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Punta Gorda, Belize City Guide

Unlike the tourist-ridden cayes in northern and central Belize, Punta Gorda is a great off-the-beaten-path option. Located in the Toledo District, which is the rural and remote southernmost region of Belize, it is rich with cultural diversity and history and its sustainable travel and eco-tourism industries are on the rise. Travelers interested in a laid-back, relaxing Caribbean destination might find that Punta Gorda (or PG as the locals call it) is just the place. Read more

BMT 71: Finding Life and Love in Thailand with Expat Ian Ord

Ian Ord Expat Thailand

In today’s episode, we move across the pond – westward, with Ian Ord, a Canadian expat who built a new life in Thailand. Though he only planned to stay for a few months at the beginning, he is still there over five years later, with a couple of businesses, a new fiancee, and a life full of adventure. Hear his story about how he did it, struggles he faced along the way, and whether he plans to stay in Thailand in the future. Read more

Athens City Guide for Budget-Minded Travelers

Athens, known as the birthplace of Western Civilization, has an epic history that dates back thousands of years. The birthplace of democracy and where the first Olympic Games were held, Athens holds many titles, and is home to an array of iconic sites. From the hilltop Acropolis to the historic streets of Plaka, known as the ‘neighbourhood of the Gods’, Athens has so much to offer.

It’s a prime destination for history buffs with the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the once grand Temple of Zeus and the ancient streets of Ancient Agora, just to name a few. But Athens is also a dynamic city full of intriguing street art, fantastic food like souvlaki and baklava, eclectic neighbourhoods, and an awesome nightlife scene. There is certainly something to entice every traveler’s spirit!

Athens can seem a bit overwhelming, but this guide will help you get an idea of where to stay, what to do, where to eat, and what’s not to miss while you’re in town. Read more

BMT 70: American Expat Life in Spain and Italy

Teressa Canosa

Teressa Canosa left the U.S. seven years ago to pursue her dream of living in Spain and learning Spanish. That has since turned into a residency permit, a Master’s Degree, and a spontaneous move to Italy, among many other adventures. In today’s episode, hear her story, find out what steps she took to get to where she is today, teaching English in a small town in Southern Italy.  Read more

3 Tips for Planning a Last Minute Trip

It was a long winter at home. I live year round in a beach town on the very edge of Cape Cod, so after spending the entire season in a nearly empty and frozen town, I was hungry to get away. When spring arrived and brought with it the opportunity to snag $250 roundtrip mistake fares to Portugal, I pounced. I’d listened to my friends rave about Portugal, but honestly, I’d never looked into what the country has to offer beyond port wine and seafood.

It was time to get planning. But time was exactly the problem. The flight left in less than a month. I manage two businesses, host a weekly podcast, and have a family, plus I’m organizing a tour in Patagonia this November with Jackie. All of a sudden, I found myself with a pending trip to somewhere new and virtually no time to plan. A good problem to have, yes, but a problem nonetheless.

Under different circumstances, this might be okay. I’ve shown up to more difficult places, like Oman or New Zealand, with no course of action, no accommodation, no way to get around – and it’s always worked out. But with a family in tow, I didn’t have the flexibility to freewheel it. And besides, this is not how I wanted to spend my week in Portugal. I wanted, and needed, to make my week count.

Related: One Week in Portugal in a Rental Car

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