New Habitat: Mexico Housing

After arriving in our new city of Queretaro, one of the first orders of business was to find a place of our own to rent.  As I intend to stay for at least a full year in Mexico, I was prepared to sign a lease to see if more favourable pricing could be secured.

It was very nice of our friend Linda to allow us to stay with her, but after a week in the city, it was time to start house hunting.  Before leaving Canada, I had been put in contact with a leasing agent who would locate properties for us to consider, and then take care of the details necessary to secure a rental property.  As with many things in Mexico, it seems that this is somewhat more complicated than it is in Canada.

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Plan Z: Build an Online Will to Protect Your Interests

I’ve honestly never been too concerned about the big ‘what if’ in life, but with taking on the kind of risk involved in such a long road trip (not to mention , it just made sense to start thinking about how to protect everybody I care about if I should end up on the ‘Plan Z’ exit path.

None of us ever want to think about this ride ending.  But let’s be honest: Sometimes things go horribly wrong, and being prepared is the best way to take care of those who are important to you.  That means maintaining a current and legally binding will.

As I prepared for a major relocation to Mexico and the subsequent lifestyle change from living the “regular” employed routine in Canada, thinking about putting a will in place wasn’t a fun exercise.  Even so, I knew I had to get something in place.

The amount of driving involved in getting from Calgary, Canada to Queretaro, Mexico made me consider the risks involved.   There is no doubt that I will be engaging in what is the most (statistically) dangerous mode of mass transportation – driving a private automobile.  The trip will involve over 4,200 km (2,600 miles) of driving, most of which will be conducted at highway speeds.

Getting to where I am going requires driving.  A lot of driving.  And that is dangerous.

As I started to contemplate this task, I was immediately faced with a thorny question: What does it take to get a proper legal will in place?

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