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Canada Travel Insurance Review

A lot of planning goes on behind the scenes to make our adventures possible. A lot. Travel insurance can kill a travel budget. Especially for us, since we're buying travel insurance for a family of four. For six months of travel, we got quotes ranging from $394.94 to $1725.00 for worldwide insurance, including the USA. For trips of 60 days or less, consider getting a ...
Manana - Lazy Day

Mañana Or, As We Call It, Another Lazy Day

Years ago, when we first visited Mexico, we often heard the term mañana spoken by the locals. It was simple to figure out that mañana translates to tomorrow however it took us a few days to fully realize the importance of that word. For most Mexicans, and to be honest most warm latin countries, mañana has a whole other meaning.

When the locals say mañana more often than not they're saying, yeah, it needs to be done and there's a good chance it will however that time isn't now and maybe that day will be tomorrow. It's a way of pushing things off for another day. More than just procrastination, it's an understanding that life happens and in the tropics it often happens at a slower pace. Maybe it's the people or maybe it's the fact that at midday things slow down to a crawl and a lot of people laze around to escape the afternoon heat. I think it's a little of both but mostly it's just the way things are out here. More of a realization that life is to be enjoyed and lived and tomorrow will be similar enough to today that it can get done then.

I sometimes wonder if the colder countries lost that sense of relaxation. We tend to spend our lives rushing around as fast as we can. I truly believe it's because of the weather and in particular, the seasons...

Cole on Beach

Arrived in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Well, after a crazy displaced week of selling, packing, cleaning, storing, driving, visiting and Halloweening we've finally arrived in beautiful Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The weather is hot, humid and simply wonderful.

For us though, that walk into humidity represented the first steps into a 6 month adventure that admittedly we spent less time planning than some of those overpriced last minute resort experiences we've had...

Vintage Map of the World

Preparations for Playa

We're now in full swing getting ready for our trip. Less than two weeks and we begin our first leg in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

It's amazing how much work goes into planning a trip like this for our little family of four.

There are vaccinations to get, storage for our truck and belongings, travel insurance, adding parking insurance to the truck, doctors, dentists and optometrists appointments, organizing our condo rental in Playa (we had to transfer US cash to an Italian couple's American bank account for a rental in Mexico from a Canadian bank... I get confused just reading that....), buying our plane tickets, checking visa requirements, letting our credit cards know we're gone, and on and on.

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