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For wandering gringos, nothing beats a cheap, clean hostel. They are the backbone of the backpacker community, and an integral part of each journey. If you are just getting started out on the road, though, they can seem intimidating. Not only will you be faced with different living situations, but you’ll come face to face with some of the most experienced, wise-to-the-world people out there. Not to worry though – the wandering gringos are a helpful, friendly crowd (for the most part) and the Gringo Travel Network is no exception.

To get you started on your adventure here are 5 tips every hostel virgin should know:

1.      Pack wisely! Bring the extras – a towel, soap, shampoo… these types Read more


If working for a school is not for you, or you’re just looking for a little extra money on the side then consider private tutoring. You will be able to set the price for yourself, work on your own schedule, and determine the amount of kids that you want to teach.

Over time, you can turn a private tutoring service into a full-time position. In Central America there is a growing demand for teaching the English language so the need for instructors and private tutors is increasing. Private English lessons can be taught after school, on the weekends, and even in the summer. Although this may seem to limit the amount of time that you can tutor students it actually Read more


San Salvador is nightlife central for locals and expats alike. Amidst the plethora of nightclubs, bars and restaurants, La Luna shines as a totally unique hangout.

La Luna is built on the idea of showcasing Salvadorian artist and promoting art in its many forms. The restaurant is always changing as new art exhibitions are brought in. There’s live music every night, from classical music to salsa, jazz, and even folk music. Musicians come from all over the country and even all over Central America. Sometimes there’s poetry readings and even workshops to encourage local art. An upcoming event is the one man theatre act featuring Mexican artist Ermis Cruz.

The charm of La Luna isn’t just their dedication to local Read more


Walking around in downtown Santa Tecla you are immersed in Salvadorian history and culture. Architecture from the early 1900 makes a regular appearance in the Santa Tecla landscape. Beautiful neoclassical buildings line the streets and remind us of a simpler time in El Salvador.

A must see example of this architecture is the Palacio Municipal de las Bellas Artes. Here modern art meets classical Salvadorian arts and crafts. Built in 1911 by Jose Jerez, as a family home and later donated to the municipality this building became the municipal building in the late 1920’s. In 2001 the building suffered some major damage from an earthquake and was left to gather dust. In 2008 a remodel was completed and this local Read more


Culture is what makes us who we are. The way we were raised and our surroundings all affect our personal identity and also the identity of our community. Often the source of disagreements is rooted in cultural differences. When relocating to a new country, adapting to their culture can be quite a challenge but ultimately key to adjusting to our new surroundings as well as to being accepted into our new community.

There are many cultural differences between Salvadorean, American and European culture. For example, the traditional roles in the family unit have survived the test of time here. Husbands work, wives stay home and raise the children. Families and their extended family remain very close. Some even live together Read more