How to Not Get Mugged in A Foreign Country: A Quick Guide to Kinesics and Common Sense

As I’ve alluded to in other posts, body language and conduct speak volumes. As the main components of your outward appearance along with style of dress, these are the first few things passersby notice about you. And in a foreign country where a different language is spoken, the aura you emit is one of theContinue reading “How to Not Get Mugged in A Foreign Country: A Quick Guide to Kinesics and Common Sense”

Give Someone a Fish, or Give a Fishing Pole and Teach Them?

“Give a man a fish, he eats for a day; If you teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime“ This is an age-old idiom, but is still around today because it rings true, especially in the COVID era, at least in the part of the world where I’m currently located. One of theContinue reading “Give Someone a Fish, or Give a Fishing Pole and Teach Them?”

Mountain-Man Reflections

My goal was to detox; to break free of my addictions and rebuild my body and cognitive function. I thought that two months in the mountains – removed from toxicity and other distractions – would revitalize my mind, body, and spirit. I was eager and enthusiastic to finally set out on the path I hadContinue reading “Mountain-Man Reflections”

Mexico on Less Than $10 Per Day

For a good three-month stretch while living in Oaxaca, I was getting by on less than $10/day. This was possible largely by cost-cutting, in the form of: Paying for a room by the month Volunteering minimal hours at the hostel to receive an additional discount Cooking rather than eating out most days, and when IContinue reading “Mexico on Less Than $10 Per Day”

Gringo’d in Oaxaca City

Respect is a mutual thing. In my opinion, you need to give it out in order to earn it. However, there is a clause in this social contract when you are traveling in a foreign land – and the prevailing culture is different from your own – that stipulates respect is warranted, regardless of ifContinue reading “Gringo’d in Oaxaca City”

Five Easy Ways to Save Money While Traveling

There is no shortage of advice online when it comes to tips for saving money while traveling. However, there are several easy, often overlooked measures one can take to maximize a travel budget, without hardly compromising your itinerary or experience. 1.) Contrarian ticket buyingBeyond determining your destination, if you can be non-committal in scheduling theContinue reading “Five Easy Ways to Save Money While Traveling”

Why I Opted to Leave the USA for Latin America, Abroad

I was comfortable in my situation. I loved the neighborhood where I lived, and the friends I had made since moving to the city. My job paid well enough to where I didn’t stress over money much, and I enjoyed the work and my co-workers company enough that the weeks seemed to fly by, especiallyContinue reading “Why I Opted to Leave the USA for Latin America, Abroad”

Reflections on Tulum – Letting Your Soul Shine

Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico is a wild place. Its inhabitants each have their own unique reasons for living there or visiting, but I find – in my seven total weeks spent there – they fall into three distinct categories. First, you have the locals, the working class. Families and individuals who are native to Tulum,Continue reading “Reflections on Tulum – Letting Your Soul Shine”