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Latino Family Camping Trips Are So Much More Than Some S’mores And Campfire Stories. Here’s What It’s Really Like

Movies portray camping trips as calm nights with campfire stories, smores, and sing-a-longs, but taking a camping trip with your Latino family is a completely different story.

They usually don’t include s’mores, but they’re so much more fun…

If one thing is certain about camping with your family, it’s that it’s going to be tight in the car.

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Not only because you’re going with your entire family, but you also all tend to overpack.

When you finally arrive and get to stretch your legs, you’ll have to deal with the hassle of unpacking everything and building the tent.

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Which might actually take all 20 of you to accomplish.

But after the hard work is done, the fun begins…with shots.

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The tío in the middle is already regretting the hangover he’s going to have in the morning.

But be careful, you don’t want to pass out outside of your tent.

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Not the best idea.

Or your family will take advantage and begin to mess with you.

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At least these guys are mature enough not to write on his face. Cuddles never hurt anybody.

So here are a few words of advice: try to make it all the way to your tent before you fall asleep.

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Even if you literally crash into it.

And you know a family camping trip isn’t a real camping trip without throbbing hangovers.

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At least it’s a sign that you had a lot of fun the night before, right?

But with great hangovers come delicious food.  How else are you going to cure those hangovers???

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Nothing better than a classic BBQ, with fresh food and ice cold micheladas.

Since there’s no wifi, all of the younger kids resort to random (and usually dangerous), outdoor activities.

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They might break an arm, but hey they’re kids…like your mom says, “déjalos, para que aprendan.”

Meanwhile, all of the dads sit around sunbathing, sipping on beer, and trying their best to look cool. ?

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Los compas bien chidos.

Whereas your mom and tías sit around sipping on cocktails ~*muy fancys*~, cracking jokes and exchanging chisme.

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The stronger the cocktails are, the juicier the chisme gets.

But camping nights aren’t complete without a live DJ:

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This “live DJ” is actually your primo with his speaker and aux cord.

This leads to all sorts of dancing.

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Usually to El Caballo Dorado’s classic “Payaso de Rodeo.”

You might run into some difficulties, but through bonding experiences like this camping trip, you realize that together you can solve anything.

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Because that’s what family is for.

As much as it might’ve been a drag to coordinate this trip, you know you won’t want to pack up and leave. You’re going to miss your family so much. ?

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Because camping trips with your family are honestly such a blast.


READ: 9 Stressful Moments Every Latino Experiences When Traveling With Their Family


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Mexico Is Owning The Instagram-Worthy World Of Glamping With These Bubble Hotels

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Mexico Is Owning The Instagram-Worthy World Of Glamping With These Bubble Hotels

Right now just about everyone is itching to go on vacation. But considering that we’re still mid-pandemic and the call remains to socially distance, what can one do?

Sure, glamping is nothing new – it’s filled our Instagram feeds for years and was around long before that – but it may just provide travelers with that socially-distanced staycation that so many of us need right about now. Or, better yet, wait a little while longer and get yourself to Mexico where several new glamping bubble hotels are popping up.

Mexico will soon have three “bubble hotel” options for tourists looking for the next level of “glamping.”

When you think of camping, many of us think of bugs, not showering, and doing our private business behind a bush somewhere. While that’s still definitely an option for those of us that are into it, glamping has been a trend towards making the camping experience a more comfortable one.

Glamping has been gaining popularity among nature lovers, who also want to enjoy those everyday creature comforts, but in the midst of beautiful landscapes. That’s why bubble hotels have been popping up across Mexico, to offer clients a unique stay, close to nature they’re the perfect ‘getaway’ to get out of your daily routine.

From the bosque outside Mexico City to the deserts of Baja, Mexico is a glamping paradise. 

These bubble hotels have rooms described by travel guidebook publisher Lonely Planet as essentially inflatable, transparent domes designed to allow guests to cocoon themselves in nature without quite leaving their material comforts behind. 

There are already two such properties across Mexico with a third which will begin welcoming guests sometime toward the end of this year.

One of those that is already operational is Alpino Bubble Glamping in Mexico City while the other is the Campera Bubble Hotel in the Valle de Guadalupe wine region of Baja California.

Located in the Cumbres de Ajusco National Park in the south of the capital, the former has just two “bubbles,” a 40-square-meter deluxe one that goes for 4,500 pesos (about US $220) a night and a 25-square-meter standard where a stay costs a slightly more affordable 4,000 pesos.

Both have views of the Pico del Águila, the highest point of the Ajusco, or Xitle, volcano, and come equipped with telescopes that guests can use to get a better view of the surrounding scenery and night sky.

Bubble glamping isn’t the camping our parents dragged us out to do in the woods as kids.

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Sure you may be connecting with nature and enjoying awesome activities like horseback riding, stargazing, hiking or rafting, but these properties come with all the creature comforts we’re used to. 

Move nights, wifi, breakfast in bed, warm showers, luxurious bedding, and even a full bar are all standard amenities at many of these properties.

What do you think? Would you be up to stay the night at one of these bubble hotels?

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Tourists To Mexico Are Getting COVID And Are Shocked They Can’t Return To U.S.

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Tourists To Mexico Are Getting COVID And Are Shocked They Can’t Return To U.S.

Since late-January, the United States has required a negative COVID test from anyone traveling to the U.S., including tourists returning from vacation in Mexico. So, what happens when you test positive while in a foreign country?

Well, many U.S. tourists are finding out the dark side of traveling during a global pandemic as those who test positive for the virus aren’t being allowed back into the country. And they are outraged.

U.S. tourists shocked they can’t return to the U.S. with a positive COVID test.

Even though the government has made it very clear that anyone traveling to the U.S. will require a negative COVID-19 test (at least anyone over the age of 2), many U.S. tourists abroad are shocked they’re not able to return to their home country once they’ve caught the virus.

Korey Mudd, who was on vacation in Cancun when he tested positive, told USA Today, he couldn’t believe this was happening. “It would have been better just to stay home, for sure, unfortunately,” he said.

The hotel initially told him he had to stay until he tested negative, which freaked Mudd out since people who get the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can test positive long after they’ve recovered from the virus. The resort they stayed at, which covers the cost of the extended stay for travelers stranded by COVID-19, eventually settled on 10 days after his first test if he had no symptoms.

The U.S. implemented the testing requirement shortly after President Biden took office.

Since late January, anyone traveling to the United States is required to provide a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination or recovery from the virus. However, this new requirement hasn’t stemmed the flow of tourists from the U.S. traveling to Mexico amid the pandemic, hoping to escape the tighter lockdowns that exist in some parts of the U.S.

But if you’re abroad and test positive, you can’t fly home until you are cleared by a doctor or provide proof of a negative test. Hotel and airline interpretations of the CDC rules vary, but travelers who’ve been stuck say they were told between 10 and 14 days in isolation.

When the requirement was announced on Jan. 12, travelers rushed to cancel plans or shift their vacation plans to U.S. vacation spots that don’t require COVID-19 tests. But the bookings rebounded as some hotels announced free testing and a free quarantine stay if they tested positive and vaccination rates have increased.

Do you need a test to fly?

Travelers don’t need a COVID-19 test to fly to Mexico, but they can’t board a flight back to the United States from the country or any international destination without showing a negative test taken no more than three days before departure or proof of recovery from COVID-19.

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