Travel life Archive

Yemaya Upscale Yoga Retreat on Little Corn Island

When we arrived at Yemaya Island Hideaway and Spa on Nicaragua’s Little Corn Island, it reminded me of my younger backpacker days roaming around the islands of Thailand and Indonesia. An unspoiled coast with natural beaches, little cottages tucked away behind the coconut palms. No big resort complex with sprawling concrete structures, just some unobtrusive [...]

Renting a Car in Mexico

Renting a vehicle and driving yourself is a bad idea in many Mexican cities, but it’s a great idea if you want to go exploring a region on your own schedule, away from the congestion on the open road. I’ve been traveling to Mexico for about a decade, regularly renting a car to go to [...]

Puebla Cooking Class at Mesones Sacristia Boutique Hotel

There are several cities in Mexico that are known for their food and Puebla is one of them. This city a bit to the east of the capital is included on any good culinary tour and is the land of the famous mole poblano. The word “poblano” refers to a type of pepper, but it [...]

Does Your Latin American Tour Include Interesting Hotels?

Because I write about tours and hotels a lot, friends or relatives will occasionally send a brochure or link and ask what I think of a tour they’re about to book. A lot of times the itinerary sounds fine, but the nights’ lodging spots seem like an afterthought. Instead of interesting hotels with a sense [...]

A Tour of the Beaches of Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa

Last week I returned to Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa on the Pacific Coast of Mexico for the third time. I’m always glad to get back there. The views are stunning, the beaches nice, and the place never seems too crowded or congested. I brought my family along and we kicked it off right with a stay [...]