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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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Surfing in Puerto Escondido (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Life at the Hostel Vivo Escondido Despite having been in Mexico for nearly 4 months, this was the first time that I’d actually spent more than one or two nights at a hostel, the previous places being either AirBnBs or staying at Misión México.  I’ve experienced plenty of hostels during my previous travels so I know you have to adopt a generally laid back attitude in order to make the most of them.  As with most things…

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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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Mexico to Guatemala…and back again (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: The Hippy Skate Party @ Misión México The staff, volunteers and kids had all put a lot of effort into preparations for the Hippy Skate Party, including making decorations, tye-dying 30+ t-shirts, various cooking experiments, and even frozen watermelon lollies…so obviously in true sod’s law fashion the heavens opened and it went tropical-monsoon-crazy on us just as festivities were set to begin! We didn’t let that dampen our spirits though (even if everything else in sight was…

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Skate Mexico 2017 in Tapachula – Chapter Three (Mexico 2017)

Part 1: Ups and downs It’s been an emotional week here at Misión México, amongst the usual ups and downs the kids were finally presented with their new skate shoes, and we also said farewell to our little friend Salvador (not his real name for security reasons).  Due to a change in his family’s circumstances Salv has been able to go and live full-time with his sister. I was quite moved by the palpable emotions on display during the…

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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 – 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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Ditching Massive Career Stress to become a Travel Blogger: How I Stepped Away from The Edge and took back Control of my Life

I took the first steps in my new travel blogging adventure just a few days ago on May 1st 2017.  I’ve been in Mexico for about 3 whole days now and I thought it about time that I do some actual blogging!  Although I wrote a couple of articles about my snowboard accident in January this year, those were written whilst at home in the UK.  So I thought it was important that the first real blog post written…

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