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About Mexico Travel Secrets

Hi there and welcome to Mexico Travel Secrets! My name is Melissa Douglas and I am an experienced British Travel Writer living in Mexico with over eight years of experience working in travel media. 

I created this website to help travelers have the very best time in Mexico. Through the pages of this blog, I want to share insider tips and travel advice with you to help you discover and experience Mexico like a local, discover lesser-known areas that most international travelers are not even aware of, and correct harmful stereotypes about the country. 

In the Media

Throughout my career, I have produced written content for numerous high profile travel publications across the globe including Forbes Travel Guide, The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Tripzilla, Thought Catalog and The Times of Israel. 

I am also the original Founder and Editor-in-Chief of High Heels and a Backpack, a popular solo female travel blog that I created in 2016 and scaled to 250,000 monthly readers before selling it to investors in the US for multi-six figures in 2023 so that I could dedicate my time and attention to helping people travel to Mexico. 

Throughout my travel writing career, I have traveled to 57 countries across 6 different continents. (Just Antarctica left to go!) 

My travels and writing experiences have been featured in numerous media platforms including the Greek newspaper Kathimerini, NeosKosmos, CBS America, The Peter Greenberg Show, Elle France and Vrai Magazine. I have also contributed articles to various well-known travel blogs and independent publications such as Travel Gumbo, Unsustainable Magazine, PS Im on My Way, and Explore With Lora. 

My former travel blog, High Heels and a Backpack was named one of the 500 “best travel blogs in the world” in 2022, and I strive to grow Mexico Travel Secrets to the same level. 

Life in Mexico

For the last 2.5 years, I have been living in the Yucatan capital of Merida, and in 2023, I bought a house in my new city.

During the last few years of living here, I have traveled to 13 different Mexican states so far and have explored the Yucatan, where I live, very extensively. My goal is to visit every single one of Mexico’s 32 states so I will keep you posted on my progress here! 

A lot of travel websites today are often written to peddle tours, hotels and affiliate commissions but the independent, self-funded and non-sponsored advice here comes from a place of wanting to help travelers, first and foremost. Basically, the articles found here are the kind of information I wish I found when I first relocated to Mexico. 

For more information on this, you can read my editorial policy here. 

I relocated to Mexico in 2022 after spending the last five years based in Greece where I spent four years in Athens and a year on the Sporades islands of Skopelos and Skiathos after getting “trapped” there during the global pandemic. As a well established Mediterranean Travel Writer, I initially questioned my decision to move across the world, sell my website, and start from scratch again in Mexico. 

However, my love for Mexico and my passion for growing this site reassure me that I am doing the right thing and I couldn’t be happier. 

Published works 

As an experienced Travel Writer, writing is my passion first and foremost. A selection of my published work in various global media publications are shortlisted below.

Meet The Team

We are expert LATM and Mexico Travel Writers and Content Creators whose work has been featured everywhere from Condé Nast Traveler to Forbes. We are on the ground here in Mexico and as such, we can provide the most up-to-date, accurate travel advice that other travel publications cannot.

Melissa Douglas
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Matthew Dursum
LATM Expert Travel Writer
Ember Thomas
LATM Expert Travel Writer

What to Expect from Mexico Travel Secrets

Mexico is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. In fact, according to the 2023 UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, it was the second most-visited country in 2023, second only to France. 

Still, most people that travel here tend to stick to the same few areas. This is something Ive noticed in a lot of countries. (When I lived in Greece for instance, there are thousands of gorgeous islands and yet most travelers tend to stick to Zante, Crete, Santorini, Mykonos, etc). 

In Mexico, this also seems to be influenced by the fact that many people are concerned about safety here. Everyone has heard of Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum and Los Cabos, but what about lesser-known, culturally rich areas like San Sebastian del Oeste and Mascota in rural Jalisco, or the Ahome region of Northern Sinaloa? 

Those are the types of destinations I want to share here: Mexico, but not as you know it. This is a beautiful, often misunderstood country and I want to help you discover it. 

Since I live in the Yucatan capital of Merida, you can also expect in-depth insider advice on all things Merida and Yucatan related that you simply wont find on other travel blogs where people have simply just briefly passed through the destination. From how to buy a house here to where to find the best, juciest burgers in town, I have got you covered.

Enjoy exploring Mexico!