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8 Awesome Things to do at The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun Resort

When it comes to large all-inclusive resorts in Cancun, the Moon Palace has one of the highest profiles. And during a recent stay at The Grand at Moon Palace, I discovered 8 fun and surprising things to do that are far from the usual experiences at a Cancun hotel. In this Cancun travel video, I share at The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun, the most upscale part of the Moon Palace all-inclusive resort. This Mexico hotel has a bunch of things that you can’t find at most Mexico beach resorts, making i

LGBTQ Destination Weddings in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, with Huichol Traditions

Like anyone else who’s planning a destination wedding, LGBTQ couples are looking for a truly memorable experience. In the Riviera Nayarit, a popular beach vacation destination located on Mexico’s Pacific coast, one of the most interesting options is a Huichol wedding, which incorporates elements from the region’s largest indigenous group. During my current visit to Mexico City, I attended an LGBTQ pride month event at the W Mexico City that was hosted by the Riviera Nayarit tourism office. Duri

Where to See Cool Immersive Art Exhibits in Mexico City

Immersive art exhibits are all the rage nowadays, and Mexico City is a hotspot for these multimedia temporary attractions, just like New York City, Los Angeles and other destinations around the world. This year, I’ve had the chance to visit a couple. Mexico City is already known as the city with more museums than any other destination on earth, except perhaps London. Well, these attractions up the ante with decidedly 21st-century technology and imagination providing the tools to look at centuri

VIDEO: Hotel Tour of Grand Residences Riviera Cancun, Flagship of Wyndham’s New Luxury Hotel Brand

There’s a new luxury hotel brand in Mexico, and I just made a new travel video to show off its flagship property. You can also check out my full hotel review in TravelAge West, the leading travel trade publication in the western USA, where I write every month about Mexico travel and tourism. Here’s the deal: during my most recent visit to the Cancun area, I checked into the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun, an upscale beach resort hotel in the “Riviera Cancun,” an area just south of the city of

Baja California Rebrands and Repositions Its Tourism Strategy

As Mexico’s most northwestern state, and the only one that shares borders with both California and Arizona, Baja California has long been a popular driving destination for vacationers from the western U.S. The pandemic-era closing of the U.S./Mexico land borders to nonessential travel may have cut off a major source of tourism, but it also gave the destination a chance to reposition itself for future growth. This year, the state tourism office replaced its former Baja Norte branding with the mo

A Travel Agent's Guide to Host Agencies

The complexities of travel during the COVID-19 pandemic have underscored the value of a travel advisor’s services like never before. Current challenges have also generated a surge of interest in host agencies, according to some industry observers. Representatives from multiple host agencies — organizations that provide support to independent travel advisors — have reported an increase in new inquiries and new members, as existing advisors rethink their business strategies and new entrants to th

Hotel Review: Grand Residences Riviera Cancun

Beautiful things often come in smaller packages. That’s what I discovered during my recent stay at Grand Residences Riviera Cancun, a 144-room hotel that offers a luxurious alternative to the gigantic, all-inclusive beach resorts that dot Mexico’s Caribbean coast. And now, the hotel is bound to find a higher profile in the marketplace, as it becomes the inaugural property of Registry Collection Hotels, a new luxury brand just launched by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. The hotel is described as a “f

10 Great Hotel Rooftop Bars in Mexico

Regardless of where you choose to vacation or take a business trip in Mexico, rooftop bars are one of the best places to enjoy the view and get a good overview of the destination. We’ve already explored the best hotel rooftop bars in the Caribbean and the best hotel rooftop bars in Central and South America, so now it’s time to take a look at where to grab a cocktail with a view in Mexico. It’s no surprise that Mexico City, the nation’s capital dotted with countless tall buildings, is home to t

How LGBTQ Travel Has Improved Over the Years

Sometime in the early 1990s, my boyfriend Angel and I made one of our first road trips together, from New York City to Boston. En route, we stopped at a major hotel chain that we’d reserved by phone a few days earlier (yes, people actually called to make reservations back then). At the reception desk, the desk clerk reviewed the reservation on her monitor and frowned. “There seems to be some mistake,” she said. “It looks like you accidentally reserved only one bed. But no problem, I’ll find you

Exploring Xalapa, Mexico’s Under-the-Radar Tourism Hotspot

Confession: If you’d asked me a couple months ago to name the capital of the Mexican state of Veracruz, I probably wouldn’t have had a clue. But after my first visit to Xalapa, I now know why some travelers rave about this mostly under-the-radar tourism destination. Located less than four hours by first-class bus from Mexico City and about 90 minutes from the city of Veracruz, Xalapa was founded in 1313 when four indigenous villages united. Spanish explorer Hernan Cortes arrived in 1519, but t

How to Be a Travel Writer & Create Your Dream Job — My Personal Story

How to Be a Travel Writer & Create Your Dream Job — My Personal Story If you’ve ever dreamed of following your passions and creating a career you love, you might find some inspiration in this presentation I made during career week at the Corona Arts & Sciences Academy, a New York City middle school in Queens. Usually in my travel blog, I share travel tips about destinations around Latin America. But this week I’ve decided to share something different and a bit more personal: the presentation I

A Look at Destination Wedding Trends for 2021 and Beyond

After months of pandemic-era wedding delays, couples are venturing out to tie the knot in sun-soaked international settings — and in numbers not seen since before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to many travel advisors and hoteliers. “After numerous postponements of 2020 wedding dates, I’m seeing the international destination wedding market on its way back to full recovery,” said Maya George, an advisor at Global Travel Collection’s Tzell Travel Group and founder of Our Black Passports in Plai

How to Spoil Yourself with a Luxury Travel Experience at Brick Hotel Mexico City

If you like boutique hotel style and unique luxury travel experiences, then just might love the Brick Hotel, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World in Mexico City. Located in the trendy neighborhood called Roma Norte, this Mexico City hotel has just 17 guest rooms, including spacious hotel suites with balconies and terraces. The hotel’s restaurants serve a sophisticated international menu that includes — surp

What Makes Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara Two of Mexico's Most LGBTQ-Friendly Destinations?

Mexico is widely regarded as one of the most progressive Latin American nations when it comes to catering to communities who identify as Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ), their rights and the development of LGBTQ tourism. But some Mexican states stand out more than others when it comes to fully recognizing the value of LGBTQ visitors and locals alike. Jalisco — which is home to both the sophisticated metropolis of Guadalajara and the long-running LGBTQ hotspot Puert

Super Cool Living in Mexico City for $900/month or $65/night

Super Cool Living in Mexico City for $900/month or $65/night If you’ve been thinking of living in Mexico City or taking a Mexico vacation in the nation’s capital, you’re probably curious about how much it costs to vacation and live in Mexico City, and also what are the best places to live in Mexico City. In my latest Mexico City travel video, I show what you can get for about $900 a month or $65 a night in Mexico City’s super hip, super cool Roma Norte neighborhood — a modern, two-bedroom, two

Gate Raiding: Confessions of a Pre-Teen Airline Addict

(A quirky except from Mark Chesnut's forthcoming memoir, "Prepare for Departure: A Travel Writer's Notes on Life, Death and Frequent Flyer Miles.") “No sir, you CANNOT have more peanuts!” the red-faced flight attendant shrieked, stabbing a furious finger into the air. “And no, I AM NOT going to give you a goddamned amenity kit. Sit DOWN sir, or I will call the pilot immediately!” Surprisingly, the needy passenger didn’t say a word in response. Actually, it wasn’t surprising at all, since there was no passenger. And there was no flight attendant either, for that matter. The irate voice and aggressive finger belonged to a 12-year-old redhead

Where to Eat the Best Barbecue in Mexico City

Where to Eat the Best Barbecue in Mexico City Mexico City is a great place for foodies, and I discover something new and delicious every time I visit. On my most recent trip, I had the pleasure of meeting Ubish Yaren, a Mexico City tour guide, travel concierge and food expert who also shares his Mexico travel tips on Instagram and YouTube. He’s the type of guy you should know if you really want an insider’s advice about things to see and do in Mexico City. I’ve always been a fan of Mexico City

The Newest Must-Try Hotel Restaurants in Mexico City

Mexico City has long been a culinary paradise. And now, a variety of hotels around the city are showcasing their gastronomic creativity with revamped menus and new venues that reflect the evolving tastes of today’s travelers. Among the newest hotels to bring noteworthy dining options online is Brick Hotel, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World that’s located in the trendy Roma Norte neighborhood. The 17-room property opened in 2020 as a stylishly refreshed relaunch of a hotel that had op
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