Those on a budget will be glad to know that, with a little advance planning, you can cross the two of the main borders between Mexico and Guatemala on your own and for a fraction of the price offered on private shuttles.
You learn a number of life lessons when you travel for as long as we have; the Japanese concept of 'ma' sums up one of the most important.
We were craving a return to real, raw travelling. The dusty roads of La Guajira in Colombia delivered.
If you're looking for a cheap way to reach Colombia after your stay in Panama, then don't take the $550 sailboat - do it yourself for less!