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People Who Travel - Meet Justin Jones
By: Eric Tiettmeyer "Mr.Student Traveler" (justin) 2012.08.20

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Where did you travel to in Central America?

In Mexico, I visited Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Merida, Tulum, Palenque, and San Cristobal. In Guatemala: San Pedro, Antigua, Xela (Quetzaltenango), Lanquin, Rio Dulce, and Livingston. Honduras: Utila (Bay Islands) and Trujillo, and in Nicaragua: Leon, Granada, and Ometepe.

Any cities that stood out? Why?

I'm in love with Mexico. The culture, the food, the people - it's an amazing place. And it's crazy that it has such a bad rap right now on the world travel circuit.  Merida is a real city, the capital of the Yucatan, with modern infrastructure and stunning Colonial architecture. San Cristobal is another Mexican standout - this city is all about art, cafes, and great food. It's nestled in the mountains of Chiapas, so you're surrounded by beautiful nature, but it's a lot colder than most other parts of Mexico.

Nicaragua was great too, and not at all what I expected. I'm going back to Granada this fall to live for a few months because I loved the vibe I got from that city.  It's got grit, and heart.

How did you decide where to go?

I'm a pretty spontaneous traveler. Partly because I love a good adventure, and partly because I'm just not good at planning. One of my favorite parts of travel is the people I meet and the connections I make along the way.

Hostels, hotels or camping?

A little bit of everything.


I love hostels because they make it really easy to meet people. And I'm all about meeting people!  I'm that hyper-social guy at the hostel who organizes group outings during the day and drinking games every night. But I sometimes get burnt out on the backpacker lifestyle and I need some time to myself. Staying in hotels and motels can give you a nice break from the go-go-go lifestyle of the backpacker scene.

Justin Jones is the founder and editor of, and he blogs at Follow him at Hey, can we interview you also if you are on the road or just got back?! It doesn't matter where you went.  Email for your 15 minutes of fame.


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