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Visiting the Chapel of Jimmy Ray; a Psychedelic Sanctuary in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

It is hard not to love San Miguel de Allende with its colonial charm and the copious amount of cafes tucked around every corner. It has its way of …

San Miguel

7 Reasons Why I'm Not Studying Abroad in a Western Country

I feel the need to preface this by saying I have nothing against Western countries. I’m American and I am very aware of the privilege that gives me …

Study Skills

Heading To Mui Ne, Vietnam? Check Out These Things You Must Do!

The Ultimate List Of The Best Things To Do In Mui Ne<p>The reason I fell in love with the wide variety of landscapes and things to do in Mui Ne. It is …

4 Things to Do in Real De Catorce Other Than Peyote

The village of Real de Catorce is located in the state of San Lui Potosí and sits on the side of a mountain at more than 2,743 meters (9,000 ft). It …

Mexico City

11 Things No One Will Tell You about Expat Life

Many bloggers spend time talking about the differences between short-term and long-term travel, but many skirt over the longest and most challenging …

39 Things You Should Know Before Moving (or Traveling) to Mexico

I’m quickly approaching my one year anniversary of living in Mexico and I thought now would be an appropriate time, to sum up, some of the things …

A Street Art Guide to San Miguel's Art District: Guadaloupe

During my third trip to San Miguel de Allende I was finally able to check out the street art located in Guadaloupe where I was meting up with Lauren …

What Does Gringo Mean Anyways?

There seems to be a lot of confusion about the word gringo /a. If you are curious about the meaning or the origin of the word gringo/a this post is …

Havana, Cuba Photo Journal - Part 1

Our trip to Cuba may have started out with some headaches, but they quickly dissipated as we found ourselves walking down streets frozen in time. …

Meeting Deaf People Around the World in 2016

No matter how many times have we met Deaf people around the world, we always get that same thrill, especially those who lives in another country …

How to bring alcohol into festivals

Once you’ve nailed the festival essentials and your fashion and beauty picks, one of the biggest things to take to a festival is alcohol (you’ll also …

SCOTTeVEST - The Best Travel Pants

As you may recall, I recently reviewed two of my all-time favorite travel jackets – both made by SCOTTeVEST. Towards the very end of that post, I …

Cargo Pants

How to Survive Airport Security, Like a Boss

Airport Security (insert a disdainful quiver here)<p>I look like Paul Blart the mall cop. Thank God I’m not airport security.<p>Let’s talk about everyone’s …

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Traveling to Romania

Mistakes to avoid when Traveling to Romania<p>When I travel to a new country, I read a bit about the culture and try to learn a few phrases. It’s both …

Romania

How To Travel Safely Anywhere In The World

Table of Contents<p>Staying Safe While Traveling<p>Do Your Research – Follow Travel Warnings<p>Overseas Travel – Keep Your Family Informed<p>The Social Media …

How to Have a Girls Weekend in Fredericksburg, Texas

Ladies, we all have that core group of girl friends who we forget to text or call to catch up every month, but once you are together it is like you …

Wildlife & Nature Parks of Mauritius for kids

With the rush of the summer holidays, I seem to find a lot of you favoring a trip to Mauritius. One general query that I seem to be getting – Is …

8 Essential Things to Do for First Time Visitors to Hong Kong

I have spent the majority of my life in Hong Kong and the city never ceases to amaze me: Hong Kong has it all. Are you a foodie? Hong Kong has you …

Exploring Big Bend National Park – Texas

Hikes, hot springs, views and so much more.<p>March 4, 2017<p>Since our travels brought us to west Texas and a hike in Guadalupe National Park, we knew …

Brooklyn Graffiti and Street Art Tour

Anisa posing by one of the colorful murals that is part of the Bushwick Collective.<p>This Brooklyn street art tour meets in front of ‘Wyckoff-Starr’ …

Streetwear

19 Destinations in Mexico That You Need to Visit Now

When considering a trip to Mexico you might picture sandy beaches, beach cabanas, and margaritas. I like relaxing on the beach just as much as the …

Mexico's Hidden Gem: Loreto

I love Mexico. I love it so much that I lived in Mexico City for a few months a few years ago and go back on a regular basis as I’m just in love with …

In San Ignacio Lagoon, Mexico, the whales are so close you could kiss them — or at least try

There are whale people — and then there's the rest of the world.<p>Whale people don't always signal their status, although some can be seen sporting fluke earrings or T-shirts with sayings such as "I speak whale." If you need to find a member of the Cetacean Nation in a crowd, you need only mutter: …

Here's why you could explore this city 'for a lifetime'

Mexico City is bursting with life. It's a vibrant, dynamic blend of history and modernity that is often a surprise for first-time visitors.<p>Dubbed the most polluted city on the planet by the United Nations in 1992, the city has turned over a new leaf<p>“It's a living garden,” said Gary Hoover, an …

Marieta Islands

The Marieta Islands are one of those things that I saw photos of but could not actually grasp that it exists in the world! Just a few miles off the …

The best outdoor adventure weekend getaways

Hiking Turkey's Lycian Way<p>Take a walk through ancient history along the western end of Turkey's famous long-distance footpath. With spectacular …

Confused about tipping abroad? This interactive map will solve your problems

Despite our global connectivity and all the information available at our fingertips, tipping remains an etiquette nightmare for many travellers. Now an interactive map will help you work out exactly when and how much to tip based on where in the world you are.<p>The online tool – called ‘Tip Advisor’ …

The 10 trendiest places to visit right now

Airbnb has seen a huge spike in bookings in these cities<p>Everybody wants a piece of Cuba.<p>Airbnb bookings in Havana, Cuba have spiked 940% as compared …

Cuba

Amanda Cox: Bolivia - Latin American Expat Series

Up next on our Latin American Expat Series is Amanda from Amanda Cox Design. She is a Canadian who currently lives in Sucre, Bolivia. She works in …

South America

Visiting the Botanical Gardens of San Miguel de Allende

<b>Jardín Botánico El Charco del Ingenio</b><p>The botanical gardens are about 1.5 km Northeast of the main part of town in San Miguel de Allende. This …