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Getting Past The Mexican Vacationing Myths

There are a lot of myths about travel in Mexico. But it is still a beautiful country that is definitely worth visiting. 

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There are a lot of myths out there about Mexico. Obviously, things like “don’t drink the tap water” are true and should be taken very seriously. But there are plenty of other stories out there that just aren’t true. 

Mexico is a beautiful country that is definitely worth visiting. And this article is meant to relieve any worries you have about checking it out.

IT’S IMPOVERISHED

A lot of people think of Mexico as a very poor and even third-world country. But that just isn’t the case. It’s definitely less developed that some countries, including the U.S., but for the most part it’s a middle-income country. In fact, it’s GDP per capita is similar to such countries as Brazil and even China.

But this myth is likely kept alive by the fact that about 44 percent of Mexicans do live in poverty. And that number is high enough that it’s safe to say no matter where tourists may visit, they’re likely to see that poverty.

IT’S DANGEROUS

This is grossly exaggerated. In reality, Mexico is no more dangerous than any other country. Sure, there are some areas that have higher crime rates (specifically Tijuana and Juarez), but the majority of Mexico is perfectly safe. With that said, the usual precautions should be taken when walking around at night, drinking in excess, or using an ATM outside of a hotel. There will always be people looking to take advantage of tourists no matter where you are.

IT’S A NON-STOP COLLEGE PARTY

Thanks to the spring break popularity of places like Cancun, Mexico is now commonly thought of as just one big, obnoxious party. And while there are definitely places to enjoy a wild party in Mexico, it’s far from the norm. In fact, outside of the month of March, Cancun is typically a very peaceful place full of honeymooners and foodies.

TACOS, BURRITOS, AND ENCHILADAS ARE THE ONLY FOOD AVAILABLE

Ok, people come on. Sure, these are staples of Mexican food, but there are other options! Cuisines and specialties vary from region to region and there is bound to be plenty of delicious variety regardless of where you are. From seafood to fried pork belly to grilled octopus, there is something for everyone. So get out there and try something new for once!

FOOD POISONING IS ALMOST INEVITABLE

Many people assume that a trip to Mexico means getting food poisoning at least once. The tap water should definitely be avoided, but most tourists will also avoid almost all fruit and produce. There definitely are different bacteria active in Mexico that can lead to “Montezuma’s revenge,” but avoiding essentially all cold food is silly.

Most restaurants use fresh water to wash everything and to make their ice. And while there are definitely street carts that should be avoided, skipping out on some delicious mango, horchata, and ceviche would be a mistake.

IT’S NOT SAFE DURING HURRICANE SEASON

Hurricane season in Mexico usually lasts from June to November. The worst months typically being August through October. Because of this many people avoid traveling to Mexico during those months. But, for the most part, it’s really unnecessary to completely avoid the country for six months out of the year.

And as long as you prepare to leave early or cancel if necessary (hurricanes are usually predicted a week in advance), you can actually get great deals on travel and hotels. So hurricane season can actually be the best time to visit Mexico as the rates will be the lowest and the cities will be the least crowded.

 


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The Most Unbelievable Surfing Destinations

Pack up your bags, but don’t forget your surfboard and head to one of the world’s best surf destinations.

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So you like to hang ten on some tubular waves. That’s cool, but are you getting tired of shredding the same waves on the same beaches with the same boneheads? Then it’s time to get out there and experience surfing in other beautiful destinations across the world. You will be blown away at how much gnarlier it is to go shred with some killer bros and babes that don’t speak the same language as you. You will most likely learn a lot and even catch some waves that are different from the ones you see. There is nothing as thrilling as redefining surfing as you know it by hanging ten out of town. So pack up your bags, but don’t forget your surfboard and head to one of the world’s best surf destinations.

 

Ulu Watu, Bali
When most people think of Ulu Watu, Bali they think of the old Hindu temple that outdates all other Bali Hindu temples. Either that or they think “Whoa, what a gnarly name!” But many people don’t know that Ulu Watu is also home to some seriously awesome waves that are killer to surf in. If you visit the temple you can look down off the cliffs and see surfers getting their shred on. You’ll want to jump off the cliff and join the surfers below. However, don’t jump off the cliff, there are much easier ways to get down with far less risk of serious injury. Once you get down there you’ll surf the day away.

 

Bundoran, Ireland
This is one place where you’ll need to pack a wetsuit. Bundoran is known as a “cold water Eden” because there are constant swells that are awesome to surf. Most people don’t associate Ireland with surfing but a quick walk through the town would leave you to believe that Ireland has always been a surfer’s paradise. There are plenty of awesome surf shops and even restaurants and cafes offer discounts to visiting surfers. Now that’s what I call totally tubular!

 

 

Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
No surfing list would be complete without mentioning wonderful South Africa. In fact, this is where the pros surf during the Billabong Pro ASP World Tour surfing competition. This place is well known as one of the best-surfing destinations in the world and was even featured in films, has anyone heard of Endless Summer? Yeah, it was filmed here. Now it’s time for you to enjoy your own endless summer by hopping on a plane and hitting Jeffreys Bay.

 

 

Huntington Beach, CA
Huntington Beach is what is known by locals as Surf City, U.S.A. which is why tons of surfers flock over here to see the wonder that is a total surfer’s paradise. They have a bunch of different beaches that are good for different types of surfers. If you ride a longboard you hit one beach and if you ride a shortboard you hit another. Now that’s what I call surfing convenience.

 

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Check Out America’s Best Halloween Attractions

We have compiled a list of the scariest Halloween attractions we’ve ever seen that are all guaranteed to spook you silly.

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Halloween is our favorite time of year. What better time to go get super spooked and then go home and hide under your blankets until the sun comes up the next day? I can’t think of a better way to spend my time than to be completely terrified. The problem is, once you’ve been thoroughly freaked, then it’s hard to freak off again.
We have compiled a list of the scariest Halloween attractions we’ve ever seen that are all guaranteed to spook you silly.

 

 

Erebus Haunted Attraction
If you’re looking to scream then head to Pontiac, MI. Here you’ll find the Erebus which is a huge 4-story haunted house that is chocked full of spooky stuff. You’ll have plenty of time to tour the gigantic house but just make sure you have someone to squeeze on or else you might just go loony.

 

 

Bennett’s Curse
In Jessup, MD you will find the award-winning Bennett’s Curse. A haunted attraction that is truly one-of-a-kind and utilizes technology to ensure you are one scared mama. There are 3 houses to fit your personal preference, you can get scared by vampires, zombies or just head to the Sanctuary of Insanity if you’re feeling a little cuckoo.

 

Witches of New Salem
Watches of New Salem is a corn maze that is a tad more frightful than the rest. You will take a tour of this horrifying maze all while being stalked by some serious creeps. You will shriek with fright. Be sure to bring an extra pair of underwear.

 

 

Dent Schoolhouse
This haunted schoolhouse in Cincinnati is fun because it plays on an old history. According to the legend of the Dent Schoolhouse, there was a very naughty janitor who killed the students that made fun of him. So, they decide to take you on a tour of this place right around Halloween. If that doesn’t sound eerie then I think you need to get your eerie meter checked.

 

Hangman’s House of Horrors
This place in Fort Worth, TX has a wild collection of terrifying attractions. Like the Dent Schoolhouse it is also based on a legend, the legend of Hezekiah Jones. Our favorite has to be the Hillbillies Revenge but they’re all fun and tantalizingly terror-filled. But if you have some lily-livered friends along for the ride, they don’t have to go to the scary houses, they can spend their time singing karaoke or listening to live music.

 

 

Terror Behind the Walls
this place used to be a horrible prison in Pensylvania but now it is just used for making your spine tingle. You can hit the outdoor garden maze or just take a tour of the ghostly prison insides. Either way, you will leave this prison shaking with fear. This is definitely one trip to remember.

 

 

ESP’s Night Watch
The Eastern State Penitentiary is a super-old prison that many say is haunted. It sure looks haunted too. What’s so crazy about this haunted prison tour is that you’re not lead anywhere. You just get handed a flash light and you explore all on your own. Now that’s spooky!

 

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Experience Cool On These Adventure Cruises

If you want to redefine the way you think of cruises then pack your hiking boots and your swimsuit and take your own maiden voyage on one of these titillating adventure cruises.

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When you think cruises you usually don’t think awesome adventure. Some people see them as a relaxing getaway and some people see them as tacky traveling for dorks. Regardless of which side you fall on, you probably think you know all you need to about the cruise world. There’s probably been no innovation in the cruise world for fifty years, right? Wrong. Enter these amazing adventure cruises. These cool adventures will leave a hater befuddled by all the awesome fun they embark on while chilling poolside on a cruise ship.

If you want to redefine the way you think of cruises then pack your hiking boots and your swimsuit and take your own maiden voyage on one of these titillating adventure cruises.

 

Antarctica & South Georgia

Yeah, we’re starting out list off with a cruise through Antarctica and South Georgia. That’s pretty adventurous, right? You get to hop on board a polar research vessel and hang out with penguins and sea lions. You’ll even sail along Deception Island (now that’s an adventurous name) which contains a flooded volcanic caldera if the weather permits. Sometimes the adventure is so extreme that you can’t even do parts of this cruise. Now all of the sudden cruises don’t look so boring after all, do they?

 

Canada’s East Coast

Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and hiking while surrounded by wildlife are the focuses of this awesome cruise. You will see everything that the coastline of four awesome Canadian provinces has to offer. You will also get incredibly close to the vibrantly colored puffins that live off the coast of Newfoundland. Canada is a great place where you can partake in many different extreme activities which now includes an activity you never knew was extreme, cruising.

 

Bali-Komodo Island, Indonesian Archipelago

Komodo is an island in Indonesia best known for the giant monitor lizards with poisonous saliva that live there. If giant monitor lizards with poisonous saliva that can run 30 mph don’t sound extreme to you then you need to recheck what your definition of extreme is. Taking a cruise around here isn’t just about avoiding Komodo Dragons, it’s also about great kayaking, paddle boarding and scuba diving. The scenery as well as the wildlife is incredible and will be sure to be an experience that you will cherish for the rest of your life.

 

Western Australia

If the thing you hate about cruises is sleeping on board a ship then hop on the “Kimberley Explorer” which stops along beaches and lets you sleep out under the stars. You will get to see and experience all the beautiful things that the Australian coast has to offer while relaxing on a small 14 person cruise ship. The small ship makes it a much more intimate adventure than the three hundred seat cruises you see advertised on TV and will lead you to make some valuable connections with your shipmates.

 

If you’re looking for a new adventure then look at some of these adventure cruises for a new type of vacation that will have you loving the salty old sea life.

 

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