…geez it’s really going to be tough working there this winter ;)

Great stuff Corbett…I will definitely be back…

Marcin January 5, 2011 at 7:06 am

And tell me where I can find cheep apartaments for rent in Mexico. I want go to Mexico in the next winter.

Kristi January 5, 2011 at 10:41 am

I want what you your having! I’m completely green with envy… Enjoy!

Nomadic Matt January 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm

no, I’m not jealous at all!

Jen Gresham January 5, 2011 at 8:07 pm

So are all your loyal readers invited down for a stay in the guest room? We are seriously thinking about following in your footsteps when hubby retires from the AF and spend part or all of a year in Mexico. Would love to check out some places and see how we like it. We have the added complication of a little one, but I’d love to get her fluent in Spanish the natural way.

I’ll email you and we can talk. Congrats on finding such a great place!!

Corbett January 5, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Kids seem to do really great down here. Every one we’ve met whose parents decided to live here part- or full-time from the U.S. or Canada have seemed to be really well-adjusted and smart children.

Congrats on the upcoming life change. How exciting!

Tony Ryan January 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Dude, that place was great. The sounds of waves could arguably the greatest background noise to work & live at. Congrats my friend…

Nicolas De Corte January 7, 2011 at 3:50 am

Wow! Awesome place you got there…

I have been wondering, if you’re a pro blogger, if it’s not better to have like a chalet in Alaska where you can’t do much else than writing for most of the year. Because you must have a lot of distraction over there.

But then again, if you have such an amazing place, you’ll probably do everything you can to keep it.

If you’d have issues filling that guest bedroom, I’d be glad to come over! :-)

Take care and have loads of fun!

Corbett January 7, 2011 at 9:45 am

Great question, I like to alternate between hibernation and having a lot of distractions around. The distractions tend to provide a lot of inspiration for writing. If you’re locked up in a room writing for a long period of time without doing anything interesting, your writing can go stale.

jay January 7, 2011 at 6:15 am

Thanks for sharing Corbett.

I’m familiar with and finding rental places for extended periods, but never in a different country. It would be valuable to see a post or more information on the entire process and things you would do differently, etc. For example it’s my understanding that you don’t need a business visit permit unless you’ll be there for more than 180 days.

So you can just simply find a place a to rent online somewhere, negotiate a deal, pack and go?

i guess it’s no different really then what we currently do, staying a week or so at a time. But we stay at resorts mostly or boutique hotels so I guess renting a place there would just be the added stress of trusting who you’re renting from.

Thanks again for sharing.

Corbett January 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

You can be in Mexico for up to 180 days on a tourist visa from most countries. As for finding a place, if it’s a new town we’ve never been to, I usually prefer to book a week somewhere ahead of time but then find longer-term accommodations after we arrive. There is less risk of overpaying or ending up somewhere that looks much better in pictures than in person.

Stanley Lee January 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I like the quality of the video. Have fun at your crib in Mexico on the third year.

Laura January 10, 2011 at 8:43 am

Love it! And I’m especially jealous considering how cold & snowy it is in the States right now :)

Scott Dinsmore January 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Is that the ‘office’ you were in when I just skyped with you? Unreal. What town you in? You’ll have to let us know what rents are like down there one of these days. My guess its a better deal than a house that size in SF, no?

Buen Viaje!


Corbett January 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Yeah, I was watching the ocean as we spoke. Rents here compared to an ocean-front place in SF? No comparison.

Gene January 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Inspirational, Corbett!


Have you been to Costa Rica? We love it down there. Pretty economical there too.

Robb Sutton January 11, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Rock on Corbett!!

Sure does beat the 8 inches of snow and iced in conditions I am currently experiencing in Atlanta. Have a blast over the winter.

Luis January 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm

You capture the essence of the goal very nicely my friend…


Ash @ The Middle Finger Project January 13, 2011 at 7:23 am

Sooooooooooooooooooooooo good thing you’ve got a guest bedroom because I’ll see you in, oh, say 24 hours as soon as I hop a plane? :p

Just kidding. But, wow. That’s amazing!

Mike Ziarko January 20, 2011 at 9:27 am

Wicked place Corbett! The location has been noted as a possible destination for my own future relocation :P

new york acting coaches February 5, 2011 at 12:30 am

Sure does beat the 8 inches of snow and iced in con­di­tions I am cur­rently expe­ri­enc­ing in Atlanta. Have a blast over the winter.

Alex May 30, 2012 at 2:28 am

Wow… really loving the background sounds of the ocean… I love constant sounds of water. Thanks for showing off a bit.

carolyn June 12, 2012 at 6:32 am

Wonderful! Looking forward to the day when and IF I will be blessed with a similar life style :)

Abbas Haruna August 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Waw….what a wonderful lifestyle! what a great place to work.
Good for fun good for work. That’s really amazing.

Matt Goldman December 12, 2012 at 9:11 pm

No way! That’s Barra, right?

I spent a month after college working/relaxing about a mile from Barra before starting full-time. It’s beautiful down there. Going back in a couple weeks!

Corbett Barr December 12, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Small world! Yep, that’s Barra. Good eye.

Cody Stevenson April 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Well I was going to say something fun… but now I just want some Pacifico :(

Sarah June 13, 2013 at 7:21 am

You’re a longboarder! Whoop, whoop!
You’re also a lucky b**&$%*d!

Sarah (a previous student of yours, surfer, Inspired Camper and remote worker in the UK) x

John January 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm

My wife and I spent a winter in Cartagena. It’s epic. So is this video. Way to go Corbett.

Julie Halsey January 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Hey Giber!
Thanks for the encouragement and the reminder! I will have to post the pic of Corbett’s place on my vision board for the reminder and daily inspiration!!


jay January 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

ah, great suggestion.

Elias January 7, 2011 at 11:47 am

Thank you Corbett. Something I forgot to ask you when looking at the video: Where is that beach at? I am planning to go to Puerto Vallarta or Cabo San Lucas in a couple of months for a weekend getaway. I have not been to either place and another choice or option could be good.

I look forward to a New Year of Lifestyle design learning and developing with you.

Your friend:

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