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Los Algodones Border Crossing

Los Algodones Mexico Border Crossing

Many thousands of snowbirds make their way annually from Canada and the US to Mexico. Many RV and many more drive to warmer destinations and sunnier climates. Often travelers are nervous with reports about drug cartels and have opted to stay home while others just “couldn’t” winter in any other destination.

Mexico road travel experts Bill and Dot Bell have been driving extensively in Mexico for 25 years and offer plenty of advice to make your road trip safer and easier. They also offer a match-making service, Travel Buddies, for people who want to drive together for security and companionship.

“For safety’s sake we suggest drivers read up on the basics for Mexican driving. Don’t drive at night. Get out of border areas as soon as possible. Start your drive days early,” says Dot Bell. “Informed travelers are safer drivers.”

The Bells started the Travel Buddy service for Mexico road travelers five years ago and is free. It lists newbies, caravans as well as experienced drivers that enjoy showing new travelers the roads. “We are pleased that there are drivers that just want to share Mexico with others. It is an amazingly beautiful and diverse country,” says Bell. “Travel Buddies helps build skills and gives confidence to others.”

To sign up for the Free Travel Buddy service, simply send an email to dot@ontheroadin.com and answer the “Five Magic Questions.”

  1. Name
  2. Which border will you cross
  3. When will you likely cross that border
  4. What is your destination
  5. How do people contact you (Facebook or email)

“We have helped hundreds of travels over the years” say Bill. “Become informed and have a wonderful vacation.”

See Travel Buddies here

Go to the Bell’s website at www.ontheroadin.com

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Pay Poor Tax ImageSnowbirds who call Nevada their home away from home could soon be paying more for the privilege of temporarily residing in the Silver State if proponents of Assembly Bill 405 have their way.

Currently, any individual 10 years of age or older who resides in Nevada for a period of 31 or more consecutive days is required to obtain a “seasonal” identification card, although it’s doubtful that most snowbirds are even aware of that requirement.

The current cost of the seasonal ID is $12, or $7 for seniors. If AB405 should become law, the price of that card will increase to $17 for everybody. Seasonal ID cards are valid for a period of four years.

Should AB405 become law snowbirds would be required to affix a seasonal decal to any vehicle not registered in the state of Nevada. As currently proposed, the cost for the decal will be $18, and it will have to be renewed every year.

For snowbirds driving a Class A motor coach and towing a passenger vehicle, the cost of visiting Nevada for an extended period of time increases $41, to a total of $53. That’s money those visitors presumably could have spent buying fuel, eating at restaurants and gambling in the state’s casinos.

AB405 was sponsored by Assemblyman Richard Carrillo, a Democrat who represents a portion of Clark County and is chair of that chamber’s Transportation Committee. One of the affiliations Carrillo lists on his webpage is the Alliance for Retired Americans.

The Nevada Assembly voted 40-1 Tuesday to forward the bill to the Senate for its consideration. The Legislature’s last scheduled day of business is June 3.

“Assembly Bill 405 reminds me of the issue with the RVers and dry camping back in 2006,” said Connie Davis, executive director of the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce. “The economic impact that issue caused was tremendous, due to the fact that the RVers went national with the message that Laughlin doesn’t like RVs. To this day, we still haven’t recovered.

“Snowbirds and RVers bring in tourism dollars to Laughlin and the whole Tri-state area,” continued Davis. “The perceived benefits from AB405 won’t outweigh the negative effects. Those folks will go spend their money elsewhere.”

Story Source: Mohave Valley Daily News

 

Gulf Coast RV Park in Navarre FL

Gulf Coast RV Park in Navarre FL

The Belchers sold their brick-and-mortar home in 2006, giving it up for a life on the road in their 40-foot Cruise Air XL recreational vehicle. They are spending six months, December through May, at the St. Rosa RV Resort in Navarre, Florida.

“It’s got everything you could possibly want here,” said Steve Belcher, 63 and a retired school teacher. “It’s got shops, beautiful beaches, the water is gorgeous. You get sunsets and sunrises from the same spot. You can’t ask for anything better.”

The Belchers are among the hundreds of winter tourists who occupy the campgrounds, condominiums and hotels of Northwest Florida, many of them for several months, in an attempt to flee the cold weather and winter utility bills of the colder areas of the U.S. and Canada.

Snowbirds start arriving every year as early as November, but local tourism experts and business people say January is the busiest time for their arrival. Generally, they say the snowbird season continues until spring breakers arrive in March and April.

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