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Escaping the winter blues

While the southernmost states of the U.S. have snow birds, Latin America has U.S. ex-pats wanting to retire abroad. With the attractiveness of year round warm weather, beaches, and low cost living, it is no wonder ex-pats are fleeing the U.S. to the top destinations in the world. According to International Living in 2015, the Read More

Latino travel: By the numbers

It’s no surprise that everyone loves to get away and go on vacation, whether it’s to their homeland, ancestral home or a country new to them. In a recent study, 79% of all Americans said that they vacation once a year. Studies have also come to show that 47% Latinos are more likely to fly Read More

US Hispanics and Travel

A study done by ThinkNow Research shows that there is one big similarity between U.S. Hispanics and non-Hispanics, we all love to travel! 79% of Hispanics vacation at least once a year, and 17% of those try to vacation at least 3-6 times a year. For the Hispanics with a little more dinero, almost half Read More

Issues when traveling to the motherland

For Latinos and many other cultures that have taken root in the United States, visiting their motherland, countries they are ethnically tied to, can be exciting and stressful at the same time.  Energy builds up around your trip; you can’t wait to see distanced family members.  So many people to see, so little time.  And Read More

Prostitution during World Cup 2014

With a half million international tourists traveling to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, prostitutes were preparing for the influx of new customers.  A legal occupation in Brazil, the workers there were gearing up in preparation for the party goers, fan crazy, excited people that will be new in town. They are working hard to Read More

Cruising in Elegance, without Breaking the Bank – Part 1

2013 Nissan Sentra

Let’s face it, we all like to have nice things… but the reality is nice things typically come at an unaffordable price for most Americans.  Well, I think that it’s safe to say that I’ve found a common happy ground, when it comes to automobiles. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t know much about Read More

Spain, La Madre Patria

Sandra Foyt

My Argentine grandparents spoke often and fondly of their visits to Spain; traveling to “la Madre Patria” was like going home to them. A popular sobriquet for Spain in Latin America, “la Madre Patria” supposedly holds no ideological meaning, but how do you untangle religious symbolism when it’s such a big part of culture and Read More

Vacationing in Nicaragua

Ometepe Island

My family, friends, coworkers, wife, and those random people I sort of know on Facebook, asked the same exact question that you’re about to ask: “Why would anyone want to visit Nicaragua?” Here are the basic reasons to visit: It’s cheap. It has active volcanoes, and beaches. It isn’t too touristy. It has beautiful architecture. They Read More

Back home, everybody, back home!

Olinda Brazil

Summertime means more family time, and for Latinos, this family often extends across national borders. Fellow Book of the Month members may remember the following lines: “Every summer Santo Domingo slaps the Diaspora engine into reverse, yanks back as many of its expelled children as it can…Like someone had sounded a general reverse evacuation order: Read More

Brooklyn has it all

Cacao Prieto - Sebastian Gross-Ossa

Labeled the “Love” train for its infamous Missed Connections, the L line is the uber pick up place – especially between the two stops separating hipsters from Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. But when you step off the train, the place to see and be seen is Brooklyn. Signs of the borough’s Read More