Before our family set off on our journey through Mexico, Central and South America, my husband, Terry, son, Jack, and I spent a lot of time listening to stories of international travel from those who had spent 5, 7, even 12 years on the road. What was the one thing every single one of them said was key when dealing with border crossings? Patience, plain and simple. When the border agent sighs and tells you that it’s going to take several hours to process your paperwork, you give a big smile, shrug your shoulders, and start making yourself a nice cup of tea. When the aduana decides that now is the perfect time for a siesta, you lean back on your side case and pull out your maps. Not reacting in anger or any negative manner shows them that you’re willing to wait it out no matter how long it takes. This irks them just enough that they want you stamped into the country and on your way. They don’t get the rise out of you they were looking for, and you carry on with paperwork in hand.