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Maya Tradition is Alive in Riviera Maya

Maya Tradition is Alive in Riviera Maya

Thankfully, there are many efforts underway to bring greater exposure and understanding to the Maya culture — a living, breathing culture that, even to this day, includes people maintaining a traditional lifestyle.

Driving in Huatulco, Mexico

Driving in Huatulco, Mexico

In a story in the Oct. 28 issue of TravelAge West, I wrote about my recent trip to Huatulco, Mexico, with my family. One of the activities I mentioned in that story was that we hired a private driver for the day. This turned out to be a great experience and a highlight of the trip.

Rappelling Into a Pirate’s Cave

Rappelling Into a Pirate’s Cave

I am a little bit of an adventure junky, so when asked if I wanted to rappel down a 130-foot sea cliff above the opening of a pirate cave landing onto a boat in the ocean, I had to say yes. I was at Roca Partida, a coastal area in Los Tuxtlas, located near Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico. The beach here is known for a sea cave that locals say was used by pirates as a hideout for their ships — the cave looks exactly like a cookie-cutter cutout of a ship, so it’s an easy story to believe.

Slice of Heaven in Huatulco

Slice of Heaven in Huatulco

On a recent trip to Huatulco, Mexico, with my family, we found ourselves craving a taste of home. One evening, we ventured into the nearby town of La Crucecita where we heard there was some truly outstanding pizza — maybe some of the best anywhere in Mexico. We asked a few locals in town and each one knew exactly what restaurant we were talking about.

How Not to Explore the Galapagos Islands

How Not to Explore the Galapagos Islands

On a recent trip to the famed Galapagos Islands, I was determined to stick to a strict travel budget. I had traveled abroad on the cheap many times before – through China for three weeks, around Japan for two, and so on – and I saw no reason why the Galapagos Islands could not be similarly planned.

Making the Most of Rainy Days in Jamaica

Making the Most of Rainy Days in Jamaica

On a recent trip to Jamaica, I was looking forward to the traditional sun, sand and surf experience for which the Caribbean is known. Soon after I arrived, however, it started to rain — and it did not stop. The storm was so forceful that the thunder was setting off car alarms in the parking lot of a restaurant where I stopped for lunch. So, needless to say, there was no beach for me.

Flag Throwing Is An Art in Switzerland

Flag Throwing Is An Art in Switzerland

I got to experience Bern's old-world charm firsthand on a recent tour of the historical city, when I was introduced to the Swiss tradition of flag throwing. The custom was traditionally practiced by urban guilds, starting in the Middle Ages. Nowadays, flag throwing usually takes place at folklore festivals, and is comprised of a series of up to 99 different regulated swings of the flag.

Working With A Travel Agent Is Still Fun

Working With A Travel Agent Is Still Fun

In the travel industry, we talk a lot about the relevance of travel agents — how they work hard and how they offer a significant service. This is an important message to get across and helps quell myriad misconceptions about what travel agents do, and how they do it. What often gets underrepresented, however, is how fun working with the right travel agent can be — no matter your age, or your level of travel industry know-how.

The Screen’s the Thing at Kimpton’s Eventi

The Screen’s the Thing at Kimpton’s Eventi

Marty Wentzel blogs about New York City and its tantalizing arts scene, from world-class museums to top-drawer live entertainment. During her recent trip to the Big Apple, a Kimpton hotel called Eventi took that passion to new heights with its Big Screen Plaza.