Backpackers in Paradise

Backpackers in Paradise

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

Volleyball in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Volleyball in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Wish you were here...

Wish you were here...

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico

Mahahual, Mexico

Mahahual, Mexico

Mahahual, Mexico

Mahahual, Mexico

Mahahual, Mexico

Mahahual, Mexico

Couchsurfing in Cancun, Mexico

Couchsurfing in Cancun, Mexico

Back Alley Shrines of Cancun, Mexico

Back Alley Shrines of Cancun, Mexico

4 things to know about the Stari Most Bridge jump - I felt like I was about to commit suicide! [VIDEO]

December 1, 2014 at 21:27

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The historically important Stari Most bridge in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina. 400 hundred years ago the Ottoman’s built the Stari Most bridge. The Stari Most bridge is just not another bridge, this bridge has an identity and is very much apart of the culture of the people of Mostar and beyond. Many locals call the Stari Most bridge “Old Grandfather,” referring back to their Muslim heritage. Then during the Bosnian conflict it was destroyed by the Serbian forces. Since then it has been rebuilt and it a UNSECO site. In 1968 there was the first diving competition and was held every summer continuing year after year. After the war and rebuilding, the diving competi...

6 places that need you to visit in Slovenia

December 1, 2014 at 20:56

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A tiny, often overlooked country that if you probably wouldn't bother to visit. You are wrong and you would be pleasantly surprised with Slovenia, plus you won’t be overwhelmed with tourist.. While Slovenia may lack physical size, famous cities or monuments, it does pack a punch with the amount of sights and things to do. In Slovenia you can find mountains, caves, castles, a sea coast, and tasty Slovenian food and cheap beers. Within a week you could cover the 9 of the best Slovenia has to offer. Ljubljana You may not know but this is the capital of Slovenia! Here you can find cheap hostels, free admission to the local castle, a free walking tour with knowledgable guide...

16 tips for Hitch Hiking Anywhere in the World

December 1, 2014 at 20:53

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So here it is!  Things you need to know for hitch hiking. I’ve hitched more than a hundred rides in multiple different countries and even went around the U.S.A with just my thumb. I’ve done it, made the mistakes, learned what works and doesn’t work, and with this outline you will know what to do when you want to hitch hike. You’ll get there eventually Nothing is for certain when you hitch hike. Nothing. Know this fact before you even start. You might stand on the side of the road for 5 minutes, 2 hours, or all day and never get a ride. You might get a ride that takes you only 2 miles down the road or exactly where you need to go 500 miles away. A Universe of Un...

12 things to do in Ljubljana

December 1, 2014 at 19:52

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Want to know what to see, do, and what’s going on in Ljubljana? Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is one of the easiest cities to navigate and everything you would want to see is within walking distance. Ljubljana may not be one of the biggest or one of the more well-know cities in Europe, but it is totally worth checking out! Here are my suggestions and advice so you get the most out of this European city.  After you finish checking out Ljubljana, make sure to continue to travel though this kick-ass little country. A Free Walking Tour Prague, Paris, Amsterdam, but Ljubljana? Most likely you don't know jack about Ljubljana or Slovenia. This should be the first thing ...

What it is like living in a Palapa in the Yucatan Jungle of Mexico

June 9, 2014 at 18:10

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Crammed into the backseat, a backpack across our laps, sweating profusely, the four of us made our way toward Mahahual. The taxi turned off onto a dirt road that was flooded with pot holes and limestone rocks. On either sided of us was an impenetrable Yucatan jungle. We rumbled down the endless road. Dogs began to appear, barking at the approaching taxi. My new travel companion & friend Julian directed the driver to his rented house, or should I say palapa. Palapas are traditional & commonly found structures found in warmer climates like Mexico and Central America. Wooden polls form the walls, bug screens are wrapped around the entire house forming a massive windo...

The Ancient Mayan City of Tulum

June 6, 2014 at 11:00

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Tulum is one of the most photogenic places and one of the most visited places in Mexico. After my visit I can see why. You can really get a great photo here without doing much work. Read up on Tulum and Mayan history before your visit. The signs that are posted here have very little information and the same message is repeated over and over again on the signs. Not very useful! You are able to hire guides here for something like $10 USD for 1-4 and more cash is needed for larger groups with a group discount. If you are looking to visit the Tulum ruins, the ruins are not within walking distance to the city, Tulum Pueblo, where your hostel/hotel will be located . You would ...

It’s a Mexican Groundhog’s Day

June 2, 2014 at 11:00

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Every morning I have the same routine. Now that I think about it, everyday has had the same routine. It’s a Mexican Groundhog’s Day. Without an alarm, I wake at 7:30 a.m. Taking handfuls of water I splash my face to wash away last night’s heat and make myself a cup of coffee. Immediately I’m on sidewalk in my favorite rocking chair, sipping coffee, and reading. A noble tropical breeze blows in from the sea, tunneling throughout the streets, as I inhale a new day. The streets are busy with action. A great tailed crackle here, a oriole there, and the singing of a couch’s kingbird above. The sound of a vehicle’s exhaust, squeaky bicycles, the pitter padder of marching feet, ...

People of the World: An Interview with Artists Jonathan and Ana Laura

May 22, 2014 at 17:01

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While I was in Playa del Carmen, Mexico I was staying in Viva Hostel when I met Jonathan & Ann Laura. They were both working on a project for the hostel. Viva Hostel was visually bland looking and needed a personality. Jonathan & Ana Laura were there to bring life to the hostel through their artistic skills. The two of them have been doing this all through Central and South America. Their artistic skills help fund their travels and to continue to live the dream. BucketlistBackpacker: So tell me a little something about yourselves?   Jonathan: We are both coming from Cordoba, Argentina. I am 23 and Ann Laura 26 years old. We have been traveling together 1 year an...

The life lessons I learned when I was robbed while traveling

May 19, 2014 at 16:31

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Just the other night I was speaking with my friend and encouraging her to keep it cool, find her peace, and to roll on because she was just robbed in Vietnam. Now I am taking my own medicine. It is inevitable, well at least for me, that if you travel anywhere in the world eventually you will be robbed. While this is not a fact at all, I am just speaking from my own personal experience. In the past 4 years of traveling I’ve been robbed not once, but twice. This past weekend was numero dos en Mexico. A robbery is one of the biggest dilemmas a traveler will face. It undoubtably sucks! Especially if what was robbed is irreplaceable. That hurts the most. But being robbed come...

I still get the travel jitters: Que Pasa Mexico!

May 16, 2014 at 15:41

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See more on Instagram at BucketlistBackpacker or on  my Facebook page.See more on Instagram at BucketlistBackpacker or on my Facebook page.

When I was buying my flight to Cancun, Mexico I was comfortable leaving home again. I paid no mind to the fact that I would gone till December, or that I do speak Spanish very well, or that I have no idea where I will go or what I will do. As strange as it may sound, I was not even excited at all about going to Mexico, or the other countries I will venture into. I’m at an weird personal intersection right now where I don’t want to here but then again I could careless about going there and really I just want to be everywhere. If it sounds confusing just imagine how I feel. Either way I must go. See more on Instagram at BucketlistBackpacker or on my Facebook page. Aft...