Absolutely Magical: The Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico

The day of the dead in Oaxaca, Mexico is the 1st and 2nd of November but for me it starts with the first cool breeze that descends from the northern mountains and brings to me feelings of inexplicable joy. I truly have no idea where these feelings come from. I have asked myself this question for years now and I have given up trying to find out. Magic, happiness and mystery fill the skies and the very air I breathe at this time of the year. It’s time to take a trip.

Riding out from Oaxaca City, where I live, to Tlacolula, where my extended family lives, becomes a crossing into another world at this time of year. I observe through half-closed eyes as the early morning sun rises over the mist covered mountains bathing the valley in diffused golden light. As I look to my sides I catch a glimpse of the marigolds in the open fields… the only time of year that you can see them. I open the window of my taxi and let the cool air invade my very being as I close my eyes and smell the Earth. The crispness, the freshness and a penetrating feeling of well-being make me think I am still in my bed dreaming. I want to jump out of the moving car and run up the mountains that are just a short distance from my outstretched arms. Overwhelmed by feelings, I sit back in my seat… just to be.

Sooner than I know it the 30 minute trip comes to it’s end and I ease out of the car onto the sidewalk, pay my 15 pesos and head into the heart of Tlacolula. The HEART of Tlacolula has a whole new and very real meaning this time of year because, …

Travel Writing to Breakthrough in Your Writing Career

You always travel to new places, discover new cultures and meet new people around the world. At the same time, you need to earn extra money to fund your travel. The truth is you already have the ideas and you just have to write it down and sell it to travel publishing company or travel sites that buy articles from a travel writer.

This is a gold mine. Since you have been traveling, surely you have learned about the new places and cultures. However, other people don’t know what you have experienced. By telling your stories, you can earn extra money for your travel and at the same time, build up your own writing career. The earnings depend on your clients but overall, you can make good money if you can constantly contribute good content for your clients. You might contribute once a week or a few times a week if you have more information to share.

Travel writing is indeed a blooming industry. More and more people are jumping into the bandwagon. However, you need to know which locations can really make more money for you since not all locations are interesting. Do your research and check out some of the really interesting cities, beaches or mountains to explore.

You never know what the readers are expecting because you are feeding the readers with stories that only you know. They are getting more excited to read whatever you have to offer. Therefore, finding the right locations is really important. From time to time, your editors might tell you what the feedback from readers. From there, you can craft your next articles to suit the readers. Being a travel writer is indeed interesting. You get to see the world and tell people about it while earning a handsome income. Be …