Travel life Archive

Taking a Road Trip Through Central Jalisco

We write a lot about high-end tours on this luxury travel blog, but sometimes you want to hit the road in your own vehicle and have complete control over your schedule. During a recent school break I tossed the luggage and my two family members into a nice Nissan rental car from Alamo that had […]

A Mezcal Brand for People Who Don’t Love Mezcal

Have you given up on finding a mezcal you can drink straight—on purpose? For pleasure? Try this Mezcal Viejo Indecente one before you write the whole line of spirits off for good. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not exactly a big fan of mezcal. Not for lack of trying. I’ve had my fair share of […]

How to Choose the Right Ship for the Galapagos Islands

Here’s one truth of Galapagos Islands travel that you’re not going to hear many tour operators admit: your experience on the islands themselves isn’t going to be much different whether you pay $3,000 per person or $12,000 per person. They’ll tout their great guides and educational sessions, their well-planned itinerary, and their service in getting […]

A New Upscale Lares Trek Option in Peru

The Sacred Valley of Peru too often gets the short shrift from travelers in a big hurry trying to check things off their list. They breeze through on a train on the way to Machu Picchu or they do a quickie one-day tour of the highlights and return to Cusco the same night. This is […]

To Tequila in Style on the Jose Cuervo Express

There are two train companies running round trips out to the countryside where tequila is made. The Jose Cuervo Express one is more luxurious and goes to the namesake town itself, where you tour the famous distillery. This past holiday season I spent a week driving a rental car from Alamo around the state of […]

A Crash Course in Fine Guatemalan Rum

Ask a dozen  rum connoisseurs what the “best rum in the world” is and you’ll probably get at least half a dozen different answers. You might just find one name edging out the others though and it’s not from anywhere in the Caribbean. Ron Zacapa from Guatemala gets tagged with the title a lot. I’ll […]