Neil Haapamaki chats with Go Hunt Life about him and his wife Sara having “good jobs” to yanking the ripcord and following their passion. They left their Toronto careers, friends and family to follow their entrepreneur passion and bought an old house in Merida Mexico that they converted to The Diplomat Boutique Hotel.
Liquidating all of their assets and buying a property in Mexico.
Looking at 30 different properties and choosing the last one with one catch…they couldn’t take photos of it.
A 4 month timeline to get the construction process completed before their first guest arrived with another catch…they didn’t speak any Spanish and it turned out they didn’t have to. They needed to speak Mayan, yeah Mayan.
Entrepreneurship in a foreign land has it’s own set of unique challenges and they’ve had to tackle plenty in just under 3 years. We catch up to Neil less than 3 years after their exit from the normal life to see if their dream of “We can do this, we can do this better.” has come true.
Tune into the Go Hunt Life podcast July 5th to hear Neil’s inspiring story about what it took for them to go from the Toronto Rat Race to Hoteliers in Mexico.