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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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Sayulita to Tapachula (Mexico 2017)

  I’d been getting frustrated that I wouldn’t have time to write this week’s blog with all my new volunteering responsibilities, but I ended up penning most of this on my phone this morning whilst enjoying an air-conditioned coffee in downtown Tapachula…funny how things work out.  Sufficed to say, the first 10 days volunteering at Misión México have been tough, there’s no sugar-coating it; with 23 kids between the ages of 6 and 18, things get hectic that’s for sure. …

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Sayulita – Pueblo Mágico (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Sayulita Life It seems that I arrived in Sayulita at just the right time, my AirBnB host Nix explained that they were in the final throes of the busy season (November to April), so most of the gringos that live in Sayulita during the northern hemisphere winter were all making their way back to Canada and the USA.  I was happy to hear this news to be honest; no one wants to be jostling shoulder to shoulder…

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Guadalajara to Sayulita (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Guadalajara My last day in Guadalajara was spent soaking up some culture at the Instituto Cultural Cabañas, it’s a large museum just a leisurely 10-minute stroll from the Hotel De Mendoza which showcases some wonderful period architecture.  The museum’s large arched walkways are set out in quadrants which allows air to circulate and provides a welcome break from the oppressive heat of the mid-day sun. When I visited in May 2017 it cost just $70 pesos (about £2.90 GBP)…

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