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Travel Safety in Perspective: USA vs. Mexico

There’s been a lot of news coverage about violence in Mexico, very little of it bothering to note that Mexico is a huge country with thirty-some states and that a) almost all of that violence is narco-related and b) you can

Travel Safety in Perspective, Take 27: Michoacan, Mexico

I’ve ranted plenty about the media coverage of Mexico. As someone who has lived here since June of 2010 and has had a steady stream of family and friends coming to visit, I can say for sure that the impressions of

8.2 Million Tourists’ Heads Still Attached After Visiting Mexico

I like that headline so much I almost don’t want to write anything else. But since I get sick of people asking “But is it safe?” when I tell them I’m living in Mexico, it’s time for a reality check. Turn

Travel Advice I Frequently Ignore

I keep running into people who have not traveled much and it is disheartening to me sometimes to realize how much bad advice is out there. For the record, here’s what I ignore on a regular basis on the road. Don’t

The Actual Risk of Attack

Google the phrase “security theater” and you’ll see what most clear-headed people think of the hysteria hitting our airport security lines after the attempted attack a few weeks ago. For some of the blowhards on cable news channels wringing their hands