Counterintuitive Travel Tips #7 and #8: Taxis and Sleep

by Zora O'Neill on November 12, 2012

Two final bits of contrariness, both terribly sensible. Tip #7: Don’t ask the price of a taxi before you get in. Guidebooks always say “Agree on a price before you get in a taxi.” I think I’ve even written this myself. But nothing marks you as an out-of-towner like asking a cabbie, “How much to…?” […]


Counterintuitive Travel Tip #6: The Water

by Zora O'Neill on November 7, 2012

The first five tips (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5) had a lot to do with how to plan your trip (or not plan it). Now we’re getting into the more nitty-gritty on-the-ground stuff. Drink the water. I had written a righteous screed about how all guidebooks are just covering their asses when they tell you […]


The Mini-Mex Algorithm

by Zora O'Neill on June 18, 2012

On the occasion of a major update to my Cool Cancun & Isla Mujeres travel app (for iPhones and now for Android* too!), here’s just a few reasons to love this part of Mexico. If you’re a regular reader, you know I have a soft spot for Cancun. It’s why I wrote the app, to […]


Spring Break Guidebook Giveaway!

by Zora O'Neill on March 19, 2012

You’re never too old for a little spring break… That’s why I’m giving away two copies of the newest edition of The Rough Guide to Cancun & the Yucatan. The book came out last fall, so the info’s quite fresh and includes some great new spots I was excited to discover during research last winter: […]