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As you might guess, I'm passionate about travel. I'm also passionate about providing travelers and travel advisors with news and travel tips to help them make informed decisions. And I'm passionate about helping travel industry clients engage with customers and build business.

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What Mexico Travel Will Look Like in 2022

As international visitor numbers continue to grow, Mexico’s tourism industry is likely to witness continued recovery in 2022, according to most predictions. But the nation’s success as a vacation destination depends on a variety of ever-changing factors. To keep Mexico on a positive track, those who sell and market the destination to leisure travelers are focusing on everything from evolving traveler preferences and niche markets to technological advances, connectivity and continued pandemic pr

Adam Stewart Takes Stock of Sandals Resorts' 40th Anniversary

Ask any travel advisor to name Caribbean hotel companies with great brand loyalty, and Sandals Resorts will likely be near the top of the list. Now, as the company celebrates its 40th anniversary, Adam Stewart, executive chairman at Sandals Resorts International, shares his insight about the hotelier’s long-standing success — and how the brand will continue to work with travel advisors during COVID-19. How would you describe Sandals’ continued popularity? We’ve had an amazing 40-year history o

What's New for Travelers to Yucatan, Mexico

With an array of new and soon-to-debut experiences and attractions, Mexico’s state of Yucatan is making it easier for travelers to connect with local traditions and appreciate the region’s natural beauty. I found this out during an action-packed, pre-tour familiarization trip that took place just before the latest edition of Tianguis Turistico, Mexico’s annual tourism convention. Merida, the state capital, served as host for the confab in November 2021, and attendees had the opportunity to expl

Top 5 Latin America Travel Trends of The Year

It’s that time of year. As 2021 starts to look more and more like a faded memory, people are casting their eyes back at the past 12 months — and I’m no different, as I take a look at the top 5 Latin America travel trends of the year. This is actually based on what you, the readers, viewers and followers have paid the most attention to. I looked at the top five travel videos of 2021 on my YouTube channel as well as the top five posts of 2021 right here on my travel blog. The results give a prett

A Quick Travel Guide to the Mexican State of Guanajuato

As the city of San Miguel de Allende continues to win awards from consumer media, the Mexican state of Guanajuato has landed on the radars of international travelers. But San Miguel is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to exploring the state’s many pleasures. Located in the central Mexico region of El Bajio, the state of Guanajuato has lots to brag about; it’s home to five archeological zones, two cities that are UNESCO World Heritage sites and six Pueblos Magicos (Magical Towns, offici

New COVID-19 Pandemic Travel Rules: 9 Things You Should Do Before Flying to the USA (VIDEO)

Are you planning an international vacation or business trip and wondering about the latest changes to pandemic travel requirements? Do you know what you must do to fly into the United States? Then you won’t want to miss this post, as well as my latest pandemic travel video, in which I explain the latest changes to COVID-19 test requirements for travelers flying into the United States. I’ve experienced some major complications on my past two trips to Mexico, and in both cases I almost wasn’t all

7 Things to Love at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort (VIDEO)

Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit is a popular vacation destination for luxury travel, and one of the best luxury hotels in the region is the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, a Mexico beach hotel with luxurious hotel rooms and suites, excellent service and amenities. In this unfiltered travel video, I show the hotel pools, hotel restaurant and cuisine and also give a tour of the luxurious hotel room where I stayed (I especially loved the outdoor shower). lf you’re looking for inspiration for a luxury vacati

How Ecuador Plans to Attract More U.S. Tourists, Including a New Nomad Visa

With a new president, a new minister of tourism and new hopes for post-pandemic growth, Ecuador’s government is taking a new approach to attracting more travelers — and helping travel advisors sell more Ecuador. In December, the ministry of tourism launched its first U.S. roadshow in more than six years, spearheaded by Niels Olsen, who took the reins as Ecuador’s minister of tourism following the election of President Guillermo Lasso this year. The roadshow is part of an effort to forge stronge

Tourism Officials Predict Mexico Travel Trends for 2022

Mexico’s tourism industry is gearing up for a strong 2022, according to multiple attendees at this year’s Tianguis Turistico, the nation’s international tourism conference. Some of the event’s promotional material, in fact, describes the industry’s rebound as a “rebirth.” After being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 45th edition of Tianguis took place in November in Merida, Yucatan, attracting more than 1,500 buyers from 42 nations and generating some 57,000 business appoint

What's Behind St. Maarten's Impressive Tourism Growth

Tourism in St. Maarten has done more than simply rebound. It’s been soaring, as arrivals have surged past pre-pandemic numbers. So, it’s no wonder the destination is predicting an especially busy winter season. To get the inside scoop on what’s behind this impressive growth, we spoke with May-Ling Chun, director of tourism at the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau. What kind of visitor numbers are you expecting for the winter season? In speaking with various partners around the island, such as Port S

How to Take the MetroBus in Mexico City

Mexico City is a big and exciting place, and there are multiple options to get around. In this Mexico travel video, I show how to use the MetroBus, a public bus system that — depending on where you’re going and what time you go — can one of the most efficient ways to travel in Mexico City. On my most recent stay in Mexico’s capital, I spent two and a half months in the lovely Condesa district, a hip and fun neighborhood where it’s easy to walk to restaurants, bars and shopping. But our place wa

Beautiful Faces of Tianguis 2021 in Mérida, Mexico

If you like Mexican culture and Mexican traditions, you’ll love this video montage from Tianguis Turistico, Mexico”s annual tourism conference. I attend this gigantic event every year to write about the latest Mexico travel news and travel trends for TravelAge West, the leading travel trade publication in the western United States. But one of my favorite things to do is to simply walk the convention floor and photograph the many attendees who dress in traditional attire and costumes that repres

Hotel Review: Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun

I must confess that I’m not overly familiar with the music of legendary singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. But I soon realized that didn’t matter as I settled into the vibe at Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun. Opened in 2020 after a major overhaul and rebranding of the former Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya by Karisma, the Margaritaville Island Reserve exudes the laidback, comfortable atmosphere that you’d expect from a hotel carrying the name of “Margaritaville,” a 1977 song by Buffet

How to Find a Good Doctor in Mexico While Traveling

“Your test results show that you have two different kinds of parasites,” the doctor told me during our FaceTime call. “One is relatively common, but the other is quite rate in this part of the country.” This wasn’t the best news, but I was happy to at least have a diagnosis and options for treatment. But how do you find a good doctor in Mexico if you don’t live there, and how do you find the right treatment?

Mexico city is one of the gayest cities on the planet. Here’s how to take it all in.

Mexico City is one of the lushest cities in the world. The altitude mixed with the ever-present moisture in the air gives it the feel of an urban greenhouse. This makes the city a prime walking and people-watching destination. Despite the steady flow of traffic, it feels like ambling through a beautiful park but where you can look upon some of the most stunning architecture in the world. Finding conveniently located accommodation is key to enjoying the city on foot. GayCities recently checked
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