Bahamas, January 2017 GoPro Travel Video

My only exposure to the Bahamas prior to this trip was the Beatles’ 1965 film Help and the Baha Men’s complete discography on my iPod. The long and short of it is that as a tiny sovereign nation comprised of small islands and a massive financial hub, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas has done quite well for itself. My travel partner and I flew into Nassau and stayed at a condo half a block off Junkanoo Beach, where we found exceptional snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming. After a short boat trip around Paradise Island for parasailing, we made out way inland to downtown Nassau and the Queen’s Staircase and waterfall.

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Guatemala, November 2016 GoPro travel video

Guatemala is, as far as I’m concerned, one of the hidden gems of Latin America. Its landscape is covered in green hills and dotted with volcanoes at every turn, and oceanic Lake Atitlan is breathtaking from any angle. My journey began in the capitol city when my friend–a Native and dual citizen of Guatemala and the U.S. herself–picked me up in her rented car and we cruised to the UNESCO heritage town Antigua. From Antigua, we zipped (slowly, via bus) from the lake towns of Panajachel for ziplining to San Pedro for the nightlife to San Marcos for cliff diving. Back to Antigua, I explored the colorful city streets and took in a bird’s eye view of the city at Cerro de la Cruz (view of the cross).

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Belize, September 2016 GoPro travel video

Belize is a country unlike any other in Central America. A diverse blend of black creoles and Maya mestizos with a large and semi-integrated German-speaking Mennonite population, the country’s mostly flat topography contrasts greatly with its neighbors Guatemala and Mexico. Our trip took my partner in crime and me through Belize City, Santa Elena, the Mayan ruins of Caracol, and the island of Caye Caulker just off the coast about 40 minutes via water taxi. We experienced off-roading through the jungle, swimming in the Caribbean, spelunking through the Rio Frio caves, biking around the island, and petting an assortment of friendly stray dogs.

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