Suggestions and Tips

for Traveling to Mexico

Destinations/Mexico section is a daily log of our adventures and mishaps, as we experience them in real time. This section is an excellent tool if you are looking for a preview of the area you are planning to visit for the first time. Go to Destinations/Mexico .

 

 

Dave's Photo Studio.

  • Free E-Cards. Send a free e-card from any photo in Dave's Photo Studio announcing your next vacation to family and friends. Hover over top of the desired print and click on "E-Card". 

  • Print Orders. Hover over top of the desired print and click on the "Buy Print" to order literally any size, style, and medium of prints you can think of on the online order form. Your order will be processed through Fotomoto and Bay Photo Lab's on-demand printing, packaging, and shipping services all over the world.

 

Travel Tips. Here (scroll down) you will find a handy resource page of good-to-know information including links for planning your trip, suggested products we use and recommend, health and hygiene for each travel destination, cost-effective saving tips so you can travel more, and information on why medical tourism is booming in Mexico and other overseas locations. 

Health Information for Travelers to Mexico

 

Why Buy

Travel Insurance?

We use World Nomad Travel Insurance for peace-of-mind. As a pilot for 20+ years, I know the importance of learning through other's mistakes. I have included a real-life story that convinced us of the value of Traveler Insurance.

 

A Story That Shows the Importance of Getting Travel Insurance: Read more at https://www.johnnyjet.com/story-importance-getting-travel-insurance/

Or go to FAQs and get all the information you need to sign up online anytime.

Medical Tourism

is Booming in Mexico

Medical Tourism Magazine: Mexico has since opened its doors widely to medical travelers from around the world. https://patientsbeyondborders.com/mexico

 

Patients Without Borders:  Mexico has in recent years come into its own as a global healthcare hub, offering patients an array of specialties and procedures that now begin to rival its competitor nations in Asia. https://patientsbeyondborders.com/mexico


Paul McTaggart, CEO and founder of Dental Departures and former Expedia executive Star partnered with Patients Beyond Borders's unbiased content and clinic reviews, the partnership helps patients do the research necessary to identify high-quality dentistry options with discounts as high as 70%.

Medical Departures https://www.medicaldepartures.com/search_result/mexico|180286

Dental Departures:

https://www.dentaldepartures.com/search_result/mexico|180288

 

Read about my experience with Dental Services in Bucerias, Mexico

Or click here and wait as it takes a while to bring you directly to the article: Read our story about my experience with Dental costs in Bucerias, Mexico. 

 

Why I Prefer to Get My Health Care in Latin America: "The U.S. health insurance policy I canceled when we left the states about a year ago covered my healthy wife and me with a $10,000 annual deductible.  The premium was scheduled to initially increase to over $600 per month and would skyrocket to well over $1,000 per month by now. In Mexico, my slightly better insurance, including coverage that extends to visits in the U.S., is about $200 per month. That extra $800 per month in my bank account is a nice lifestyle boost, especially in Mexico.

https://www.nextavenue.org/prefer-get-health-care-latin-america/

 

Medical Tourism is Booming in Mexico: "Tijuana, Mexicali, and other border towns continue to be popular for medical tourism, but Cancun, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta are increasingly common because they're known as tourist destinations among English-speakers, says Datta, who runs the Medical Tourism Corporation."

https://psmag.com/economics/medical-tourism-is-booming-in-mexico

 
 

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All the products displayed are ones that we use ourselves and certify that the research that goes into purchasing them is based on use, durability, effectiveness and, most importantly, our budget. Whenever possible, we use affiliate links. You will not pay more when buying a product through our links. Affiliate links combine the joy of buying with the joy of assisting others in their travel planning. Many thanks for stopping by.

 

Darn Tough Vertex 1/4 Ultra-Light Cushion Sock - Women's

 unconditionally guaranteed for life.

The best socks we have found for hiking: comfortable, light-weight, durable, stays dry, washes easily, dries fast. We take 4 pairs each trip.

  • Nylon, Merino Wool, Lycra, Spandex

  • Performance Fit: No slipping, no bunching, and no blisters.

  • Fast Action Wicking: Pulls moisture away from skin. Fast drying.

Darn Tough Vertex 1/4 Ultra-Light Cushion Sock - Women's

Darn Tough Coolmax Vertex 1/4 Ultra-Light Cushion Sock - Men's

 unconditionally guaranteed for life.

 

The best socks we have found for hiking: comfortable, light-weight, durable, stays dry, washes easily, dries fast. We take 4 pairs each trip.

  • Polyester, Nylon, Lycra Spandex

  • Performance Fit: No slipping, no bunching, and no blisters.

  • Fast Action Wicking: Pulls moisture away from skin. Fast drying.

 

 

Darn Tough Coolmax Vertex 1/4 Ultra-Light Cushion Sock - Men's

World Nomad Travel Insurance 

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Our experts keep you safe and informed, before, during and after you travel. We can help you navigate the risks, and are there to support you when things go wrong.

 

 

World Nomad Travel Insurance 

PUMA Men's Tsugi Apex Solid Sneaker

 

Dave's favorite shoe for long 8-mile hikes  in Mexico, Spain and Portugal in comfort and blister free.

 

  • 100% Textile

  • Easy to keep clean with a quick brush up
  • Breathable

  • soft comfort

  • Tsugi

  • Fashion Lifestyle Sneaker​

 

PUMA Men's Tsugi Apex Solid Sneaker

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- Nomadic Matt Kepnes, author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day

Earlier this year I woke up with Plantar Fascitis. Crocs and these crew shoes were the only shoes my feet could tolerate for three months. Although the symptoms of the Plantar Fasciitis have finally worn away, I can now walk 5 to 8 miles without pain thanks to these crew shoes.

  • Easy to keep clean with just a shoe brush

  • Wedge rocker heel for superior shock absorption.

  • Extra cushioning

  • Protective SpillGuard membrane under synthetic mesh

  • breathability and soft comfort

  • Padded collar and tongue

  • 60% Polyester/40% Cotton

  • Imported

  • Machine Wash

  • 5.75-ounce, 65 percent cotton/35 percent polyester plaited jersey knit

  • Fast dry technology wicks away

Sansbug Mosquito Tent

 

For the squeamish among us, the Sansbug mosquito-free and bug-free tent provides a peaceful sleep no matter where your traveling. Super easy to pop open and fold away.

 

The Sansbug has been used by the US and Canadian military, disaster response volunteers in Haiti and Puerto Rico, ecologists in Madagascar and doctors in the Amazon. It can also be used as a baby bug tent.

 

Sansbug Mosquito Tent

iCorer Extra Large Pop Up Instant Portable Outdoors 3-4 Person Beach Cabana Tent Sun Shade Shelter Sets Up in Seconds, Blue

 

We wanted to stay on the beach for the day - but not in direct sun. Umbrellas and blankets are always available. Having our daypacks, beach blankets and beach food inside a tent while we play in the waves, was worth giving it a try. Plus we could happily fall asleep "on the beach" anytime without fear of getting sunburned. 

iCorer Extra Large Pop Up Instant Portable Outdoors 3-4 Person Beach Cabana Tent Sun Shade Shelter Sets Up in Seconds, Blue

GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier

[+ Filter] Bottle

 

  • Ideal for global traveling, outdoor adventures, emergency preparedness, hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, survival

  • Fast and easy-to-use, simply Fill. Press. Drink. No sucking, squeezing, pumping, prolonged waiting, ultraviolet bulbs, or batteries

  • Award-winning [ONE PRESS] design makes clean, purified drinking water in only 15 seconds from virtually any fresh water source in the world

  • Removes 99.9999% of viruses (e.g. Hepatitis A, SARS, Rotavirus); 99.9999% of disease-causing bacteria (e.g. E. coli, Salmonella, Cholera); and 99.999% of protozoan cysts (e.g. Giardia, Cryptosporidium)

  • Filters particulates (e.g. sediment, silt), many chemicals (e.g. chlorine, benzene) and heavy metals (e.g. lead, arsenic); zero aftertaste, eliminates bad odors, improves clarity and flavor

Lewis N Clark Expandable Packing Cube Set of 2 Midnight

 

 

We love these suitcase organizers. They come in several sizes. Each one can be assigned for a different type of clothing. They have come in handy for electronic charges and cords, first aid products, and toiletries.​

 

 

Lewis N Clark Expandable Packing Cube Set of 2 Midnight

Lewis and Clark Hanging Toiletry Bag

 

As a retired Flight Attendant for 20 years, my wife swears this is the best toiletry bag ever. It is trifold, with large pockets, sturdy material heavy duty handles that unsnapped when needed to wrap around the shower rod. Easy to use in the shower right from the hanging bag so all products remained ready to pack again.

Lewis and Clark Hanging Toiletry Bag

ScubaPro Phoenix 2 Semi Dry Snorkel

 

*Totally Dry Snorkel *Top prevents water from entering *Perfect for the novice to the experienced snorkeler *Smooth bore silicone flex tube *One-way purge valve for effortless clearing *Comfortable replaceable curved silicone mouthpiece/standard size (Optional: Small mouthpiece available see below to order) *Durable universal snorkel keeper included *COLORS: Blue, Black, Clear or Yellow * FULL MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY *SCUBA diving equipment

ScubaPro Phoenix 2 Semi Dry Snorkel

ScubaPro Solara Scuba Diving Mask

 

The classic low-volume dual lens SOLARA is built with an impact-resistant polycarbonate frame for strength and durability. The hypoallergenic silicone skirt with double-feathered edge is super-comfortable and provides a watertight seal on virtually all face shapes. A non-slip strap and easy-adjust buckles let you dial in a comfortable fit.

 

ScubaPro Solara Scuba Diving Mask

TORTUGA BACKPACK

PETKIT EVERSWEET

Dog Cat Water Fountain

We leave Bandit home for weeks knowing he is being fed and watered while we away. Of course, during our Wisconsin winters, the house water is turned off. In that case, the Eversweet water fountain can be used as a backup. Can't wait to try it next winter!

For more details, click this link: 

PETKIT EVERSWEET

Dog Cat Water Fountain

SureFlap DualScan Microchip Cat Door

 

Bandit is not a good travel cat so the Microchip cat door was a no-brainer for us to try. It's been one year and Bandit, Dave and I continue to be amazed at how freeing it made us.

 

The SureFlap cat door has a double antenna, which reads a cat’s microchip which allows entry to just his microchip. His food and water are indoors and that keeps him from wandering away. We all love it!

The learning process consisted of gently prodding Bandit out the cat-door and calling him back in through the cat-door. It didn't take long for him to get the concept.

 

 

SureFlap DualScan Microchip Cat Door

Automatic Pet Feeder Food Dispenser

The Automatic Pet Feeder is incredible! It took a bit of figuring out the quantity of food Bandit would need 4-times a day. It is now set for 1-1/2 cups a day which works perfectly. When filled, it lasts Bandit approximately four weeks before refilling is needed.

 

The cat-food blend that Bandit eats up is made of an equal amount of Max Cat adult food, Crave adult cat food with 40% protein, and Temptations catnip fever snacks.

 

Its been almost one year since we purchased the Automatic Cat Feeder and it works flawlessly. Since our neighbor checks our house daily, the auto cat feeder is simple enough to monitor. The rest is automatic!  Click here for details.

Automatic Pet Feeder Food Dispenser

TORTUGA BACKPACK

AquaPurr eC  

The Cat Fountain You Never Clean

 

 

We leave Bandit home for weeks knowing he is doing well. Of course, during our Wisconsin winter, the water is turned off. In that case, I leave a gallon-jug of water next to several clean water bowls to make it easy for our wonderful next-door-neighbor to monitor Bandit's water conveniently.

 

We have not put up our AquaPUrr eC but are looking forward to setting it up for the summer. Here'a video on how it works. https://youtu.be/r5Kcz4F7e3A

 

AquaPurr eC  

The Cat Fountain You Never Clean

Disclaimer. At no additional cost to you: All Over The Map Travel Ventures is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon and affiliated sites.  (FTC 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising.)

 

All the products displayed are ones that we use ourselves and certify that the research that goes into purchasing them is based on use, durability, effectiveness and, most importantly, our budget. Whenever possible, we use affiliate links. You will not pay more when buying a product through our links. Affiliate links combine the joy of buying with the joy of assisting others in their travel planning. Many thanks for stopping by.