EER120: Driving in Mexico & Across Mexico with Kids

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The Koria family have been driving in Mexico and across the country for well over a year now. In this episode of Epic Education Radio, we hear about where they've been, what they're learned, and what their experience might teach you about Mexico family travel.

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Driving Across Mexico with Kids

Lots of people plan a family holiday in Mexico, but few drive across Mexico for a year or more. That's exactly what Cree Koria and her family are doing right now.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia (my hometown!), Cree and her husband sold their house, loaded the kids, two dogs and some travel gear into their car and drove into Mexico. Fast forward to today and they've driven across the Mexico twice already, seeing much of the country along the way.

Why Mexico? Why now? It all started with a health scare that left Cree blind in one eye. That's when she and her husband decided not to wait to travel in Mexico any longer.

Driving in Mexico

I ask Cree about some of the most common questions she gets about traveling and driving in Mexico. The most common relate to safety. In contrast to what you see on the news in the US, Mexico has been a very safe traveling traveling experience for them, she explains.

As for driving in Mexico, she does suggest only driving during the day. Most people assume she's referring to "bandidos" at night. She's not. Instead, she's talking more about poorly-lit roads, potholes, and animals on the highway. In many Mexican states, the roads are not well lit, and you may not see the cow sleeping on the road until you're right upon it. Without as many fences, livestock often lie on the road at night because it's warm. If you think hitting a pothole at night is bad, imagine hitting a heifer!

In many Mexican states, the roads are not well lit, and you may not see the cow sleeping on the road until you're right upon it. Without as many fences, livestock often lies on the road at night because it's warm. If you think hitting a pothole at night is bad, imagine hitting a heifer!

These are just a few topics covered in our conversation. Listen in as we discuss education, resources, driving in Mexico with a US-based car, and more.

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IN THIS EPISODE

  • 02:00 Intro
  • 03:40 Origins as a traveling family
  • 09:36 Education while driving through Mexico with kids
  • 16:12 Driving in Mexico with a US-plated car
  • 17:30 Tips for driving in Mexico
  • 21:51 Money
  • 23:52 Internet in Mexico
  • 27:08 Family Travel Gear
  • 29:58 Families in Mexico on Facebook
  • 32:02 Common questions & false fears about driving in Mexico
  • 35:16 Off-the-radar places in Mexico

ABOUT

  • Names: Cree Koria, her husband Alpesh and their two sons, now 6 and 12 years old.
  • Hold passports from: USA
  • Type of travel: Overland travel in Mexico
  • A few places they've been: Cozumel, Merida & Chelem in the Yucatan Peninsula, Ajijic, Guadalajara, San Miguel de Allende, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, San Pancho & Sayulita and many other great Mexican destinations for families

IN THEIR BAGS

FIND THEM ON

Nomad-ish |Nomad-ish on FB | Families in Mexico Facebook Group

Full-on family travel fundamentals. Epic Education Radio is interviews, stories and advice for people who decide to make travel a priority in their family's life...and for those who want to. Tune in each week to hear stories and advice from new traveling families, and hear how they've handled various family travel-related issues like education, socialization, working, budgeting, accommodation, road-parenting, safety, technology and more. We talk gear, websites, apps and other resources for traveling & nomadic families, and answer questions from those who would like to do something similar.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. This means, at no extra cost to you, we might receive a small commission if you make a purchase or book using those links. My opinions are my own and I only recommend places/services that I believe will genuinely help you driving in Mexico and traveling with kids.

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