9 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats in Mexico

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]



As we brace ourselves to move abroad for the third time in a few years, I look back and I know that squeezing our lives into a suitcase and leaving our native Barcelona was the best decision that we could have possibly made. Because when you move away, when […]


by Sheryle Verkley –

I’ve spent the last 10 years of my life living abroad, in one country or another. And along the way I’ve learned some truths about what it’s like to be an expat — some good things, some hard things, and everything in between. This article is for those potential expats […]

How To Apply For a Mexican Resident Card For The First Time


Editor’s Note: This article was first published in February 2014, and updated again in January of 2016.

The following article outlines the necessary steps that must be taken by foreigners who intend to live in Mexico (for non-lucrative purposes) to obtain a temporary or permanent resident card for the first time.

This process starts […]

Cheapest cities in the world based on cost of living


Are you a nomad on a low budget? Need to live on less than $800USD per month? This site reviews cities around the world with monthly cost of living ranging from $109USD in Indonesia to $748USD in Colombia, with selections in China, Egypt, Mexico, Sumatra, India, Russia, Syria, Vietnam, Argentina, Brasil, Turkey, and […]

4 Reasons Why Americans Retire in Ecuador

By Evan Tarver,

America is quickly becoming a land that is not ideal for retirees. With a comparatively high cost of living, rising healthcare costs and no 2016 cost-of-living increase in Social Security in the United States, many Americans are looking overseas for places to retire. Latin America, especially the northern parts of South […]

8 Things to Consider Before Bringing your Car to Mexico


Readers often ask me whether or not they should bring their car with them when they move to Mexico. Although I normally recommend against it, I do recognize that it might be the best option for some people.

To assist people in their decision making process, I’ve created a list of eight things […]