Tourist Meets Traveler

Jamaica “State of Emergency”

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Jamaica recently announced a “State of Emergency” and announced “no-go” zones in both Kingston and Montego Bay.  Read about it here.

Planning To Vacation In Jamaica? New State Of Emergency Has Been Declared


You wouldn’t have gone to any of those areas on your trip to Jamaica anyway.


I promise you are not going to get killed in Jamaica.  That island was my very first foreign destination before I started traveling for real.  I’ve been there five more times since that initial trip and have a pretty clear understanding of the dangers..


I was once chased around a parking lot by an angry local restaurant owner armed with a butcher knife when she realized she failed to charge me $2.00 for the Red Stripe beer I drank with the meal.  I stayed out of her reach and gave her the $2.00 she was demanding.  Problem solved.  That’s the only issue I’ve had in Jamaica.


The shop/booth owners in the markets are more aggressive than in most places.  They may step in front of you to stop your movement or gently grab your arm to steer you to their stall.  Just smile, say “Your merchandise looks great, but I’m not looking for any of that.  Thank you for inviting me into your stall.  I hope you have a great day.”


The shop owners will smile and you will be free to move on.  It grows tiresome saying the same thing to every shop owner, but it’s the best way to handle things.  You smile.  You compliment them on their wares.  They smile.  You walk away.  Rinse and repeat.


This warning doesn’t really affect tourists.  Enjoy your trip to this unique island.

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.