I signed up for their e-newsletter (free), but they also offer tons of books and live courses on anything from bee-keeping to vegetable gardening. Their archives are a wealth of information, and also link to other sources.
Your Local Building Code/Zoning information:
One of the most valuable things I’ve found are the public documents available on zoning, local building permits, and well locations ( gives depth, when drilled, water pressure, etc.). When you’re starting from scratch (like, literally, this is a dirt/tree covered lot) all of these things will need to be researched. Every municipality has different resources available, and most of it is online now.
When you can’t get answers (or don’t get the answers you want) you have a wealth of history and knowledge in your neighbors! Sometimes there are little work-arounds (*wink-wink*) you can do that will save you time and money and hassle. They’ll also give you some weather history that the national weather service just can’t.
We have a roadtripper profile on here, so it makes us feel kinda famous, but the best part about this website is it is updated frequently with more and more information by current/past/future travelers to the region.
A good resource for RV parks and travel information. The information is sometimes outdated, but otherwise it’s a good resource.
A little outdated but probably still useful. Also, there’s an ebook Don’t Go There, It’s Not Safe, You’ll Die available. BRIMMING with useful information. The book was free when I got it on Kindle, but now it’s listed at $5.85 (at the time I purchased it)- still worth it if you ask me.
Our home away from home. It’s like an instant tree house (but on your car). Since we got back we have met Bobby and his family, saw the old store in Bend, and he is adding all sorts of new and cool stuff all the time. We have since sold our CVT and “upgraded” to the Gopher Tortoise, but we still totally recommend these products. They hold up well in crazy conditions, and they hold their value. I think we sold ours for about 70% of what we paid for it after a year of use.
I seriously don’t know what we would do without Victoria, Jason and Neli paving the way for us. Victoria’s posts are very detailed, and this is especially important when traveling with pets.
The first “Pan-American” Travelers we met on the trip were Richard and Ashley. They happened to be in Puerto Vallarta while we were staying in Bucerias and invited us to share in some holiday cheer. They’re off doing other crazy adventurous things now, and you can check that out on their blog.
We got to meet Erica back in Puerto Vallarta for Christmas. Erica still travels around in her rig all over the west, remote camping.
Craigslist is still useful in Mexico and Central America – especially for lodging, or if you want to sell something. There are some postings in English, but if you can read basic Spanish you can still find something if you need it.