Crossing the “Dangerous” Border and Driving Across Mexico

EFAM September Article

Ever since we announced or plans to retire and travel the world we have been the source of constant unsolicited advice by people who get their opinions from cable news regarding the hardships and danger. We just had another article published in “Escape From America Magazine” that discusses this and our retirement adventure.  This time I discuss our driving trip through “dangerous” Mexico and all the “hardships” we encountered after crossing the border in Laredo.

I know everyone is different and our experience is by definition unique but we had no unusual problems at all. The only thing I might do different next time is to take several more days en route to see the sights along the way. Mexico is a beautiful and highly diverse country.

While everyone needs to use common sense if you are afraid to come to Mexico because of the media hype, you are missing out on a very special place. During our drive we of course encountered desert but we also saw, lush forests, huge mountains and volcanoes, waterfalls, raging white water rivers, lush agricultural areas and more. Almost every different area had a different feel and depending on the area, different road side vendors selling every imaginable food item from strawberries and cream (fresas con crema) to drinks made with cold coconut milk and sugar (pozo frio), cactus fruit (tuna), to delicious barbeque.

We have also made several road trips around the Yucatan Peninsula during our stay so far and have encountered no problems other than where to stop for lunch and choosing what to see. Again, all experiences are different and trouble can find you anywhere but because we have not let fear paralyze us into staying home, we are getting to have a lot of experiences we might have otherwise had.


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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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