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The longest I have stayed is 10 days, so thanks for your tips! Visa should be no issue at all if you have a U. I have to say, the issues in surrounding Guerrero have made it a no-go for me. Great column. I lived in Huatulco on the coast of Oaxaca from to I ate out at least one meal a day, went to the local movie theater and rented DVDs every weekend, and generally had a relaxing, quiet lifestyle. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

I do think prices have gone up a bit since then, mostly the global cost of food. The rents are still very affordable and I found something in that range in Oaxaca just last year.

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Thank you for that. The food is definitely more expensive than Asia! San Pancho has a truly great vibe if you like small towns. Hi Shannon, Im from Houston.. Hard to say Bill, this is certainly not my area of expertise. I know that local real estate agents have a few more roles in the community, in that they also negotiate rentals and such. Certainly there are many real estate agencies, even in tiny towns, and certainly in some of the more affluent expat communities. Consider floating this question in some of the Facebook groups linked in the post as they might have other ideas.

Hi Shannon, My dream is to travel the world in 3 years, I was planning to travel with my husband but unfortunately our relationship ended recently. I guess now I am a new solo traveler.!! For my first solo trip it iwill be only 2 weeks since i am still full time working , i need a mixture of quiet and safe place to rejuvenate in jungle or a tropical environement for maybe a week and then another week near a quiet beach to relax and visiting the area. It could be 2 different places in the same country. I am Canadian. It will be my first time solo, so I am scared to start but I need to break the ice.

I could deal with local travel agency as well. If I could meet expats on my way it would be great! Do you have any idea where I can go or refer me to interesting blog or websites? I am lost on the Web too many web sites. I am a 55 years old woman, I speak french and english. Few words in Spanish. Thank you so much for your help. Hi Diane! Your first solo trip is a biggie, and I understand your hesitation to dive in when there are so many sites and so much information.

Mexico or Costa Rica could both make for exactly the type of experience that you are looking for. As a first-time solo traveler, there are some parts of Mexico that you might want to steer clear of as navigating well takes a bit of travel savvy that only comes with time on the road. It was really a wonderful experience and I know I would have equally enjoyed that route solo.

My other thought is that Costa Rica would surely make for an excellent first-time experience. There is lush rainforest throughout, but also amazing quiet beach towns too. Shannon, do you have any knowledge surrounding keeping horses in Mexico either in the areas you experienced or otherwise?

I have been a horseperson all my life and if we end up moving, having horses nearby, access to riding facilities or have the ability to keep them is extremely important. I would fit right in working in a tourist-type facility, which would be ideal. Any insights or connections? Then there will also be quirky situations and opportunities that are harder to find but certainly exist.

When I lived in San Pancho, which is just north of Puerto Vallarta, there was a Polo Club in the town with active polo matches and such. Or if you look into towns that run horseback riding tours and experiences for tourists, then you would also be finding the cities in Mexico that have horses, stables, and touristy areas where you would perhaps find both work and a chance to be near horses. Some expats also start their own tour companies — find a house with a small stable, run horse treks and such for tourists in an area with pretty locations but not a lot of English-language tourism yet.

Horses are still integral to the way that many Mexicans run their farms, so there is absolutely a horse culture that you can tap into once you are there. I suggest that you also join some of the Mexico expat forums and ask around. The small towns are economical, but most are very primitive in infrastructure and with limited activities, but you are appreciated more in those places.

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For expats, most would be more comfortable in a more modern infrastructure. There may be some crime anywhere you go, but I find it much more limited than news reports announce — one tiny crime in Mexico involving a tourist is broadcast everywhere when crimes back home get little notice — so many are misinformed. Like you, I deeply love the coastal areas and beach towns, although there are some incredibly charming small towns too Thanks again for weighing in!

Thank you Shannon, I am really loving your blog posts! Excellent detail and good for planning some long adventures around the world! Your blog is very helpful. We have recently lived in Ethiopia and Ecuador. Some questions: 1. Living in Ecuador was difficult for me from a language standpoint. Is Mexico different? My daughter is nearly fluent. We have heard good things about Pachuca, north of Mexico City, with a low cost of living and a vibrant culture.

Any thoughts? Hi Tom! Good questions. The language barrier really depends on where you move. I lived in a beachy expat town one season, and there were so many expats that it was easy to have a social life all in English if you want. You could start out living in an expat hub like San Miguel de Allende, where there is a massive community of retirees and expats, you could even take language lessons they have a lot of options , and then use that to get familiarized and attuned to Mexico, then look at some of the smaller towns.

I am looking at Alamos, Mexico because its a small town, and Huffington Post says its a nice place to ex-pat. What do you thing, Shannon? Hmm, that is an interesting question. Hi Shannon. My knowledge of Spanish and English is limited. I have many illnesses and I do not have the driving license. I can not even use the bicycle. I would like to go to Mexico for an exploratory trip, only in villages or small towns on the coast. I have to breathe the sea air and do a lot of swim. I hate hostels, I do not have the character to be with other people. I would prefer to stay in a small apartment, a French bed, a bathroom and a living room with kitchenette, is just enough.

As I love lush nature and palm trees on the beach and not mass tourism, would you advise me, a village or a place where I can get close to you? Hi Mauricio. I think the town that I stayed in would be ideal for you. San Pancho is small, with one store but many restaurants and a few coffee shops. There are a very good number of retirees there and nearby, so you would have a good community available. There is also a bus that runs toward Puerto Vallarta where there are big grocery stores and everything you could possibly need that is about an 40 minutes to one hour away.

He knows everyone in town and could help you understand the town, the people, and how to rent a place longer-term. If you are looking for the other coast, the Gulf and the Caribbean, then the Yucatan Peninsula is a good choice. There are many, many expats living in the area. Tulum is one option.

It is touristy but many food and drink options, expats, etc. Puerto Morelos is another option. Both Tulum and Puerto Morelos are medium-sized beach towns, not too small and you can find good food and drink options — go further down the coast to Mahahual for a much smaller town that is more similar to San Pancho — nice local feel, a few good restaurants, and a slow pace of life near the beach. If you are interested in smaller towns, you could rent a car and do a road trip of the Yucatan to find one that feels right for what you want.

Just curious about air conditioning…do you use it? We would absolutely have to have it! Locals though are obsessed with turning out lights and lowering the electric bill. My landlords have always asked me to be very conscious of it, so I believe that the price can be very dear. I would ask around in the expat groups for people to share their specific costs. Do you not have power? Or is it included in your rent?

Ah, good question! Both of those were included in my rent. And, in fact, they have always been included in my rent even in other areas of Mexico. Hi Shannon and thank you so much for your wonderful blog! Please suggest with the knowledge you have learned between the pros and cons in Thailand versus Mexico? I will do the same, in Thailand or Mexico? I suppose the best fit and comfort level with cost of living intertwined are huge considerations and I would appreciate your insight between the two countries?

Having spent more than a year in both countries, the both have different pros. And if you keep ties to the U. There are large communities of expats all throughout Mexico, and in a handful of key towns in Thailand. Some places are quieter spots with fewer expats and tourists, others offer vibrant and active communities of expats at every age range not sure what type of community you are after. Even if you immerse and learn the local language, you may never become a part of the community fully.

There is a divide there. This distance was surely there and very present in every expat spot in Thailand. There are very safe spots, the Yucatan being one of them. Merida is as safe as Thailand, and has a small expat scene, enough to enjoy but you can also immerse. Towns like Ajijic are nearly entirely Western retirees. Cities like Oaxaca offer more immersion and intercultural experiences. Compared to Thailand, Spanish is easier to learn, and in general, as I noted, I favor Mexico from a cultural point of view as a place to live — as a Westerner the culture aligns more easily and I found it more comfortable on that level.

Very informative! Not sure if this applies to your case, but did you pay any one-time costs to establish residency in Mexico? Did you use a law firm? I did not establish residency, I never need to stay for longer than the six months, so I always enter on a tourist visa and then leave for months or years. I know that others who buy property do use lawyers to keep it all straight and have the ability to easily live there year round! My current work situation allows me to work remotely and I want to really take advantage of that.

Plus the fact that Central and South America are pretty much on the same time zone as the US give or take an hour or so makes it possible for me to do this. Otherwise I would have already gone back to live and work in SE Asia had it not been for the time difference. Initially I did have plans to basically start in Sayulita and then make my way to Mexico City.

But lately I have considered skipping Sayulita and just start in Mexico City. My reasoning behind this is I look at Sayulita kind of being out of the way. Because I would have to fly into PV, then take a bus up to Sayulita…. I just figured I would run into just as nice beaches down in Oaxaca. Do you think this is a bad idea and that Sayulita is not to be missed? And, for us experienced travelers with a love of cultures, even the bad stories seem to have happy endings….. Hey there. I just got done reading your article on living in Mexico. Great article.

Im really intrigued by maybe moving there now. Anyway i was writing to ask your opinion. I am in a wheelchair and i was going to ask your opinion on how handicap accessible Mexico is. I was wondering specifically about the cities and towns you lived in. In the winter it can be hard to get around in a wheelchair if it snows.

I dont have to live exactly on the beach but living close to one would be ideal. Maybe if i needed to get a job i could get one from one of the American companies moving down there. I know your not an expert on disability issues but id figured id ask you anyway about the accessibilty of Mexico and the places you lived while there. PV or Bucerias would have it year-round, and in San Pancho there are times the town is without power for a few days because of summer storms.

My advice is to join those expat Facebook groups that I linked to and ask your question there. Then, go visit the towns and get a feel for them as you might just like the vibe in some better than others. I love Mexico, for those haters in the US, they have no idea that unlike the people in the US, they are not profit driven in everything they do.

In fact I was welcomed to a rooftop party down on the Melacon, and I was treated like they have known me forever. Thanks a great point James, there is a completely different vibe once you get to Mexico. HI, Does any one tell me about staying in new mexico state in view of following points? How much money would be required per month for family per three members? Safety 3. Expenses i. That will give you an idea of the lowest and highest possible rents, and you can then scale up from there depending on where you fall on the spectrum.

Good luck with your research! Sonoran desert has its charms — views of distant mountains, saguaro, crunchy sand , Sea of Cortez, cheap living in small towns such as Ejido del Desierto…. This is great stuff. Thanks for this. So glad you found it useful! Hi Shannon, I am a 23 year old college student trying to take some time from college for a year. I have some questions, is there a way we could possibly exchange emails? Thank you so much for sharing all of your stories and information. My family and I are planning to travel to Mexico for a while we are from Canada and i have a question i hope you could answer for me.

Its one i simply cannot find a concrete answer to. In Mexico, how did you wash all your veggies and fruits?? Why do people use it? I have a 3 year old and 1 year old, so i am worried about their health and want to make sure i take the right precautions. Please, please let me know your advice on this…. Thanks so much!! Look forward to reading more of your posts. Hi Kate, I am so glad that you have found the site helpful! Good question on the soaking. Yes, I soak all of my fruits and vegetables in Microdyn, which they sell in every single store in Mexico that also sells fresh fruits and veg.

I just left Mexico yesterday, I was living in Oaxaca for 6 months, and my local landlady was adamant that I soak my veggies.

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This woman does a good job describing the process. The thing is, when they set things on sidewalks, there is no telling what else is there. Then there is the question of how clean the local water supply is.

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For your little ones, I would recommend that you use the disinfectant at least for the first few months and watch your consumption of tap water. Give them time to get used to the local bacteria. I disinfected veggies the entire time and always do in Mexico, but after the first month I usually go lax and brush my teeth with the tap water if I am in a city that has decent water supplies.

Hi Shannon, with the tap water being what it is in Mexico, did showering cause any problems with skin or hair? I know some expats who even brush their teeth with the water eventually, although most tend to long-term drink only the filtered and clean their veggies with the iodine drops. Unless you have existing issues you are concerned about, I have never once had problems with skin or hair due to the water.

I have been to the Puerto Vallarta area and there is definitely more to do beach wise. Alamos is colonial and has lot of events, the music festival being the largest. Cobblestone streets and year old haciendas and lots of trees and flowers. One aspect that is better than southern Mexico is I can drive north for 8 hours and be in the US and another hour more to Tucson where I can use my medicare. I only post this not to promote Alamos but to illustrate the diversity of living styles in Mexico. Thank you for sharing Tom! That sounds like a great spot.

Being so close to the U. As for using your Medicare in the US, do you also continue to pay the Part B then since you do seem to use it? Or do you just bank of the Part A? It was unpretentious and affordably priced, and some ladies I met there would come down for months at a time two swimming pools, underground steam room, yoga, great vegetarian food a perfect getaway from Southern California at the time, where I taught ESL for the L.

School District. Would appreciate any info about something similar. I would suggest asking this question in the Facebook and forums I mentioned in the post — these expats will be an invaluable source of help in finding a new spot with those qualities. Thank You so much this was by far the most helpful and informative Blog about living in Mexico. I am getting ready to pull the trigger in February. So glad you found it useful, and congrats on the pending trip! At the mark I clearly heard that. Oh dear, no! Sorry for the confusion!

Definitely love Mexico, Mexicans, and the culture in general so much so that I just got back two weeks ago from a big road trip of the Yucatan :. Hi Shannon and thanks for your post. I just came back from Thailand and on the way back someone said I should have visited Chiang Mai.

I went to Pattaya Thailand. Have you visited Pattaya and if so can you compare Chiang Mai with Pattaya?

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This forum though has a very active expat community and I know they give a rundown of both of those places! Good luck! I returned last week from some time in the Yucatan. HI Shannon…. I so enjoyed your informative article on San Pancho that I decided to locate this one-street pueblocito on the map…. Hard time there. If so, to which side and at what km distance is it fom Sayulita?

Good question! Thanks for the swift and spot on reply! My stay there is projected to be for 6 months. Secondly, once arrived in SP, I would like to find a place to reside. In your article, you mentioned staying a more hotel-like setting while you searched for a more long-term, economical and personal place.

Any acquired advice or suggestions here would be much o appreciated! However, I do not intend to enter a hermitage! I speak above average Spanish, so I definitely wish to improve upon that language skill……. They can search certain food which you remind at home, and he should not be too difficult to remain in connection with sporting teams or with return in the house to preferred television programs via the Internet.

When the homesickness becomes very much, the best solution simply consists in doing a journey with return in the house for a visit. This is pleasant to visit the friends and the family once per year. They can also speak to their friends or to your family for a journey to Thailand to visit you. If the winter goes around you, you will not have to try perhaps too strongly to convince them, to come, to do a break in sunny Thailand.

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Whether you have decided to leave by adventure, to take advantage of an employment opportunity or for the love of your country of destination, you will have to take many steps before you leave. We have found it particularly essential. If you save enough money to finance your stay, go directly to Tip 2. If not, pay attention to the bad surprises. Depending on the country in which you are going to move, job opportunities and salaries may be very different from those offered or practiced in France.

Inquire before you leave. There are many expat blogs. You can also consult the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Here you will find advice and information on employment legislation. In some countries, for example, a work permit or visa is required. In others, you will only be able to settle down after finding a job. The best advice: connect with expats before you leave.

This will allow you to build a first relational network on which you can rely on your arrival. This will increase your chances of success. It is often thought that having a bank account in a foreign country is easy to do. Think again, this is not always the case. Before you leave, ask yourself the following questions:. One last tip: do not go with too much cash on you ….

While in France taxation often seems complicated, it is equally so in many other countries. Who is worse than going to a hospital abroad? Being hospitalized abroad without health insurance!! Your mutual insurance company does not necessarily pay for medical expenses paid abroad … do not ignore the fact that you have a good insurance policy that will cover you and your family in case of illness or hospitalization.

This is often taken care of by employers in the case of a professional expatriation. If you are traveling with young children or teenagers, you should ideally enroll them in school before you leave. In every major capital, there are colleges in which they can attend their schooling. If they are fluent in the language of the country in which you are settling in, you may want to choose a local school, but be aware of the psychological risks for your child.

Your children! When you had the feeling of thinking while filling your boxes and reserving your truck, you were about to forget the essential: the change of life of your little one. It is better to avoid that the routine of the child is jostled before the move, it will have enough changes to support. For a baby, comfort, stability and safety are the watchwords. He must feel surrounded by people he knows, objects he is used to.

He is now old enough to realize what is happening, he will want to understand, and we must not hesitate to explain the situation to him. You cross a course, it is his case too: he will be delighted to visit the place, discover his new room and will be able to feel concerned in this change of life. To help him find his marks, he can organize his space and decorate his room.

By creating a universe, he will accept and assimilate better what is going on. To make him feel involved, suggest him a list of tasks to follow, which he can complete if ideas come to him. It is difficult for your child because he leaves his school, his friends, his habits. For him to get better, he must feel indispensable and take part in the activities. Try to make her imagination work by challenging her with plans for her room, colour for her walls, or organizations for her games. First you should know that a digital nomad is not a job description, it is more a term for people who are able to work remotely.

Some people make money by selling online courses of how to become a digital nomad, but there is no need to pay for that, and we can summed it up in two steps. If you want to earn money in that area having a skill is a must. Do you know anything about programming languages? Being fluent in many languages? You need to have a skill that others are ready to pay for. If you have one of those then you can consider of becoming a digital nomad. Not being limited by physical location. You have to perform your skill from anywhere. You should be able for example do freelance programming from a coffee shop in Paris, Madrid, London wherever you want.

This is all you need. And if you want to be a digital nomad in Thailand, know that this is a great place, since there are a lot of interesting countries in that region such as Vietnam, Bali, Cambodia, Malesia…. Become a website developer, programmer, graphic designer, SEO specialist, copywriter, translator, etc.

As we explained above, you need to have a skill that will help you to earn money. Indeed, you can have different skills and make money from it. In the end, you need to be good at doing something. And if you can do your work from home, you should be able to work from anywhere with internet. Go there only if you see yourself living there.

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Chiang Mai is an affordable city, but nothing is free. So, if you have plans on living there, make your income before. It would be unrealistic to come in Chiang Mai without any source of revenue and expecting to be a digital nomad. If you are more productive in co-working spaces, there is nothing wrong with it. But do it for the good reasons, not because you read somewhere that this is what a digital nomad should do. Why limiting yourself with co-working spaces? Thailand has a lot of nice island and beach locations, but Koh Lanta seems to be the only one digital nomads talk about maybe because it has a co-working space.

So, if you decide to have a blog, patience should come with it. It is not easy to make money from it. Making videos can be useful I some other ways. For example, if you are an online language tutor you could make a series of short video lessons for the language that you teach. This would help you attract new customers. But is it the better way to get your money? Do you want to be that kind of person? Gaining some skills, of course useful ones, will give you better chance to be a digital nomad, and working from the location you want.

But this is something that should be done before, travelling first and then thinking about your income would be a disaster. There is a huge difference between moving into a new place on your own, as a couple or as a family. By moving with someone else, you are able to help each other in finding suitable places to dine, shop and relax that can accommodate to your interests and lifestyle preferences. There is no doubt that sometimes it takes longer for someone to get used to the idea of staying at a new place. In cases such as these, working together as a team is the key to ensuring both you and your partner are able to work things out.

If one of you are facing difficulties adjusting, then the other has to take the necessary steps to offer assistance. For those who have yet to find employment, go on the Internet to find employment opportunities within your vicinity. Make sure you are well aware of any other restrictions.

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If having children is in the pipeline, start to equip yourself with information relating to childcare, healthcare and education. At the same time, notify your local bank and credit card company that you will be away for a certain period of time. Clarify with them whether there will be any additional fees or restrictions for foreign transactions.

Be sure to do the same round of checking with your insurance and tax status. Check whether there will be any changes, penalties or additional charges with regards to your move. One area of importance is to ensure your passports still have many empty pages and have not expired yet. The exact number of empty pages and expiry date may differ depending on your destination. If you intend to sell your house, bear in mind it may take weeks and even months before it gets sold. Thus, it is best to plan ahead and engage a property management company to put your house into listing.

Alternatively, you can engage the same company to rent out and manage your house during your absence. Those with cars or any other vehicles, you have the option to make arrangements to sell or keep it elsewhere. Moving with your pets? Usually, this is not a big problem, however we need you to check with your veterinarian on recommended methods of transporting your pets. Once this is done, relay the information to us so that we can make the best possible arrangements. A point to highlight is that some countries may impose certain restrictions, rules or regulations.

Our team will convey to you if there is a need to provide additional documentation, as well as the processes involved. Finally, ensure all your electronics and mechanics are able to function at your new place. Some countries may require you to use adapters or transformers, so invest in those if necessary. As for your telecommunication providers, the rates for international calls and roaming can be exorbitant. Depending on your length of stay, decide whether getting a new plan would be a better option. Sometimes, not everything on the Internet can be fully reliable.

A simple way to get a balanced opinion is to seek advice from those who have moved, lived, worked or done business at other countries. The moment you have decided which country you intend to relocate to, seek out information on what you will need to ensure a smooth move. At the very least, they will be able to provide information regarding the required visas, permits, medical exams, immunizations and restrictions or taxes on certain items such as pets, vehicles, alcohol and liquid.

When moving into another country, the most important piece of documentation you need to have is your visa. The visa application process can be simple or complicated depending on the country you are moving to. Usually, you will be told to present your birth certificate, passport, medical records and proof of residency during the application process. Moving with young children is much simpler than relocating with a teenager. To increase your chances of success, follow these 3 tips. When they feel that something is happening without them being aware, they feel rejected which created in them anxiety and sadness.

So do not leave them on the low side. Speak honestly about your intentions without wasting time. Establish a regular dialogue on the progress of your project and the decisions you are going to make. If possible, move during the summer holidays. Your teenager has certainly developed strong relationships with his schoolmates.

And even if internet and social networks could facilitate remote communication, the physical absence of friends will be extremely destabilizing. If you have not been left with the option of setting your departure date, it may be best to have your teenager entrusted to a family or friend until the school year is over. Encourage your teen to stay in touch with friends after moving by phone, internet, but also by visiting them. In addition, taking lots of cash is very foolish.

Lastly, stop bashing the U. This stems from jealousy. We send aid, and workers, and many other resources to an unlimited amount of countries that need help. The conveniences, the way of life, and our democracy are what make this country great. Every four to eight years we have a peaceful transition of power unlike what is happening in Iran right now. God bless the U. I found this article very interesting to read.

Some things are familiar and others are not. The bit on the Culture was very useful to me. I read that you travel light so it is easy to go outside the airport to fetch a taxi. Unfortunately, I do not travel light but we usually rent a car if we are not doing a guided tour inclusive with the flight. This is a rip off and our tickets were delivered four days before departure. I contacted the travel agency but they said it was too late to change flights so we are stuck.

We are going on a regular airline but they have put us on a charter flight coming back which means less luggage. Of course I am mad about this and I think it is most unfair but will take it up upon our return. Chris, love your blog. Good info there, even for the experienced traveller…particularly the parts about touching, photos, pointing, contact with the opposite sex, and other cultural issues. Keep up the good work. A comment on haggling. Simply set a price you are willing to pay and if it is not met, walk away. Keep in mind that a product may cost USD 1 to manufacture but sold at USD 1,, and if I pay that price that is exactly what the product is worth …to me ie.

Stick to the principle of valuing something based only on your capacity to pay and its value to you and nothing else. Thanks so much — your blog is inspiring … to help the readers enjoy the diversity of the world with respect and patience. I am green with envy at all your travels! The only thing I would be careful with is with the taxis. Yes, getting them outside the airport is usually cheaper, but it can also be dangerous.

My suggestion is the following: Always inform yourself about the place you are going to travel to. Everything you need. You can even check the address you are going to in GoogleMaps instead of just writing it on a sheet of paper. Anyway, I wish you a lot of great trips:. Except that thing about extra cash is important even in 1st world countries. Hubbie and I were off to the market in Loule, Portugal one Saturday morning. That Saturday morning the entire satellite network was down!

It was too funny to watch all the touristas wandering around town visiting every cash machine possible, hoping beyond hope that they could get some moola. No serious results but a good reminder to always keep a small stash of cashola. And some fond memories of watching how different people deal with bad news! By the way, one thing that I really like about your site is that it is so readable.

You keep your paragraphs short, your font is very legible, your material well laid out and your esthetics very pleasing to the eye. Hi Chris, Always enjoy your articles. One thing I would add, always carry tissues and some local coins for the restrooms. Many countries are not like the US and have free facilities. I tend to buy medicines when I travel, also.

Saying that, it really is useful sometimes to stock up while you can. United Statesian? Versus none of us being allowed to say it? If you are polite, educated and respectful, then you should consider yourself a great ambassador for your country. When I get in a taxi I always have a local map at the ready and if possible the location I am going to written in the local language not every taxi driver can read.

Traveling without heavy suitcases frees me considerably from the feeling of being locked in with any particular taxi driver. Great information! Thanks for sharing! One thing I will share is that you will find a great wealth of information at your local library if the area you are visiting has one. We have a lot of people come to ask us local information, where things are, whats a good place to eat and things like that.

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An excellent post of short, concise tips. Regarding carrying cash while traveling…. I am a young female, who has traveled solo in Latin America. Never have I been robbed while traveling. Great basic guidelines to traveling anywhere, and an interesting and useful conversation. Chris i have recently just discovered your blog and i have to say that i am so inspired!

Life is way too short to not see the world. What did you do after college? I am so glad that i found your blog, and at such a good time! There is definitely a right and wrong way to bargain, but as was mentioned above, in China you need to bargain. You can drive a hard bargain quietly and still let the shopkeeper save some face.

Really just watch how the locals do it. The way it is usually done to me is not polite by Western standards but one gets accustomed to these things. Want to see your photo in the comments? Visit Gravatar. May 2, Bruce Wolper says:.

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