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Travel Insight from Mark Chesnut

Travel Writer • Photographer • Copywriter • Travel Industry Consultant • Public Speaker • Author

Travel Writing

The winner of the 2019 NLGJA Excellence in Travel Writing Award, I write for a variety of major trade and consumer outlets. Scroll down to see my latest work. Click to subscribe to my weekly updates!

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My Latest Articles + Travel Tips

Where to Have Cool DJ and Recording Studio Experiences in Mexico

Many travelers associate Mexico with sun-soaked beaches, bustling big cities and historic small towns. But for music lovers, this vast and diverse nation can also be a great place to learn new skills as a DJ or musician.

As one of the largest countries in Latin America, Mexico has long been one of the dominant players in the region’s music production, and it’s also home to some of the hemisphere’s most celebrated DJs. Mexico’s music scene is decidedly diverse, with variations that range from cl

Get Ready for Mardi Gras 2025 With This Helpful Guide

Like most people, I had preconceived ideas about Mardi Gras. But it wasn’t until my first time attending that I truly began to understand what makes this annual pre-Lenten celebration so special — and so multifaceted. I also soon realized that it’s possible to plan a Mardi Gras experience for just about any traveler.

“There are so many different aspects to the celebration, [and] it just depends on what you’re looking for,” said Arthur Hardy, founder of the Mardi Gras Guide, one of the go-to sou

What’s New in Aruba

With two new hotels, increased air connectivity and several new and renovated restaurants, Aruba offers many fresh reasons to visit. And the Aruba Tourism Authority is aiming to make the arrival process even smoother with a new processing option for international visitors.

In March, tourism officials introduced the Aruba Happy One Pass (AHOP), a digital “passport” that allows travelers to complete pre-boarding verification and share information with immigration officials without needing to prov

Arizona Offers Exciting Surprises for Groups

SPONSORED CONTENT in partnership with the Arizona Office of Tourism and Northstar Meetings Group.

Arizona may be home to world-famous attractions like Grand Canyon National Park, Petrified Forest National Park and Monument Valley (Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park), but it’s also full of surprises for meeting planners looking for group activities and venues that will leave a lasting impression, according to tourism officials.

Arizona's Unique Appeal for Groups

BRANDED CONTENT in partnership with the Arizona Office of Tourism.

With its array of well-equipped venues for groups both large and small, Arizona offers lots of options for meeting planners. And the state is especially well positioned to wow attendees with unique and unconventional venues that can’t be found anywhere else.

“Arizona's mix of amazing beauty and unrivaled hosting capabilities make the Grand Canyon state perfect for meetings,” says Josh Coddington, director of communications at the Arizona Office of Tourism. “If you're looking for a meeting at a

Where to Plan a Perfect Babymoon in Mexico

Having a baby is certainly a reason to celebrate. And it can also be a reason to plan a “babymoon:” a pre-birth vacation that provides soon-to-be parents with an opportunity to relax and spend time together before their little one’s big arrival. A variety of properties around Mexico offer venues with romantic vibes and health-conscious experiences that are ideal for expectant couples.

Babymoon packages are an obvious choice for couples looking for multiple amenities and services designed for th

Wyndham Grows All-Inclusive Presence Through New Partnership With Decameron

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is growing its presence in the all-inclusive segment in the Americas, thanks to a new partnership announced today with Bogota, Colombia-based Decameron All Inclusive Hotels and Resorts. The agreement will add nine hotels and more than 2,600 rooms to Wyndham’s portfolio.

The agreement includes five properties in Mexico, three in Jamaica and one in Panama. All will retain their existing Decameron branding. Grand Decameron hotels are joining the Wyndham Trademark Collectio

Explore LGBTQ+ San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has long been recognized as one of the friendliest destinations in the Caribbean for LGBTQ+ travelers, and that appeal continues to grow.

“Puerto Rico embraces diversity in every sense of the word; it’s built into our DNA as a destination,” said Leah Chandler, chief marketing officer at Discover Puerto Rico (discoverpuertorico.com), the destination’s tourism marketing organization. “The Island boasts a lively LGBTQ+ scene, with plenty of activities and attractions that promise a div

How to Spend a Long Weekend Full of Romance and Nature in Minnesota

BRANDED CONTENT in partnership with Explore Minnesota
With its vast natural beauty and decidedly queer-friendly vibe, the state of Minnesota is a fabulous place to plan a long weekend filled with romance and exciting activities in picturesque settings.

Minnesota is a paradise for nature lovers. The state boasts 11,842 lakes, endless forests, and dramatic bluffs, all providing outdoor activities and romantic quality time.

And never worry: you’re never far from queer life.

Minnesota is a welcoming state, whether you’re with your significant other

5 Fascinating Things to Do in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

As the oldest European-founded city in the Western Hemisphere, Santo Domingo is graced with plenty of historic charm. But it’s also a place with many newer attractions and activities, as I found out during my most recent trip.

The capital of the Dominican Republic is, in fact, a multilayered metropolis that’s worth repeat visits. I’ve been there several times over several decades, and on each trip, I experience something different. As I toured the city this year (while staying at three differen

The Latest Mexico Travel News From Tianguis Turistico 2024

Mexico’s tourism sector continues to show strong signs of growth, according to multiple attendees at Tianguis Turistico, Mexico’s annual tourism conference.

The 48th edition of the event — which took place April 8-12 in Acapulco at the Expo Mundo Imperial convention center’s massive exhibition hall — generated more than 35,000 business appointments, according to organizers, with some 1,115 buyers and 833 businesses from around Mexico and abroad.

For Acapulco as a host city, the event was espec

Review: Grand Velas Boutique Hotel Los Cabos

Velas Resorts has long enjoyed a reputation as one of Mexico’s most prominent upscale all-inclusive hoteliers. And the company’s newest property, Grand Velas Boutique Hotel Los Cabos, expands its offerings in one of Mexico’s top beach destinations, with a new format designed to appeal to a distinct demographic.

Opened earlier this year, Grand Velas Boutique Hotel Los Cabos is the company’s third in Los Cabos, as well as the sole adults-only all-inclusive property in its portfolio in the destina

LGBTQ+ Los Cabos, México

Los Cabos, Mexico is quickly establishing itself as a welcoming hotspot for LGBTQ+ travelers seeking luxury, outdoor experiences, sophisticated cuisine.

Long gone are the days when vacation destinations based their LGBTQ+ appeal solely on nightlife. Our community is diverse, after all, and a widening recognition of our varied interests means that more cities and countries around the world are aiming to entice us with experiences that go way beyond disco balls and go-go boys. Such is the case wi
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