8 Reasons Why Traveling Is Good for Your Health


Traveling is one of the best things that you can do for your health. It helps your physical and mental health, with many travelers saying that it’s also excellent for the soul.

Sure, there are some stressful and worrying moments. But overall, when you get out on the road and visit new countries you gain in far more ways. This isn’t about just international travel, either. Traveling your own country and being a tourist in your own town can be so beneficially at the same time.

There are no limits when it comes to traveling, except for what you can afford. You can sight-see around some of your most dreamed about countries or choose exotic adventures. Go by rails, car, or even by boat. There are just so many options, and they will all help you in ways that you have never imagined.

It’s time to save up and plan your next vacation. Get out the itinerary and start enjoying your life in ways so many travelers do. Here are eight reasons traveling is so good for the health, both mentally and physically.

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15 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid When Visiting Mexico


Story by Jim Foreman
We’ve all been there. We’ve all made that first trip to Mexico, as green as a cucumber.What’s more, everyone, it seems, from the news, family, and friends will try to impart some conventional wisdom. The problem is that these same people offering their advice have either never been to Mexico or went so long ago, the memories are grossly embellished.Originally this was going to be only ‘6 Rookie Mistakes.’ As the thoughts and situations kept appearing, the number rose to 8, 10, 13 and finally 15. Truthfully, this list could have exceeded 16, 18 or 20 points. Sticking with the self-imposed limit of 15, take a moment to ponder, read, and think about what’s listed below. These can mean the difference between a ‘Meh’ trip and a wonderfully memorable journey.The list below isn’t about rules to follow such as not driving at night or taking the toll roads. Instead, these are some key details and perspectives that will make your first trip and future trips memorable and enjoyable.

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9 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats in Mexico

By Betsy Burlingame, from

IMSS vs Seguro Publico vs Private Health insurance

Expats in Mexico share tips for choosing health insurance in Mexico. The discuss the difference between IMSS, Seguro Publico and Private Health Insurance. Plus, they talk about quality of care, prescription drugs, hospitals and having major surgery in Mexico. If you have additional advice for newcomers, please take a minute to add it in the comment section below.

An expat in Monterrey, Mexico offered advice about healthcare in Mexico. She said, “it depends on finances and age. If you’re a professional moving to Mexico for business reasons, then you’ll no doubt be given a private insurance plan. For those still young, private insurance is cheaper than in the USA but still ultimately unaffordable. Those working for public or private sector employers should automatically be enlisted in the IMSS which is our national system free to the user. Roughy equivalent to the UK’s NHS, if you need something major it is excellent. For minor problems you may care to go private. Besides the IMSS, if you’re not working you can enroll in the govenment’s Seguro Popular system which is probably a bit inferior to the IMSS but again will protect you against major events. Next, I recommend paying monthly to subscribe to a private ambulance/outpatient service such as EMME. The price is reasonable and they come quickly with a fully equipped ambulance and medical team. They also have an outpatient walk-in centre open until late.”

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By Sarah B., from

Maybe you made a New Years travel resolution. Maybe you were flicking through Instagram and decided you should see the alps in person. Here’s how to guarantee that you follow through on your travel resolution. Whether you’re dreaming of a three month tour of SE Asia or working up the courage to get out of your town and live the location independent lifestyle, you’ll need a change agent that sets everything in motion.

To be honest, I’ve never been a New Year’s Resolution kind of person. Expecting self-transformation because of a numeral on the calendar feels unrealistic to me. If you’re really motivated but 2017 sees you with the same work routine, habits, and life structure as you’ve always had — the barriers to change are too high. The travel resolution is not going to happen.

So let’s fix that. It’s kind of a cheat, and I’m a huge fan of cheats when it comes to accomplishing goals.

So: there’s a huge checklist to go through if you want to travel, right? Wrong. A checklist is the best way to talk yourself out of travel. The checklist should come after the commitment’s already made.

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Medellín Living 2016 Reader Survey Results

Our 2016 Medellín Reader survey was run over a period of three weeks. The survey was promoted on the Medellín Living website and also via emails to readers. We received a total of 722 complete survey responses.  We promised to share the survey results with readers.

This article provides our survey results. We want to thank all of our survey respondents.  Your survey responses will help us improve the Medellín Living site over the next year.

We also offered the opportunity to win a 300,000 peso gift certificate to Carmen restaurant as an incentive to respond to the survey. Terence, an expat from Holland living in Medellín, is the lucky winner.

Our reader survey wasn’t scientific and it wasn’t intended to be. It was intended to survey the Medellín Living reader base.  As a result we can improve the website to better meet the needs of readers.

Our survey was in English and the Medellín Living site is in English.  Therefore it wouldn’t include responses from those that don’t speak English.

However, the survey had a high response rate. So it can be used to find out some interesting information about visitors to Medellín, those considering moving to Medellín and expats actually living in Medellín.

I am not aware of another survey that has surveyed over 200 expat visitors to Medellín, plus over 200 expats considering moving to Medellín as well as over 200 expats living in Medellín. But this survey did.

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A Guide To The Regional Cuisines Of Mexico


“Mexican food” is a misnomer, or, at least, woefully inadequate to describe the many distinct regional cuisines that encompass the term. The pork dish cochito, ubiquitous in Chiapas, might be a mystery to someone in Tamaulipas. Recently, when a (now-shuttered) burrito place opened in an upscale Mexico City neighborhood, the press coverage was careful to clarify what, exactly, a burrito is.

Of course, there are dishes you can find throughout Mexico (just as you can find gumbo in almost any U.S. city), but even these often come with regional variations (the miniature red-masa enchiladas potosinas vs. the flat stacked enchiladas sonorenses, for example), and neighboring states often lay claim to dishes best known in a certain area. Apologies in advance for any generalizations, but here are some of the most famous regional Mexican cuisines you might encounter in Mexico and elsewhere.

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How to survive your first months in Mexico


Your first months of eating tacos and substances you’ve never tasted before, spicy food, arriving (too) early at appointments or dates, struggling with pronunciation and Spanish words and sentences, not understanding Mexican slang or idioms, getting stared at by your new neighbours, driving around in crazy traffic and confusing streets, enjoying the sun and good weather… I could continue for a while. The first months in a new country… or should I say the first days, weeks, or years? The amount of time you need to survive cultural differences and other difficulties may take as long as you need in order to feel comfortable and at home. For that, you can use the following tips at your own pace.

As a cultural anthropologist who has done fieldwork in Indonesia and Mexico, I know that those first months can be tough. Anthropologists use a beautifully designed cycle that everyone abroad will go through. The cycle consists of four phases: The honeymoon phase – The critical period – The initial recovery – and Adjustment. The ultimate goal of passing through this cycle (in the world of anthropology) is ‘to go native‘, in other words: To adapt to the way of life of the country that you are (temporarily) living in. Since it’s a cycle, there is no clear beginning or end and the cycle may start all over again or repeat some of its phases. For those interested, let me tell you some more about this cycle and the context of my experiences in Mexico.


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6 Faces of Guadalajara – Discovering Mexico Overlooked By Tourists

We came to Guadalajara by chance. Without knowing anything about Mexico, we were attracted by its manageable size (compared to that of Mexico City), a reputation of safety and cheap plane tickets. A composite of 3 cities – Guadalajara proper, Zapopan and Tlaquepaque, it’s a 4 million people urbanity, the second largest in Mexico. We spent here two months exploring the metropolitan without rushing. Our first encounter with Mexico, in Guadalajara I tried my first Taco de pastor, our 3-year-old beat his first piñata. And we made our first Mexican friends. Open, courteous and humble, mexicans don’t need a lot of time to win you over.

Guadalajara suffers from some of the same maladies many cities of its size often do: pollution, urban sprawl, lacking or not well maintained public infrastructure. But if you are willing to overlook that, you’ll discover a place rich in history and character, not bent by the demands of tourism. In fact, during our time there, most of the tourists we saw were Mexicans from other parts of the country. And that’s the promise of Guadalajara: an immersion into a modern Mexican life, connected to its past, and beaming with culture and creativity.

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Great website for weather research

The Forecast Reimagined

Traditional forecasts tend to be either too simplified or too verbose. We strike a balance and summarize the day with precisely the key pieces of information that are relevant to know.

This gives you a forecast that is at the same time quick and easy to read, while not skipping details that are actually important.

We also offer hour by hour graphs and the unique SparkRadar, a single image capturing the motion of the precipitation around you for the last 12 hours.

Thinking of vacationing or moving abroad. This website will help you with comparisons of areas. Open several browser tabs so you can get side-by-side comparisons of different areas you are considering. It gives you monthly temperatures, wind, humidity, clouds, and more.

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7 of the Top Places U.S. Expats Are Living in Latin America (and Why)

By Park,

The U.S. State Department estimates that there are currently 6.32 million Americans living overseas, in over 160 countries.  But where exactly are they choosing to reside?

Thanks to a new interactive map that uses migration data from the United Nations Population Division, we can now tell where Americans are living abroad (as well as nationals of any other foreign country).

Not surprisingly, many of the countries that top the list of popular destinations for U.S. citizens are located just to the south, in Latin America.  Due in part to their proximity, pleasant climates, and affordability, the countries of Central and South America are a natural choice for would-be expats who are looking to experience something new.

Here are a few of the most popular countries U.S. immigrants choose, along with what makes them such desirable destinations.

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