With constantly changing exchange rates and unclear reasons as to what causes this, it can be difficult to understand currency and get the most for your money. You want to exchange at the right time to maximize your spending potential before you head out on your vacation.Continue reading “Understanding Money Currencies: U.S., Canada, and Mexico”
If you’re interested in planning an unforgettable trip to a tropical paradise that blooms with culture and radiates vibrancy, Mexico is the destination for you. As with any destination, planning a trip to Mexico requires proper planning to ensure that your vacation is exactly what you hoped it would be. When planning your trip, there are many factors to consider, from when to visit and how to get there to what documentation you’ll need to provide. To ensure you check off all the essential boxes before you take off, follow this guide on how to plan a Mexican vacation.Continue reading “How to Plan a Mexican Vacation”
If you’re planning a trip south of the border, you’ll need to invest in car insurance to travel to Mexico. Not only is it required, but it’s also essential for keeping you safe—both legally and financially.Continue reading “Full Coverage vs. Liability Coverage in Mexico”
When planning an exciting Mexican vacation, insurance might not be the first thing on your mind. However, purchasing a quality plan is crucial. Not only is it legally required to have Mexican auto insurance, but such coverage could prevent you from serious legal and financial trouble if an accident occurs. There are many places to purchase Mexican auto insurance—including right at the border. While buying insurance at the border may sound convenient, procrastinating isn’t typically the most effective strategy. Before you leave purchasing insurance to the last minute, consider these reasons not to buy insurance at Mexico’s border.Continue reading “Reasons Not to Buy Insurance at Mexico’s Border”
When traveling abroad, few items are more important than your passport. If you lose your passport, your flight plans will become disrupted, and you’ll have to wait for an emergency replacement. To prevent this stressful situation from occurring, follow these tips on how to keep your passport safe while traveling.Continue reading “How to Keep Your Passport Safe While Traveling Abroad”
Whether you’re driving in the U.S. or Mexico, you must have car insurance. As such, failing to have it could get you into serious legal and financial trouble in the case of an accident. While some people choose to opt-out of car insurance in the hope that they won’t ever require it, this optimistic attitude won’t do them any favors when reality hits. To ensure you have the coverage you need, here are some common mistakes made when buying auto insurance that you should avoid.Continue reading “Common Mistakes Made When Buying Auto Insurance”
Before embarking on a road trip, it’s important to make sure that your car is working properly. Doing so will help you avoid any roadside disasters that could potentially ruin your trip, or worse, put you and your passengers in danger. If you’re planning an exciting voyage out on the open road, follow this pre-road trip car inspection checklist to ensure that your trip—and vehicle—run smoothly.Continue reading “Pre-Road Trip Car Inspection | Car Maintenance Checklist”
The best time to visit Mexico largely depends on what weather you want during your stay. For a relaxing vacation on the beach, you may want to visit during its hottest months while those looking to hike and explore ruins may prefer cooler temperatures. To determine which time of year is best for your visit, consult this guide to the weather and seasons in Mexico.Continue reading “Guide to the Weather and Seasons in Mexico”
Mexico is a diverse country filled with innumerable sights and activities to suit the travel style of any globetrotter. Besides luxurious beaches, the country offers a wide variety of cultural, culinary, and exhilarating experiences. From exploring underwater museums to rediscovering ancient ruins, these are some of the must-see attractions in Mexico to add to your travel bucket list.Continue reading “12 Must-See Attractions in Mexico to Add to Your Itinerary”
When planning an international vacation, don’t forget to apply for a passport. Passport books are a requirement for all international air travel and are valid for all destinations and travel methods. According to Forbes, “A grand total of 21.4 million passports were issued in the U.S., the highest number ever recorded.” If you aren’t sure how to acquire one of your own, follow this step-by-step guide on how to get a U.S. passport.
Step 1: Print the required forms
When applying for a passport for the first time, you’ll need to fill out a DS-11 form. You can acquire this form from any U.S. post office, by downloading a PDF version of the application, or by using an online Form Filler.
Step 2: Gather necessary documentation
To get a passport, you’ll need to provide photo identification and show proof of U.S. citizenship. If you were born in the United States, this documentation will include a valid government-issued photo ID and birth certificate. The city, county, or state of birth must issue the certificate and it must include your full name, date of birth, birthplace, and the name of your parent(s). If you were born outside of the United States, you must provide either a valid U.S. passport, a Certificate of Naturalization, a Certificate of Citizenship, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or Certification of Birth.
Step 3: Take your passport photo
All passport applications must include a color 2 by 2-inch photo taken within the last six months. The photo can’t be a selfie, use any filters, or have digital alterations. In addition, the photo should provide a clear image of the subject’s face and they should be standing in front of a white background. Make sure to remove any hats, glasses, or other accessories that could hide your face in any way.
Step 4: Pay the fee
In order to receive a passport, you’ll need to pay application and execution fees. Acceptable payment methods include a check or money order. These fees change periodically and depend on a variety of different factors. To give you an idea of how much money the passport will cost, you can use this fee calculator provided by the U.S. Department of State.
Step 5: Submit your application
After you have completed steps one through four, all you have to do is submit your application. The processing of your passport will typically take between six to eight weeks unless you pay the extra cost for expedited service. In this case, it could take as little as eight days to three weeks depending on your needs.
In addition to a passport, it’s also essential to have proper insurance when embarking on an international trip. If you’re travels take you south of the border, Lewis and Lewis Insurance Agency can provide you with Mexico tourist auto insurance. We also offer medical, boat, home, and kidnap and ransom insurance to keep you safe and protected.