North America

Mayakoba : Mexico's finest escape

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It all started with this (unfiltered) view. Imagine starting your holiday with a Class A lunch in a beautiful, open aired restaurant with this as your backdrop. The coming days were bound to be wonderful. But let's go back to the start. 6 years ago, after listening to many people about the beauty and wonders of Mexico I finally booked a ticket and [...]

My truly meaningful volunteering experience in Mexico

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A couple of years ago I read an article by Annabel Langbein, one of New Zealand’s favourite chefs. Describing a recent trip she’d taken, she said, “I know I’m a tourist, but I never want to feel like one.” That summed up perfectly how I feel about travelling. But what if you could go beyond just being a tourist? What if you could truly shed that label and li[...]

Why Mexico Is Richer Than You Think

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Living in the United States, people grow up with the idea that life in a developing country is deprived of luxury. It’s a common misconception that those countries are less fortunate financially, and therefore they must be unhappy with their lives. Perhaps we should be able to see that fortune comes in form other than bills and coins. From a distance, th[...]

Why I'll never regret moving to Mexico for Love

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It was one year ago, when I worked for a French tour operator as a kids' entertainer in all-inclusive hotels. My company sent me to a different location every 6 months, and I really liked my job even if it was difficult sometimes. I was far away from my home, friends and family. I had to work long hours and be in a good mood all the time. However, it was a g[...]

6 Reasons why You'll Fall for Mexico

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Mexico – already the name of this breathtaking country awakens more emotions, stereotypes and expectations than many others. Most people instantly connect it with tasty food; some might think of the rhythmical sounds of typical Mariachi bands accompanying wild, loud fiestas while others rather associate it with the view of endless beaches and palm trees l[...]

Rediscovering Mexico: When a Mexican Expat moves back Home

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For the past 8 years, I have lived outside Mexico and travelled to different continents to see “the world out there”. From Europe to South America and the Caribbean, I have seen outstandingly beautiful places and eaten the most exquisite dishes. However, all this time spent abroad grew in me the wish to get to know my own country - a place I barely knew. I r[...]

This Woman Hiked across North Carolina - TWICE

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Maybe you have read (or seen) 'Wild' and have been utterly inspired to give long distance hiking a try yourself. Maybe, like me, your desire to hike across a region, state or country goes back further than 2012 when the book was published. Or maybe you're still not so sure about why anybody would want to go through the pain and torture that is long-term hiki[...]

A year full of Travel and void of Regrets

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I have been “home” for a combined total of 14 weeks this past year. I can confidently say that I have friends all over the United States. I have been to places that I never knew existed and I have met people that have changed my life for the better. Most importantly, I have learned so much about myself and about the inspiring world around me. I have been [...]

What Makes me feel at Home in Colorado?

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Everyone knows that the holidays are typically when you head home. Home means different things to different people; sometimes it doesn't even mean a location, but a group of people. Sometimes it is getting away from people and heading to a place. For me, home has more than one meaning, because I have more than one home. On the one hand it's going to Target w[...]

Montreal: A Love Letter to the City I Left Behind

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There are many cities in the world that have taken hold in my heart. But it all started in Montreal. Montreal is the place where I was born. The place where I grew up. The place where I was a child, a teenager, a young adult and whatever you want to call me now. The place where I loved and was loved. It’s a place where I always felt cherished and that al[...]