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Want to escape your 9 t0 5 and live abroad? Already working on your own but looking to be location independent? Maybe you’re dreaming of making your travel dreams a reality. You’ve come to the right place!

Maintaining an overland vehicle - especially an older Rover - requires constant upkeep. And if you’re talking about vehicle-dependent travel as a way of life, preventative maintenance is the backbone of the whole operation. ...

Frans purchased a 1959 Series 2 109 Land Rover for long-term living so he could explore the West Coast of the United States and the Baja Peninsula....

San Miguel de Allende is just the best. I really, really love it and am so grateful to call it home. Around these parts though, everyone talks about how good it is to come back to San Miguel because much of the local and expat community travel a lot or divide their time between San Miguel and other places. ...

Adventure is somehow best when it’s unexpected. In Hidalgo State, central-eastern Mexico, we find ourselves in one of the oldest protected forests in Mexico, El Chico National Park. This is precisely the type of place we spend our adventures looking for, hunting through locals’ recommendations and research to find the most precious gems, but this time, it was a total accident....

Back home - with the damage done - we cleaned the ECU with PCB cleaner and still weren't getting any signal from the ECU to the injectors...

As long as I’ve been in Mexico, I’ve been hearing about Tolantongo. This proverbial oasis in the desert is a beacon for tourists, national and expat alike, to pretend for a weekend that they aren’t landlocked in a desert and melt into the thermal waters of this lush box canyon....

LGBTQ rights have been a central focus of many international conversations, and we in San Miguel de Allende want to make our support of equal rights heard. ...

We’ve seen a lot of Mexico. After 9 years exploring, you’d expect no less. But Mexico is an enormously diverse country, topographically and culturally. That’s why, after all this time, I keep stumbling across gems....

I spend a lot of time on the road. I love it; I live for it …but it’s not so great when I’m nauseous and turning green (which used to happen with too much frequency to count.) I have found the most amazing remedy though – simple, inexpensive and easy, and it doesn’t involve taking meds that make me drowsy....

For all the ways that marketing is growing and changing, there are a lot of fumbles going on out there on the worldwide web. And, I get it. People feel overwhelmed by the choices and limited in both understanding of the platforms and the time to get it all done....

In the desert, the mid-day sun sucks the breath from our lungs. It’s so hot and dry, we can barely breathe. My skin feels like someone else’s – so dry, my own touch feels foreign....

We crashed the Rover. Fortunately, no one was hurt. It wasn't raining, but the road was wet. We hit a slick spot while exiting the highway - the Rover first swerved and then, as I countered to stay on the asphalt, it spun 180 degrees, sending us into a ditch backward. Upon hitting the slope, the Rover flipped onto her side, landing in a water-filled ditch....

It’s not always easy to look presentable while traveling. If you travel like I do, you know what I mean. Tent camping in the wilderness with nothing but your drinking water or staying in budget hotels that may or may not have decent amenities leaves a lot to be desired in the appearance department. I’m going to share my go-to tips for staying pretty and clean on the rugged, budget road....

Inspired by the current writing workshop that I’m teaching, I want to share why teaching a class can be a great asset for many freelancers, and how to do it. If you don’t want to generate new business, don’t like the idea of teaching or just generally hate people, you should stop reading. Otherwise, I think there is a version of this for everyone. If you’re location independent or freelancing and looking for additional sources of income, this is a smart option....

Sad about the departure of our Vanamos friends after their month-long stay in San Miguel, we were reminded what it takes to be a good guest. It was such a delight to have them here and, until next time, we will majorly miss them....

The dos and don'ts of couple travel. How to stay happy, supportive and respectful when travel or freelancing challenges put your personality to the test....

Ablu Botanica is a family-run artisanal bath, body and beauty company founded in San Miguel de Allende. I had the pleasure of interviewing Kate Lowenstien, co-owner of Ablu, about their products, practices and more. ...

We just enjoyed some time in Costalegre, soaking up the sun and sea. Costalegre is located in Jalisco, between Bahia de Chamela and Playa del Oro. While there, we happened upon 3 little towns that we really liked. Quiet, relaxed and spectacularly beautiful, these low-season destinations are perfect to get away from it all....

Tequila, Jalisco is a unique place. Like the champagne region of France, Tequila must come from Tequila region of Jalisco. Los Altos, the highlands, of the Mexican state of Jalisco are home to the world’s tequila production and are we ever thankful for that! Aside from the bounty of delicious blue agave juice distilled in the area, it’s also a UNESCO designated world heritage site and pueblo magico....

I don’t like to pass up a good opportunity, even if it means I have to change plans at a minute’s notice or try something completely new. So, when one of my freelance writing clients told me about his brain child, an amazing luxury travel project in the Yucatan, I was enthusiastic to say the least. But how he planned to involve me … that was a complete surprise....

Some of you may have read my previous article on Chilcuague (Gold Root in English) and if you have, you know I’m a fan. This regional root is rarely talked about, even in the few Mexican states it’s grown, and outside – well, it’s just unheard of....

The longer I stay away from America, the stranger and more complex it becomes for me. I return to the same streets, the same house, the same city that I lived in for most of my life, and though in many ways it’s completely ordinary, something has changed. While it may not seem so different, both my city and I have changed during our time apart and we have to negotiate a new relationship....