Articles written by: Michael Ryan

Michael is a full-time musician and freelance writer residing in Morrison, Colorado. He enjoys downhill skiing, traveling and attempting to play golf. He excels in the sport of extreme napping so if you must call, make it after noon.

Mexico: Is It Safe?

Mexico: Is It Safe?

The U.S. State Department has issued travel warnings that warn U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling in Mexico due to threats posed by Transnational Criminal Organizations, (TCOs). These warnings apply only in specific regions and while they should not be ignored, they shouldn’t keep you from taking that vacation [...]

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Why You Get Such Screaming Deals This Time of Year in Mexico and the Caribbean

Summertime is the best time of year, price-wise for trips to the beach. This is their slow season and prices drop accordingly. There are many reasons for the drop in visitors this time of year and here are just a few of them. The Season This is the season for [...]

It Ain’t Easy Being Cheesy: The Best Tourist Traps Feature the Biggest Something or Other

It Ain’t Easy Being Cheesy: The Best Tourist Traps Feature the Biggest Something or Other

We always want to see the biggest and the best. It may be as mundane as the world’s biggest office chair or the world’s biggest hammer, but if it’s the biggest, we want to see it. Here are just a few of the hundreds of stops in the U.S. you [...]

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7 Tips on When to Take That Vacation

Anytime is a good time for a vacation—one sounds good right about now—but some months, or days even, are better than others. Price, weather and crowds come into the equation when deciding when to go. Here are a few tips we hope will help. Pick the Right Days When flying [...]

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Delays, Breakdowns, and Meltdowns: How to Handle Yourself When Your Flight is Cancelled

Maybe I’m not the best to write this, but the last time we had a delay, breakdown, and meltdown (yes, I had a meltdown), we did get a night at a resort with dinner, breakfast, and a flight out the next day. Delays Delays are inevitable if you travel often [...]

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How to Get Your Money’s Worth at an All-Inclusive Resort

If you spend a week at an all-inclusive resort and don’t gain at least 6 pounds and 1 or 2 waist sizes, you’re not doing it right. What is All-inclusive? Started by the Club Med chains, all-inclusive resorts have become more and more popular with the vacation crowd and are [...]

Cash, Charge or ATM:How to Handle Money When on an Overseas Vacation

Cash, Charge or ATM:How to Handle Money When on an Overseas Vacation

Yeah, I’m an old guy and I miss Traveler’s Checks. They were accepted almost anywhere (just like the commercials said,) and safe, handy, and easy to carry. I’m sure a lot of you have no idea what I’m talking about so we’ll move on to Cash, Charge or ATMs. Cash [...]

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Booking That Perfect Vacation

There are so many options for booking trips your head will spin. How you go about it depends on much time, and or money you’re willing to spend. Travel Agents Yes they still exist but are hard to find. The brick and mortar travel agent is probably on someone or [...]

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How to Get Along on a Road Trip

Road-tripping is fun, economical and a great way to see the countryside. It is also stressful, confining, and a sure way to start a fight. There is an art to road-tripping; getting along while enclosed for hours on end in a speeding hunk of metal is not always easy. Travel [...]

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7 Tips on Packing For That Caribbean Vacation

You don’t need much, honestly. Wasn’t a main reason for going there in the first place to get away from it all? But alas, there are a few essentials you won’t want to be without. Clothing for the Pool Sunscreen is a must for everyone. Some of us tend to [...]