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’ve learned, and what their experience might teach you about Mexico family travel.

EER120: Driving in Mexico & Across Mexico with Kids

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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 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 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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  • 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 and false fears about driving in Mexico
  • 35:16 Off-the-radar places in Mexico


  • 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



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  1. Jason, I am in the middle of listening to this episode and wanted to let you know that you CAN listen to OverDrive ebooks on Kindles! I have a Kindle Papewhite that I use to read OverDrive books (I love that it has a gentle backlight but doesn’t have the distractions or blue light of a tablet) and, as a librarian, I’ve helped people get set up with all types of Kindles. When OverDrive first started, it wasn’t compatible with Kindles, but they reached an agreement with amazon several years ago.
    Here are links from amazon and OverDrive with instructions:

    Hope this helps you and your young readers!

    • Thank you, Angie. I can’t remember what I said in that episode, but perhaps I misspoke. The problem is when we are overseas. We can’t get new books when we’re on an ISP outside the United States, I think. And we can’t use a VPN on a Kindle. If I’m mistaken or if you know a way around it, please let me know. We spend far too much on books and would love for our kids to use and appreciate public libraries!!!