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 www.WorldTravelBuzz.com, and he blogs at www.JustinWasHere.com. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/JustinJones. Hey, can we interview you also if you are on the road or just got back?! It doesn't matter where you went. Email email@example.com for your 15 minutes of fame.