I just got back from a week in El Salvador with my wife and daughter, and while the trip got off to a rough start — full of delayed flights and lost luggage — we ended up having a GREAT time.
You might think it’s a little crazy to spend spring break in a Central American country that boasts one of the highest murder rates in the world. But as I recently explained in my latest issue of Income Superstars, it is precisely those kind of headline worries that create opportunities for savvy travelers.
To wit …
We stayed in a luxurious oceanfront room, with its own private plunge pool on the balcony, for less than I’ve paid at a budget hotel in Florida.
When I got out of the surf, a guy stood ready to grab my board, throw a towel over my head, and hand me a bottle of cold water — services I would never request but that were just customary in a place that aims to please.
We never spent more than $25 on dinner — for a family of three, including drinks. The typical entrée of local fish, veggies, and corn tortillas was going for about $6 at one of the “fancier” places in town.
On one excursion, my guide pointed out some houses in a new beachfront community and noted they were selling for about $100,000. Speaking of which, El Salvador is officially on the U.S. dollar and has been since the early 2000s.
And healthcare? It’s universal, though I definitely had no desire to visit the nearest hospital about 45 minutes away in San Salvador.
Obviously, visiting a place like El Salvador isn’t for everyone. And choosing to stay there for a longer period of time is probably out of the question for many more.