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Sleeping in Maui airport

Since we’ve temporarily settled into Mahahual for a good portion of the year, our travel has been reduced quite a bit. But those times when the homeowners come down to enjoy their house? Well we’re off to catch up with family and friends and house sit in as much of the world as we can in that time, hopefully as inexpensively as possible. But here’s the thing with trying to travel cheaply – it typically means you have to forego some things or sacrifice a bit. Look, we have way more time than money (way, way, way more time). So…

Driving from U.S. to Mexico

I distinctly remember four plus years ago when we announced we were moving to Playa del Carmen, Mexico and would be driving down to our new home. Several incredulous friends said “You can’t do that. You can’t just drive from the United States into Mexico.”  Turns out you can. And we did. And we have spent a lot of time driving in Mexico and have driven back and forth between Mexico and the United States several times since (I just love proving people wrong). Are we crazy? Oh yeah, almost certifiably so. But not for the driving in Mexico part. Look,…

Exploring Chattanooga

Well folks, we’re on the move again! Believe it or not, the owners of the house that we’ve been taking care of in Mahahual came down to use their house and that was our queue to start packing the car. For some reason, they wanted to come down to enjoy their beautiful home on the beach, spend time with their pups, escape the Canadian winter and just relax for a while (so selfish* of them, right?). Which means after 8 months, we needed to find a place to live new house sitting gig. No problem, that’s all part of this lifestyle. Plus, it means…

Beach Road

It’s no secret that a series of unconventional choices have led us where we are today and that whenever possible we’ve chosen the road less traveled. You never know what’s down that road unless you choose it – it might be the most beautiful beach you’ve ever seen, some crazy cenote or you might just get a flat tire or something. But that’s all part of the adventure right? If you pick a road that doesn’t pan out you can always backtrack and try a different route. But think of all the memories and experiences you’ll miss out on if…

Mexican Autohotel

I’m not an accommodations snob. I don’t think. I’ve stayed in tents, hostels, motels and on people’s couches. But over the years, as my income grew, so did the quality of the places that we stayed in while on vacation. In addition, travel was a part of my corporate life and over the years I stayed in some amazing places (while still being a budget-conscious employee – I swear!). I crisscrossed the United States from New York to Los Angeles to Miami to Portland and enjoyed high thread count sheets, rooftop bars and room service (all while getting work done…

Boats in Lake Patzcuaro

So we’ve been in Patzcuaro for a couple of weeks now and, wow oh wow, is this place cool. It’s a mountain town colonized by the Spanish in the 1500’s with its indigenous roots going all the way back to the 1300’s. It’s your quintessential colonial town complete with winding cobblestone streets, high walled houses with hidden courtyards, bustling mercados (markets), beautiful tree-lined plazas and ancient churches. Cool huh? But one of the best parts? It’s located on a giant lake named (conveniently enough) Lake Patzauro. Deidre and I are both water lovers so the lake definitely figured into our…

Between the topes (speedbumps), glorietas (roundabouts), using the shoulder as a driving lane and sometimes having the left hand turn lane be the far right lane, driving in Mexico can sometimes be a bit…challenging. It’s certainly not a place that you can be complacent while driving, best to keep your wits about you and eyes open. After two years I’ve actually become quite comfortable with the driving “laws,” but sometimes? Well, sometimes I still get surprised and startled by who or what we have to share the road with. That list includes horses, donkeys and lots of cattle. The part that…

cascada misol ha

When driving to the United States from the Yucatan Peninsula it’s generally accepted that you should drive North in order to get there. But I feel that it’s not going to be that surprising or shocking to you to learn that Deidre and I don’t always do things in the manner other people might and so we decided that turning south and driving through the Mexican state of Chiapas was the best route to Kansas City. Why you say? It should be noted at this point that everything we own was already in our car, our office fits in a laptop bag…

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