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Where To Stay In Playa Del Carmen: Best Neighborhoods & Hotels

Where To Stay In Playa Del Carmen: Best Neighborhoods & Hotels

Where To Stay in Playa Del CarmenThe Best Places to Stay in Playa del Carmen
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Plan your Mexico trip with my advice for the best places to stay in Playa del Carmen (hotels, budget hostels, and resorts) for each unique neighborhood around the city!

Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, the Mexican city of Playa Del Carmen was once just a small ferry port for people on their way to the island of Cozumel.

Over the years it grew into a popular beach town in its own right due to a beautiful coastline, tasty Mexican cuisine, sunny weather, and central location along the “Riviera Maya” route.

Playa Del Carmen became a cheaper and less-busy option to Cancun – exploding in popularity in recent years.

Visitors can explore nearby Maya ruins,… Read More

ICYMI: Here’s Some New Articles and Interviews!

ICYMI: Here’s Some New Articles and Interviews!

10 Years a Nomad by Matt Kepnes
Posted: 8/12/2019 | August 12th, 2019

As you know, after eighteen months of writing and editing, my new book, Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler’s Journey Home, came out last month.

Unlike my previous books, this is not a “how to guide” but a collection of tips, advice, and stories from the road. It a memoir of my ten years backpacking the world and the lessons I learned along the way.

This book gets to the heart of wanderlust and what extended travel around the world can teach us about life, ourselves, and our place in the world. (Or at least tries to.)

It’s meant to show people that if I, a sheltered nerdy kid from a small town, could muster the courage to do this and survive, you can too!

Cheryl Strayed called it inspiring. The Los Angeles Times said, “This book isn’t just for travelers; it’s for anyone who has wan… Read More

Earn 5X Points on Select Cruise Bookings With Amex Platinum

At TPG, we’re big #avgeeks but many of us also love cruises. From adult-only cruises, to family-friendly options such as the Disney Cruise Line, these days there’s a cruise for almost every type of traveler.

There’s actually lots of crossover from the strategies you use to maximize hotel and airline bookings to how you can maximize cruise bookings. For example, American Express actually has a Cruise Privileges Program that provides perks and amenities for those booking cruises with The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express (kind of like Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts does for hotel bookings.)

The Amex cruise booking program is always worth consideration when booking eligible cruises, but today (Aug. 12) there is a new limited-time cruise offer for those with a Platinum card through Amex Travel.

Here’s what you need to know.

Starting today, Amex Platinum cardholders will receive… Read More

ICYMI: Here’s Some New Articles and Interviews!

ICYMI: Here’s Some New Articles and Interviews!

10 Years a Nomad by Matt Kepnes
Posted: 8/12/2019 | August 12th, 2019

As you know, after eighteen months of writing and editing, my new book, Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler’s Journey Home, came out last month.

Unlike my previous books, this is not a “how to guide” but a collection of tips, advice, and stories from the road. It a memoir of my ten years backpacking the world and the lessons I learned along the way.

This book gets to the heart of wanderlust and what extended travel around the world can teach us about life, ourselves, and our place in the world. (Or at least tries to.)

It’s meant to show people that if I, a sheltered nerdy kid from a small town, could muster the courage to do this and survive, you can too!

Cheryl Strayed called it inspiring. The Los Angeles Times said, “This book isn’t just for travelers; it’s for anyone who has wan… Read More

My Favorite Credit Cards that Aren’t Travel Cards

My husband and I have had a ton of credit cards over the years, mostly due to the fact we have pursued a lot of signup bonuses. We’ve also canceled many of our cards over the years, although there are ones we keep for the long haul. By and large, however, the bulk of our credit cards are travel credit cards and not basic rewards cards.

For the most part, I prefer to earn travel rewards over cash-back. Not only do I tend to get more value out of rewards specific to travel, but I know for a fact I get more bang for my buck when I’m able to transfer points to airline partners.

Still, some of the credit cards I’ve had the longest aren’t travel credit cards at all. Here are my favorite non-travel credit cards:

Chase Freedom

The Chase Freedom card is one of the first rewards credit cards I applied for, and I’ve kept it due to its lucrative rewards categories and the fact there’s no annual fee. Not only do you get a $150 cash bonus when you sign up for this… Read More

What Does Travel Mean to You?

What Does Travel Mean to You?

A solo hiker in a yellow jacket sitting in the mountains looking at the scenery around him
Updated: 8/5/2019 | August 5th, 2019

A few years ago, I went around the world and asked people what travel meant to them. As I travel the country on my current book tour and hear everyone’s reasons for travel, I’m reminded of that experience.

Travel means something different to every single person in the world.

There are a million and one reasons to travel. Many people travel the world to get the bug out of their system, or to check things off a list to say they’ve been there and done that. Some run to escape their problems. Some people travel simply to get drunk around the world.

For me, travel means many things. Travel is freedom. It’s about being able to do what I want and fill my day with excitement. Travel was an escape. Travel was “elsewhere”. That pla… Read More

Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex Review (2019)

Marriott Bonvoy has quite a portfolio of credit cards, thanks to them having agreements with both American Express and Chase. So for many it can be overwhelming to decide which card makes the most sense.

While there are many personal credit cards to choose from, there’s only one business credit card that’s still accepting applications, so I wanted to look more closely at that card in this post.

Marriott Bonvoy Business Card Basics

With the launch of Marriott Bonvoy earlier this year, the benefits and rewards structures of Marriott’s credit cards have changed, and it can be tough to keep up with that.

The Marriott Bonvoy BusinessTM American Express® Card is Marriott’s business credit card. So, is this a card worth having, and under what circumstances? Let’s take a look at the welcome bonus, annual fee, and much more.

Welcome Bonus

The Marriott Bonvoy Business Card offers a welcome bonus of 75,000 Bonvoy points after spendi… Read More

Between Two Knees at The OSF

Above photo: Between Two Knees (2019): Wotko Long, Rachel Crowl, April Ortiz, Derek Garza, Shaun Taylor-Corbett. Photo by Jenny Graham.

 

 

Minutes before the curtain rose on the night we saw Between Two Knees, my husband Rand received a text from our friend Shaun, who is in the show.

“Sorry in advance,” Shaun wrote, with a crying-laughing emoji. Rand showed it to me.

“What do you think that means?” he said. I shrugged. Minutes later, the show began, and Shaun – who is of Blackfoot descent – gallivanted across the stage in whiteface and a blonde wig, a terrifying sort of grin on his face.

<img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-15936" class="wp-image-15936 size-full" src="http://www.everywhereist.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019_BTK_2_2035.jpg" alt="The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. 2019. Between Two Knees by The 1491s. Directed by Eric Ting. Scenic Design: Regina Garcia. Costume Design: Lux Haac. L… Read More