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Día de Muertos (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Feeling like Death Things took a turn for the worse a day or so after my first surf lesson with Sayulita Surf Camps, not because of anything they did though. I’d had a great morning’s surf at La Lancha near Punta de Mita with Carlos (owner of Sayulita Surf Camps) and had even enjoyed private tuition since there hadn’t been any other folks in the lesson that day.  Don’t get me wrong, I surfed like absolute rubbish…

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The Good Kind of Gringo? (Mexico 2017)

You may remember from the last blog update in early September that Sayulita was looking a little worse for wear after the rainy season.  This came as a bit of a shock to me at the time since I had expected to return to the bright and sunny Sayulita I remembered from May, well, a valuable lesson learnt about Mexican weather patterns I suppose. I had also been so keen to get back out on the waves and continue…

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Top 6 Travel Insurance Providers for Action Sports

This article outlines a basic summary and comparison of 6 travel insurance providers who offer cover for the following action sports: Skateboarding Snowboarding Surfing Scuba Diving Mountain Biking The 6 travel insurance providers are: Dogtag (dogtag.com) World Nomads (worldnomads.com) Snowcard (snowcard.co.uk) Lloyds Bank Travel Insurance (lloydsbank.com/insurance/home/travel.asp) InsureandGO (insureandgo.com) SportsCover Direct (sportscoverdirect.com)   But why should you trust my opinion?  Well, let me introduce myself, before I gave up the Mon-Fri 9-5 to become a travel blogger I used to…

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The Indomitable Mexican Spirit

I feel like I’ve been in Mexico long enough now to offer an opinion on the country and its people, and the fact that Mexico has just suffered two huge earthquakes in as many weeks has given me plenty of food for thought. 4 months spent in this land of zesty colour and cacophonous sound has been a timely re-education in the importance of not judging by appearances, and that the best way to break down intercultural barriers is…

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10 Ways International Travel has changed in 15 Years (2002-2017)

Having spent a decent proportion of my adult life living and working in different countries, I’ve seen quite a few changes in how we travel internationally and how we live abroad long-term.  I’m specifically talking about the 15-year period between 2002 and 2017.  During this time, I’ve gone from being a 20-year-old university student to a winter season addict to a multilingual corporate manager, and finally to an action sports travel blogger. 2001/2002 I was living and working in…

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Puerto Escondido to Sayulita (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Sunset surf session at La Punta The three main beaches to surf in Puerto Escondido are Zicatela, La Punta and Carrizalillo; La Punta is located right at the far end of Playa Zicatela and is known for having less ferocious waves but quite a strong current to paddle against.  I only managed to get to La Punta once during my time in Puerto and that was as a spectator, but you don’t always need to be on…

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Puerto Escondido to Mexico City…and back again (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Flying from Puerto Escondido to Mexico City After my quick 18 hour stay in Puerto Escondido I was off to the airport to travel to Mexico City and meet someone very special.  Wandering one block down from the excellent Vivo Escondido Hostel near Playa Carrizalillo, it’s easy to grab a taxi to Puerto Escondido airport and it shouldn’t cost more than $50 Pesos (about £2 GBP).  The airport itself is tiny, walking distance from the front doors…

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Tapachula to Puerto Escondido (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Saying goodbye to the kids After having spent 8 weeks living and working with the kids at Misión México in Tapachula there were definitely some mixed emotions when it came time to say goodbye.  In response to staff and fellow volunteers asking me what my experience had been like during the 2 months of volunteering, I found myself giving the same answer each time; it had been 50% good, 50% bad. I think most people expect you…

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Volunteering with Misión México in Tapachula – Chapter Two (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Skate Mexico 2017 Let’s just say life at Misión México has been an ‘eclectic experience’ during the past month.  Last week’s blog described the initial stages of learning about volunteering and getting to know the niños; this week will be more photography based as we cover the progression of the Skate Mexico 2017 project. I was delighted in late May this year when the Skate Mexico 2017 crowdfunding campaign succeeded in raising over $3,000 USD in 6…

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Volunteering with Misión México in Tapachula – Chapter One (Mexico 2017)

  Part 1: Everyday life in Tapachula (just to give you some context) In last week’s blog I described the weather in Tapachula as ‘some sort of tropical oven from hell’…well, on a bad day that’s still a fair description amongst those of us volunteering here, but at least the bad days don’t seem to be as frequent recently, so maybe we are acclimatising? Even when you do get used to the heat and humidity though, the bugs, insects…

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