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Reading Time: < 1 minute In this post we describe the documents we would keep in a household binder for use to fill out an application, in case of emergency, or death.

Use this as a guide to start collecting these pieces of information and adjust accordingly to your specific situation.

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Reading Time: 4 minutes In this post we share photos from Xochimilco, Mexico City’s famous canal system that dates to Mesoamerica’s PostClassic period (A.D. 950-1521). This area is significant for its ingenuity in agriculture that enabled pre-Hispanic people, and later the Aztecs, to create a food surplus.

In present day Xochimilco continues to be used as a source of food and vegetation, with visitors enjoying rides on the flower-garlanded boats through the canals.

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Reading Time: 3 minutes In this post we outline how to spend three, four, or five days in Mexico City, Mexico.

Mexico City is the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the world and its 16 alcaldías (boroughs, officially designated as demarcaciones territoriales) are home to nearly 2,000 colonias (neighborhoods) each with their own history, culture and flair. For this reason, we consider three to five days in Mexico City as the briefest of introductions to this city.

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Reading Time: 4 minutes In this post we share photos from Andaz Costa Rica Resort on Peninsula Papagayo. Architected by Costa Rican Ronald Zurcher, this property’s inspiration comes from cocoons and seashells, drawing together natural beauty and thoughtful design.

This 1,400-acre ecoparadise is located on a private peninsula, where tropical forest meets stunning coastal beauty with connections to local culture.

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Reading Time: 5 minutes In this post we share photos from Polanco. One of Mexico City’s most upscale neighborhoods, Polanco is home to luxury shopping, world-class dining, historic theaters, art galleries, and museums.

This walking tour of Polanco bring you to the area’s gems. It takes about an hour of non-stop, flat walking to complete the path. With stops for food, photos, museums, shopping and people watching in the park, plan to spend a full day in Polanco.

Reading Time: 3 minutes In this post we share photos from Hyatt Regency Mexico City. Located in Colonia Polanco, the most exclusive and commercial area throughout Mexico City, the Hyatt Regency is your entry point into lively shopping, art galleries, splendid views of Chapultepec Park and distinctive flavors.

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Reading Time: 5 minutes In this post we share our time at Tree Chocolate, a family owned and operated chocolate farm in Upala, Alajuela Provence, Costa Rica, which is located near the slopes of the Tenorio Volcano and within driving distance from Liberia and the Papagayo Peninsula.

During their time on the farm, visitors learn about each step of the chocolate-making process from planting to the final Chocolate Tsuru or Yok, a 100% handmade chocolate.

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Reading Time: 2 minutes In this post we share photos from Gilgal Sculpture Garden, an oddball garden in Salt Lake City that offers traditional gardens juxtaposed with 12 original sculptures and over 70 stones engraved with scriptures, poems, and literary texts.

The only identified “visionary art environment” in Utah, this space was imagined by its creator Thomas Battersby Child, Jr. to give physical form to his deep-felt beliefs and develop “a sanctuary or atmosphere in my yard that will shut out fear and keep one’s mind young and alert to the last.”

More curious sculptures include “The Sphinx”, featuring LDS Church founder Joseph Smith’s face and “The Monument to the Trade”, a self-portrait of Child, sporting checkered pants fashioned with brick.

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Reading Time: 4 minutes In this post we share photos from downtown Park City, Utah, the mountainous area just 30 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City most known for skiing, snowboarding and the Sundance Film Festival.

The historic downtown area pays tribute to its heritage as a miner town with placards noting historical moments and buildings while also offering luxury shops, art galleries and boutique restaurants and breweries, many of which are owned and operated by locals.

Situated between Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain, downtown Park City is the place to kickstart a summer or winter weekend getaway.

Reading Time: 3 minutes In this post we share photos from downtown Nashville, where country music shines and bachelor & bachelorette party goers flock.

Broadway Street, the main artery in downtown, offers the honky-tonk highway, a row of establishments featuring country music tunes of new and old, historical buildings, and a newly constructed sports arena, Tennessee Performing Arts Center & the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Assembly Hall anchors the food and shopping scene as is rooftop dining offers 20+ restaurants featuring Nashville’s best chef-curated menus, live music soars and views offer sights of the skyline.

*Note that while downtown Nashville’s honky tonk area is referred to as “Music Row” by tourists, Music Row is in actuality situated southwest of downtown (16th and 17th Avenues South). It is home to several businesses and attractions related to the city’s musical heritage.

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Reading Time: 2 minutes In this post we share photos from The Gulch, a once-abandoned industrial area in Nashville, that has now been transformed into a sought-after area. Stop through this area for boutique hotels, high-rise condos, murals that serve as backdrops for a future Instagram posts, specialty shops, live music venues, breweries, and diverse culinary offerings.

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Reading Time: 3 minutes When in Zihuatanejo or Ixtapa, Mexico, spend a half day participating in the conservation of sea turtles, who have seen their population decline in the past decades due to natural predators and poachers.

Guerrero state’s coastline is a preferred place for turtles to lay their eggs, due to its largely undeveloped beaches. Local conservationists monitor the shore for eggs and bring them to nest corrals where the eggs can safely develop. When the eggs hatch, visitors can assist in releasing the seas turtles into the ocean.

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