Metier and Bolotin: adventures on the road in Mexico. Metier and Bolotin: adventures on the road in Mexico.

1-year Mexico roadtrip subject of new book

Couple's adventures, challenges and more are chronicled

For those with an adventurous spirit or an unfulfilled desire to get out and see more of the world, a new book about traveling overland through Mexico may well offer some extra inspiration to pack up and hit the road.


Available for free download as an e-book, Our Year on the Road & Living in Mexico provides a firsthand account of one couple’s experiences of selling most of their possessions and leaving their comfortable home in Arizona to head across the southern border in pursuit of new adventures before it’s too late.

Subtitled Adventures, Challenges, Triumphs, Lessons Learned, the book chronicles the journey of the book’s author Chuck Bolotin and his wife Jet Metier across the border to Mexicali, down the Baja peninsula and Pacific coast of mainland Mexico, inland to expatriate retiree hotspots Lake Chapala and San Miguel de Allende and eventually all the way to the Yucatán peninsula and the Belize border.

Bolotin offers his observations about food, life in small-town Mexico, culture, new friends, health care, speaking Spanish and a whole lot more as they travel in their van, accompanied by their two dogs.

In a chapter entitled “How Living in Mexico Can Give You a Lifestyle Upgrade” he describes how his dollars, when converted into pesos, stretch a lot further than back home and allow him and his wife to live much more luxuriously than they could afford to otherwise.

The book has received some positive reviews.

“Chuck Bolotin has a unique way of combining interesting information, funny stories and practical tips for traveling in a light and readable way . . . . This is a great book for people new to international travel and life in any country, just like its author was new to it when the book starts,” wrote Jonathan Look, founder of the website Life Part 2.


“In this book, Chuck Bolotin and Jet Metier undertake a great adventure that most only dream about, ‘pulling the rope’ so to speak, throwing ‘good sense’ and ‘caution’ to the wind,” offered Mike Cobb, chairman and CEO of real estate developer ECI Development

“Follow Chuck and Jet’s adventure across Mexico to see if you too can make the decision to cut loose and enjoy a more vivid and exciting ride of life.”

Bolotin is the founder of the website Best Places in the World to Retire.

Mexico News Daily

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  • Sean Griffin

    this is by no means newsworthy.

    • Three score and ten

      Maybe not, but it was nice to see something that wasn’t about crooked politicians, narcos, Americans that drink too much.

    • Güerito

      I’m sure the editor meant to put this in Lifestyle. You’re right that it has no news value whatsoever.

  • Mike S

    It is nice to hear stories like this. It shows that ordinary people who are not involved in criminal activities can travel safely in Mexico and that ordinary Mexicans are wonderful, helpful, welcoming, and really nice people. The average gullible, fearful, Trump hillbilly without a passport glued to Fox News & living in places like Oklahoma, Alabama, and Kentucky have totally distorted views of Mexico.

    • ben

      this NYC cosmopolitan trump supporter (who lives in mexico) DIS agrees w/you. stero type lately? more tourist murders in resorts than i can count especially carmen de playa. its a feel good story which is fine. people do travel thru 3rd world pits w/out a problem. perhaps they took a safe route & traveled by day.

      • Mike S

        Twenty six million Americans visited Mx last year. Over 2 million live there full or part-time. 220 American citizens were murdered in Mx and 150 of those were involved in criminal activity. That is an exceedingly low murder rate. So, for law-abiding Americans, Mx is safer than 90% of the US. Your fear and paranoia aren’t backed by the facts. Sounds like your the one living in cubical.

        • ben

          wrong. the tourists murdered in the last few years were consentrated in a 2 tourist beach areas. also there were 11 expats murdered in one & a half years in chapala area. i digress it was 9, & 2 more in 2014.that makes 11. these were normal retirees. i do not count anyone who kept bad company. im not my brothers keeper & i dont care one way or another what people do. why do you care what i think? or rather what i know.

      • Mike S

        Trump’s approval rating in NYC (where he is very well known) now stands at 19%…lowest of any president in modern history. I see why you left. Maybe Saudi Arabia or Russia would have been a better destination….they love him there. His approval rating in Mx is 5%- lowest of ANY US president in modern times. You’re in the wrong country!

        • ben

          what does DTs approval rating have to do w/violence against tourists?duh. why even bring him into the picture? What does russia have to do w/this? cant comeup w/any thing else? parrot media headline talking points? hello!! the artical was not about trump or russia. whats wrong you? your on the wrong channel. i can live where i choose & its none of your business.

          • Mike S

            You’re the one who brought up you are from NY, a Trump supporter, and living in Mx like that gives you some special insight.

          • ben

            you mentioned trump & alabama. i was showing you your ignorance. approval ratings does not create murder against tourists. get that straight. you stero type people. im 10 steps ahead of you. your narrative is predictable, mine isnt.

        • ben

          i still live there busy body. there are many trump supporters in NY. you old washer woman.