Vital information for newcomers to Mexico highlighted in new ebook by former AP writer

February 13, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
“50 Things You Must Know Before You Travel to Mexico” is a new ebook hot off the keyboard of writer James Truett, who has lived in Baja for more than 10 years.

“The book is so full of vital information that even someone who has lived in Mexico for years can learn from it,” says reviewer Bruce Berger, an award-winning writer with more than 30 years as a part-time resident of Baja California himself. “For the newcomer, reading this book is a necessary act.”

The 105-page downloadable ebook, offered by TrueStar Publishing for $19.95, is packed with practical information only a long-time resident would know from years of frustrating and expensive trial and error. For information on buying the ebook, visit:

In addition to sections on how to handle financial matters, communications, personal safety, basic legal and cultural issues, Truett, a former Associated Press Writer, offers an extensive epilogue with commentary on Mexican life and culture.

“I wanted to write something that would fill in areas usually left out of travel guides and brochures,” says Truett. “Too many people get down here without a clue about how life really is. This information will prepare them and reduce or eliminate many of the frustrations they encounter.”

In the book, Truett addresses the many tasks that often frustrate newcomers to Mexico, such as:

•How to change money quickly, easily and get the best rate.

•How to use your credit cards safely and securely.

•How to keep in touch with friends and family without running up a huge long distance bill.

•An easy way to get local currency even before you leave home.

•Important tips about using the phone system.

•How to avoid being the victim of theft or fraud.

•A run down on insurance for travelers and expatriates.

•The real meaning of “amigo”.

•Cultural aspects of time.

As an added bonus, buyers of the ebook also receive the ebook “Recipes from South of the Border” with 240 favorite Mexican recipes, access to a web site with an extensive list of resources especially for travelers and expatriates, plus a searchable directory of 4,065 Mexico-related web sites.

The Mexican Travel Resources section of the companion web site includes links for money exchange services, travel insurance, international medical insurance, travel safety products, Mexican auto insurance, travel friendly credit cards, broadband phone service, international long distance calling cards, Spanish language programs, as well as details on U.S. and Canadian Consulates in Mexico, and Mexican Consulates in the U.S. and Canada — all in one place.

“I’ve seen so many people come to Mexico for a short visit, or even to retire here, but they have no idea how different things are here,” Truett says. “Despite Mexico’s proximity to the U.S., once you’re across the border, you’re definitely not in Kansas anymore.”

Truett also recently completed a free Special Report called “Taming Montezuma Before He Puts You on the Run: A Guide to Travelers Diarrhea” The 15-page report on the latest tips for avoiding Moctezuma’s Revenge is available for free by going to:

For more information or to download the ebook, “50 Things You Must Know Before You Travel to Mexico,” visit: