Put down your tech and Travel Like This

Put down your tech and Travel Like ThisTake our advice, and travel like this. We live in the golden age of travel. Never have so many world destinations been more accessible and more affordable. Budget-minded travellers can find affordable alternatives to hotels through internet-based services, like VRBO and AirBnB. Uber and Lyft have cut the price of ground transportation. And discount airlines…

The nomadic life of retirement tourism

Among the many fascinating people found in San Miguel de Allende was a couple who sold everything to travel the world

The nomadic life of retirement tourismI’ve just returned from San Miguel de Allende full of interesting new experiences gathered in a 475-year-old Mexican central highlands town renowned worldwide for its hospitality to culturally creative folk. Those visitors like to rent 300-year-old casas, practise speaking Spanish and participate in a nuanced cosmopolitan life. The local media refer to this phenomenon as…

San Miguel de Allende losing its lustre

There are signs of unwelcome change on the horizon for the Mexican community of about 150,000 residents

San Miguel de Allende losing its lustreI’ve been a cultural disciple to San Miguel de Allende for the fourth time in four years in the last week. San Miguel de Allende is a Mexican community of about 150,000 residents, founded in the early 1540s. It’s in the central highlands, 274 kilometres north of Mexico City, in the far eastern part of…

A Mexican village welcomes ecotourists

From the hospitality to the extraordinary food to the sublime experience among the butterflies, this is a place of exceptional grace

A Mexican village welcomes ecotourists[slideshow_deploy id='112857'] SAN MIGUEL de ALLENDE, Mexico March 12, 2017 /Troy Media/ – When you drive up the paved road into Macheros village in Donato Guerra, Estado de Mexico, you enter a high altitude (2,600 metres) ejido (essentially a Mexican communal farm) that has a unique relationship with about 400 million monarch butterflies. There's a lot to…

On the trail of a monarch deep in the heart of Mexico

Taking rough roads, with an eye out for bandidos, in search of the increasingly endangered species

On the trail of a monarch deep in the heart of MexicoSAN MIGUEL de ALLENDE, Mexico March 5, 2017 /Troy Media/ – “We’re going to see the monarch butterflies at the Cerro Pelon Butterfly Sanctuary.” What? When my friend Scott said he’d booked us into JM's Butterfly B&B in the remote Mexican village of Macheros, Donata Guerra, Estado de Mexico, I admit to some misgivings. “It’s…

Fresh (cooking) lessons from Mexico’s mercados

Our columnist attends a four-hour cooking class with successful San Miguel, Mexico, restaurateur Paco Cardenas

Fresh (cooking) lessons from Mexico’s mercados[slideshow_deploy id='112857'] SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, Mexico Feb. 26, 2017/Troy Media/ - My friend Scott loves to organize vacation activities that go on beyond the call of normal vacation duty. This now entails full-time planning for three couples who gather once per year, sometime between the Dia de Meurtos (Nov. 2) and the end of…

The privilege of vacation travel comes with a price

I love Mexico but it is not lost on me that very few Mexicans are able to come to Vancouver for parallel vacation experiences

The privilege of vacation travel comes with a priceVANCOUVER, B.C. April 3, 2016/ Troy Media/ - It’s hard not to like Mexico. First of all it’s easy to fly there from here, and the cost of airfares has fallen over the past decade. Once you arrive, visitor clearance is pretty straight forward, especially at the major airports like Mexico City. There are convenient…

Day of the Dead helps us shed our fears

The festival dates from pre-Hispanic times and fuses Aztec, los Indios, and Christian traditions into something new

Day of the Dead helps us shed our fears[slideshow_deploy id='91198'] Download this column on the Day of the Dead for your publication or website. Free to subscribers Subscriptions are FREE                              Terms and Conditions of use VANCOUVER, B.C. Nov. 8, 2015 /Troy Media/ - When my pal Scott asked whether we would like to join him in celebrating the Day of the Dead in…

Puerto Vallarta: the good, the bad and the beautiful

Puerto Vallarta: the good, the bad and the beautifulPUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico Aug 11, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Having done travel writing for 30 years I've had my share of exotic, far-flung locales that were often in off-beat, hard-to-reach places. Sometimes the journey there was the best and most rewarding adventure. But there are other times when a winter-weary traveller wants to buy a…

Two ears for the Rejoneadora!

Monica Serrano is the most famous woman matador in Mexico

Two ears for the Rejoneadora!SAN MIGUEL de ALLENDE, Mexico, Apr 27, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Monica Serrano enters the Plaza de Toros “Oriente” in San Miguel de Allende as the third bullfighter of a four-bull afternoon. The Saturday crowd numbers about 1,000 people. Most of us have paid 150 (about $15) Pesos for “shade seating;” a very few have…