Why A Trip To Mexico Is More Valuable Than The Best Book You Can Read: Tyler Cowen
- Books are overrated and travel underrated, says economist Tyler Cowen said in a recent podcast.
- Experiences change people’s perspectives the most, he said.
- He recommended going to Mexico, which has been a hot spot for travelers and nomads during the pandemic.
The books have nothing on travel. Especially if you are going to Mexico.
So said economist Tyler Cowen, professor at George Mason University and co-author of the blog Marginal revolution. In a recent episode of The Ezra Klein Show, he explained how books are overrated because experiences change people’s perspectives the most.
“A lot of very smart people can overinvest in books, underinvest in travel,” he said. After all, “as humans we are creatures of the body”, and Cowen said he takes this “very literally and very seriously”.
When Klein asked Cowen about his three most underrated places to travel, his answer was simple: “Mexico, Mexico and Mexico.”
There were many reasons for it: the country is accessible, inexhaustible, affordable and safer than you might think. “I think I have made 31 trips to Mexico in my life,” he said. “I never get bored when I go.”
He added: “The food is amazing. The people are so warm. There is an incredible sense of drama and tragedy there. And my God, you will never stop thinking of Mexico once you get started. to go. And I mean, not just in Cancun. “
Mexico, hotspot of the pandemic
Cowen isn’t the only one caught with Mexico. The country has become a pandemic hotspot for vacationers and digital nomads thanks to cheap flights and lax entry conditions.
Even though the United States and Mexico have agreed to close their common land borders to non-essential travel during the height of the pandemic, Mexico has never required a COVID test or quarantine, opening a loophole for travelers.
Beach towns, such as Los Cabos, have been the most attractive to Americans. The Washington Post reported in late December that the Riviera Maya had welcomed more American tourists than ever before. Quintana Roo, home to Tulum and Cancun, saw a 23% increase in US visitors from 2019, The Post reported, with around 100 flights from the United States landing in the region each day.
Some are remote workers, usually millennials looking to take advantage of wi-fi in paradise. No longer chained to their desks, a growing movement of digital nomads has moved to some of the world’s most remote places – and Tulum has been on their radar.
While Mexico can be fun in the sun for visitors and expats, the travel boom has taken its toll on the country. As David Kushner reported for Insider, nomads are putting ongoing strain on Tulum’s infrastructure and exacerbating the issues that already plague the city, like water pollution. And Mexico has seen an increase in coronavirus cases over the winter as American tourists flocked to its shores.
After a year of confinement, it seems people have moved beyond solitary leisure activities like reading books and now crave experiences like travel – perhaps acknowledging that they have to put their bodies “there.” “, as Cowen said.
“You can see things now that you will never have the chance to see in your life,” Cowen said. “So I would say that the imperative to travel has never been stronger … as long as you take absolute 100% precautions.”