How To Plan A Trip To The Copper Canyon – Booking Tips

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Depending on the metrics you use, the Copper Canyon in Mexico is either four or seven times larger than the Grand Canyon in the USA. But that difference between four and seven times hardly seems relevant – you just need to grasp that the Copper Canyon is immense and, if you take the train through it, it’s likely to be one of the best trips you take in your life. After several trips to Mexico, I finally made it far enough north to explore the Copper Canyon or Barranca del Cobre as it’s known in Spanish. I travelled both independently (without a … Read more

A Year Told In Pictures of Sunsets

Pictures of Sunsets

As the sun (almost) sets on another year I’m so happy to be sitting here writing these words: “I’ve had an amazing year of travel”. They’re the kind of words that can make people want to push your smug little face into the dirt, but I hope you’ll forgive my boasting because my amazing year of travel came directly off the back of  my worst travel year yet, and as the sun rose on a new year I was terrified that my travel curse would follow me into the New Year. So much so, that when I boarded my first … Read more

Is Mexico Safe? The Main Risks & How To Avoid Them

Is Mexico Safe

Ask most people “Is Mexico Safe to visit?” and you’ll probably get a very quick and conclusive response: “No.  Mexico’s not safe.” Of course, most people proffering these opinions have never visited Mexico. Their opinions have been formed from stories on the news. Stories their second cousin’s, cousin’s friend heard from someone he once went to school with…in Hong Kong. But still, the confidence in their advice is unfettered. Don’t go to Mexico. You’ll get kidnapped, robbed, murdered or caught in the cross-fire of the drug wars. Ergo, nothing good can ever come from a trip to Mexico. Sigh. As someone who … Read more

The Best Things to Do in Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula is a real tourist hot spot attracting millions of visitors per year. Sadly, most of those visitors will check-into their hotel and fail to check-out any of the beauty that makes the Yucatan peninsula one of the most spectacular parts of Mexico. If you’re looking for something more than the beach, buffet, bed formula for your trip, what follows is my list of the best things to do in Yucatan peninsula. Why take my word for it? As an independent adventure traveller, I have spent over a year exploring Mexico and around half of that time in the … Read more

How to Drink Tequila Like a Mexican

Do you have a (completely rational) fear of tequila? Do you flat-out hate the stuff? If so, I can almost guarantee that you’re drinking it wrong. After spending a year in Mexico, I finally learned the secret: how to drink tequila like a Mexican… and actually enjoy this potent drink. You might also like my post with 8 tequila cocktail recipes to try at home. El Niño anyone? How to drink Tequila like a Non-Mexican Before we get into the details of how to drink tequila like a Mexican, let’s take a good hard stare at how the rest of … Read more

Luxury in Los Cabos Without Visiting a Resort

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Looking for a luxury retreat that doesn’t come with the mass tourism experienced you get at a resort, then read on. I recently found the perfect solution at Casa Natalia, a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of arty San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Have you ever left a resort feeling more exhausted than when you checked-in? That pretty much sums up my recent resort experience in Cuba. So, when my coast to coast journey through Mexico led me to Los Cabos on the Baja peninsular, a popular tourist spot, I was on the lookout for an alternative travel experience. … Read more

How To Swim with Whale Sharks in Mexico

Ever wanted to go swimming with whale sharks in Mexico? I finally put on my big-girls pants and jumped into the water with the world’s biggest fish. This article gives you the low down on what to expect, likely costs, trip planning tips and my thoughts on the best place to go swimming with whale sharks in Mexico. Hint: it’s not where the millions of other tourists go. Did you know that whale sharks can be as long as a double-decker bus? I was all up for swimming with whale sharks in Mexico until someone enlightened me to that fact. … Read more

Quick and Easy Guacamole Recipe From Mexico

Looking for a quick and easy guacamole recipe…one that I picked up from a local in México? Read on… I used to have a very complicated method for making guacamole. There would be toasting of crushed cumin seeds, pestle & mortar blending of spices, gentle frying of chilli powder, garlic mincing, coriander chopping and general dicing, tasting, resting, salting and finally…after about an hour had passed, possibly some eating. And then I got to México. One night, under the careful instruction of a Méxican lady, I was shown this quick and easy guacamole recipe. Four base ingredients and just lime and salt … Read more

Cycling from Alaska to Patagonia – What It’s Really Like

Indiana Jo – cycling from Alaska to Patagonia and climbing the highest points of each country in between? Given I’m very wobbly on two feet, let alone on wheels, I can’t proudly claim that achievement, but Thomas Laussermair can.   Taking a staggering 14 months and who knows how much energy expended, Thomas has kindly agreed to share a synopsis of his tale in this guest blog… Cycling from Alaska to Patagonia I had been looking for a trip that combines cycling and mountaineering. After reading the Seven Summits, I briefly contemplated doing the continent highpoints by bicycle, but then dismissed … Read more