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  • Where in the World is San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize?

    Where in the World is San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize?

    Ambergris Caye, Belize

    It occurs to me that perhaps a lot of people do not know anything about where we currently are. That what you have heard of Belize is the mainland and a city rife with crime where no one should ever be staying. Or perhaps you have never heard of it at all? Here is everything you need to know on the tropical island we currently inhabit.

  • Swimming With Wild Sea Turtles At Akumal, Mexico

    Swimming With Wild Sea Turtles At Akumal, Mexico

    Mexico

    We were so close. I reached out my hand to touch him and decided not to. He poked his little beady eyes above the surface. Glanced around and finding nothing remotely interesting ducked back under the water, swam straight to the bottom and continued to munch on the swaying sea grass. In my mind I can hear him whisper, "Dude."

  • The In's & Out's of Playa Del Carmen

    The In's & Out's of Playa Del Carmen

    Mexico

    Where did we stay? How did we get around? How much does it all cost? Where's the beach? How about shopping? We got all the details written down for you here.

  • Wet N Wild Cancun – My 1st Ever All-Inclusive Waterpark

    Wet N Wild Cancun – My 1st Ever All-Inclusive Waterpark

    Mexico

    Wildly out of control in pitch-blackness with only the downward slope of the tunnel and the gushing water giving you direction… then BAM! You are out of the tunnel spinning around and around in a large dark cavity. But wait! There is a small hole in the middle of the cavern with a shimmering blue glow. You try to prevent the fall, but the slippery slope and running water leave only one way out. It is inevitable. Headfirst with a clumsy attempt at a dive through the blue opening and SPLASH! 9 feet deep of startling cold water greets you.

  • Culture Shock in Cancun, Mexico

    Culture Shock in Cancun, Mexico

    Mexico

    Mexico may be America’s Bali, but it was super-foreign to us. And isn’t that the point of travel? To step out of your comfort zone and experience someone else’s way of life?

  • The Absurd $250 We Spent for 3 Hours at Atlantis Aquadventure on Paradise Island

    The Absurd $250 We Spent for 3 Hours at Atlantis Aquadventure on Paradise Island

    The Bahamas

    Have you ever been so scared your legs start shaking? Your hands get clammy, your throats gets dry. And what seconds before seemed like a great idea, suddenly seems foolish and irrational. A scream erupts deep in the dark tunnel and then a flashing light turns from red to green. I cross my legs, fold my arms, close my eyes and scream. The water pounds on me as I slide down the Leap of Faith through a dark twisting tunnel into a transparent tunnel surrounded with hungry, swimming sharks. It’s over, it’s not the end. And suddenly what seemed scary and frightening a few seconds before now just seems trivial.

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