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Paige Penland

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Paige is an accomplished writer, researcher, editor, and traveler. She's written a dozen books, mostly travel guides, as well as articles, blogs, B2B communications, and other types of content. She has a special interest in Central America, where she lived and worked for the better part of a decade. In addition, she's covered all of Latin America — in particular Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Panama — for several companies and publications.

Posts by Paige Penland

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  • 1
    What's the most underrated destination in your opinion?

    El Salvador. It offers everything you want from Central America—beautiful beaches, erupting volcanoes, cloud forests, crater lakes, hot springs, waterfalls, quaint Spanish Colonial towns, great coffee—and thanks to its excellent roads and transportation systems, you can see it all without wasting all day on a bus.

  • 2
    Do you prefer traveling alone or with a companion? Why?

    I have more fun traveling with friends and family, but I prefer to travel alone. You meet fascinating people, learn about the destination, and see a lot more when you’re by yourself.

  • 3
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    Problems are solved by trying to solve them, not complaining about them. That should probably be obvious, and it is when you’re on the road–especially when traveling with a group that has hit a snag. If everyone pitches in, you’ll find a solution, or at least figure out a way to have fun and stay comfortable. Complaining or arguing just makes everything worse. That’s why it surprises me how many people choose to waste time complaining when things go wrong, on and off the road.

  • 4
    Have you ever been somewhere that was so bad you couldn't write about it?

    Yes.