FIELD GUIDES

You aren’t going to find detailed itineraries or bulleted lists of common destinations to visit. These are compilations of places that demand attention. Our goal here is to provide a raw and honest review of  places we have explored. Use this information however you feel necessary. If you want to hear us ramble about the best place to fall off the face of the earth, the most unique city that isn’t on a map, or a nerve-wracking port town that holds a very special place in our hearts, then we implore you to explore our guides.

It was promised to be a luxurious beach town in the desert, Palm Springs with water, and the next picturesque vacation destination for the rich and famous. Investors, developers, and enthusiastic vacationers poured their heart, soul, and savings into making The Salton Sea the next big thing. Now, it is a disappearing and slightly disturbing museum of failed dreams and post-apocalyptic landscapes. This place might not be a sought-after resort town, but it has a charm all its own....

Travel to Cuba —for Americans—is the forbidden fruit of travel destinations. To some, it was the final frontier to add to a dwindling bucket list. To others, it was a test. A self-imposed challenge to one’s wit and ingenuity. In either case, traveling to Cuba presented an opportunity to recapture the magic that the daring fortune-hunter experienced when they first began traveling. Why? Because going to Cuba, until recently, was prohibited. There were only a few narrowly defined (and strictly enforced) exceptions. As a result, the audacious traveler had two options. Request a special license or travel illegally via a third country. The problem? Most regular travelers did not have the proper justification to get a license to visit legally. Leaving only...

Tell your friends you are going to Cambodia and wait for intrigue to quickly give way to panic and confusion. For some, Cambodia is a war torn country where Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, driven by fanatical socialism, murdered nearly half of the country’s population in an attempt to force its people into a classless agrarian utopia. For others, it is an uninhabitable jungle riddled with land mines left by a half-century of conflict. So much so, that Sir Paul himself has made Cambodia’s landmine issue one of his many causes. Perhaps worse, some may only recognize it by name as a place where some celebrity may have adopted a baby. While all of these versions of Cambodia may be...

In the world of travel, there is Peru, and then there is everywhere else. The reason? Simple. No place on earth offers such a spectacle of culture and natural wonders. The Atacama Desert. The Nazca Lines. Lima. Machu Picchu. Cuzco. Floating villages. Mummies. The Andes. The Amazon River. The Food—oh the food. Any one of these, on their own, would be reason enough to jump on the next plane. Selfishly, Peru has them all! Peru has the propensity to taunt those travelers who consistently crave more out of their next adventure. Forever presenting the next challenge; the more boldly you dare, the more provoking Peru becomes. So visit Machu Picchu. See Lima. No visit to Peru would be complete without them. But...

Tell your friends you are going to Colombia and they will ask you if you are trying to get kidnapped or killed. Like many rising travel destinations, Colombia has a very tumultuous past. From its ongoing struggle with FARC, to its violent role during America’s war on drugs—Colombia was not always a safe travel destination. As the violence recedes, emerging is a people of unparalleled optimism and determination ready to ride the tidal wave of their country’s resurgence. The entire country has an air of confidence and optimism. From a travel standpoint, the revival began with the picturesque Cartagena de Indias and now emanates every corner of the Country. And why not? Colombia has an array of mountains, white beaches, jungle,...

I don’t think you could package paradise any better. There isn’t much the sleepy beachside town of Tulum, Mexico doesn’t offer. There is a pleasant city center filled with culture and trendy hangouts. The beaches are magnificent with pristine waters and white, powdery sand. The food scene is world famous, have you heard of Hartwood? The people are friendly and the streets are lined with charming boutiques and picture worthy scenery. Ancient Mayan Ruins peek out from behind the palm trees and overlook boulder lined beaches. Most importantly, Tulum isn’t like the rest. Unlike its cookie-cutter neighbors, Tulum has beauty and charm. Get here quick before the spill over from Cancun devours it. Here is our Tulum field guide to prepare...

BUCKET LIST + Even the winding drive into Niland, California was extraordinary. We decided to take back roads in from Phoenix, Arizona. Rolling hills, old farms, wide open landscapes, and massive irrigation systems led us into an old and (mostly) abandoned, salt covered town. Years of salt erosion and water damage make this wanna-be resort town an artist’s haven and a beach goers nightmare. Graffiti, broken furniture and disemboweled TVs cover what used to be porches, sidewalks and housing slabs. The sand, actually salt, is crunchy under your feet and littered with fish skeletons. The high salinity of the water killed off most of the marine life, leaving only their sun bleached remains to decorate the lake shore. I’m not doing a very good job...

Most Isla Holbox Field Guides will tell you about beaches and flamingos. But for most travelers, that is not where the island's real beauty lies. The beauty of Isla Holbox (Holbox Island) lies in its contradiction. There is a paradoxical balance between growth and preservation when it comes to the island’s gorgeous beaches and charming remoteness. The island is riddled with chic restaurants and boutique hotels, yet the town lacks any semblance of a basic infrastructure. Only here can one watch an ATV try to negotiate a seemingly impassible road from the comfort of a trendy restaurant serving hand-crafted cocktails. Or enjoy incredible tapas from wooden stools hastily strung around a dusty path near a makeshift restaurant. Need money? Too bad....

Nicaragua is the latest must see destination. In the last few years it has made regular appearances on most top ten lists. Its status as a rising star is well warranted. Nicaragua checks all of the boxes for travelers. Frankly, it would be worth the flight just to see Ometepe. Add volcanoes, jungle, colonial cities, great food, friendly people –and a ridiculously inexpensive price tag—and you have a can’t-miss travel destination. As a bonus, Nicaragua is relatively untraveled compared to neighboring countries, which lends itself to a very genuine experience. Here is our Nicaragua Field Guide for traveling to Nicaragua. TYPICAL COSTS Hostels Dorm Room $9 to $18 USD Private Room $18 to $40 USD Hotels Budget Hotel $30 to $80 USD Bottle of Beer $.25 to $1.00...

Why is Guatemala so captivating? There is something about it that grabs you and pulls you in for a closer look. Perhaps it is the extremes? Everything in Guatemala does appear bigger and more thought-provoking. The cities are surrounded by active volcanoes. Its great lake is perched high in the mountains. Its ancient ruins are among the most impressive in the world. Perhaps, instead, it’s the notion that Guatemala is somewhat of a fleeting destination. After all, the same extreme forces of nature that have sculpted the Guatemalan landscape routinely threaten to rip it apart. Much of Guatemala has already been torn apart by eruptions, earthquakes, or the ensuing floods. It is only a matter of time before nature strikes again. In any case, something...