Of course, crime can occur anywhere, and Mexico is no exception. Using the same common sense in Mexico that you would normally use back home is your best approach. Heare are some specific tips to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable time in Mexico.
For the past week, I've been exploring the Mexican city of Oaxaca de Juárez, the capital of the central-southern state of Oaxaca. It's been full of surprises. Good surprises. The longer I've been here in Oaxaca City, or simply Oaxaca, as it's called, the more appealing it's become, and I'm convinced that this is a place where I could live long-term.
Julie May Locke, a 68-year-old Brooklyn native, never planned on living in the small, south-central Mexican village of Mitla, which is about a 30-minute drive from Oaxaca City. She had recently retired, and she needed a change—but this hadn't been on her radar until she realized exactly how priced out of life on the east coast of the US she really was.
Mexico is a country that’s frequently misunderstood, and first-time travelers are often surprised to discover how different it is from how they may have imagined it. Here are nine common misconceptions about Mexico.
I first visited the south-central coastal resort town of Nha Trang, Vietnam in 2005. I’d heard about the Fairy Spring Waterfall and put it on my list of things to do. It was only 12 miles from the city—an easy daytrip on my rented motorbike. When I arrived, I was met by a gaggle of five local ladies who convinced me that I needed them to guide me...
Jason arrived in Querétaro in January 2022, and has enjoyed scouting both the city and the surrounding area. He is a videographer and film editor who documents his discoveries and experiences on his own popular YouTube channel. He says, “I take videos of the city and my experiences abroad. I usually spend two days a week filming and the rest of the week editing.
My husband David and I are renting a one-bedroom house in the Los Arcos area, with a full view of the 18th-century aqueduct that stretches from the hills in the east to the center of town. We pay $800 a month for our one-bedroom duplex, which is fully furnished and includes all utilities and the occasional homemade dinner that our landlord brings to us (he's awesome!).
Despite having lived in Vietnam for well over a decade, it took years before I even heard of Quy Nhon, a city of more than 450,000 sun-kissed souls on the south-central coast. A friend told me it was a beautiful place, just right for retirees, but there were only a few foreigners living there. How could this city have escaped my notice? My curiosity was piqued...
I’ve always found Da Nang enormously appealing. For one thing, I’ve never been to another city with a dragon bridge. The nearly half-mile-long dragon-shaped bridge spouts steam and fire every weekend night for the amusement of spectators young and old. It’s astounding in no small part because the Dragon Bridge is a major thoroughfare that spans the...
I’ve never felt so comfortable living anywhere as I did in Vietnam. The people are welcoming and genuinely friendly, the mountains and beaches are breathtakingly beautiful, and the cities are alive and vibrant. It was my home for more than ten years—first in Nha Trang on the south-central coast, and then in Hanoi and Da Nang.