Restroom sign in Nicaragua. Photo © Tara Joyce, licensed Creative Commons usage.

A Guide to Nicaragua’s Restrooms

Make your day-to-day a lot easier in Nicaragua–and anywhere else for that matter–by having a good grasp on the absolute basic of all basics: toilet and shower facilities. Expert author Elizabeth Perkins presents this handy guide on the full range of potential bathroom situations, from mastering the manual flush to avoiding cold showers, to keep your day from going down the drain.

Los Amigos Youth Hostel in Flores. Photo © John Barrie, licensed Creative Commons usage.

Tips on Staying in Guatemala on a Budget

Guatemala is a major stop along the Central American backpacking circuit, so it’s no surprise that there are a plethora of low-budget hotels to choose from, and most national parks allow camping. Expert author Al Argueta gives an overview on what sorts of rooms you’ll find and to look for to ensure your stay is comfortable.

La Iglesia El Calvario in Chinandega. Photo © La Iglesia El Calvario in Chinandega. Photo © Otto Dusbaba/123rf.

Discover Nicaragua

For travelers, Nicaragua is a gem hidden in the rough. Tropical rainforests and soaring volcanoes offer endless opportunities for hiking and exploring. Sandy beaches with shimmering waters allow for languid beachcombing and swimming, while surfers flock to the shores for some of the best waves in the region. Charming cities have thriving dining and nightlife scenes and flourishing café cultures set amidst grand cathedrals and centuries-old Spanish colonial architecture.

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

Crime in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is considered one of the safer countries in Central America. Tourism-related crime like petty theft and scam artists (and the occasional robbery and assault) sometimes occur, usually at night and involving alcohol. Stay safe during your travels by keeping informed, following these tips, and most of all, know where and how to avoid a sticky situation.

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Where to Travel in 2016: A Month-by-Month List

Most of us at Moon have an ever-growing list of places we want to visit, a common side effect of working on travel books. This list reflects a few of the destinations that inspired our wanderlust in the last year. There are trip-of-a-lifetime–type destinations, and there are smaller destinations, but all of them triggered that classic reverie, imagining what it would be like to be there, feeling that pull.

2,000 Colombian pesos note. Photo © Fibonacci (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

A Practical Guide to Money in Colombia

When planning foreign travel, knowing the ins and outs of practical day-to-day money matters counts. Familiarizing yourself with the local currency and general exchange rates is key, as is knowing how to access your money, common methods of payment, and even banking laws and tipping customs. Here’s what you need to know to make your travels easy in Colombia.

View of Sapa from Dragon Jaw Mountain. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Visiting Sapa’s Minority Villages in Vietnam

Beyond Sapa’s borders the surrounding hills and valleys are studded with minority villages, particularly those of the Black H’mong and Red Dao. Visiting any of the these villages affords visitors a window into the daily lives of Sapa’s minority communities, as well as the pleasure of trekking through the verdant landscape.

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Moon Spotlight Sayulita & the Riviera Nayarit

Moon Spotlight Sayulita & the Riviera Nayarit is a 70-page compact guide covering Sayulita and the best of the Riviera Nayarit, including Rinón de Guayabitos, La Peñita, San Blas, and Tepic. Author Justin Henderson provides his firsthand advice on must-see attractions, as well as maps with sightseeing highlights, so you can make the most of […]

Customers entering and browsing the Mercado Central.

Sights in West-Central San José, Costa Rica

Sights in west-central San José are big on culture. Fans of architecture and history buffs won’t want to miss spending an afternoon here, and those looking for true cultural immersion should definitely hit up the market scene. Here’s where to go.

A beach in Providencia. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Planning Your Time in Colombia’s San Andrés Archipelago

The San Andrés Archipelago is made up of seven atolls and three major (but fairly small) islands: San Andrés, Providencia, and Santa Catalina. Providencia and its tiny tag-along neighbor of Santa Catalina are places to experience how the Caribbean used to be before tourism developed, while more popular San Andrés is popular with Colombian vacationers.