A white minivan on a well-paved two-land road that winds between rolling golden hills dotted with greenery.

Driving to Puerto Vallarta from the United States

If you’re adventurous and like going to out-of-the-way places, but you still want to have all the comforts of home, you may enjoy driving your own car or RV to Puerto Vallarta. Author Justin Henderson covers the essentials for motoring in Mexico: routes, fuel costs, car repair, insurance, and various safety tips.

A thick string of balloons in the rainbow curve to make an arc on the parade route.

LGBT Life in Brazil

Many gay and lesbian foreigners associate Brazil with images of transvestites, Carnaval drag queens, and the muscle boys of Ipanema and allow themselves to think that Brazil is a very gay-friendly place. In reality, it is and it isn’t. Living abroad expert Michael Sommers discusses Brazilian cultural attitudes toward LGBT individuals.

View of coastal Fortaleza, with a long strip of beach visible and a cluster of homes.

Planning a Move to Brazil: Fact-Finding

If you’re thinking about moving to Brazil, it’s wise to spend some time getting a sense of the country and the culture, not to mention housing and job possibilities, before you go ahead and take the plunge. Brazil expert Michael Sommers helps you plan an essential fact-finding trip.

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Getting to El Mirador and Seeing the Pyramids

Here’s how to make the journey to El Mirador, a Preclassic Maya city whose dominating feature is the presence of two large pyramid complexes, El Tigre and La Danta, running east to west and facing each other.

A bed with white linens in a room brightly lit by french doors.

Avoiding Identity Theft While on Vacation

Identity theft is, unfortunately, one of the many pitfalls of traveling. Veteran traveler and American Nomad, Laura Martone, offers up some handy tips to keep your identity safe while out adventuring on the road.

A red door in a pale green wall surrounded by graffitied names.

Crime in Nicaragua

Believe it or not, Nicaragua was considered one of the safer countries in all of Latin America for a few years, though tourism-related crimes like petty theft and scam artists (and the occasional robbery and assault) sometimes occur, usually at night and involving alcohol. There have also been some problems with carjackings by criminals posing as police.