Central America Archive

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Spanish Camino Magic, Richard III’s Makeover, and Talking to Butterflies in Guatemala

Yes it’s time for another issue of Perceptive Travel, the award-winning online travel magazine with stories from book authors on the move. This month we dive into the mysterious world beyond our own with stories from Europe and Central America. One of them is from me, from a budget travelers’ favorite in

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Sorry Kids, but Costa Rica is No Bargain

There are a lot of great reasons to visit Costa Rica, and as I wrote in this post way back in 2010, it can be worth the splurge if you do it right. If you’re heading there thinking it’s a bargain, however, just because it’s a less developed country in Central America,

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Sometimes Dumpy Towns Lead to Great Adventures

Quetzaltenango, in Guatemala, has a name that seems ready for tales of exotic travels and interesting experiences. I didn’t have any pre-set expectations before I got there, but I did expect it to at least be a place worth hanging around for a few days. Well…not really. As I’ve found in so

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What $7.50 Gets You in a Guatemalan Supermarket

Often when I visit a country I take a stroll through a typical supermarket looking for the screaming bargains. What’s a deal here? I’m in Guatemala right now, which is certainly one of the cheapest places to travel and one of the cheapest places to live. Here’s what I picked up yesterday

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The Biggest Travel Budget Killers: Location, Velocity, & Distance

What’s the biggest perception difference between an experienced budget traveler and one planning to take off around the world? The first has learned what really breaks the budget over time. The latter generally has it all backwards. Here are some paraphrased quotes from people who have sent me e-mails or asked questions