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Download the ebook: Don't Go There. It's Not Safe. You'll Die. And Other More Rational Advice for Overlanding Mexico and Central America.

Ebook front cover.At long last, our crowning achievement is finished after several days of nonstop work, excluding that night we went through a bottle of rum and two bottles of wine, of course. In the process of painstakingly recounting our trials and tribulations for your enjoyment, we've gained a profound understanding as to why so many writers are alcoholics.

Introducing: Don't Go There. It's Not Safe. You'll Die. And Other More Rational Advice for Overlanding Mexico and Central America.

So what's this all about? In case the title isn't clear (blame Jessica) it's a guide for people who want to travel by car in Mexico and Central America. It is filled with information we gained during our eight-month journey from Seattle to Panama. It also contains advice for planning and preparing for an overlanding trip based on the hundreds of hours of research we did before leaving home.

Best of all, it's free! No strings attached. All that we ask is that you pass the word along and share the book with others.


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What's Inside?

  • 315 pages of advice on planning, what to expect on the road, and specific information about each country between the USA and Panama.
  • How to choose a route and departure date.
  • Planning a budget, itinerary and more mundane preparations such as immunizations and insurance.
  • Tips for choosing, buying and outfitting your vehicle.
  • Advice from us and other overlanders about our favorite gear and modifications we've made to our vehicles.
  • How to handle money while you travel.
  • Advice for staying safe on the road.
  • What to expect in terms of the language barrier, accommodation options and how to stay connected via phone and internet.
  • Country-specific information such as border crossings, expenses, phone and wifi reports, road conditions and tips for saving money.

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#12 Tiffer 2014-01-07 21:53
What a great travel resource. Stayed up way too late last night reading over half of it and taking notes. I'm putting together a motorcycle trip so there are a few sections that don't apply, but I read them anyway. Interesting, educational and entertaining.
#11 Kate 2013-11-07 22:14
Thanks for the excellent (and free!) book. Just a note that the San Felipe Campground just outside of Oaxaca, Mexico has now re-opened and in addition to 14 full hook up campsites, we also have 3 cottages available. Thanks for letting us post this.
#10 Lily 2013-08-29 11:58
This is fantastic! Thank you so much for putting it together. I can't wait for the South America version - any idea when it will be out? :)
#9 Jessicam 2013-06-03 16:19
Hi Tyrhone,
Check out wikioverland.or g and the forums on HorizonsUnlimit ed. Both have great info on buying cars and motorcycles in various countries, esp Mexico. Good luck!
#8 Tyrhone 2013-06-03 16:13
Great book which I am sure will come in handy. My girlfriend and I are in Mexico and from Australia/Engla nd respectively. Do you by any chance have any ideas about foreigners buying a car in Mexico or the states and then driving through Central and South America? Or perhaps you could point me in the direction of someone who does?

Thanks very much for putting this ebook out for free.

#7 theDangerz 2013-03-20 13:45
your border and internet info has always been helpful on the road.
we are crossing into honduras (and hopefully nicaragua) today and i look forward to the reading material if we dont make it all the way through. It would have been a bit more helpful a year ago...but that might have required more run and wine ;)
#6 Jessicam 2013-01-14 20:42
Yes, of course, print away! As long as you don't sell it, this book is free to distribute however you like. Thanks!
Leanne Mackenzie
#5 Leanne Mackenzie 2013-01-10 16:32
I've just downloaded your ebook and am thinking of printing it up to have available for travelers to peruse on their way through our campground in El Tule Oaxaca. Would that be OK?
Thanks in advance, any and all information is always useful.
Scott Woodhams
#4 Scott Woodhams 2012-08-16 05:38
Thanks for taking the time to put his together! You guys are awesome. I wished I would have had some of the this before we left on our Central America trip! You can check us out at
#3 Martin 2012-08-16 05:31
Excellent writing and thanks for taking the time to publish. Enough nuggets of information to fill a whole Land Rover Defender roofrack!
#2 Pawel 2012-08-16 01:23
way(s) to go :)
#1 James 2012-08-16 00:28
You guys are awesome for putting this together, going to save the future overlanders a lot of headache.

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