One Reason You Don’t Have to Leave the Carolinas to Surf

The Outer Banks. It’s the hidden gem of the East Coast surfing community. The 200-mile-long stretch of carefully linked barrier islands is a paradise for surfers, beach-combers, kiteboarders and just about all water-loving enthusiasts. After all, the Outer Banks (known by all who have been there as the “OBX”) are surrounded on both sides by […]

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Why You Should Visit Panama Now 4

It’s hard to tell if there’s a sense of urgency in visiting Panama. The Panama Canal is expanding and medical tourism is booming, but four hours from the city, towns and beaches have that ‘came and went’ feeling with “Se Vende” signs hung from restaurant palapas and cement skeletons of apartment buildings left abandoned. It’s […]


A Few Things I’ll Never Forget to Pack Again 2

I’ve always prided myself on being a light packer. Before I left for Mexico to celebrate dad’s 60th and catch some waves in Boca de Pascuales, I thought something along the lines of, “I’m going on a surf trip, I’ll be practically naked frolicking around in my bathing suit the whole time.” For the most […]

Is Driving Through Mexico Really That Scary?

The reactions you get when you tell people you’re going to drive through Mexico are funny. One worker at the grocery store told us simply, “You’re gonna die.” A rather grim message from the guy bagging our provisions for an extremely long road trip. A few statements, including the U.S. Consulate’s warning against driving through […]