Choose Adventure

Safely Navigating the Challenges of Third World Travel

Discounted Books

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If you are looking at getting my book as a holiday gift, now is the time!
I’m putting Choose Adventure on sale for the next three days.  The Kindle edition is half price.  The hardcover is $5 off.  This is the first and only sale I’ve ever done on these books.
This is the book for the traveler in your life.  There aren’t many books that average 4.9 stars on Amazon with over 150 ratings.
If you want a copy, get one in the next three days.  After Tuesday, prices go back up. Thank you all for your support.

Political Turmoil

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A long form article that contains good information.  With that said, it might be a little much for the casual traveler.


What If You’re Stuck in a Country Consumed by Political Turmoil



Mexico Compendium

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Now that we are outside of hurricane season for Mexico’s Caribbean coast, it’s time to post some travel guides to Mexico.


I’ve been to Mexico more than 25 times in the last 15 years.  I lived in Playa del Carmen for two months last winter.  It’s close, cheap, beautiful, fun, and has no Covid restrictions.  I really think it’s one of the best places for Americans to travel this winter.


I’ve compiled a list of the best articles on the internet for visiting and/or moving to Mexico.  If you are curious about life south of the border, you’ll find all the information you need in the links below.


Riviera Maya (Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum)


26 Unexpected Things to Do in the Riviera Maya, México



The Ultimate Guide To Nightlife In Playa Del Carmen



19 Things Travelers Need To Know Before Visiting Tulum

Playa Del Carmen: The absolute guide for gay travelers



Digital Nomad Communities Booming In Playa Del Carmen, Tulum and Cozumel



5 Things You Should Know About the Hotel Zone of Cancun


How To Get To Cozumel – Cancun To Cozumel

Everything You Need To Know About Traveling To Cancun This Summer



The Best Time To Visit Tulum



Other Areas, Trips, and Travel Tips


Travel Tips For Mexico



The 24 Most Beautiful Places in Mexico



Complete Guide To Visiting Chichen Itza, Mexico

10 Best Mexico Cities (and Worst) to Work Remotely in 2021


Solo Female Travel in Mexico – Your Essential Guide


Best Mexico Tours: Ancient Ruins, Sun & Spicy Food!


Mexican Food Bucket List: 60+ Traditional Dishes to Eat from Mexico


Top 7 Places To Visit For Adventure Tourism In Mexico


Living in Mexico


Living In Mexico City: A Guide (For Digital Nomads)



15 Pros and Cons of Living in Mexico



Digital Nomad Guide to Living in Playa del Carmen


3 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Moving to Mexico


I hope you enjoy Mexico as much as I have.  Please contact me if you have any questions.



Vacation Emergency Gear

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The answer is absolutely “YES”.  I really like the ice bucket idea here.  Going to start filling mine at every hotel as an always available emergency water source.


Should You Pack Emergency Gear While on Vacation?

Insulting Hand Gestures

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How to insult people from every country.


The Global Guide to Hand Gestures




Hotel Safety

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Generally good advice here. I’m not particularly worried about being bugged, but keeping radio and tv on makes it appear that the room is occupied, thus discouraging petty theft.

I don’t copy the fire escape routes, but I do check the escape routes. They will often be blocked or locked in third world countries.


A Hotel Safety Checklist for World Travelers From a Former CIA Operative

Checkpoint Bribery

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While I don’t think this is a good plan in our current policing culture (it will likely get you arrested anywhere you try it in the USA), I have used some of these techniques in foreign countries where I’ve traveled. It’s good to have information like this “just in case.”


How to Bribe at Checkpoints – Prepper Negotiation Skills



Long Haul Flights

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Good advice for optimum comfort on a long haul flight.  I’ve made several 22+ hour flights to Asia and Africa, along with dozens of 10+ hour flights to South America.


My advice to you is to pay for the business class upgrade.  It’s worth the money.


How to Make the Best of a Long Haul Flight



Travel Meds

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Although written from a “survival “perspective, this list of medications is ideal for travelers as well.  The list (including his runners up) is pretty much what I carry with me when I travel to remote areas around the world. I also include Augmentin (an antibiotic) that is specifically indicated for animal bite wounds and Doxycycline (another antibiotic) that covers bioweapons, tick borne diseases, and can be pressed into service as an anti-malarial as well.

The only other things missing are an antibiotic for anaerobic infections like giardia and dysentery (metronidazole or tinidiazole) and a muscle relaxer (I carry Flexeril).

But I’m not a doctor so you shouldn’t take this as medical advice. In my personal experience, these drugs have proven to be very useful in remote areas over many years.


What meds would you want in your personal SHTF pharmacy?


Thoughts on Kidnapping

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This guy is a security specialist in Mexico. He has a very good perspective about the violence that occurs in third world countries and how travelers can better protect themselves. Here are some of his thoughts about kidnappings.