Some of John Lamkin’s published articles
This list is ’in process’ and when finished, will be continually updated:
In the center of the small town we saw several tricycle rickshaws waiting for passengers. We were looking for sombreros–hats. Viewing the giant hat sculpture, next to the church, in the village…
Ambergris Caye (Caye is pronounced key) is one of the Caribbean islands off the coast of Belize, Central America. The official language of the country is English and the currency is fixed to the U.S. Dollar at…
My Dream House
Sitting here watching the sunrise on the lagoon—Laguna Bacalar–I recall the time we arrived by canoe at the little cove here and decided that this would be an excellent spot to build a house. It was covered with scrub growth, weeds, some trees, coconut palms and the jungle w …
Dani has a face that only a mother could love, but he doesn’t have a mother – he’s an orphan. Dani is a manatee, sometimes referred to as a sea cow. I guess if he had a mother she would think he was beautiful. The horny seafarers of earlier time …
Cora Amalia, the president of the municipality, affirmed the stories I’d heard for a while. There was a “lost” Maya city in the nearby jungle that rivals Tikal in Guatemala and has a pyramid larger than the one at Palenque in the state of Campeche. …
CERESO Chetumal is a unique prison that has seen no violence in ten years and that has an excellent arts/crafts program that teaches the prisoners and sells to tourists.
With the Nokia N810 Portable Internet Tablet one can carry a multimedia/communications device, only slightly larger than an iPod, that with WiFi is a veritable workhorse.
When visiting Taos, New Mexico an interesting 30 minute side trip is west, across the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, to the unique community of Tres Orejas. Way “Off the grid.”
Taos, New Mexico Restaurants ‘Green Up’
When visiting Taos, New Mexico the traveler is now assured of being able to find nutritious food. Whether Vegetarian, vegan, locally grown, organic–it is all available.
Writers, business travelers, and other road warriors can now travel lightly and efficiently with Voip Internet telephony technology from Skype, Vonage, SanDisk and U3.
The benefits of belonging to a travel writers organization are many fold, including networking with fellow writers and being aware of what is happening in the craft.
How to keep traveling in your advanced age.
A non-authoritarian approach to fitness and well-being, aimed especially at people approaching and beyond age fifty (50).An inspiration during a time of mid-life for many
The village of Bacalar and Laguna Bacalar, Mexico’s second largest fresh water lake, are fast becoming ecologically sound places to vacation and to consider investment.
Blogging, Microblogging and Social Networking
In these days of the Internet, blogging, microblogging and social networking are important tools for the author who wants to get their book and themselves publicized.
I See Your Name Everywhere by PR Guru,Pam Lontos
In no-nonsense language Pam Lontos and Andrea Brunais present the essentials of PR needed by all self-publishing and other authors to publicize themselves and their books
Cerocahui, the Gem of Mexico’s Copper Canyon
A side trip from the Bahuichivo Station of the Chihuahua Pacific Railway takes one to the Cerocahui Valley, on the edge of the Copper Canyon, Mexico’s Grand Canyon.
A Gem Found in the Southern Yucatan Peninsula
Nestled on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, far from Cancún, travelers can find relaxation and adventure at Rancho Encantado where warm, azure, healing waters lap at the shore
An Interview with Bacalar, Mexico RE/MAX Broker
Alejandro “Alex” Apellaniz fled from the bustling Playa del Carmen area, three hours to the north and near Cancun, to the tranquility of the small village Bacalar.
Tuscany, A Closer Look by Robert Luce Seghers-Book review
In this beautiful book, Tuscany, A Closer Look, author and photographer Seghers presents us with a truly vivid look at the landscape, towns and people of Tuscany, Italy
Publicity for New and Self-Published Authors
In this interview Pam Lontos gives savvy consel to authors–whether self-published or with publishers that do not provide publicity support to their little-known authors.
Trazzler, a Vehicle for Expanding Your Markets
Writing for Trazzler is a relative easy way for a writer to get credits in the field of travel journalism. The articles are short, concise vignettes of a place or trip.
Ten Websites Important to Self-Publishing Author
When self publishing a book or e-book there are many steps to consider. The Internet contains a wealth of information to help the author. Here are some helpful sites.
Zapotec Indian Weavers of Teotitlán del Valle
Forty years ago the village of Teotitlán was just dirt streets and basic houses with earth floors, outdoor kitchens and outhouses and very little electricity.
A Celebration of the Worlds Most Fragile Wonders-Book review
A review of Holly Hughes’ book, “500 Places to See Before They Disappear” published by Frommer’s®. A book that points out what we are losing on the planet and why.
Translator of 16th Century Spanish Mystics
In this interview Mirabai Starr, translator of the 16th Century Spanish mystics, St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, shares her insights and motivations.
Interview with Travel Photographer & Journalist
Photographer and travel writer Paul Ross, gives some insight into how he works and offers advice to both the beginner and the professional travel writer and photographer.
Mérida, Mexico Museum Displays Catherwood Art
The famous 19th century lithographs of Maya ruins by Frederick Catherwood (1799-1854) can now be seen by the public in a restored mansion in Mérida, Yucatán’s capital.
Social Networking & Web 2.0 for Book Marketing
The author and writer has unlimited potential for self-published book marketing and self promotion through social networking and other innovations of the new web 2.0.
Book Review: The Self-Publishing Manual
Poynter’s book leads the writer/author through the complete process of self-publishing from evaluating possibilities of publishing one’s own book to the final product.
Interview with Editor-in-Chief Stephen Kiesling
The author interviewed Spirituality and Health’s editor who was relaxing after leading a travel writing workshop at Rancho Encantado Eco-Resort in Laguna Bacalar, Mexico.
Dani the Manatee—An Endangered Species
Manatees are considered an endangered species. Get to know this one, Dani, who lives near Chetumal in Laguna Guerrero in the Southern Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico
Interview with Travel Journalist/Photographer
Judith Fein, award-winning travel journalist, photographer, filmmaker and teacher, has contributed to over 80 publications and is a regular travel columnist for three.
A Simple On-The-Road Office for Writers
Most everywhere in the world Internet is available. Here’s what is needed for a laptop-free office on the road: A flash drive or MP3 player, PortableApps Suite and Skype.
Easy Steps for Writers to Self-Publish a Book
CreateSpace, Amazon’s new “on demand publishing” program, allows a writer’s self-published book to be in his or her hands quickly with virtually no monetary investment.
Farm land has been disappearing rapidly in Albuquerque’s North Valley in the last few years. New high-end residential development is taking its place. Matt Rembe and family, owners of Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, are doing something about it
“SPA TREATMENTS” read the hand-lettered sign, which seemed perfectly normal…until I remembered I was in a prison, in Mexico!
We were having a culinary adventure (and mis-adventure) coming up from the Belize border, heading toward Cancun. On the way down from Cancun we had a quest – find the Peninsula’s best flan. We did, at Rancho Encantado in Bacalar.
The nature of travel writing has changed, as has travel itself. Today the emphasis is on cultural travel and experiential travel, on learning first hand about the cultures one visits – their customs, their food, and how they think and feel.
We were looking for sombreros–hats. Viewing the giant hat sculpture in the village plaza, there was no doubt we had arrived at the hat-making town of Becal, Campeche, Mexico.
…I could have been somewhere in Southern Europe, but I am actually near the edge of the Barrancas de Cobre (Copper Canyon), Mexico’s Grand Canyon. Little did I expect to find ancient vineyards here on top of the world.
Nestled on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, far from Cancún, travelers can find relaxation and adventure at Rancho Encantado…
BOOMTOWN (Luxury Avenue Magazine – Pg. 98-100)
Despite the shaky global economy, buyers are still investing in property in CancÒn and on the Riviera Maya. John Lamkin visits some of the new developments taking shape to find out why the region is now one of the best places in the world for value in luxury real estate…
Mexicanos – VIVA MEXICO! (Luxury Avenue Magazine – Summer 2010)
“Mexico is in even more of a party mood this year, finds John Lamkin, as it prepares to celebrate its revolution and independence.”
By John Lamkin. Half a century ago, Cancun and the Riviera Maya, on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan peninsula, were only blank spaces on the map.
By John Lamkin. Perfect spring-like weather year round, reasonable cost of living , great quality of life and a place where luxury real estate values are many—that …
Tulum & Sian Ka’an Real Estate: From Backpacking to Luxe
By John Lamkin. As the whole Caribbean coast of Mexico goes steadily more upscale in its real estate offerings, the ex-backpacker enclave of Tulum and …
Investing in Tranquility — Paradise found in Bacalar
Story and photos by John Lamkin. Few outside of Mexico have heard of Lake Bacalar, even though it lies between the Riviera Maya below Cancun and the hot …
Punta Faro is a luxurious resort situated on a bit of Caribbean paradise, Mucura Island–2 hours from Cartagena, Colombia, South America.
In Mexico, about four hours from Cancun, there is a very unique prison
16th century Jesuits set up missions in the remote regions of Mexico’s Copper Canyon to teach the indigenous Tarahumara Indians “civilized” ways.
A visit to the most crowded island in the world.
Susanna and I took a water taxi from the mainland and arrived at one of the main docks of this lively island.
The Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale Arizona features the artwork of renowned Cuban artist in exile
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s restaurant, deseo, is showcasing the work of Cuban artist, Nelson Garcia-Miranda. Exiled from his homeland, resident artist Nelson Garcia-Miranda creates works of art live in the deseo lounge.
Some New Yorkers will say Manhattan when asked what is the most crowded island in the world? The Japanese thought they might have claim to it until they heard about Santa Cruz del Islote, an island located in the Caribbean off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia.
Taos News Basket Dance