Central America Archive

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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

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Is Panama a Cheap Place to Live? It Depends…

Panama can be one of the world’s greatest places to live on a lower budget than you could in a developed country, especially if you’re a retiree. It’s also a place favored by thousands of very wealthy Latin Americans and business tycoons, however. So whether you find the place a bargain largely

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Granada, Nicaragua on the Edge

You’ve probably seen a handful of photos from Granada, Nicaragua posted here and there. Usually you get the central plaza, the cathedral, a bell tower view over the roofs, and some horse-drawn carriages. Or in the case of a cheapskate like me, photos of signs showing how cheap everything is in Nicaragua.

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Regional E-books for The World’s Cheapest Destinations

     Are you going on a long trip that’s just to Central and South America? Traveling to Asia only for a few months? Want to know details just on the cheapest places to travel in Europe? No, you’re not seeing triple at the top. In a couple days you’ll see shorter e-book