We were completely unsuspecting when we woke up in the middle of the night in rural Belize, surrounded by water. We spend the next half hour stranded between intense chaos and incredible clarity, in a flash flood brought all our plans to a standstill.
Traveling like we do teaches you to change your perspective. Things that were once important don’t always stay that way; other things take their place. Changing your perspective, however, is what makes every day of travel an adventure.
You can listen to all the tales you like, but you will never know what a place is like until you experience it for yourself. We spent six months traversing Mexico and now I can say with certainty: I did not feel unsafe.
Cancún and the Riviera Maya are known around the world as a tourist hotspot and resort paradise. But under even the thickest layer of tourism, there is a real, local life beneath. We dug deep, and we found it.
Starting this week, we will be resuming our usual publishing schedule. Check in with us on Thursdays for more stories about Mexico and Belize, and every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for new Big Emma Diaries.
Traveling like we do, there is always a soundtrack playing in the background. Occasionally made of music, it is also the sounds of the streets, the people, the atmosphere that make a place come alive. Sounds continue to define a place long after you are gone, and are part of what makes every day an adventure.
Vanlife is a popular form of alternative living. And yet, more often than not, vanlifers appear to take on rather classic gender roles. What is the typical gender-role division in vanlife, and why is it so predictable?