San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel Allende VW Bug

Alarm A Mexican hotel room in the dark. 5 AM. I snap awake. Loud bangs, like sprays of gunfire, echo through the city streets. Uh oh, what was that? I’m lying on my beck in bed, next to my wife. She’s stirring. I fumble around for my iphone and find it. My face is glowing white in its light as I check Twitter to find out what’s going on. San Miguel de Allende is full of tourists—surely someone is asking the […]

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Mexico City

Pyramid of the Sun Mexico

I was a little apprehensive about going to Mexico City for vacation. I got quizzical looks from my friends and family when I told them I’d be going there. Mexico City? OK. I felt their concern, I admit. I’ve  followed the Drug War for a few years now and know the violence has gotten out of control. But I knew better than that. I wasn’t going to be visiting the northern border areas and running  drugs, so my chances of […]

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El Salvador and Honduras

La Libertad beach sunset in El Salvador

El Salvador has one of the highest murder rates in the world. It has earthquakes, volcanoes, the fresh memories of a vicious civil war. Who goes there on vacation?  But my friend and I saw through these scare points and assessed our risk levels rationally, and decided that this beautiful little country no bigger than the state of Massachusetts was too good to pass up. Day  1: San Salvador J and I checked into the Courtyard Marriott San Salvador, a […]

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Guatemala

Chichicastenango Guatemala

Guatemala’s breathtaking natural scenery, warm people, and multi-colored colonial cities all work to make this one of the world’s most underrated travel destinations. It’s perfect for tourists looking for a little adventure without breaking the buck or getting run down with jet lag. The country has gotten a bad reputation in recent years due to its high murder rate, but it’s safe to say that unless you’re running drugs through the country to Mexico, you’re probably safer in Guatemala than […]

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