Mexico’s Most Visited Destinations
San Diego Metro Magazine » Travel
by SD Metro Magazine
8M ago
The infinity pool is the best seat in the house. Photos: Benjamin Myers Zihuatanejo, The Town That Sings By Marlise Kast-Myers www.marlisekast.com |Photos: Benjamin Myers As avid travelers, my husband, Benjamin and I have navigated the better part of Mexico — in our youth as strapped backpackers, and in our marriage as “it’s totally worth the splurge” adventurers. When Benjamin suggested we visit Zihuatanejo, the only reference I had was the paradise beach where freed prisoners, Andy and Red, reunited in the film “The Shawshank Redemption.” Unlike the 90’s American drama, this resort town nort ..read more
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CATALINA DEFYING LOGIC: Celebrating the People’s Island
San Diego Metro Magazine » Travel
by sandiegometro
8M ago
By Marlise Kast-Myers My mom was turning 80, obviously a major milestone and a party worth throwing for the woman who gave me life. As the epitome of sacrifice, she was raised in Ghana as the daughter of missionaries, deprived of riches so she could invest in the poor. Her love for others never faded, dedicating over 10 years building schools, clinics, and housing alongside my South African father in the country of Lesotho. Later in life, they left their roots to be close to their two daughters in San Diego, launching a landscaping company to fund their philanthropic projects in Africa. Defyi ..read more
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Huatulco’s Imprint in the Sand : THE WILD COAST OF OAXACA
San Diego Metro Magazine » Travel
by sandiegometro
8M ago
By Marlise Kast-Myers | Photos by Benjamin Myers Growing up as the daughter of missionaries, my childhood travels were usually centered around giving back. From South Africa and Hong Kong to Romania and Tanzania, each purposeful journey involved some level of digging ditches, feeding children, raising awareness, and rescuing the lost. By the time I graduated from college, I went rogue, traveling for the sake of my own benefit, longing for experiences that would seep into my pores for mental stimulation rather than philanthropic impact. Adventure, freedom, culture — nearly every box was checke ..read more
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Beyond Bourbon, Blues, and Backwoods: A Place to Hang Your Hat in Tennessee
San Diego Metro Magazine » Travel
by sandiegometro
8M ago
It was summer of 2022 when the mass exodus went into full gear—Californians packing up for Tennessee in search of lower taxes, affordable housing, and a change of pace. From our neighbors and friends to family and coworkers, we heard tales from the bold and brave leaving behind the Golden State in a quest for their own precious metal.  Curious and travel-hungry, my husband and I booked a trip to Tennessee with a plan to visit three destinations in one week: Columbia, Memphis, and Nashville. Our afternoon flight took us from San Diego to Music city, with a brief layover in Houston.  A ..read more
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Roped in By Wyoming
San Diego Metro Magazine » Travel
by sandiegometro
8M ago
By Marlise Kast-Myers We have this habit—my husband and I—of traveling to a destination with one eye on the possibility of it becoming our next home. It’s a twitch to move where the grass is greener, or the water bluer, or the neighbors further away. When we now reflect on places we once considered, we realize that we had our finger on the pulse of something big. Tulum, San Miguel de Allende, Costa Rica, Cabo, Montana—the list of “we knew back when” goes on, but instead of going “all in,” we went home.  That is, until Wyoming. Neither of us had ever been, nor did we know a great deal abou ..read more
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SoCal Road Trip to Switzerland — a Quest for Neutrality
San Diego Metro Magazine » Travel
by sandiegometro
8M ago
By Marlise Kast-Myers Photos by Benjamin Myers In my mid-20’s, I backpacked around the world as a Swiss citizen, flashing that red passport in all its neutral freedom. Born in San Francisco, I was fortunate enough to gain dual citizenship through my family bloodline. Despite my Cali-birthplace, I clung to the benefits of that bright booklet including flawless health care, tax benefits, retirement incentives, and visa-free entry to 185 countries.  Did I mention I moved there? Yep, at 23, I left my job, home, and family to find my roots and discover what I was missing besides chocolate and ..read more
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A Weekend in South Bay
San Diego Metro Magazine » Travel
by SD Metro Magazine
8M ago
Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo Beach An Unpretentious Trio of Coastal Towns Without Traffic or Attitude By Marlise Kast-Myers As a world traveler, I’ve spent the better part of my exploration outside my own country. Of course, March of 2020 changed that, with a growing pandemic that left me and my husband searching for nomadic experiences closer to home. For two years (and counting), we have been trading in our passports for gas cards, and international flights for road trips.  From camping in the Sequoias to surfing in Baja, our quicksilver getaways gave us a cure when the world around us m ..read more
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A Whirlwind Trip to Mérida
San Diego Metro Magazine » Travel
by SD Metro Magazine
8M ago
The Mayan Pyramid of the Magician, built on top of existing pyramids, in Uxmal, one of the largest cities of theYucatán peninsula. Are two days in the Yucatán worth the journey? Claro, que si! By Marlise Kast-Myers | Photos by Benjamin Myers Usually one of three reasons keep a person from traveling: time, money, or desire. But a new flight out of Tijuana is squashing all three excuses for anyone who has shelved Mexico’s cultural center as nothing more than a pipedream. In March, Volaris launched a red eye to the Yucatán’s capital of Mérida that departs on Saturdays and returns on Tue ..read more
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