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1. Who are you?
Easy, Cheap, Fun & Adventurous… You are how you travel and we were born this way baby! We are Sheena & Erik from DIY Travel HQ, partners in crime from Adelaide, Australia & New Jersey, USA.
Between us, we’ve been to more than 80 countries across 5 continents. Sheena has been living an on-road/off-road lifestyle for the past 10 years while Erik has been continuously travelling for almost 6 years.
How do we do it?! The boring truth is that we just work and save hard, making travel a priority so it can be a reality.
2. What is your site ‘DIY Travel HQ’ about?
DIY Travel HQ is all about independent budget travel and doing things that offer the best value for money. We write about our interests, which include hiking, street food, beaches, snorkeling and temples. If you read our posts, you can travel exactly as we did from place to place with information and prices listed on sights, accommodation as well as transport.
There’s also a “Shovel System” that rates the ease of DIY travel for each post. If we can do something ourselves, we’ll do it but if it’s not worth the hassle, we’ll recommend you to do a tour.
We pinch pennies when we can but whether it’s diving, cooking classes or ancient ruins, it’s never at the expense of new or favourite experiences.
3. What is one food tip you would give about Central America?
From Mexico to El Salvador, we’ve been travelling in Central America for most of the year. If you’re on a budget, head straight to the local market where you’ll find many comedors (small eateries) that offer a Menu del Dia (Menu of the Day). Here, you can get a soup, plate of meat with rice, salad, and tortillas along with a drink for just $2-3. Bargain!
4. What is one travel tip you would give about Central America?
Like everywhere in the world, when in Central America, travel like locals do. Take pick-up trucks or tuk-tuks; eat at comedors and try the local fruits and street food. Couchsurfing is also a great way to meet local people and save on accommodation.
Oh! and speak Spanish or try as best as you can… even a little “Hola” and/or “Coma estas?” here and there goes a long way!
5. What is the best thing to eat in Central America?
We’re in El Salvador right now and here it’s all about pupusas! Pupusas are thick, handmade corn tortillas filled with a combination of cheese, refried beans and chicharron (pork rind). They’re served with curtido, a fermented cabbage slaw, and a tomato salsa.
Pupusas are delicious, filling. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can always find 3 for $1!