Travel Tips

Plane Exercising

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With plane seats getting smaller and smaller while airline delays skyrocket, it becomes more and more important to maintain circulation during your flight.  Twenty years ago, walking in the aisles was common.  Airline bathrooms were big enough to do a short workout routine.  Now bathrooms are too tiny to move and security concerns prohibit random walking.


While it has become more difficult to exercise on a plane, our culture has also become less fit.  Blood clots and deep vein thrombosis are now serious threats to the traveler’s health.  How does one stay healthy and mobile on a long flight?


The article below offers some very good options and is well worth your effort to read.


10 Simple Circulation Exercises You Can Do In Any Airplane Seat




How Not to Look like an American in Foreign Lands

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I’ve traveled in more than 50 countries and on all seven continents.  Despite what lots of folks believe, foreign citizens DO NOT hate Americans.  Many people from other countries really dislike our governmental policies, but they don’t extend that hatred to the average American person who is traveling in their country.


To put things in perspective, think of Cuba.  You may disagree with the communist  government, but would you treat the average Cuban person badly because of your dislike for communist politics?  Most of you would not.  It’s the same way when people from other countries meet Americans.


Then why would you want to dress to avoid looking like an American?  Mostly it’s because Americans are considered wealthy by third world standards.  As an American, you will be targeted by more scams, solicitations, and even robbery attempts.  Try to blend in as much as possible when you travel.  This article gives you some good starting points.


How Not to Look like an American in Foreign Lands


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

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



Don’t Use Airport USB Chargers

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Don’t plug your phone into any random airport charging stations.  Several of my friends in high places working for three-letter federal agencies overseas have given me the same advice.  In addition to hackers, you also have to worry about your host country’s government spying on you and stealing your data/texts/emails.


Government spying via the use of fake charging outlets is incredibly common in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet countries.


Why airport USB charging stations are actually dangerous

Healthy Third World Travel

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A longer article about precautions to take when traveling in India.  The recommendations are actually very good for any third world travel destination.  The one suggestion I take issue with is the author’s advice to avoid street foods.  If chosen correctly, I think third world street foods are actually a healthier option than eating in most restaurants.  The street food is usually fresh and cooked right in front of you.  Cooking carts are less likely to be infested with rats or insects than restaurant kitchens.


Look for food that is being cooked fresh and isn’t sitting around.  Look for a line of local residents buying the food.  You’ll be fine.


How to Stay Healthy While Traveling in India