Author: billyfreeze

Magical Mahekal

Going to Mexico on vacation? You’re not alone. Millions of Americans will visit Cancun and the Mayan Riviera next year. As demand has grown over the last few decades, former small fishing towns such as Playa del Carmen have turned into international tourist destinations. Over the years I’ve stayed at all-inclusive resorts, boutique hotels and even properties that cater mostly to Mexican tourists. This week I was invited to stay at the Mahekal Beach Resort and my visit was nothing short of wonderful. Many people imagine a white sandy beach, a hammock, infinity pools, and palm trees when considering...

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9 Interesting Travel Myths Debunked

Everyone in the World Hates Americans.  I’m sure you’ve heard that. I actually know people who don’t travel because of this widespread belief. While I feel that some countries may not agree with our foreign policy, I’ve rarely seen any of that sentiment directed toward me. Think about it. You’re in a bar and you start chatting with a nice foreign guy and you suddenly find out he’s from Iran. Do you suddenly want to kill him because you don’t like his government? Of course not. That’s ridiculous. In the words of Depeche Mode, “people are people”.  and it’s...

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Kazakhstan. It’s a Niiiiiiice!

 It’s the number one country in the world for potassium and number two for prostitutes. The residents drink fermented horse urine. You can thank Borat for everything we know about Kazakhstan, which is nothing. The only things that Sacha Baron Cohen’s 2006 film parody got right about the world’s 9th largest country, is it’s flag and place on the map. Even the Kazakhstan village scene in the movie was actually shot in Romania, and none of the locals  had any idea what the film was about. The point is, unless you’re in the potassium business, you’ll be pleasantly surprised...

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Dentistry in Mexico. Tooth or Friction?

Take two scary things, put them together and what do you get? Inexpensive dental care. When a friend of mine first told me about going to the Mexican border to get her teeth fixed, I was skeptical. Actually, horrified might be a better word. It’s bad enough having to dodge drug cartel violence, but having a half-rate dentist drill holes in your teeth while listening to machine gun fire outside? That’s the stuff that horror films are made of. Let’s face it. Mexico doesn’t have the best reputation for safety these days and your teeth are one of the...

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DIY Safari

  I often ask  people I meet if they could go anywhere in the world, where they’d choose. One of the most common answers is often a place that the majority of travelers are unlikely to visit- a game park in Africa. For many of us, just mentioning  the name of the continent conjures up images of lions chasing gazelles on the Serengeti and  giraffes nibbling on acacia trees in the perfect Lion King sunset.   The reason more travelers have not done their dream trip to Africa is the perceived high price for such an adventure. With travel deals...

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