Fabric of America: A Visit to the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon by Jets Like Taxis

After driving over the potholes and through the dust clouds on Route 66, we finally reached the northern Arizonan city of Flagstaff.

Despite countless road trips as a kid, I’d never seen the Grand Canyon before. And while a lot of people who’ve never been there don’t really talk about it like it’s the end-all, be-all of natural sights to be seen, anyone who has been there will tell you that you must go. Immediately.

I never really thought of it as one of those “1000 Things to Do Before You Die,” but we were on our ultimate “Fabric of America” road trip, and we figured we should probably stop by this Natural Wonder of the World.

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Expat Tips: Humility and Grace in a New Land

Greybull, Wyoming by Jets Like Taxis

Time for tips! Sort of. We’re occasionally handing out tips on our blog posts, comments, social media, and otherwise. People are always asking us for advice about moving abroad or traveling full-time. We’ve actually done this several times, and here’s your report from the archives:

Most importantly…

So when the fine folks at HiFX – a great resource website for those moving abroad, whose Expat Tips page we’ve contributed to – asked us about doing a blog post on our own site regarding expat tips, I had to think long and hard about what to write.

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“The Human, Earth Project”: Support this Cause!

Human Trafficking

In case you missed it, we partook in supporting “The Human, Earth Project” with a post back in January. (Read it here.)

The project still needs your help, and the fine folks at Indiegogo have invited them to extend their crowd-funding campaign for another two weeks due to the upcoming International Women’s Day.

Every dollar counts. Do everyone and yourself a favor, and throw your hat in the ring! You can see more and contribute to the project right here. Thanks for your help!

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Next Stop: Gone to Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato, Mexico by Jets Like Taxis

That’s a nice view to wake up to, eh?

It’s time once again! Well, it was time once again. We’re already in Guanajuato, Mexico. Yee-haw!

After spending three months in Cancun – getting work done, hanging out with dear friends, and taking a lot of day trips – we jumped on a plane owned by an airline we’d never previously heard of (hi, Volaris!), and headed to central Mexico. Why? Why not!

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Day Trip: A Visit to Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico by Jets Like Taxis

You know how much we love those day trips. Being that there are so many interesting things to see within a day’s range of Cancun, the opportunities to get out for the day are ample and nearly endless.

With that, we decided to head down the coast of the Riviera Maya to check out some of the most famous Mayan ruins at Tulum.

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Hotel Review: Red Lion Inn & Suites in Tempe, Arizona

Red Lion Inn & Suites in Tempe, AZ by Jets Like Taxis

Sun, sun, and more sun. That’s how I can describe most of Arizona for most of the year. Unless you’re up north, it’s hot. Mostly hot, most of the time. And in this heat, you really need an oasis in which to relax, cool down, and keep your head from melting and sticking to the pavement.

After coming east from California on Route 66 and staying several days in Flagstaff (where it’s anything but hot), we headed down to the Phoenix area to take a break from the road and spend several days relaxing and getting caught up on work.

And frankly, there’s no better place to stay in the Phoenix area than the Red Lion Inn & Suites in Tempe. Seriously.

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Route 66: A Drive Through California and Arizona

Route 66 in Arizona by Jets Like Taxis

But of course, the legendary Route 66. Built in 1926, it’s an icon of America. Countless songs have been written about it, countless shows and books have featured it. Stretching for nearly 2,500 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica, the highway is now more about lore and legend than anything else. People drive it because of the stories or the history.

In recent years, it’s sort of become even more popular, with people from across the world coming to drive stretches. There’s even an official drive that puts hundreds – if not thousands – of people together with groups starting in California and Illinois, and meeting in the middle somewhere in Nebraska.

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A Story of Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking Story

Following is a guest post from the folks from “The Human, Earth Project,” Ben Randall, and John at JetSetCitizen.com. We’re supporting this cause, so we agreed to publish an article for them here about their upcoming crowdfunding campaign and documentary. Please read on and support the cause if you have the means. Thanks! – Angela and Ryan

Maybe you know M, or someone similar. She’s 16, chatty, and quick-witted. She loves her family and friends. She always has a smile for you. She likes people and jewelry. When she’s not at school, she tries to make extra money in the local market.

Perhaps your M has an after-school job. Perhaps you worry about your M; she’s getting older and more independent, but you know that she’s smart and there are lots of people around to look after her.

Unlike your M, ours is not your typical, American teenage girl. She is from a remote hill tribe in northern Vietnam. She has to work hard to improve her English for tourists; it’s a good way to make some money for her family.

Our M was kidnapped.

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Day Trip: A Visit to Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen, Mexico by Jets Like Taxis

Another day, another day trip! We love our day trips.

They’re always a chance for us to break out from our local lives and become tourists on top of being tourists, even though we live as locals in all of the base-camp cities we call home every three to six months. Still, we suppose many locals would consider us tourists anyway.

We decided to take a jaunt down to Playa del Carmen for the day, which is about an hour south of Cancun. I visited this city with a good friend several years back, and it has grown in spades since my last day trip to the area.

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Day Trip: A Visit to Valladolid, Mexico

Valladolid, Mexico by Jets Like Taxis

After a long but quick Thanksgiving-to-Christmas run here in Cancun – our busiest time of year on the work side of things – we decided we needed to start getting out more and seeing some of the places that surround us.

First on the list is the town of Valladolid, a very old town whose colonial history stretches all the way back to 1540. That’s a far, far cry from our digs in Cancun, a city that has only existed since around 1970.

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