Best Neighborhoods in Mexico City – Santa Fe

If you want to see a totally different and perhaps unexpected side to Mexico City, Santa Fe on the western edge of the city is a good place to start.  Thoroughly modern and urban, Santa Fe is dominated by skyscrapers, wide multi-lane highways and high-end shopping and restaurants; more business district than residential space, this part of town feels like a large American city more than any other area of Mexico City.  Because it is a relatively new and business-oriented zone, it doesn’t have many of the features that are typical of other neighborhoods in the city – there are…

Didi in Mexico – The Chinese Ride-Sharing Heads South of The Border

You may have heard of ride-sharing services like Uber and Cabify, but one which you may not have heard about is the Chinese company Didi, a hugely successful ride-sharing company that has been giving their rivals more than a run for their money in recent years within the Asian market and beyond. Ride-sharing services have been immensely popular in Mexico in recent years, giving locals and tourists alike a safe and well-priced option to get from A to B, avoiding local taxis, poor transport links and heavy metro congestion. Since 2015 the Chinese firm have been investing in ride sharing…

5 of The Most Amazing Libraries in The World

For thousands of years, libraries have been the center of almost every developed civilization.  These institutions have protected ancient texts, books, manuscripts and important documents. They have served as a place where people can access  information and a safe space were accumulated knowledge is available to any who wishes to enjoy it. Since the dawn of the Internet, and our ability to put our finger on information in a moment’s notice, many local libraries around the world have been sadly closed down. In spite of this, libraries carry too much importance to disappear entirely, and in many cases they have…

Best Neighborhoods in Mexico City – Santa María la Ribera!

Unlike most of the other neighborhoods profiled in this series, Santa María la Ribera isn’t especially “trendy” or “cool.” While it is considered to be an important architectural and historical neighborhood, it is a bit rough around the edges.  As a result, it tends to be off the beaten path for most tourists or foreigners living in Mexico City who often seek out areas with more fashionable shopping, restaurants and hotels.  While there is much to see, eat and do in this neighborhood, the vibe is quite traditional – Santa María la Ribera feels like a place where people work…

Exploring the beautiful state of Chiapas in Southern Mexico!

Guest post by Josh Cantor One of Mexico’s new trendy travel locales is the South East state of Chiapas.  It is littered with archaeological sites, beautiful landscapes, waterfalls and a very prominent indigenous culture as well.  The problem is that these sites are separated by a few hundred km, making it difficult to get between one and another.  As my wife and I were planning for our trip, we mulled over a few transportation options. We decided to rent a car and I can confidently say that this is both a safe and cost-effective route.  I have outlined below the…

Top Apps and Online Resources For Expats in Mexico

Something which I often talk about on this blog is the importance of saving time time and the tools and strategies I use to do so. Since deciding to base myself in Mexico City and continuing with my digital nomad lifestyle, I have started to use a great deal of phone applications and online resources to really streamline a number of daily tasks in my life. I wanted to share some of the best services which I have found here in Mexico, so that you too can make use of them during your time here. Shopping Mercado Libre Where eBay exists in…

Cornershop: The Time-Saving App That Brings Groceries to Your door in Mexico in only 60 min!

As someone who lives the digital nomad lifestyle, I’m all about efficiency when it comes to how I spend my time and I am always on the lookout for ways in which I can maximize these hours in my day.  As anyone who is living the kind of lifestyle will tell you, time is money and if you don’t work, you don’t earn, it is as simple as that. With this in mind, I have made efforts to minimize the time spent on the minutiae of life (and ones I especially don’t enjoy) and instead focus my efforts on working…

A Weekend in Georgetown, Penang Malaysia: top attractions, eats, and more!

In recent years, Penang has attracted a lot of press for being a foodie mecca and for possessing more than its share of heritage buildings. Working in Kuala Lumpur and looking to take a weekend off in a culturally rich travel destination? Want to reset your Thai visa in a place with attractions that will make the processing time go by fast? Then give Penang a try. This guide will run down the best sights to see, things to do, and places to dine in this world-class destination. Let’s get started below… Where is Penang? Sitting off the coast of…

Riding Across America on a Hog for a Cause!

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A Q&A WITH ADAM SANDOVAL of ScootinAmerica Harley-Davidson believes strongly that every American should be able to experience the unparalleled freedom of motorcycle riding, especially those who risk their lives to protect our freedom in the states and abroad. To show its appreciation and support for military personnel all over the country, Harley-Davidson has partnered with ScootinAmerica Founder Adam Sandoval and the Wounded Warrior Project on MISSION: “THANK YOU.” Adam is traveling cross country for the next few months to give away new motorcycles to eight lucky veterans and I got the chance to ask him about his epic ride. Q:…

I Got Featured in Philadelphia Magazine! Check it out:

So for those of you who don’t know, I’m actually from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the US. It’s one of the bigger cities in the country and only a couple hours south of New York if you’ve never heard of it. This past month, I had the opportunity and honor to get interviewed by Philadelphia Magazine for a piece they were doing about digital nomadism. My friend Jason and I had a bit of our stories told from how we went from a couple of kids from Philly to living wherever we want and financial freedom. Check out the article here!  

The Most Endangered Animals on Earth

From climate change to Pacific garbage patch, there is a myriad of problems which threaten our continued existence on Earth. However, framing issues this way is rather shortsighted, as it leaves out a key fact – we aren’t the only beings who call this place home. Many species have been killed off by choices we have made over the ages. Remember the Dodo? Found on Mauritius, it was a flightless bird which had no predators until we arrived on the scene. From 1598, it took less than 100 years for them to be completely wiped out. Turns out a bird…

Best Neighborhoods in Mexico City – San Angel!

best neighborhoods in Mexico City - San Angel

Like Coyoacán, the San Angel (or Ángel in Spanish) neighborhood was an independent and mostly rural village until the mid-20th century, and even today you could easily imagine that you are in a colonial town far from the bustle of Mexico City as you stroll down the cobblestone streets that wind between centuries-old monasteries and grand homes. In fact, both Mexico City and the national government have issued declarations to preserve the unique heritage of San Ángel.  In 1987 the president of Mexico declared the area to be a “Historical Monument Zone;” later, in 2008, it was designated as part…

Best Neighborhoods in Mexico City – Centro Historico!

The historic center of Mexico City, Centro Historico, or just “Centro,” is an area of Mexico City that must be seen to be believed. There is a reason it was the New York Times #1 place to visit in the entire world in 2016. In some ways and in some parts, it has the feel of Europe’s famous capital cities and you could easily imagine that you are in the historic sections of Paris or London as you enjoy a coffee in front of 16th century buildings on a quaint, tucked-away street.  But at the same time, there is no…

Best Neighborhoods in Mexico City – Coyoacán!

Like the other Mexico City neighborhoods I’ve profiled like Roma Norte, Condesa, Polanco and Juarez, Villa Coyoacán (often referred to as the historic center) has a definite personality which makes it stand apart from the rest.  In this case, the vibe is similar to that of Colonia Roma Norte in terms of its quirky and intellectual tendencies blended with the independent character that comes from the area’s history as a village separate from the larger city that now surrounds it. Coyoacán dates back to the early 16th century when it was established as the first capital of New Spain, and…

The Best Neighborhoods in Mexico City – Juarez!

beautiful historic architecture in Mexico City

Like other neighborhoods in transition, Colonia (or neighborhood) Juarez (not to be confused with Ciudad Juarez) has a very diverse personality that is hard to characterize. Juarez is home to the Zona Rosa – the business and cultural hub of Mexico City’s LGBTTI community, and also to “Little Seoul,” the heart of the city’s growing Korean population. The people who live, work and play here represent the broadest cross-section of Mexico City’s population – wealthy and poor, hip and traditional, local and foreigner. Sex shops and high-end hotels can be found within steps of each other, as can pizza joints…

Try Awesome UberEats in Mexico City With My Exclusive Coupon Code!

Para version Espanol, haz click aqui: UberEats en la Ciudad de Mexico Since Uber came to Mexico, it has been growing by leaps and bounds – Uber’s latest service innovation is the introduction of UberEats. It isn’t available everywhere yet, but I am happy to say that you can now use UberEats in Mexico City! Like most cities, Mexico City has lots of delivery options – but they definitely are not all created equal. For new expats or visitors to the city, ordering food can be a fairly stressful undertaking. You might not have any idea of what restaurant options…

Best Neighborhoods in Mexico City – Condesa!

best neighborhood in Mexico City

The Condesa neighborhood combines some of the best features of Roma Norte and Polanco.   Like Polanco, Condesa is beautiful to look at with its tree-lined streets and parks, art-deco architecture, high-end bars, designer stores and boutique hotels. But, Condesa definitely shares a cool vibe with Roma Norte – its cafes, bookstores, galleries and shops attract the young professionals, students and artists who live and play in Condesa. This split personality can be linked to the fact that after decades of decline the area has been gentrified since the late 90s. There is a lot to see and do in this…

Best Neighborhoods in Mexico City – Polanco!

I’ve said it before and I will say it again – I love Mexico City. One of the things that I find so exciting about this sprawling metropolis is the diversity of its neighborhoods, or “colonias.” In a previous post about the best neighborhoods in Mexico City, I wrote about Roma Norte – definitely one of my favorite colonias with its cool, Brooklyn vibe and where I spend most of my time. But, if your tastes lean more towards high-end rather than hip, Polanco is the place to see and to be seen. Polanco is sometimes referred to as the Beverly Hills…

Hand made in Guanajuato: introducing the Ziggy 2.0

Over the past few years, you can say I’ve taken more than a liking to Mexico, it’s more of a love affair. Although it’s great that its convenient location makes for quick flights from the US, and its never-ending options for delectable grub, there’s so much more to love about this country aside from the obvious. Yes, the beach resorts are nice, but the Mexican interior has some serious soul to it too. Here, the people are real and genuine, and its buildings radiate an elegance that can’t be matched by modern all-inclusive resorts in places like Playa del Carmen. If…

A Secret Neighborhood in The Heart of Mexico City: La Romita

Anyone who travels should make raw wandering a part of their itinerary. Sure, world-class attractions like the Louvre, Christ The Redeemer, and Liberty Bell (skip the Liberty Bell) should be planned to be seen when in major touristic destinations, don’t forget to just walk out of your accommodation…and keep going. In an age when there is more raw information about any topic than one mere human could possibly absorb, we often get caught up in the noise that we read online and social media about what we should see or do. But, when you make the conscious decision to power down (where’s…

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