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How To Travel To Cuba: A Guide For Americans

American Travel in Cuba

How to Travel to Cuba for Americans

Travel Tips

While relations between Cuba & the United States are improving, Americans have been traveling to Cuba for years. Here’s how you can travel to Cuba as an American.

Back in 1960 the United States imposed a severe trade embargo against Cuba. The Blockade was created after Cuba nationalized American owned oil refineries without compensation.

As part of this embargo, travel to Cuba by Americans has been restricted for the past 54 years. Or more specifically, it’s technically illegal for U.S. citizens to have transactions (spend money or receive gifts) in Cuba under most circumstances.

Basically this regulation has prevented most Americans from considering Cuba as a travel destination. Due to economic sanctions, air travel to Cuba from the United States was almost impossible. American credit & debit cards don’t work in Cuba either.

However things are beginning to change.

Traveling to Cuba for Americans

Exploring the Tobacco Farms of Viñales

Can Americans Travel To Cuba?

Even though travel to Cuba for Americans is restricted, that doesn’t make it impossible to visit. For many years some intrepid Americans were traveling to Cuba anyway. Initially there were two ways to accomplish this.

Special License

You could register for a special license with the US Government if the reason for your travel fit a certain category. These include family visits, professional reasons, journalism, religious or cultural programs, and humanitarian projects. You can see the full list here.

Foreign Gateway Cities

The other option was to travel to Cuba “illegally” through a foreign gateway city. This means flying yourself to Canada or Mexico first, then traveling to Cuba from one of those countries. Because for the rest of the world, Cuba has been a popular travel destination for many years.

It’s only us Americans who haven’t been able to visit Cuba!

New Rules For 2015

As of January 16th, 2015 Americans no longer need to apply for specific licenses if they fit one of the 12 special categories.

What does this mean? It simplifies the process for Americans that meet those special requirements to visit Cuba. But it also creates a grey-area.

If you no longer have to pre-apply for a license, can you say your trip is for journalism when it’s really not? Will anyone even check to make sure you actually match one of the 12 categories?

If you don’t fit one of the categories, will anyone enforce the rules when you return to the United States? From my experience & listening to other travelers, the answer is no.

While it’s still technically illegal for Americans to travel to Cuba for tourism, it seems no one really enforces these travel restrictions anymore.

Tens of thousands of Americans travel to Cuba every year without a license. In fact since President Obama took office, no Americans have ever been fined for visiting Cuba.

American Travel in Cuba

Local Game of Dominoes in the Streets of Havana

How To Travel To Cuba

In April 2016 I traveled to Cuba as an American with Anna from Anna Everywhere and Hannah & Adam from Getting Stamped. We traveled through the popular foreign gateway city of Cancun, Mexico.

You can buy a 30 day Cuban tourist visa at the airport for $20 USD.

There is a counter where these can be purchased before your trip, usually while waiting in line to check in for your flight. The visa is a separate card you keep with your passport, but it’s not attached.

We flew into Havana from Cancun on the Mexican budget airline Interjet for $240 USD round trip, and the flight took about an hour. Other popular airlines for traveling to Cuba are Cubana, AeroMexico, Copa, and Air Canada.

The US Government has recently allowed American airline companies to start flying to Cuba too, but it’s a slow and ongoing process. There are currently some regular flights from Miami to Havana.

Cuban Visa for Americans

My $20 Cuban Visa Card

Cuban Immigration Process

The Cuban immigration process was also super simple. I told the officer I was traveling to Cuba for tourism, and he offered to stamp my visa card instead of my passport. This has been standard operating procedure for years.

Cuba wants American tourism, and they offer to stamp your visa rather than your passport so you don’t get in trouble with your own government.

This way, when you return to the United States, it just looks like you traveled to Mexico. Or Canada. There’s no passport record of your travel to Cuba.

However I asked him to stamp my passport directly. I’m kind of curious what will happen when I return to the United States next week. Will anyone ask me about it? I’ll let you know!

Travel Insurance

Cuba requires all tourists to have (non-American) travel medical insurance before visiting. Some people have been forced to provide proof of their insurance, and if they can’t, they must buy a special Cuban travel insurance package for about $10 a day.

When I visited Cuba though, no one asked about my travel insurance. So I’m not sure how much this requirement is enforced these days.

Exchanging Money In Cuba

Credit & debit cards issued by American banks still don’t work in Cuba. So a trip to the island involves bringing lots of cash. How much? I’m planning to write a budget travel guide for Cuba soon, but to give you an idea, you can travel there comfortably on $50 – $100 per day.

Bring more than you need to be safe. If you run out, you’re out of luck!

Cuba actually has two different currencies. The Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) is the “tourist” currency, pegged to the American dollar. The Cuban Peso (CUP) is what locals use, and worth a lot less. So when you exchange money as a tourist, you’ll get CUC.

$1 USD = 1 CUC = 24 CUP

You can exchange US dollars for CUC, but there is a special 10% penalty fee for this service. So it’s cheaper to exchange Euros, Canadian Dollars, British Pounds, or Mexican Pesos for CUC instead.

There’s an official currency exchange outside the airport in Havana. You can exchange your leftover CUC back to US dollars (or whatever) before you leave the country too.

Casa Particular Cuba

Inside Our Casa Particular in Trinidad

Accommodation In Cuba

You’ll find some hotels & resorts in the most popular tourist cities like Havana, Trinidad, and Varadero. But they generally aren’t cheap. To travel on a budget in Cuba, you’ll want to stay with locals in casa particulars.

A “casa particular” is like a homestay or guesthouse in someone’s home. They sometimes include breakfast, and run between $20 – $30 per night for a double room. To operate a casa particular, local families need to register & pay special taxes to the Cuban government.

Most casa’s don’t have websites, so you just walk around and ask about availability when you get there. If one is booked, the owner will usually help you find another nearby.

AirBnB is now operating in Cuba too! We booked our first two nights in Havana through AirBnB.

Renting a Car in Cuba

Our Rental Car in Cuba

Transportation In Cuba

Cuban Bus System

Cuba has a government run bus company for tourists called Viazul that covers most of the country. Tickets aren’t very expensive, but you can’t book them online yet, and popular routes sell out fast. Which means you might need to buy your ticket in person at the station the day before.

Renting A Car

We rented a modern car in Cuba for 6 of the 10 days we were there. Renting a car in Cuba isn’t easy or cheap. There aren’t many available yet, so you generally have to book a car at least 2 weeks in advance by calling or emailing the company.

When we arrived in Havana, we tried to rent a car directly at the airport with no reservation, and were told repeatedly there were no cars left. Eventually Anna found a guy who said he had two, but from the same company who earlier said they had none.

So it seemed a bit shady/strange… but we ultimately got one.

Renting a car in Cuba with insurance is going to cost you between $70 – $90 USD per day. It’s not cheap! Luckily we split the cost between 4 of us. There’s also a $200 cash deposit required.

Vintage Taxi

The other option for traveling around Cuba is to rent a vintage American car with driver. Again this isn’t cheap unless you’re with a group.

We did this a few times before we rented our own car, and it cost us about $60 USD for a 3 hour one-way trip.

Split between 4 people, it cost about the same as a bus, but we could stop anytime we wanted for photos or snacks. The cars are super cool too!

I’ve also heard it’s possible to rent one for a full day for $100 – $120.

Internet In Cuba

Despite popular opinion, there is some internet access in Cuba. That wasn’t always the case though. For many years Cuba was one of the least connected countries in the world. The government does censor some stuff though, like access to Snapchat or anti-government blogs.

These days you can get connected through Cuba’s state run ETECSA telecom company. Tourists can buy ETECSA prepaid wifi cards at special kiosks for $2 – $3 per hour of service.

These scratch-off type cards provide a username and password for ETECSA wifi networks, which can be found at major hotels or in public parks around the country.

You can often buy additional cards from locals in the park or at a hotel front desk for about $6. The internet isn’t blazing fast, but you can certainly upload web-sized photos to Facebook & Instagram.

Passport Stamp Cuba

My Pink Cuban Passport Stamps!

Cuban Exit Fee

As of May 1, 2015 Cuba no longer charges a $25 CUC exit fee to travelers leaving the country, the fee is now included in your airline ticket price.

Can You Bring Back Cigars?

I thought you’d never ask! So officially, if you are traveling to Cuba under one of the 12 special categories, you are now allowed to bring back $400 worth of souvenirs, including up to $100 worth of Cuban cigars. Yay!

Does that mean $100 of official branded cigars with a receipt? What if you buy unbranded “loose” cigars from a tobacco farmer in Viñales for $1 each?

Well I don’t know yet. But I’ll soon find out, and will be sure to update this post with my experience trying to bring a mix of different Cuban cigars back into the United States!

However buying Cuban cigars in another country, like Mexico, and bringing them back to the US is still illegal.

Most Recent Changes

To learn more about the legality of traveling to Cuba as an American, check out the Treasury Department’s Cuba FAQ.

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Accidents Abroad: What Are Medical Evacuation Flights?

Medical Evacuation Jet

AeroCare Air Rescue Group

Traveling Tips

Circumnavigating the globe is a bunch of enjoyable, however if you’re an adventure addict like me, it is essential to think of the possibility of significant injury or health problem while overseas.

Have you ever assumed concerning what would certainly you carry out in case of an emergency or major accident abroad? For instance if you smash your leg treking, suddenly obtain extremely sick, or anything that wouldn’t permit you to simply get on a business trip like everyone else.

In situations like these, an unexpected emergency clinical discharge flight could deliver you back the home of the United States for treatment with the assistance of liked ones nearby.

To find out even more concerning these type of emptying air travels, I consulted with the AeroCare Air Rescue group at their office in South Florida.
Medical Evacuation Jet

Inside the Cabin with Captain Mario

AeroCare Air Ambulance

AeroCare is a firm that provides air ambulance flights within the United States and abroad. They currently have 3 workplaces in Arizona, Illinois, and also Florida. I stopped by their facility in Fort Lauderdale for an excursion of among their jets and also speak with the staff about the clinical emptying procedure.

There’s a whole lot more to it than I believed!

No matter where you remain in the world, an AeroCare jet could frequently get to you within 24 Hr after obtaining a call, including aiding to arrange all the needed visas, paperwork, and also clinical equipment.

Generally you call them and also they’ll care for the entire transport procedure.

Captain Mario offered me a trip of the Learjet 35A they use here, able to fly 2000 miles at 40,000 feet, around 500 mph to cover missions throughout Canada, Central America, Mexico as well as the Caribbean islands.

AeroCare’s specialized aviators each have more than 8,000 hrs of flight experience so you do not have to worry about any kind of safety concerns as a result of their best document. Each team member is very educated and experienced airborne ambulance industry.

The firm is CAMTS accredited as well, unlike numerous rivals. A versatile fleet of plane enables them to match the appropriate automobile to their person’s certain needs or location.
Medical Evacuation Jet

Chief Air travel Registered nurse Keri Ready to Go

A Flying ICU

AeroCare planes could be outfitted in a complete ICU atmosphere including cardiac tracking, intrusive hemodynamic tracking, IV infusion pumps, pulse oximetry, emergency drug, defibrillation with pacing capabilities, as well as advanced air passage management.

Keri, the chief medic, spoke about the range of medical equipment they have to induce every air travel. She additionally aimed out that for some individuals, a remarkable boost in elevation could possibly be detrimental to their problem.

So the team must monitor a patient’s health as they fly, changing altitude appropriately.

Every aircraft is furnished with a satellite phone that could be used for consulting a physician throughout the flight, and also flights could fit one family members member to come with the person at no added fee. Pet dogs are often okay also!
Medical Evacuation Jet

AeroCare Medical Evacuation Air travels

Does Insurance Cover Flights?

As you could envision, clinical emptying air travels are not low-cost. Nonetheless lots of travel insurance coverage business consist of some type of clinical emptying insurance coverage — — see to it to examine if yours does.

Usually, the only time you’re visiting require an exclusive medical air travel is when your problem is amazing significant, making it difficult to sign up with a business flight like everybody else.

The team at AeroCare will certainly aid you and your family identify if your insurance policy will certainly cover a private medical flight or otherwise. They additionally supply a clinical companion service, organizing for a nurse to accompany you on a business flight for a lower cost.

Two Decade Of Encounter

AeroCare’s CEO Joe CeCe functioned as a paramedic for the Phoenix az Rural Local area Fire Division prior to starting a regional ground rescue company with merely one vehicle. His an interest for air travel combined with and also passion for medication caused him produce AeroCare.

Joe’s objective has been to aid people in requirement and reward people as if they were household members. Along with regular charity air travels, AeroCare does hundreds of body organ transport flights.

So if you ever before discover yourself with a sudden clinical emergency in a foreign country, and also require transportation back to the USA for appropriate therapy, AeroCare is ready to aid. ★

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More Information

Business: AeroCare Air Ambulance
Useful Notes: AeroCare is not an insurance coverage company, instead a medical transportation firm that you would certainly call if you need unexpected emergency clinical discharge while traveling abroad or within the USA.

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33 Cool Travel Jobs To Make Money While Traveling

Make Money Traveling

Unique Ways to Make Money Traveling

Travel Tips

Ever wonder how some people make money while traveling? We’ll I’ve met many of them, and these are the best travel jobs for location-independent nomadic living.

If you love traveling as much as I do, but can’t afford to quit your job and travel, you’re in luck. There are actually many opportunities to make money on the road.

Whether it’s seeking opportunities to trade work for accommodation, or landing a location independent job that gives you the freedom to travel — you have options.

The reason I’ve been able to travel around the world for the past 5 years is because I’ve slowly turned my travel blog into a business.

However that’s certainly not the only path to long-term travel.

How To Make Money Traveling

First a little disclaimer. If all travel jobs were easy, everyone would be doing them. Many of these professions require passion, specialized training, time commitment, and talent. For those that don’t, the pay just isn’t great.

There is no magic way to instantly make lots of money traveling.

The truth about becoming location independent is that it takes years of hard work and sacrifice behind the scenes — something too many people conveniently ignore.

That said, it’s not impossible to make money on the road either. The people who have these jobs invested their time and resources learning the ropes — which means you can do the same if you make it a priority like they did.

We all have the same 24 hours, how will you spend yours?

Expat, Digital Nomad, or Vagabond?

Not all “travel” jobs are created equally. The opportunities listed here fall under one of the following categories — expat jobs, digital nomad jobs, or what I’ll call vagabonding. What’s the difference you ask?

Expat Jobs

Expat stands for “ex-patriot”. Meaning while you are a citizen of one country, you choose to live/work in a foreign country. Expat jobs are only related to travel in that you’re working in a different country from your own. You may live in that country for months at a time, so you aren’t exactly nomadic.

Examples: English teacher, nanny, foreign service, etc.

Digital Nomad

Digital Nomads work from their computers. This makes them location independent. As long as they have access to the internet, they can earn a living. Blogging falls under this category, so it also describes my lifestyle. Digital nomads are free to travel at will, working from coffee shops or hotels.

Examples: Online business, freelance writing, social media, etc.

Vagabonds

Vagabonds do work that I’ll call “alternative” jobs. The type of work that doesn’t require a computer, but a more hands-on approach. Think musicians, artists, or manual labor. Access to the internet or owning a computer aren’t mandatory requirements. Pay might be under the table.

Examples: Street vendor, musician, farm work, etc.

Best Travel Jobs (2016)

The following travel jobs encompass one or more of those categories. Keep in mind not all of these jobs are suitable for everyone.

If you have a university degree, you might not be as willing to pick berries on a farm as someone else might be. Or maybe you are!

We all have different backgrounds, skills, and comfort levels.

Traveling Bartender Job

Jeremy Bartending and Traveling

Bartender/Server

Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are located worldwide and the job description is pretty much the same everywhere. It helps to speak the language, so you may need to invest in a few weeks of language classes. Touristy places will be easier to find work and there’s no minimum or maximum time requirement. Plus the more experience you gain as a bartender, the more job opportunities will open up, with a potential for higher income.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Jeremy traveled and worked as a bartender in Australia.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $5000 per month

RESOURCES

Bartending For Dummies
How To Get A Bartending Job Overseas

Run Travel Tours

Food Tours in Spain with Lauren

Tour Guide

You could consider getting a job as a local tour guide or tour assistant for an international company, either at a single popular location or for larger multi-destination tours. Or you can think entrepreneurial and start your very own tours! Maybe it’s the best un-marked surf spots, an awesome local hiking trip, or showing people the coolest bars and restaurants in town.

EXAMPLE

My friend Lauren started a successful food tour business in Spain.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $10,000 per month

RESOURCES

Tourism Tiger Blog

Traveling Translator

Maria Working as a Translator

Freelance Translator

Obviously you need to know a second language to be a translator, but maybe not as much as you think. Sure you probably won’t be working at the United Nations, but the opportunities are as open as your imagination. You could charge a restaurant to translate their menu, work for a tour company selling tours to tourists who speak your language, or offer freelance translation services online. The more fluent you are, the more money you can make.

EXAMPLE

My friend Maria translates English websites into Spanish.

INCOME RANGE

$0.10 – $0.40 per word

RESOURCES

ProZ Translation Jobs
How To Succeed As A Freelance Translator

Backpacker Hostel

Work at a Hostel

Backpacker Hostel Staff

Backpacker hostels frequently hire travelers to fill positions on a short term basis in exchange for free room and board. There are many different types of jobs, from working the front desk to housekeeping or bartending. If you plan to stay longer term, some hostels offer paid positions too. Actually, I once got paid to work at a backpacker hostel in Hawaii many years ago.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Dave worked the front desk at a backpacker hostel in Singapore.

INCOME RANGE

$7 – $10 an hour, possibly with accommodation included

RESOURCES

Inside An American Hostel: A Guidebook For Managers
Working In A Hostel

Traveling Jobs Yoga

Brandon & Anne the Yoga Instructors

Fitness Instructor

Another job that allows you to travel the world while making money is working as a freelance fitness instructor. You can teach classes on pilates, yoga, zumba, dance, or provide services as a personal trainer if you have enough experience in these fields. Some instructors make deals with local gyms or backpacker hostels in order to use their facilities with clients.

EXAMPLE

My friends Brandon & Anne make money teaching yoga while traveling.

INCOME RANGE

$30 – $100 per hour

RESOURCES

Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations & Techniques
Igniting The Fire: Building A Successful Personal Training Career

Make Money Teaching English

Drew Teaching English in Korea

English Teacher

Do you know how to speak English? Sweet! You may not realize it, but professional English teachers are highly sought after around the world — and the pay can be decent. However just understanding the language isn’t enough, you generally need a college degree and a TEFL certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

EXAMPLE

My buddy Drew made money teaching english in Korea.

INCOME RANGE

$2000 – $3000 per month plus accommodation.

RESOURCES

Online TEFL Language Course
Teaching English As A Foreign Language For Dummies

Make Money Traveling Massage

Kach Giving Massage on TV in Peru

Massage Therapist

Massage therapy is in demand worldwide as an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Trained therapists can offer their skills to weary travelers or expatriates near popular tourist destinations. Work for a larger company or strike out on your own as an entrepreneur. Find clients by teaming up with hotels and giving them a cut for referring customers. Print flyers to hang up around gyms, coffee shops, etc.

EXAMPLE

My friend Kach made money traveling working as a massage therapist.

INCOME RANGE

$50 – $200 per day

RESOURCES

Bodyworker’s Success Blueprint
Business Of Massage Therapy: Building A Successful Career

Travel Jobs Poker

Konrad Plays Poker for a Living

Internet Poker

It almost sounds too good to be true. Playing poker online for a living, from anywhere in the world. But like anything else, it requires lots of hard work to make the lifestyle sustainable. You need to be good with numbers, possess strong willpower to play for hours, keep your emotions in check, and be able to stay focused on the task at hand.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Konrad makes money playing online poker for a living.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $30,000 per month

RESOURCES

Becoming An Online Professional Poker Player
Strategies For Beating Small Stakes Poker Games

Make Money Traveling Webdesign

Adam Designs Websites While Traveling

Web/Graphic Design

One of the most common jobs for traveling digital nomads is graphic or website design. All you need is your computer, an eye for design, and knowledge of certain software programs and online platforms. Things like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, WordPress, Illustrator, etc. Talent for writing code helps too — specifically HTML, PHP, and CSS. School helps, but it’s also possible to learn on your own with tutorials.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Adam makes money traveling while designing websites.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $7,000 per month

RESOURCES

Running A Web Design Business From Home
Professional WordPress: Design & Development

Cruise & Yacht Jobs

Earl Worked on Cruise Ships

Work On A Yacht / Cruise Ship

Traveling the world while working on private yachts or large cruise ships is an awesome way to see some pretty exotic places. Food, accommodation, transportation, and insurance is covered too — so it’s a great way to save money. Many jobs also provide plenty of vacation time to travel on your own. There are different types of positions available: deck-hand, stewardess, chef, tour manager, entertainment, engineer, and more.

EXAMPLE

My friend Earl made money traveling & working on a cruise ship.

INCOME RANGE

$2000 – $6000 per month

RESOURCES

Work On A Cruise Ship
The Yacht Guru’s Bible

Make Money Traveling Chef

Daniel the Traveling Chef

Professional Chef

Working in the kitchen as a traveling chef gives you the opportunity to work anywhere in the world. However the hours are long, irregular, and stressful. Traveling chefs can land jobs at traditional restaurants, hotels, cruise ships, private yachts, food trucks, or even work for private households. Being well-rounded with past experience helps your chances too. Jobs vacancies are often listed online, either in classifieds or company websites.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Daniel make money traveling as a professional chef.

INCOME RANGE

$9 – $20 per hour

RESOURCES

Have Blade Will Travel: Adventures Of A Traveling Chef

Day Trading

Marcello Day Trading from Greece

Day Trading

Like many of the jobs in this list, you can’t just jump into gambling on the stock market without any prior experience and expect to become rich. However I’ve met quite a few people who make money traveling and day trading. It usually takes a few years and losing some money before it starts to pay off. A background in finance and spare cash to invest helps too.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Marcello makes money day trading stocks while traveling.

INCOME RANGE

$100 – $10,000 per day

RESOURCES

Day Trading Academy
Day Trading: Strategies For Maximum Profit

Make Money as a Street Vendor

Sorina Showing Off her Holster Purse

Street Vendor

Jewelry is the most popular item to sell, but it could also be art, clothing, leather goods… anything where you can source materials locally in bulk to make a product yourself. Setting up as a vendor requires supplies, possibly meaning a longer time in one location, but if you’re going to spend a season in one place it can be worth it. Find a location with lots of tourist traffic like walking streets or public beaches.

EXAMPLE

My friend Sorina sells leather accessories while traveling around Europe.

INCOME RANGE

$20 – $200 per day

RESOURCES

Jewelry Making & Beading For Dummies
Bohemian Inspired Jewelry Using Leather, Ribbons, and Cord

Make Money at Festivals

Kellie Working at a Festival

Festival Circuit

You don’t have to be a big name performer to work at festivals around the world. There are side-stage acts, installations, event staff, and food vendors too. Festivals always bring on lots of staff before, during and after the events. You can time southern hemisphere Australian and New Zealand festivals between Canadian, American and European summer circuits.

EXAMPLE

My friend Kellie makes money traveling working at festivals.

INCOME RANGE

Free tickets – $12 an hour

RESOURCES

How To Get A Job At A Music Festival

Make Money Scuba Instructor

Antonio Makes Money Traveling as a Scuba Instructor

Sports Instructor

Are you exceptionally good at a particular sport? Share your knowledge with others and get a job as a professional instructor. Surfing, kitesurfing, skiing, scuba diving, skydiving, rock climbing, fly fishing, kayaking, tennis, sailing, mountaineering, etc. Earn an income doing what you love while traveling.

EXAMPLE

My friends Antonio & Amanda make money as scuba diving instructors.

INCOME RANGE

Varies widely

RESOURCES

True Stories From A Diving Instructor
Ski Instructor’s Handbook

Traveling Au Pair Job

Ashley Travels as an Au Pair

Au Pair

An au pair is a professional live-in babysitter or nanny hired by a family to help their kids learn a new language and do some household chores in exchange for room, board, and a weekly income. The job allows you to live in a foreign country, learn a new language, and experience the culture first-hand while making some money.

EXAMPLE

My friend Ashley made money working as an au pair in France.

INCOME RANGE

$400 – $1000 per month

RESOURCES

Au Pair Guide: A Helpful Handbook
So You Want To Be An Au Pair?

Flight Attendant Jobs

Mia Working as a Flight Attendant

Flight Attendant

The life of a flight attendant may seem glamours. Constantly jetting around the world, partying it up in different cities, experiencing different cultures, 90% off airline tickets, hotel discounts, cheap rent, and working above the clouds. But it’s hard work too. The training is tough, the hours are long, and all the moving around can get lonely. However for those with a case of wanderlust, it can help you travel the world.

EXAMPLE

My friend Mia makes money traveling as a flight attendant.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $4000 per month

RESOURCES

Looking Skyward: Turn Flight Attendant Dreams Into Reality
Flight Attendant Survival Guide

Foreign Service Jobs

Anna Working for the UN

Foreign Service

Working for the foreign service (aka diplomat) or an intergovernmental organization (IGO) is one travel job that allows you to experience life in a different part of the world. Most of these government jobs are only open to people with university degrees or knowledge of foreign languages. Applications and tests for these types of positions can be found online.

EXAMPLE

My friend Anna worked for the Polish embassy in London.

INCOME RANGE

$500 – $10,000 per month

RESOURCES

So You Want My Job: Foreign Service Officer

Travel Photographer Jobs

Brendan the Travel Photographer

Photographer

Becoming a professional travel or adventure photographer and selling your images from around the world takes years of hard work. You can upload photos in bulk to micro-stock sites or sell images to clients directly for use in magazines, books, brand campaigns, or websites. Running guided photography tours and selling online tutorials are additional ways to make money as a traveling photographer.

EXAMPLE

My friend Brendan wrote an eye-opening article about working as professional travel photographer these days.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $10,000 per month

RESOURCES

Going Pro: Making Money With Photography
How To Become A Travel Photographer

Traveling Writer Job

Jodi the Food & Travel Writer

Travel Writer

Writing about travel seems to be a dream job for many, however it’s not something most people can just jump into. First, you have to be a great writer. Next, you need to learn about networking, pitching to editors, and all the other business stuff involved. Once you have those down, then it’s possible to write for magazines, newspapers, websites, or travel guidebooks.

EXAMPLE

My friend Jodi earns income on the road as a travel & food writer.

INCOME RANGE

$0.10 – $1.00 per word

RESOURCES

The Essential Guide To Freelance Writing
Travel Writing: Expert Advice From Lonely Planet

Make Money Amazon Store

Aileen Earns Income with an Amazon Store

Drop Shipping / Amazon FBA

It has a few names and variations, but buying products overseas then re-branding them and selling through Amazon is an increasingly common way to make money while traveling. Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) means you don’t need an actual storefront location because products are stocked at Amazon’s network of fulfillment centers around the world.

EXAMPLE

My friend Aileen makes money traveling & selling products on Amazon.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $30,000 per month

RESOURCES

Create Brands & Sell With Amazon FBA
Amazon Selling Blueprint

Make Money Travel Blogging

Blogging Hard in Mexico!

Blogging

Making money as a blogger while traveling is a dream job for many. But like most things in life, it’s hardly that simple. Making money with a blog is hard work — and can take years. Travel blogging isn’t the only option either. Other examples include food bloggers, mommy bloggers, fashion bloggers, and lifestyle bloggers. Income generally comes from advertising, affiliate sales, books, influencer projects, etc. But first you need to build an audience!

EXAMPLE

Me! Check out my resources below about how to become a travel blogger.

INCOME RANGE

$500 – $20,000+ per month

RESOURCES

How To Start A Travel Blog
Becoming A Professional Travel Blogger

Make Money Traveling Musician

Nadia Makes Money Working as a Musician

Musician / Street Performer

Also known as busking, use your best talents to make some money from tourists. Create an act, grab an instrument, pick a spot with lots of foot traffic, and drop a hat. Many cities require a permit for busking, so make sure to do your research first. Do you have any special talents? Acrobatics, painting, fortune telling, music, break dancing, henna art, it could be anything.

EXAMPLE

My friend Nadia makes money traveling and playing street music.

INCOME RANGE

$10 – $100 per hour

RESOURCES

Busking For Fun & Profit
Busking And Street Performing To Fund Your Travels

Make Money Traveling AirBnB

Alyssa Makes Money Renting through AirBnB

AirBnB

I’m sure you’ve heard of AirBnB by now, the holiday apartment booking site that lets you stay in other people’s homes rather than hotels. Well some enterprising individuals are renting out their flats while they travel, making decent income. The key is automating the process as much as possible so you don’t have to be there in person.

EXAMPLE

My friend Alyssa makes money renting her apartment on AirBnB.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $7000+ per month

RESOURCES

Get Paid For Your Pad
Make Money On AirBnB

Make Money Traveling Seasonal Jobs

Brian Working Construction

Seasonal Jobs

I’ve met many travelers around the world who work seasonally, spending part of the year earning money and then traveling for months in the off-season. The number of jobs in this category are countless. Construction, school teachers, commercial fishing, oil workers, electricians, ski resort staff, etc. But again, these jobs depend on what skills you currently possess or are willing to learn.

EXAMPLE

My buddy Brian has worked construction jobs while traveling.

INCOME RANGE

Varies widely

RESOURCES

Oil Rig Jobs Reloaded
Big Bucks Guide To Commercial Fishing

Peace Corp

Helping With a Peace Corp Project

Peace Corp / NGO

Want the experience of a lifetime helping others less fortunate than yourself? Try volunteering with the Peace Corp or a Non-Governmental Organization. Just keep in mind that volunteer work is a full-time job. While it makes your life rich with experiences, the money isn’t great. You’ll build confidence to handle any challenge — because the work itself is challenging.

EXAMPLE

My friend Danielle worked as Peace Corp volunteer in Nicaragua.

INCOME RANGE

$314 per month plus food & accommodation

RESOURCES

I Quit My Job and Joined The Peace Corp

Marketing PR Jobs

Pete & Dalene Working from the Road

Marketing / PR

Again, not something you can just learn in a week. There is a reason people go to school and get a degree in marketing. However if you have a business/marketing background, there is no reason why you can’t freelance this type of work from a hammock in Bali. In fact it’s becoming much more common — I’ve met plenty of people helping authors or brands get their name out to a wider audience while traveling.

EXAMPLE

My friends Pete & Dalene run a digital influencer marketing company.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $10,000+ per month

RESOURCES

The New Rules Of Marketing & PR
Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer On The Future

YouTube Travel Job

Nadine Makes Money as a YouTuber

Video Work / Vlogging

Traveling around the world making videos is another dream job, and some people make a very good living with it. There are a few different paths too — shooting and selling stock footage, becoming a popular YouTuber, or producing highly polished marketing films for tourism boards & travel brands. A strong knowledge of video, editing, networking, and marketing is highly recommended for this type of work.

EXAMPLE

My friend Nadine makes money traveling as a professional YouTuber.

INCOME RANGE

$1000 – $20,000+ per month

RESOURCES

Living Off YouTube: A Complete Guide
YouTube Black Book: How To Create A Channel & Make Money

Travel Nurse Job

Rachel the Traveling Nurse

Travel Nurse

To become a travel nurse, you must first get a degree as a registered nurse (RN) which takes 2-4 years. Once you have that, it’s possible to apply for temporary travel nursing jobs which can last up to 13 weeks. Depending on he assignment, sometimes these jobs include tax-free income, free housing, medical coverage, rental cars, and more. There are travel nurse staffing agencies that specialize in helping you locate a job overseas too.

EXAMPLE

My friend Rachel worked as a travel nurse for a while.

INCOME RANGE

$30 – $40 per hour

RESOURCES

How To Be A Successful Travel Nurse

Computer Programming Travel Job

Simon & Erin the Programmers

Computer Programmer

If you already have the skills & training needed as a computer programmer, than transitioning your cubicle office job into a freelance position with location independence would give you the freedom to travel. There are special freelance programming websites where you can bid on jobs, or you can try to launch a company to build your own products like iPhone apps or custom web applications.

EXAMPLE

My friends Simon & Erin develop smartphone apps as they travel.

INCOME RANGE

$3000 – $10,000 per month

RESOURCES

How To Become An Expert Software Engineer
How I Work As A Digital Nomad Programmer

Virtual Assistant Travel Job

Katie the Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistant

With advancements in office technology and a desire to reduce employee costs, business are increasing looking to hire virtual assistants who can work from home (or anywhere for that matter). There is little that personal assistants can’t do remotely these days. Social media scheduling, responding to customer enquires, calendar management, and all sorts of other tasks can be taken care of by a competent virtual assistant.

EXAMPLE

My friend Katie travels & works as a virtual assistant.

INCOME RANGE

$500 – $3000 per month

RESOURCES

Becoming A VA: The Virtual Assistant Industry
Become A Virtual Assistant: Guide To Success

Consultant Work and Travel

Dave Working from the Beach

Professional Consultant

Are you an expert in your field? Working as a professional consultant for companies may give you the ticket to location independence. Consultants work on short term projects, helping businesses grow by training staff how to do something better. For example, instructing a business how to use social media effectively, or how to become more environmentally friendly. Generally they are paid to share their specialized expertise.

EXAMPLE

My friend Dave travels and works as a consultant for oil companies.

INCOME RANGE

Varies widely.

RESOURCES

Never Chase Clients Again: The Art Of Consulting
Working For Yourself: Law & Taxes

Working Holiday Visa Jobs

Marta on a Working Holiday

Working Holiday Visas

A working holiday visa is a special residence permit allowing travelers to legally work in foreign countries to supplement their travel funds. They are generally intended for people between the ages of 18 to 30, and requirements differ based on the country. Some popular destinations for working holidays include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Ireland, and Singapore.

EXAMPLE

My friend Marta has lived in 3 different countries on working holiday visas.

INCOME RANGE

Varies widely

RESOURCES

List Of Countries Offering Working Holiday
How To Travel The World On $50 A Day

There Are No Easy Travel Jobs

The truth is there are no easy ways to make lots of money while traveling without prior skills, time commitment, or experience. It’s just not how the world works.

No one is going to pay you thousands of dollars each month to do something easy.

Dream jobs often take years to materialize, and include unimaginable effort & sacrifice that the average person just can’t understand until they experience that same journey for themselves.

While I make a good living with my travel blog — it didn’t happen overnight. It’s the same for most of these other jealousy-inducing types of jobs.

But I hope this article has demonstrated that there are plenty of people out there working hard and “living the dream” who manage to make money while traveling. It’s not impossible!

So get out there and start making your own dreams come true. ★

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Do you have a travel friendly job? Any others I missed?

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Fantasy Fest: Key West’s Crazy Street Festival

Fantasy Fest

Fantasy Fest in Key West

Element West, Florida

Wish to discover the best-kept key for road events? It’s a wild 10 day outfit celebration in October called Dream Feast in Secret West, Florida.

Fantasy Feast is Burning Man fulfills Mardi Gras for Halloween on an exotic island. Except in a location where you could additionally remain in an attractive B&& B bordered by old banyan trees.

A place so unique that gays, bikers, pirates, musicians, pole dancers and also entrepreneurs are the norm, living a motto “One Human Family.” An area where you could enjoy the sunlight both increase as well as established over the sea daily.

After finding out about the celebration for several years residing in South Florida, I lastly made it to see exactly what all the hype had to do with my blogger buddy Steph from Travel-Break. net.

Our week was unbelievably fun, absurd, and also liberating at one time.
Fantasy Fest Pirate Bash

Shudder Me Timbers!

Fantasy Festival Key West

Super Heroes Showing Some Skin

The Conch Republic

Element West is America’s very own little Caribbean island, known as the Conch Republic to citizens who fancy themselves a different nation. The island is located at the southerly pointer of the beautiful Florida Keys.

With specific legislations being a little bit more lax (like permitting “open containers” on the street) and also such a distinct mix of individuals and also designs, you actually do really feel as though you remain in an additional land.

Spend an afternoon walking past Secret West’s pastel colored residences or searching several of its 50 fine art galleries while still never ever greater than a dozen obstructs from the sea in any direction.

The entire island’s 1 x 4 miles is accessible by charming lanes bordered by tropical vegetation, feeling a bit like a secret yard which you could browse by foot, bike or moped.
Fantasy Fest Toga Party

Steph is Attacked by Sexy Spartans

Fantasy Fest Parade

Dream Fest Parade

Fantasy Fest Vibe

This magical little island gets back at wilder when it celebrates Halloween for 10 days at the end of October in an amazing wonderland referred to as Fantasy Fest… … where nearly anything goes.

Highlight any type of piece of your character (or a various one every night)!

Throughout the festival locations hold their own special events. These celebrations produce a whole globe within themselves, globes that you are encouraged to participate in! They gather a combo of neighborhood food, talented musicians, as well as fundraising for numerous neighborhood charities.

This cooperation makes each occasion take on a life of its own, feeding everyone’s imaginative inner-child that you’ll leave the celebration sensation closer to.

There are costume competitors, AIDS fundraising events, family-friendly parades, drag-queen competitions, which so much more.
Pirate Party

Pirates

Alien Costume

Intergalactic Alien Invasion

Intergalactic Fanatic Program

The theme for 2015 was the All Hallows InterGalactic Addict Show, and also it definitely met its name. This village welcomed 60,000 addicts, cost-free spirits, and aliens from throughout the country.

Individuals spend months intending out their outfits (or lack thereof) for the plethora of themed celebrations that happen throughout the week. I entered the spirit of things by loading 3 different costumes myself — — Greek God, Dirty Pirate, and Intergalactic Alien full with full-body paint task.

One evening Steph and I found our own selves at Irish Kevin’s annual Dream Feast 80’s celebration when who ought to collapse the stage however Mr. Margaritaville himself!

Jimmy Buffett chose up a guitar and also played in addition to the band for a few tracks as the remainder people danced on like every little thing was typical.

Merely a common night at Fantasy Feast in Trick West.
Exploring Ireland

Jimmy Buffett!

Fantasy Fest Queen

King & & Queen of Dream Fest Dream Fest Events

Some highlights of Dream Feast include The Crowning Ball where the Conch King and also Conch Queen make an appearance. They win this royal title by having actually elevated the biggest quantity of funds for AIDS Help. In 2007 they raised over $200,000 and given that 1989 almost $2.6 million has been given away.

Goombay is a 2 day street celebration kept in Key West’s Bahama Village community. It’s named after the goatskin drums that produce the party’s rhythms which celebrates the heritage of Trick West’s large Bahamian population with food, fine art which a great deal of dance.

Various other preferred events consist of the Zombie Bike Ride, Family pet Pose, Anything But Garments Event, Rum Barrel Pirate Bash, Airbrush Exposition, Sloppy Joe’s Toga Celebration, and much more.

You could locate a full listing of occasions on the Fantasy Fest Internet site.

On the last day, the festival culminates with the Dream Fest Parade down the community’s main Duval Road covering the 1 mile cross-stretch from the Atlantic to the Gulf coast.
Key West Parade

There’s No Area Like House

Pirate Bash

Arrrrrgh! Rum Barrel Pirate Bash

Celebration Tips & &

Insight While basically an extended adult outfit event at the end of October, Dream Fest doesn’t consistently drop on Halloween itself. It did this year (2015), yet that’s not constantly the instance.

There’s some nakedness at Fantasy Fest, however that’s not all it’s around. You’ll find individuals of every race, age, type of body, sexual-preference, and career below also. An event for judgement-free which unbiased individuals.

With only 75 taxi cabs and also 60,000 individuals throughout the occasion, discovering a taxi isn’t really consistently simple. Renting out a bike could be a great alternative for navigating, offered you do not consume way too much.

No Dream Feast experience is complete without some body system paint. Airbrush artists from around the nation established up shop to make your desires truth. Rates range from $100 to $800+ relying on just how complex the job is.

Required a remedy for your killer hangover the morning after? Get hold of a bite to eat at Blue Heaven or some solid cuban coffee at Cuban Coffee Queen.
Clown Costumes

Psychotic Clowns

Fantasy Fest Costumes

Do not Mess With These Two…

… Arriving

So just how do you obtain to this crazy event called Dream Fest in Secret West? Drop a bunny opening? Hope a hurricane gets your farmhouse in Kansas? Luckily you could merely drive 160 miles South from Miami on Highway United States 1.

It’s a gorgeous roadway travel over endless links throughout the Florida Keys, flanked by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and also the Gulf of Mexico on the other.

A fast 45 minute puddle jumper air travel from Miami or Ft Lauderdale airport terminal straight to the island is additionally feasible. I wish I’ll see you there in 2016! ★

More Info

Place: Key West, Florida [Map]
Accommodation: Casa Marina Resort
Outfit Rental: Crazy About Costumes
Helpful Notes: The style for Dream Fest 2016 will certainly be “Political Voodoo & & Tally Barbarians”. Days for 2016 will certainly be October 21st– October 30th. You can learn more regarding the festival at FantasyFest.com or start planning your travel to the Keys at www.fla-keys.com.
Advised Reading: The Trick West Container Listing

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Love Good Coffee? United Airlines Will Be Serving illy!

United and illy

United Airlines Serving illy Coffee

I have no idea regarding you, however I’m a huge coffee fan. So I was pleased to hear that United Airlines will be offering costs Italian coffee illycafè in its United Clubs at the firm’s hubs in the continental United States beginning following month and across all flights next summer.

As an expert travel blog writer I fly a whole lot nowadays, and also the majority of my award miles are through Star Partnership & & United Airlines.

Improving the flying encounter by offering wonderful coffee is a small but important change I completely welcome.

United connected to me because they wished to discuss just how as well as why they are updating their coffee brand name to illy — — and also the thoughtful trip to this brand-new partner.

Delighting in Wonderful Coffee in the Sky

Why illy Coffee?

Picking the famous Italian coffee brand illy had not been random either. They in fact triumphed over 16 various other prospects in blind trial run performed on the ground as well as airborne with both consumers and also staff members.

Did you know that the absence of moisture in aircrafts triggers travelers to shed their taste by regarding 30 %? It’s true!

So if you choose solid tasty coffee like me, you’ll delight in illy.

United will certainly be serving the brand’s trademark scuro dark roast as well as capuccino made from Arabica beans acquired straight from growers in Brazil, Central America, India and also Africa.

Airline competitors is strong these days. It’s great to see an airline hearing consumers as well as workers in order to boost customer contentment.

Offering much better coffee aboard is one small adjustment that United is making to stand apart from its rivals. I’m looking onward to this! ★

Enjoy Video: United Airlines Coffee Preference Test

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5 Inspiring Journeymakers I’ve Met On My Travels

Pedro from Guatemala

Pedro from Guatemala

Journeymakers are the people you meet that make your trips more remarkable. Individuals that discuss their spirit & & excitement with every person they encounter.

This month I’m partnering up with American Express for their 100th anniversary to highlight several of my favorite Journeymakers after 5 years on the roadway.

Who are Journeymakers? Individuals you fulfill on your journeys that motivate you or somehow make your trip added special.

The tourist guide, residents, or others who find a method to improve your travel experience.

It was difficult for me to pick, as I have actually met so several impressive Journeymakers throughout my trips. Yet these are individuals that stand out the most.

Pedro The Volcano Male

Guatemala is where I met my initial Journeymaker, Pedro. With my Spanish equally as bad as his English, interaction was basic as he guided us up the 9000 foot Volcano San Pedro on the shores of stunning Lake Atitlan.

Nevertheless you do not should talk the exact same language making a brand-new pal. Pedro was joking around with all of us the way up — — stopping to aim out his preferred blossoms, mushrooms, and also birds as we climbed up.

When he isn’t really expanding coffee along the nutrient rich inclines of the volcano, Pedro quick guides intrepid tourists to the top, getting rid of a path with the forest with his dependable machete.

The view from the top was panoramic. It’s humbling to recognize that he hikes this giant volcano daily to earn money. Makes you value exactly how very easy the rest of us have it.

Pedro’s enthusiastic perspective regarding discussing his knowledge of the local landscape aided make our volcano experience feel additional unique.
Sorina from Romania

Sorina from Romania

Sorina The Gypsy

While taking a trip through Spain I fulfilled a remarkable community of gypsy tourists who live inside deserted caves. Initially from Romania, Sorina and her good friends kindly invited me to suspended out with them and also invest the night in their cavern.

We discussed stories, catering, as well as played music all night. They clarified how they sustain themselves by marketing homemade crafts to visitors in Granada. Other participants of the community would certainly appear and join us every so often.

The next day I aided them all create a veggie yard.

The kindness of Sorina & & her friends will consistently remain with me — — discussing their jampacked cavern with a complete stranger just since I was curious concerning their way of living. It made me wish to head out as well as return the support for another person.

Many thanks to them, my time in Granada was the highlight of my journey to Spain.
Isaac from Panama

Isaac from Panama

Isaac The Jungle Guide

While traveling through Panama, I joined a pal to go to the Darien Space. We hired a regional Kuna native guide named Isaac to lead us with this strange wild where no roads exist.

Hiking deep into the rainforest looking for rare frogs, birds, as well as snakes — — Isaac used his expertise of the area to locate animals we would certainly never ever have actually found on our very own.

But the trip didn’t quit there. As opposed to spend for a guesthouse, Isaac invited us to stay with him and also his household.

Angling is a major source of both food and earnings for the native individuals living right here. We spent an afternoon on the river hand-line angling in the rain, later on grilling our fresh catch for dinner.

Thanks to Isaac’s friendliness and exterior skills, we received a remarkable glimpse of life in Darien that not lots of people reach experience.
Rudy from Nicaragua

Rudy from Nicaragua

Rudy The Ex-Soldier

I initially satisfied Rudy while looking for road food late one night in the city of León, Nicaragua. After ordering a giant chicken empanada with rice & & beans I sat down to eat alone.

Another customer invited me over to join him. “Nobody must eat alone” he said. A previous soldier from the Nicaraguan transformation, Rudy was visiting from Luxembourg where he lives currently.

He told me the odd story of Dr. Abraham Paguaga, a well-known doctor with magic healing abilities. Together we located citizens to verify his tale.

Ultimately we faced a set of senior sis who were dealt with by the doctor. They invited us in for tea to discuss how he recovered them both from illness when no person else could.

Many thanks to Rudy, I learned something unexpected concerning an enchanting place. He triggered my interest as well as helped include a layer of intrigue to neighborhood record.
Fleming & Ellen from Denmark

Fleming & & Ellen from Denmark

Fleming & & Ellen The Adventurers While travelling

10 days across Greenland’s Arctic Circle Route, I suddenly fulfilled Fleming & & Ellen from Denmark at a remote wild cabin 50 miles from society.

We talked for a couple of hours waiting for the stable rainfall outside to decrease.

At 70 years old, they have actually hiked the 100 mile long Polar circle Route 6 times now. They had actually additionally invested a month travelling completely across Greenland’s large ice cap, drawing their very own food & & supplies on sleds…

… If that wasn’t enough to impress, they have actually both treked to Everest Base Camp and also climbed up Mont Blanc (Europe’s greatest mountain at 15,777 ft.). They really did not also begin hiking till their 40’s either!

Before we parted ways, these unbelievably inspiring senior resident travelers offered me suggestions for crossing a deep river further ahead on the trail, as well as ideas for my next journey.

Many thanks to Fleming & & Ellen, I will never ever really feel too old to seek tough brand-new traveling encounters. If they could do it at 70, so can most of us.

Who Are Your #Journeymakers?

All these people shared their time & & compassion with me while improving my travel experience to assist make it a lot more memorable. Have you satisfied any sort of Journeymakers on your trips that deserve to be acknowledged or said thanks to?

See The Journeymakers Website to create a tailored postcard to give thanks to someone who made your journey added special.

Bear in mind to discuss your story in the comments below as well! ★

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That has influenced or improved your trips?

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Finding My Roots In Ireland: Family Genealogy Road Trip

Genealogy in Ireland

Family Family tree Trip in Ireland

Glengarriff, Ireland

It only took me 34 years to see my family’s ancestral homeland of Ireland. Signed up with by my moms and dads & & sibling, we took a trip to the Emerald green Island to investigate our record.

Like most Americans, I’m a dog. My family immigrated to the United States from Ireland, Poland, Germany as well as England. Mostly from Ireland though — — including my concerned grandma.

Focusing on the side of the family members with one of the most recent connect to Ireland, we made a decision to check out the location where my granny was born. A tiny south-western coastal village called Glengarriff in Region Cork.

I was specifically delighted for this journey, as it was the very first time that my household participants were visiting take a trip with me globally, as well as years since we ‘d taken a trip together for any kind of sort of journey. Woohoo!
O'Neils Bar Dublin

Guinness For Morning meal

Dublin Sights

Dublin Castle

Showing up In Dublin

The very first order of company once we got there in Dublin after inspecting right into the Trinity City Hotel was to grab a large Irish breakfast and also clean it down with a few pints of Guinness at O’Neil’s Bar & & Restaurant. At 10am obviously. We were off to an excellent beginning.

Hey, isn’t that just what you’re expected to do in Ireland?

We invested the rest of the day discovering Dublin by bus as well as walking. Everybody was working on little sleep due to the intercontinental flight the evening previously, so our activities were maintained to a minimum.

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle was initially constructed as a defensive framework for the city of Dublin, later on serving as house for the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland who regulated for the King of England. These days it’s utilized for governmental inaugurations and state functions.

St. Patrick’s Basilica

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is Ireland’s biggest church, started back in 1191. Jonathan Swift (writer of Gulliver’s Trips) was once the dean, and also is presently buried below. Dublin really has 2 cathedrals belonging to the Church of Ireland, the various other being Christ Church Basilica.

Teeling Whiskey Distillery

Most individuals that see Dublin visit the Jameson Distillery, which is merely a showroom for tourists. The only working Irish Scotch distillery in Dublin is called Teeling. We enjoyed the scotch procedure from beginning to end as well as tasted the difference in between single grain, single malt, and age.
Cashel Castle Ireland

Rock of Cashel

Colmans Cathedral

Port Community of Cobh

Irish Ancestry Journey

Since we ‘d experienced a preference of Dublin, it was time to embark on the core objective of this travel. Searching for any kind of information we might locate about my granny’s life in Ireland prior to she cruised to Boston in 1930.

Before traveling to Ireland, my sibling Lindsay had done some study on Ancestry.com which aided us locate fundamental USA immigration records for my grandma.

To broaden on those, we likewise employed the services of Eneclann, a genealogy research study firm. They provided an in-depth file based on Irish census info with all sort of fascinating realities we would certainly never recognized before!

Like that we came from a household of fishermen as well as farmers.

Armed with this new expertise we rented a vehicle and began driving southwest throughout Ireland on the M8 via the community of Cashel and the city of Cork quiting at well-known landmarks along the way.

One such site is the port town of Cobh, previously Queenstown, where 2.5 million of the 6 million Irish people who departed to North America left from. Including my granny in 1930!
Glengarriff

Glengarriff, Ireland

Carraig Dubh House

Paudie & & Kathleen Connolly Glengarriff Town

Showing up in Glengarriff after navigating some of Ireland’s notoriously narrow roads, we checked out a quaint neighborhood bed & & morning meal called Carraig Dubh Residence set down on a hill forgeting the town. It was right here we fulfilled the happy owners Paudie & & Kathleen.

They would be the key to unlocking the mysteries of our quest.

We discussed that we remained in Glengarriff as part of a genealogy journey, and also asked if they may remember my grandma or her family members. Certainly they did! In a town of 800 individuals, everyone recognizes every person.

My auntie had actually provided us an old postcard of Glengarriff from when she visited a while back. It was stated to include the McCarthy household house that my granny matured in.
Glengarriff Ireland

Old Postcard of My Granny’s Residence

Ellen's Rock Glengarriff

We Found It!

Searching For The Home

Our hosts took one look at the postcard and verified our uncertainties. Yes that’s where she grew up, as well as it still exists! As a matter of fact it’s merely in the future…

… The typical 3-room Irish residence made from stone lies at an area called Ellen’s Rock, a famous area for pictures when Glengarriff was a preferred tourist attraction and also sea cruise ship destination in the early component of the century.

We entered the car and goinged to see it for our own selves.

Resting on the edge of Bantry Bay, the structure has actually seen much better days yet was still standing. Transforms out it’s possessed by my daddy’s cousin Teddy, a long-lost relative none of us had actually ever satisfied before.

Our next goal? Locate Teddy and also purchase him a beer!

Everything appeared to be forming flawlessly.
Ireland Family Trip

My Dad Satisfies His Relative Teddy

Garnish Island Ireland

Garnish Island Gardens

Meeting Family members

Teddy keeps the McCarthy household tradition of fishing and cruising active as a boat captain for the Harbour Queen Ferryboat. They take travelers out on fishing expedition as well as ferryboat trips to the attractive Garnish Island Gardens.

We dropped to the anchors, however unfortunately merely missed him, so we made a decision to use the ferryboat bent on Garnish Island as well as explore the yards. Motoring past satisfied seals sunbathing on rocks.

Concluding the island adventure, we surprised Teddy with an unanticipated family members browse through. He appeared a bit surprised, and uncertain how you can react. Who are these unfamiliar people from the United States claiming to be relatives?

We made plans to meet later on that evening at The Home Bar, a preferred neighborhood bar in the area. With any luck we would certainly all learn more about each various other a bit better over a few pints of Guinness.
Glengarriff Church

Sacred Heart Church in Glengarriff

Glengarriff Cemetery

McCarthy Family Plot

Understanding Family History

Teddy brought his partner Abigail to join us at bench. Thankfully she functioned as a translator too, his thick Irish accent difficult for us Yankees to recognize! We learned that Teddy wants to deal with old boats, just as my papa does.

My wonderful grandfather Timothy was obviously a fisherman & & boatman. He flaunted the most groomed mustache in the area, and was constantly seen wearing his preferred brilliant white pea cap.

My sister Lindsay evidently looks merely like Teddy’s child Marie.

One secret we never fixed is why my grandmother sailed from Ireland to the United States on her very own when she was just 17 years old. Every person we spoke to appeared to bear in mind her brother or sisters, but almost nothing regarding her.

The town church and neighborhood burial ground was our next stop, paying respect at my fantastic grandfather’s grave as well as talking with the regional clergyman. My grandmother’s birth was never ever signed up in official county records, however we did have her baptismal record from the church.

Papa Michael Moynihan discussed to us over coffee that this prevailed in those days, as many individuals from the countryside really did not trouble to travel to the city to register their youngsters so soon after birth, and also usually failed to remember to later.
Sheep in Ireland

Irish Traffic congestion

Ireland Road Trip

Discovering how to Drive on the Right

Exploring Ireland

Looming Cliffs of Moher

Wild Atlantic Method

Bewildered with all that we had actually discovered in just a few days, it was time to state our bye-byes as well as continue our Irish road journey up the West coast along the Wild Atlantic Method.

The full course stretches 2,500 km (1553 miles), nevertheless we were driving the southerly section up with Dingle as well as on Galway prior to going back throughout the nation to the funding. I’ll go right into more information in future blog posts, however the highlights for me were Slea Head Drive and the Cliffs of Moher.

Driving in Ireland can take some getting utilized to! The alleys are extremely narrow without shoulder to pull off on, residents drive quick, curves are sharp, and sheep abound.

Yet by the 3rd or Fourth day I started to get the hang of it. A great technique is to acquire the “learner” sticker marketed at gasoline station so residents do not get pissed at your ineptitude on their roadways.

General I ‘d say our Irish family tree roadway trip was a success. Together we collaborated to locate family members, discover our heritage, as well as experience a little Irish culture, catering, beverage, and also friendliness.

Ireland’s coastal landscapes are panoramic to see in individual. It was an unforgettable quest, and also I’m happy I experienced it with my family members. ★

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Packing & Planning For The Arctic Circle Trail

Packing for Arctic Circle Trail

Packing for the Arctic Circle Route

Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Preparing to hike Greenland’s Arctic Circle Route? Below are some useful tips for packing and intending your expedition based upon my Greenland adventure in August 2015.

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When I initially began planning to hike Greenland’s Arctic Circle Path, it was difficult to discover valuable information online. There were a couple of article about the expedition, yet they were composed in German or Danish.

So this is my attempt to fix that situation and also make the hike much more easily accessible to English audio speakers that have an interest in discovering this stunning and also lesser-known location of the globe walking.

Situated concerning 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the regular path stretches 102 miles (165km) from Kangerlussuaq International Airport terminal to the fishing village of Sisimiut on the West coast.

It’s feasible to extend the trip to 124 miles by beginning with Greenland’s ice cap for those that are up for the challenge.

Recommended Experience Degree

While a lot of Greenland is covered with ice, the Arctic Circle Path is ice-free throughout the summer season. Passing through low valleys covered by numerous lakes, it’s a relatively very easy walk when it concern altitude.

The trouble features packing all your personal food and products to last at the very least 10 days. Plus a total lack of society close by in case of an unforeseen emergency situation.

Arctic Circle Route hikers have to have encounter making it through alone in the wilderness, understanding their very own restrictions, checking out weather patterns, and also the capability to browse unfamiliar surface using a map and compass.

At the trek’s middle, you can be 5 days and also 50 miles away from any kind of type of society. You’re on your personal around. It’s not a trek for newbies, but you don’t have to be a serious mountaineer either.
Hiking in Greenland

Treking in Greenland

How Lengthy Does It Take?

Depending upon physical fitness degrees as well as the certain path selected, the traditional 102 mile long Arctic Circle Trail from Kangerlussuaq Airport to Sisimiut can take anywhere in between 7-10 days to finish.

To begin with the ice cap like I did, prepare for an extra 2-3 days.

It is very important to note that Greenland is a wild and uncertain area. If you assume you could trek the trail in 10 days, see to it to consist of 2-3 additional barrier days for hold-ups because of weather, injury, exhaustion, or canceled air travels.

Seasons & & Weather condition While treking the Polar circle Trail is possible in the wintertime, it’s much more difficult & & technological. The main hiking period is from June to September when the route is devoid of snow.

Greenland has a mosquito trouble. Flocks could be downright maddening from June till mid August when the very first frost finally kills them off. I started treking August 12th and had to burst out my mosquito head net a couple of times.

The path is exceptionally sloppy & & boggy in June after the snow thaws with river crossings ending up being much deeper and also so much more dangerous. In September, the danger of snow tornados is greater as winter season begins.

In August, the air temperature level rose and fall in between 60’s (F) in the day to 30’s (F) during the night, with one afternoon of snow flurries.

Over the 10 days I was on the trail, I experienced steady rainfall for 3 of them.
Kangerlussuaq Airport

Kangerlussuaq Flight terminal

Traveling To Greenland

Flying to Greenland is the most pricey component of this impressive travelling experience. Air Greenland offers normal trips to Kangerlussuaq from Reykjavik, Iceland as well as Copenhagen, Denmark. So you’ll have to obtain yourself to among these cities first.

I flew to Greenland from Copenhagen for $1032 USD big salami. Currently if you’re treking the Polar circle Trail from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut, you’ll also have to get on your own back to Kangerlussuaq in order to leave the nation.

The one-way flight from Sisimiut to Kangerlussuaq sets you back concerning $200 USD.

If you require assistance browsing for international air travels to Iceland or Denmark, make sure to review my popular article regarding Ways to Locate Cheap Trips.

Holiday accommodation Choices

Cottage in Greenland prior to and also after the trek is costly. A single space in Kangerlussuaq or Sisimiut will set you back around $100 – –$200 USD. A hostel dormitory bed prices in between $30 – – $40 USD.

Nonetheless both towns also have camping sites offered with restrooms.

Kangerlussuaq Holiday accommodation

Kangerlussuaq Young people Hostel
Old Camp Hostel
Polar Lodge (where I stayed)
Resort Kangerlussuaq

Sisimiut Holiday accommodation

Sisimiut Hostel
Seafarer’s Home
Resort Sisimiut (where I stayed)

Trail Hut

Inside a Trail Hut (Sleeps 6!)

Path Huts & & Camping

Spread along the route are a collection of 9 fundamental wood huts with bunks that are free for walkers to use. Packing a camping tent is very recommended however, as some huts just sleep 4 as well as can possibly be complete when you show up.

Bad weather condition could also avoid you from getting to among the huts in time, so having a backup plan for shelter is essential for your safety and security in Greenland’s vast wilderness.

As a result of individual preference, I spent most nights wild outdoor camping. Nevertheless I did oversleep 2 of the route huts during my walk, and also took an afternoon nap in a 3rd. If you’re treking from hut to hut each day, the full journey (from Kangerlussuaq airport terminal, not the ice cap) will take 10 days.

The number of Hikers?

Just 300 people trek the trail every year, so while you may run into various other hikers, it’s possible to go days without seeing a fellow human depending on which month you choose to attempt the trek.

I fulfilled concerning 10 walkers on the Polar circle Route over 10 days. The majority of were German or Danish, as well as one other American. Lots of people trek this path for the privacy, so walking together and also chatting for a few miles prior to breaking off by yourself once more was the standard routine.
Breakfast in Greenland

Yummy Trekking Breakfast

Food & & Water

The typical Arctic Circle Path path takes 7-10 days for lots of people to complete. So walkers should load a minimum of 10 days worth of food to be risk-free. That’s a great deal of food!

At 1-2 excess weights (16-24 ounces) of food daily, that’s regarding 10-20 excess weights of food on your back. To maintain it as light as feasible, I advise getting dried backpacker meals and also bringing them with you to Greenland.

While there is a grocery store in both Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut, they do not stock dehydrated meals. They do have ingredients for path mix — — but to be secure I ‘d additionally prepare your personal trail mix before you show up. It will be less costly and you’ll have a lot more choices.

Water on the other hand is quite easy to take care of, as there are plenty of freshwater lakes, ponds, and also streams along the Arctic Circle Path. So with cautious planning you can obtain by with simply a solitary Nalgene container. No filter is needed either! Obviously there is always a danger of water contamination, but it’s quite reduced out below. Many walkers do not use one.

My Greenland Travelling Diet regimen

  • Muesli/oatmeal with wild berries & & brownish sugar for morning meal
  • Trail mix plus wild mushrooms/berries for lunch & &
  • treats Canned fish sandwich and also dried fish jerky for supper
  • Chocolate & & Greenlandic Schnapps for dessert

(I brought dehydrated meals, but could not utilize them as a result of a trouble explained listed below)
Camping in Greenland

Wild Camping in Greenland

Packing Checklist

50 Liter Knapsack
Carbon Walking Poles
Water-proof Backpacking Boots
Hiking Gaiters
Cuben Fiber Tarpaulin Camping tent
40 Degree Sleeping Bag
Inflatable Sleeping Pad
Emergency Room Covering
Water-proof GoreTex Shell
Headlamp
32 Ounce Nalgene Bottle
Jetboil Zip Cooking System
Knife & & Waterproof Matches
First Help Kit
Heavy Duty Waste Bags (4).

Mosquito Head Net
Long Underclothing
Hiking Pants
Hiking Shorts
Hiking T-shirts (2)
Woollen Socks (3)
Fleece Top
Ballcap & & Sunglasses Sunscreen & & Lip Balm Mosquito Repellent
Winter season Hat & &
Gloves River/Camp Sandals
Paper Maps & & Compass iPhone 6 & & Camera

Equipment. Maps & GPS

You’ll wish to get a series of 3 paper topographic maps that cover the whole length of the Arctic Circle Path. While you could normally purchase these at the Polar Lodge in Kangerlussuaq, it’s far better to obtain them beforehand since in Greenland, things lack stock easily.

You could attempt to pre-order the Arctic Circle Route maps from Greenland Tourist. The path is marked with periodic rock cairns in the process, yet there are a couple of places where you can still shed the path, as well as in bad weather, the cairns aren’t consistently incredibly visible.

In enhancement to the paper maps, I likewise packed my apple iphone 6 with a LifeProof FRĒ Power Instance running Gaia GPS and pre-dowloaded maps. There is no cell-service on the route, however you can still use your phone as a GENERAL PRACTITIONER device.

What Would certainly I Do Different?

After hiking the Arctic Circle Route in August 2015, there are a couple of things I would certainly do in different ways if I decide to return. Ideally you’ll gain from my blunders!

My 40 degree (F) resting bag was a bit as well cold for wild outdoor camping, and I was compelled to oversleep my apparel and also utilize a room covering for a few chilly evenings. I ‘d most likely want something closer to 0 or 10 levels.

I packed an excellent light-weight and effective Jetboil stove that spoiled when I could not buy fuel canisters for it in Kangerlussuaq. The entire community lacked the type I required.

Delivering propane to Greenland is hard because it’s not allowed on planes, so it should arrive by boat. Due to this, I ‘d suggest bringing a multi-fuel stove instead. It permits you to steam water with a few various sorts of fuel.

Certain, I made due with cold food for 10 days anyway, however solid very hot coffee as well as warm suppers have a wonderful way of re-energizing you on long-distance walks. They were missed.

Guidebook & & More Information

If you’re preparing to hike the Polar circle Route I extremely suggest getting guide Hiking In Greenland by Paddy Dillon.

It goes right into much more information than I can cover in an article, as well as it’s what I made use of to intend my very own adventure. All the best, and also enjoy! ★

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Cliffs Of Insanity! Visiting Ireland’s Cliffs Of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher

Doolin, Ireland

A cool wind blows as I walk along the legendary Cliffs of Moher. Ireland’s most renowned site rises drastically from the ocean, waves collapsing right into rocks far below.

Whoever he is, he’s far too late. See?! The Cliffs of Madness! ~ Vizzini

A favorite childhood movie of mine is the 80’s cult traditional The Princess New bride, a crazy fairy tale experience via the mythical kingdom of Florin.

In one scene, Princess Buttercup’s abductors are chased throughout the ocean by the Man in Black prior to they climb the steep “mile-high” Cliffs of Insanity.

While not a mile high, Ireland’s 700 foot Cliffs of Moher are certainly enforcing enough to showcase them in the movie. Since I have actually finally seen them myself, I could assure you the cliffs are much more remarkable face to face!
Ireland Cliffs

Cliff Views Looking South

Cliffs of Moher Tower

O’Brien’s Tower

Cliffs Of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are situated concerning 90 mins southern of Galway on Ireland’s west shore in County Clare. They’re component of a picturesque driving route called the Wild Atlantic Method.

While technically the high cliffs are Ireland’s most popular vacationer destination with one million site visitors each year, at 5 miles long, there’s a lot of room to check out if you enjoy walking.

A visitor’s facility was built into the hillside so people could experience the site without intrusive buildings wrecking the perspective, as well as a breathtaking walking path branches out in 2 directions throughout the top.

The high cliffs vary in elevation from 390 feet to 702 feet high, and are the home of over 30,000 birds, including nests of Atlantic Puffin that normally make a look in late March.
Cliffs of Moher

Stunning Cliffs of Moher

Hag's Head

Hag’s Head Tower

Tramping The Sea

There are safety obstacles to keep you from obtaining too close to the side of the cliffs, yet only up to a point. If you keep walking, at some point the obstacles end.

Some people risk standing or resting ideal on the side…

… I was one of them. Nonetheless do so at your own danger! There’s often strong winds at the Cliffs of Moher, with addict gusts supposedly blowing people off to their deaths periodically.

The Namurian shale & & sandstone walks that make up the cliffs will certainly in some cases crumble without warning because of erosion, producing an additional threat.

To the south, there’s a gorgeous old rock tower from the Napoleonic Wars called Hag’s Head. Walking here from the site visitor’s establishment will take the ordinary person regarding 1 – – 2 hrs.

To the north, O’Brien’s Tower marks the greatest factor of the cliffs. It’s simply a short leave the site visitor’s center as well as supplies the most effective perspectives in both directions. You could pay an additional $2 to climb up the tower.
Cliffs of Moher Flowers

Flowers Expanding on the brink

Visiting The Cliffs

There are two villages near the Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor (6 kilometres southern) and Doolin (7 km north). Both are tiny, but you’ll locate lots of restaurants, bed & & morning meals, as well as clubs with online music to relax in after a day of exploring.

Tourism is greatest right here throughout the months of July & & August making the location rather crowded. However in September it had not been bad at all, particularly if you walk beyond the location around the site visitor’s center.

Other potential adventures include seeing the high cliffs from here on a ferry boat, or treking the whole 12 mile (20 kilometres) Coastal Walk over the cliffs.

There is a good reason Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher are so popular. Walking the winding dirt path on the side of a precipice, its gorgeous Atlantic Sea perspectives & & bordering landscapes are awe inspiring.

It’s a really magic traveling experience to have in the Emerald Isle. ★

More Info

Place: Doolin, Ireland [Map]
Cottage: Churchfield Bed & & Breakfast
Authorities Website: Cliffs Of Moher
Overall Expense: EUR6 Access Charge, EUR2 for O’Brien’s Tower
Valuable Notes: Like always, I suggest visiting prominent tourist attractions very early or late to prevent huge crowds. The very best time for digital photography is prior to or throughout sunset, when the high cliffs are bathed in light. Plan to visit for at the very least 2 hours otherwise even more.
Advised Guidebook: Lonely Earth Ireland
Suggested Reading: Trying to find Old Ireland

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Affordable Vacation Rentals In Playa Del Carmen

Playa del Carmen Mexico

Vacation Leasings in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The even more I travel, the a lot more I find myself remaining in lasting flats or vacation rentals over hotels. Like this attractive area I used recently in Playa del Carmen.

When planning a holiday, the obvious option for lots of people is remaining at a hotel. They’re rather easy to discover and also situated in the heart of your travel destination. Every person knows concerning resorts.

Nonetheless hotels are usually not the optimal deal out there.

Deciding to remain in a trip rental flat is a wonderful alternate to hotels, and also can even save you cash. They offer even more room, better amenities, and also offer you a feeling of house.

This month I’ve partnered up with Bric Vacation Rentals below in Playa del Carmen to provide one fortunate viewers a totally free 3 evening stay at one of their beautiful buildings. Keep reviewing for more details here!
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Master Bedroom Mexico

Master Bedroom

My Trip Rental Experience

Last weekend break I had the opportunity of staying at among Bric’s holiday leasings near the beach in the heart of Playa del Carmen, and also had a fantastic time. It was a huge 3 bed room penthouse house with several verandas, flooring to ceiling windows, and also a roof pool.

The building was just a short stroll from Playa del Carmen’s sun soaked coastline — — and appropriate beside Fifth Opportunity, the primary walking street and entertainment area loaded with stores, bars, as well as dining establishments.

Now I admit these cottages are a bit larger and much more luxurious than I’m utilized to, but I was likewise amazed to discover it’s pretty cost effective if you were to remain below with a group.

With a lot of area for 6 individuals, and a rate in between $285 – –$ 385 USD each evening depending upon the period. That’s only $48 – – $64 each, each evening.

For a gigantic high-end penthouse! Not. Too. Shabby.

Nonetheless Bric Rentals doesn’t just deal in deluxe residential properties, they have vacation houses for all kinds of budgets — — such as this 2 bedroom residence with room for 6 for only $85 USD each night.
Bric Rentals Mexico

Bric Rentals App

Holiday Leasings vs. Hotels

Here are some reasons that I choose trip homes over hotels.

  • Conserve Cash! Particularly real when taking a trip as a team.
  • Even more Space! Spread out in a big house or condo.
  • Full Kitchen area! Make your very own healthier meals.
  • Meet Locals! Many leasings are located in areas.
  • Free Net! I can not stand when resorts bill extra.
  • Laundry Machines! This alone makes it beneficial.
  • Bring Your Pet dogs! Generally not an option at hotels.
  • Feels Like Residence! Unwind & & make yourself comfortable.

When you schedule a holiday leasing with Bric Rentals, they also supply a free mobile phone application to offer you insight about fun things to do in Playa del Carmen, dining establishment referrals, tips for obtaining about, and also more!

Truthful pointers coming directly from their pleasant team of veteran Playa locals.
Jet Ski Playa del Carmen

Jet Snowboarding in Playa Del Carmen

Sea Turtles Mexico

Swimming with Sea Turtles

Playa Del Carmen Activities

Smaller as well as less touristy compared to Cancun, Playa del Carmen is becoming a prominent travel destination for people seeking travel experiences that are a lot more substantial than your regular all-inclusive hotel.

It’s a fun coastline town on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula along the Riviera Maya, about 40 mins south of Cancun International Airport terminal. Flights from the United States & & Canada are relatively economical too.

You can commonly locate round-trip tickets from significant cities for under $300!

.?.!! There are all sort of terrific points to do in Playa del Carmen, like scuba diving, discovering Mayan ruins, swimming in cenotes, or simply applying the beach and also soaking up the sun. Here are some of my faves…

… Discover Fifth Method

La Quinta Avenida (Fifth Ave.) is a pedestrian pathway that runs for concerning 3 miles via Playa del Carmen concerning 1 block west of the coastline. It’s lined with stores, bars, restaurants, cafe’s, ice cream stores, and art galleries.

Mamita’s Coastline Club

Mamita’s Coastline Club is a lounge and also beach club in the heart of Playa that’s referred to as the place to be “seen” sunbathing by the ocean. They have coastline chairs or daybeds for lease with music and waitress serving alcoholic drinks.

Swim With Sea Turtles

Akumal Beach lies concerning 30 mins southern of Playa del Carmen, and also famous for its resident sea turtles that munch on turf under the waves. Visitors can rent out snorkel gear and also swim with these large graceful animals.

Check out Mayan Damages

Many old Mayan damages border Playa del Carmen. Invest the day checking out sites like Chichen Itza, Tulum, or Coba and also endure your Indiana Jones dream. My preferred is Coba, as you can still climb up the pyramid!

Outing To Cozumel

Located 40 minutes away from Playa del Carmen by watercraft, the island of Cozumel has a few of the ideal snorkeling & & scuba diving in the Caribbean. Or lease a dune buggy as well as drive around the island stopping at various picturesque beaches for the afternoon.

Scuba Dive Cenotes

Cenotes are limestone sinkholes loaded with fresh water that are component of a large underground river system in the Yucatan. These swimming openings are a terrific area to cool down from the heat of the sunlight, or if you’re a scuba diver, check out the deep undersea passages.

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