Visiting Nogales, Mexico: What You Need to Know

Is Nogales, Mexico safe? Will we get caught up in drug trafficking? How long will it take to cross the border? Is it even worth it? Despite the reputation for drug violence and underground tunnels, we decided to see what the town is really like. Below is what happened when we crossed the border for … Continue reading Visiting Nogales, Mexico: What You Need to Know

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Hiking Coronado National Forest

Moving to Arizona Moving all the way to Arizona is a scary thing to do. It was completely spontaneous. The entire five-day drive out here was spent searching for a city and an apartment. One of the toughest things about moving to from the east coast to the desert was saying goodbye to Shenandoah National … Continue reading Hiking Coronado National Forest

How to Not Tour Isla Mujeres During a Hurricane

Isla Mujeres The Island of Women. Fifteen minutes by ferry from Cancun and you're there. It's rumored to be one of the most beautiful spots in the Caribbean Sea. While this small Caribbean island is truly beautiful, it's also one of the places that I've experienced true fear while traveling. The trip to Cancun didn't go well … Continue reading How to Not Tour Isla Mujeres During a Hurricane

Your Guide to the Epic Mayan Ruins of Coba

The Mayan ruins of Coba are some of the most spectacular and underrated ruins in the Yucatán. While many travelers include Chichen Itza and Tulum in their itinerary, Coba is frequently bypassed. Even with that, Coba can still get on the crowded side. Coba is unique in the fact that you're still allowed to climb … Continue reading Your Guide to the Epic Mayan Ruins of Coba

Valladolid Cathedral

Have A Special Photo to Share? Confession time. Six weeks in Mexico totally changed us forever. We can't wait to visit again. We look at our thousands of photos often. There's no way to share all the photos in blog posts. With that being said, I've decided to restart the photo of the week feature. … Continue reading Valladolid Cathedral

The Best Adventures are the Most Unexpected

Adventure in the Most Unexpected Places Five weeks in Tulum can really spoil a person. Three days into our ten-day Cancun disaster, something unexpected crossed our path. Our Air BnB host suggested that we visit the Mayan ruins of El Meco less than a mile up the road. Another day in the hotel zone is out … Continue reading The Best Adventures are the Most Unexpected

Zamas Resort: How to Find Beachfront Bliss

Looking back on six weeks in Tulum, Mexico we have a lot of great memories. One of the highlights of our visit was our stay at Zamas Beachfront Resort. We were invited for a complimentary stay in an ocean-front bungalow. Below is a recap of what we experienced at Zamas for three blissful days. The … Continue reading Zamas Resort: How to Find Beachfront Bliss

Coming Back is the Most Difficult Part of the Journey

Six Weeks in Mexico, Wow! Now that we've been home exactly 10 days I can tell you, staying positive at the end of a trip is harder than ever. All I've ever wanted to do my entire life is travel and see the world. Now that I'm doing that, now what? We had an awesome … Continue reading Coming Back is the Most Difficult Part of the Journey

A Disappointing Day at the Grand Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza, studied it, read about it, taught it to my 9th graders for two years. I take no great joy in saying it was the most disappointing of all of our visits to Mayan ruins. Sure the pyramid is impressive, but the site is grossly over-hyped. The hype is probably one of the reasons … Continue reading A Disappointing Day at the Grand Chichen Itza

How to Stay Positive at the End of a Trip

This trip to Mexico has changed our lives. We've discovered a few important facts during our month in paradise: We don't need much to be happy. Anyone can travel. There's more to life than accumulating "things." Every day isn't going to be perfect. The only constant is change. Something strange happens at the half-way point of … Continue reading How to Stay Positive at the End of a Trip

How To Travel Well on a Budget

Let's be honest here, who doesn't want to travel more? I know I do. Always have, always will. Ever since my first trip to Jordan 16 years ago, I've known that I want travel to be a constant part of my life. There's just one problem, I'm not rich. How can we afford to travel … Continue reading How To Travel Well on a Budget

The Solitary Beauty of Muyil

Spectacular Mayan ruins, the sounds of nature in its full grandeur, the deepest of blues and the greenest of greens. Would you like to experience these sensations in one place? If the answer is yes, then all you have to do is venture just 10 miles south of Tulum. There you will find the archaeological and … Continue reading The Solitary Beauty of Muyil