Medellin Marriott Hotel Review: Elegance on the Golden Mile

This article may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks!Thanks to my Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card (one of my favorite travel credit cards), I get one free award night certificate every year. This year, I found the expiration date fast approaching and with no …

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2020’s Best Gifts for Adventure Lovers and Travelers

I don’t encourage people to buy more things, especially things they don’t need. But if you’re looking for the best gifts for adventure lovers or for things to give to your friends or family this year, you’re better off buying things that are meant to get them out there experiencing the world with things that they’ll enjoy for years to …

The Ultimate Guide to Envigado, Colombia

The Ultimate Guide to Envigado, Colombia

Envigado, Colombia is perhaps one of the most appealing and overlooked places to live, stay, and explore in greater Medellin. It used to feel like a world away when I lived up in Laureles, but a while back I moved to Envigado and have been exploring everything that this town has to offer. I’m pleased to report, that there is …

Guatemala El Salvador Border Crossing Info

Overland Tips: Guatemala El Salvador Border Crossing

As part of my series of overlanding tips from our time driving from the United States on the Pan American Highway through Central America (and beyond to South America), here are my notes and experience from the Guatemala El Salvador border crossing between Ciudad Pedro de Alvarado, Guatemala and La Hachadura, El Salvador. This is the southernmost border crossing between …

August 2019 Monthly Recap and Income Report

August 2019 Monthly Recap and Income Report

Time for another monthly recap and blogging income report. This is where I share what’s new in the world of Desk to Dirtbag over the past month and offer a bit of transparency behind the life of a travel blogger. On to this month’s report… Highlights New Learning Opportunities I’ve been taking more opportunities lately to embrace new hobbies, sports, …

Best Way to Learn Turkish for Travelers

Best Way to Learn Turkish on Your Own

One of the many appealing parts of travel, at least for me, is the prospect of learning and using a foreign language. Sometimes it can be a daunting prospect, but I find that even learning the basics of a foreign language can really open up a new travel destination and allow connections with the locals instead of those who work …

Overland Tips: Belize Guatemala Border Crossing

To help fellow overlanders as they pass through Central America, I wanted to publish my notes about the Belize Guatemala Border Crossing (from Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Belize to Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala). This was a pretty quick and easy crossing that we somewhat spontaneously decided to do pretty late in the afternoon, after a few busy weeks trying to …

Street art in Moravia Medellin

The Incredible Transformation of Moravia Medellin (Barrio Transformation Tour)

Medellin is not your typical tourist destination. You don’t come here for the sightseeing or to marvel at centuries-old buildings or plazas that feel like Disneyland. You come to Medellin for the story it tells. A story about resilience, recovery, transformation, and progress: of how it can be home to some of the world’s happiest people in spite of so …