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 vacation destination for the rich and famous. Investors, developers, and enthusiastic vacationers poured their heart, soul, and saving’s accounts 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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...