Tips for Expats
Our Tips for Expats will keep you informed with useful tips while living in Mexico.
Transform your new Homehanging residence is not an easy task, and it becomes even more difficult when you change not only your location but move abroad to a different language and culture. That is why it is important that the house you choose to live in becomes a home where you are happy the time of your stay in our country. Here are some tips you can follow to make your home a cozier place where you enjoy spending time:
Top 5 Museums in Mexico CityIn Mexico City there are more than 170 museums and 43 galleries, which places us among the 10 cities in the world with more cultural enclosures. Here are some these spots:
Books about Mexico and MexicansMexico is one of the most multiethnic countries in the world, full of culture and history; which is why several writers have captured important passages of the history of our country in their books. These are some volumes:
Where to learn about expositions, entertainment and special events?Where to learn about expositions, entertainment and special events?
It is practically impossible to get bored in Mexico, as there are so many possibilities to have fun all year round and affordable for any budget. You don´t have to leave the city in order to have days full of culture, gastronomic diversity and great activities for all the family.
You can find thorough information in the following sites:
The Power of SimplicitySimplify, Have Fun, Honor your Agreements
"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." Confucius.
Life can be simple or complicated. The more things we accumulate in our day, the more complicated life becomes. We are so busy as we run from one activity to another, trying frantically to do everything and then adding even more. Do, do, do so that we can have more and more. How can we enjoy life in this merry-go-round? First, we must do less. Do less so that we can enjoy more. Ask yourself, what is the most important?
The Christmas "Aguinaldo" in Mexico
Christmas bonus is an amount of money given by companies to employees in the public or private sector to face end-of-year expenses such as Holiday vacations and gifts.
Originally this benefit was only a reward that the employer gave voluntarily to workers as celebration, but since 1970 it was established as obligatory for companies. It is given to employees in addition to their salary.
What is meditating? What are the reasons to meditate? And how does meditation help children?
What is meditating? It is finding the right place, at the right moment, where "something" connects in your interior and is like the "spark of the ignition", it is the touch of light that makes you more aware of yourself, of your place in the universe and your relationship with the environment. That fraction of a second is the wonderful feeling of feeling connected to whatever you are feeling. "To meditate is to find yourself and your relationship with the wisdom of the environment ...", says Kia Scherr.
Reasons to meditate? Most people have their own needs and reasons: manage stress, be and feel healthier, even stay younger, because by meditating you keep alert of the sensations and needs of your body, taking care of it, improving the Blood pressure and increase concentration, seek to be happy, find the harmonic balance and you place in that space.
3 Steps to Help your Kid Adapt to a New Country
When moving out of our country its natural to leave some habits and routines behind and get ready for a fresh tomorrow. Change might be very helpful for our family if it’s about improving our habits and costumes, nevertheless, parents must be aware of an essential characteristic of childhood. Children like routine. It makes them feel comfortable, it helps them develop good habits and overall it makes them feel safe because they are doing what they already know
Driving in Mexico City
It is strongly recommended to first get an introduction to driving rules in Mexico City.
Here you can find some basic driving tips:
- The use of the honk is very common. It is usually used to alert others when passing an intersection without stopping, frustration and encourage others to move faster.
- Since the city is huge a navigation App, such as "WAZE" is very good to avoid traffic jams.
- If you get lost you can ask people with great knowledge in the city like taxi drivers.
Tips for Landlords & TenantsBefore you move in, landlord is expected to keep their property clean, safe and livable.
The landlord is in charge of:
- Keep safe basic structural elements of the building
- Supply of cold and hot water,
Home search recommendationsExpatPoint Relocation Services will listen carefully to your needs and preferences. Our team will screen prospective properties carefully so you visit only those properties in accordance with your needs and company policies. Your Relocation Officer will be with you at the time of selecting a house or apartment and throughout the lease negotiation, thus you have a trustworthy experience. Nonetheless, please keep in mind the following recommendations:
5 Experiences you Must not Miss While Living in MexicoWhile living in a big city, there may be times where you would like to enjoy new things with your family and your partner. Among these things, there are some awesome experiences hidden within or near the outskirts of the city suitable for all ages and budgets and you don’t want to miss. From getting immersed in a city designed for kids, to experiencing a place with sports for all the family, here are our picks: read more...
Tips to breathe easy at high altitudesMoving into a new country is not always easy: time switch, climate, food and especially altitude can alter anyone. Our city is located in Valley of Mexico (Valle de México), a large gorge in the high plateaus in the center of the country, at an altitude of 2,240 meters, which can cause discomfort to newcomers. The aches caused by the height are varied, because not everyone is affected the same way. A lot may not experience any change at all and others might feel sick. Some of the symptoms of altitude sickness are the following: – Lightheadedness – Intense headache – Nausea and vomiting – Insomnia – Fatigue and general exhaustion – Tachycardia – Difficulty breathing read more...
Kids vs JetlagBabies
Help your baby tell the difference between night and day by following the next steps:
- Keep all the curtains closed and try to keep the noise down at night.
- Keep your regular activities through the day, even though your baby falls asleep. Be patient, your little one will not be able to take a proper nap for a few days. read more...
What document do I need to rent a home in Mexico?All landlords require renters to have a Mexican co-signer or "Fiador". If the “Fiador” is your Company, you would only need to provide a copy of your ID (Passport). Your immigration documents are not requested to lease a property in Mexico. Your employer would need to provide the deed of incorporation (“Acta constitutiva”) and proof of ID of the legal representative. If a company acts as a “Fiador” the value of the business serves as collateral. read more...
Utility Costs: when, where and how to pay themWhether you live in a house, a condo or an apartment you have to pay utility costs in order to have and enjoy basic services every month. For example:
- Water: is billed every two months and the cost depends on the area where you live. It can be paid in most banks, supermarkets, convenience stores and government offices.
- LP gas: it is used in most stoves, ovens, water heaters, washing machines and clothes dryers. Provided by a truck, you can arrange a periodic fill-up or wait for one passing by. A medium size tank will hold up to 2-3 weeks and the price is set by the government.
Eco ChristmasThe holiday season has arrived, As we know, one of the most important decoration for this magical season is and will always be, the beautiful Christmas tree. We all know ecologically speaking that our world is really suffering, and if we have the opportunity to make a small difference, let´s make the most of it! So why not instead of buying natural trees, you rent them? Think about it, a real one stays a couple of weeks at home and then goes to the trash. However, if you lease it, you will still have a beautiful ornament with great smell but when the festivities are over, it will return to a forest. read more...
Where to adopt pets in Mexico CityFortunately, nowadays there are a lot of people interested in protecting animals by creating centers in order to place them in loving homes so they have a completely different life than the one they had before being rescued. read more...
Where to buy organic productsDue to our hectic lifestyle, it is sometimes difficult to choose what to eat, since there is a wide variety of options. For example, you go to the store and find many types of milk: whole, lactose-free, for children and for the elderly. As a result, you may not know which one to pick and end up including fare in your diet that will not provide the nutrients you need. read more...
New Rules for Garbage Collection in Mexico CityAs of July 8th. 2017, the City Government created a new compulsory form for garbage collection. We must separate wastes and deposit them according to the following categories:
Rainy season in Mexico CityThose of us who live in the Capital City of the Mexican Republic have great benefits because we have privileged weather, but when it rains we must take certain precautions. Mornings can be very sunny, but beware because it will probably rain heavily during the evening or at night, so make sure to carry an umbrella, raincoat, and comfortable shoes. Don't forget things can get complicated if the water level raises, so if you're walking when a heavy storm begins, go to a safe place immediately. If you are driving and get stuck in traffic here are some safety tips: . read more...
The Expat wife
The role of an expat wife is much more complex than people assume, even more, if she also is a mother.
She must get involved in each aspect of the new living country, from the most important matters like, choosing the best school and education for their kids, a new place to live, meet supermarkets, the operation of public services, to the least important but still important, which is to start making new friends and if it it´s the case, learn a new language. read more...
Blogs about Mexico
As we know every country has its own traditions, its own culture, and undoubtedly getting to know all this from the country you are visiting, can be very amazing and at the same time gratifying. In fact, even better if somebody else, who already has the experience of living in the country, could share with you tips to improve your personal experience during your stay.
Learning takes time and patience, especially when you move to a foreign country very different from your home country, you might get lonely and generally think that there is not a person who understands what you are going through. In case you have ever felt this way before, you must know that you are not alone there are thousands of people who have been through the same, and could help you during your process of adaptation. read more...
Mixed Tourism Promotion Fund
The Leisure Industry is an organization from Mexico´s City Government, that implements, advises and finances programs, this organization plans and performs with the only purpose of promoting tourism in our capital city.
Thus it is a good idea to keep in touch with this information and be aware of the different options the city has to offer.
On September 2013, a new organizational structure that allows the fund to easily perform its corresponding functions by law got on the beam. Subsequently, there is a 5-year plan that will end in 2018 and enables the following:
- To position Mexico City as headquarter for big events and a known receptor for congresses, exhibitions, etc.
- To promote Mexico City in three basic levels: local, nationwide and international.
- Boost strategic projects that are both innovative and creative. , read more...
Living in a different country or city may have its unexpected situations, this is why considering to have a tenant insurance might be an excellent idea for you. Whether you rent a studio, an apartment or a house you need to protect your personal belongings as well as the people who either live with you or visit you. We would like you to prevent any type of bitter situation such as: party guests causing damage or a fire emergency, which would require you to pay a great amount of money.
Every day, homes and apartments are broken into, people experience fires, floods, falling objects, or just happens to have a visitor who gets injured at home.
You might think that you don´t have much of real value, but what if everything you own was stolen or destroyed, and you had to replace everything at once. read more...
Whether you live alone or with family, in a condo or in a single home, it is vital to be cautious to prevent any disturbances or possible robbery. With some basic, but very useful tips you can make some changes and avoid unwanted situations:
- Always pretend that someone is at home by turning on some lights and even the radio or the television.
- If you are leaving on vacation, ask your neighbor to pick up your mail and make sure you lock correctly windows and doors.
- Your valuable objects must be secure always, read more...
Gratifications in Mexico
There are all kinds of jobs in our country, sure you will be surprised with all the help we have around here and you may wonder if you need to tip everyone. Here are some typical examples:
- Taxis: if they see you are not from around, drivers will try to charge an extra fee which is basically a tip, keep in mind you are not obligated and it is not recommended to do so as the rates already include their service.
- Restaurants: waitressing usually has a very low basic income, so most of the earning comes from tips, for a good service it´s recommended to give 10% of the total bill and for an excellent service 15%.
- Gas station: when you need to fill the gas tank, there is no need to fill it yourself, because there are people who can help you. read more...
Living with roomies
If it is the first time you are sharing an apartment with someone else, here are some useful tips to consider.Ask for basic information. Since all the contact is primarily through a web platform, it is important that you ask questions like where your roommates work or where they are from, how old they are, etc. This may seem obvious, but some people tend to forget about it.
When meeting your future roommates, be sure to talk about important topics that involve details you have to live on a daily basis, read more...
What is required for my spouse to work in Mexico?If you are not Mexican you are not allowed to work in the country unless you have the appropriate documentation filled out and the government's authorization.
- Temporary resident card.
- Fee payment voucher.
- Job offer that indicates the activities to be performed, workplace, amount of time and the certificate of registration of the employer
Reading is always an entertainment for the mind, as we can learn about history or create a different world full of fantasy. To gain a little bit of culture you do not have to waste money on new books. Instead, you can visit many of the public libraries that we have in our city.
Here are some of our recommendations:
- The Mexican Library inaugurated in 1946, is located in the neighborhood of Cuauhtémoc. It has over 40,000 volumes placed all over its beautiful historic building where you can also enjoy many cultural activities such as exhibitions and plays.
- The National Mexican Library is located inside the National University (UNAM) read more...
Mexico is one of the largest cities in the world so it is important that you become familiar with all the current transportation services we have in order to choose the best one to get to your destination on time. The services provided are: subway, metrobus, trolley bus, microbus, RTP and taxis. Usually, 75% of Mexican people use these public means of transportation on a daily basis, but here are the ones we recommend for expats: The subway is a very fast and convenient option to get around. It has 12 lines throughout the city, read more...