As retired high school teacher and financial writer Andrew Hallam and his American wife Pele relax near their camper van parked at Lakeside, it seems a good moment for general reflection.
“I’m actually not in Mexico to promote my books. I consider it more of a hiding spot!” he quipped.
Clearly, things can get hectic for Hallam, author of “The Millionaire Teacher” and “Millionaire Expat—How to Build Wealth Living Overseas” and a person who has been described as a millionaire on a middle class salary. (In 2014 at the age of 44, he retired from his full time teaching job.) Hallam gave 90 educational talks around the world last year, he explains, and since the couple arrived in Ajijic in February for a lengthy breather during their road trip from British Colombia to Argentina, they have jetted off for speaking gigs in Amsterdam, Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong, mainland China and Switzerland – and come back to Ajijic – before continuing their drive south.
Yet, even though the Hallams are no strangers to the charms of globe trotting, Andrew (with significant organizational assistance from Pele) maintains his feet firmly on the path of the teacher.
“Education is the enemy of exploitation,” he says, quoting an aphorism apropos for someone who has been an educator much of his life.
Starting from a career as a high school English and personal finance teacher in Canada, he morphed into a financial education writer and in 2011 published “The Millionaire Teacher,” thus combining both his areas of expertise. The short book (184 pages), perhaps best described as a get-satisfaction rather than a get-rich book, was ranked number one by Amazon in personal finance and number 12 overall.