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

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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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...

Photo Gallery: NYC

May 14, 2014 at 15:05

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I shot up to N.Y.C. to see friends I haven't seen in awhile and to do the sightseeing bit. N.Y.C. is definitely a great city. Between the massive buildings, the no limit dress code, a never ending selection of top notch restaurants, history - as deep as you can get for the U.S.A., and so on, it's no wonder many people consider N.Y.C. to be the greatest city in the world. I'm here! NYC Statue of Mercury at Grand Central Station Grand Central Station The Main Concourse at Grand Central Station Times Square Off in the distance you shall find Liberty One World Trade Center Lil' Italy Lil' Italy Softball in Central Park Street performer...

BucketlistBackpacker News

May 11, 2014 at 19:04

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It is about that time. So far 2014 has been grand. I was living in Montreal for a few months, a trip to B.C. Canada to go snowboarding, a trip up to see my good friends in N.Y.C., and now it is time to jet set!  This Tuesday, May 13, I’ll be flying down to Cancun, Mexico on a one way ticket. I just made my sleeping arrangements and I’ll be couchsurfing with a really nice couple. After Cancun I’ll be hitch hiking and busing it around Mexico. I really do not have any set plans or agenda in Mexico besides my next stop is Tulum. I do want to see Chichen Itza and eat delicious Mexican food. I have been looking into WWOOF.org and workaway.info to learn how to farm, stay cheap,...

Snowboarding Adventures in British Columbia, Canada

April 7, 2014 at 16:31

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Aaaaahhhhh the crisp fresh mountain air, shredding lines in the trees, leaning back on my snowboard down the face of a bowl, and enjoying the killer views are just the beginning why I go to the mountains of the west coast of North America for snowboarding. Plus it dumps the POW! Over the  years I have gone on a few snowboarding trips. Mainly out to Utah, Colorado, or Vermont. I even did a road trip across the USA to go snowboarding. But this was my first trip outside the U.S.A. to go snowboarding. I decided to go to Revelstoke & Kicking Horse in British Columbia, Canada. Why Revelstoke & Kicking Horse?   That's why! Revelsto...

Cardboard Classic

March 9, 2014 at 15:25

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The Cardboard Classic has been going on for years now. I attended this years Cardboard Classic this past Friday. The event is held at Jack Frost Mountain in the Poconos, Pennsylvania, USA. and the race/event is on the tubing hill. The Cardboard Classic is organized by a local radio station, MMR 93.3 with the well liked & followed DJs Preston & Steve. Racers and spectators are out in the early morning tailgating in the parking lots. Beers are being slammed, B.B.Q.s are hot, and all this is happening around 8 a.m.. The fun didn't stop until the event is over, just before 2 p.m.. If you are older than 18, everyone and anyone can enter the race provided you follow ...