Matt Burns

Award Winning Blogger, Writer & Travel Marketer


OK San Juan Del Sur, You Win

stormy sunsets from the kitchen in buena onda san juan del sur

A little while ago, I did a bad thing. It was a major travel no no. The worst bit was, I knew I shouldn’t be doing it. I knew because I’d been caught out doing it before. Which makes me double wrong for doing it again. It’s something I always try not to do. But […]

The 5 Independent Websites and Resources You Need To Make Your Central America Trip Easy

belize bus blog timetables

These 5 websites will make your time in Central America a breeze. Get all the insider info you need on bus times and prices, accommodation and what to do.

How To Use Airbnb For Budget Travel

cheap aibnb rooms on ometepe island

Hostel dorm rooms are great. I’ve met some of my best friends and travel mates in hostel rooms and shared dorms over the years. But now and again, we all need a little bit of me time. A bit of luxury, even if just for one night, where we don’t have to think about anyone […]

Monthly Traffic, Growth And Travel Update – July 2017

travel blogging update july 2016

This is the 3rd monthly post in the Growth Report series.    This month saw me blogging my way through 2 countries. I started out the month on a small island just off the coast of Honduras called Utila, before gradually making my way into Nicaragua, which is where I spent the bulk of the […]

Why Leon Gets My Vote For The Most Livable Place In Central America

Rush hour in Leon

Ahhh…Leon. Little, perfect, Leon. Land of the volcanoes, land of the liberals. This university town is home to many famous Nicaraguan poets, countless students and a small but growing population of savvy expats. It’s a fiercely independent city, out there doing it’s own thing in a true Leon way. And as far as Central America […]

5 Short Day Walks That’ll Make You Want To Visit New Zealand

taking a dip in lake Tarawera - that perfect spot where natural hot springs meet the cool waters of the lake

Only in New Zealand could you bathe in a natural hot spring one day, and marvel at towering glaciers the next. For a relatively small country (268,000km squared), New Zealand’s diversity in terrain and contrasting landscapes are unparalleled. Seriously. It’s like someone squashed down the US to 1/37th it’s size. And then stuck a bunch […]

How To Travel From Placencia, Belize To Utila, Honduras Without Going Crazy

Making our first ever border crossing by boat, from Belize to Honduras

I was undecided for a while about whether to write a post about this or not. It’s not the sort of thing I usually write. It’s very niche, very specific, and a fairly information packed and intense read. I know, I’m really selling this one aren’t I? But if you’re looking for ways to get […]

Why you shouldn’t skip Belize just because everyone tells you it’s too expensive

todays specials in lobster season

I’m calling BS on every time anyone has ever said that Belize is too expensive. We heard this from so many people in so many places when we were planning our Central America trip. To the point where we were even considering skipping Belize altogether. In the end, as part of our strategy for coping […]

Surviving Central America In The Rainy Season

you gotta love rainy season in central america

Rain sucks. It’s the only type of weather where you can’t go out and do something fun as a result. In fact, it’s the only real weather type that’s capable of stopping you from going out and doing something fun. When we made our last minute decision to travel Central America for 3 months, rain […]

Monthly Traffic, Growth and Travel Update – June 2017

opening birthday cards in Belize

This is the 2nd monthly post in the Growth Reports series.   It’s been another very busy month, and a bit of a mixed bag for the blog. I ended up taking a week offline due to some travel plans that left me in the middle of a jungle with no wifi for 7 days […]