Bio and Writing Samples

Ted Campbell is a freelance writer and copyeditor, Spanish-English translator, and university professor. He recently moved to China after 10 years in Mexico. He is a U.S. and Canadian citizen who has visited 40 countries.

He wrote two guidebooks about Mexico, one for Cancun and the Mayan Riviera and another for San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque in Chiapas, both available at

Among other projects, Ted worked as a writer for Google Maps for 14 months and wrote/edited the Mexico section of a major expat website. He’s a regular contributor to Transitions Abroad, specializing in living abroad, travel, culture, and music. His stories have also been published by Narratively, The News (Mexico City), The Yucatan Times, International Living, and other online and print publications.

Contact: nohaybroncablog (at)

Ted landscape NEW

Travel: Five Unforgettable Adventures in South Africa

Culture: Witness a Crucifixion: Semana Santa in Mexico

Story: The Bounty Hunter in My Basement

Music: Mexican group Mama Pulpa blast into Space Rock on new album

Published on Transitions Abroad:

Do It Yourself Travel in Costa Rica, Feb. 2019

3 Essentials You Need to Be an Expat (2nd place contest winner), Oct. 2018

5 Routes and Regions for an Authentic Mexican Visit, Oct. 2018

Guide to Teaching English as a Second Language Abroad, Jan. 2018

10 Tips for Adjusting to Life in Mexico, (1st place contest winner), Aug. 2017

Five Unforgettable Adventures in South Africa, Jan. 2017

An Interview with Darrin DuFord: Breakfast for Alligators and the Speed of the Shoe, Jan. 2017

What You Need to Know to Live in Mexico: Insider Tips (1st place contest winner), Sept. 2016

Lunch Under the Volcano (3rd place contest winner), Apr. 2016

How to Make the Most of Markets in Mexico: Strange Fruit and Cheap Lunches, Dec. 2015

Exploring the Exotic Fresh Fruit of Mexico, Dec. 2015

Crossing the Language Barrier in Mexico, Dec. 2015

Bugs and Boars in the Bolivian Jungle (3rd place contest winner), Sep. 2015

How to Pack Light for Independent Travel Abroad, Aug. 2015

10 Tips from a Seasoned Solo Traveler, Aug. 2015

An Introduction to Latin American Music, Aug. 2015

The Ultimate Guide to Authentic Eating in Mexico, Apr. 2014

Survival of the Fittest for an Expat in Mexico (2nd place contest winner), 2014

Witness a Crucifixion: Semana Santa in Mexico (3rd place contest winner), 2014

How to Manage Your Money Safely on the Road in Latin America, Nov. 2013

10 Tips for Cheap Immersion Travel in Latin America, Nov. 2013

How to Work Legally in Mexico, Apr. 2013

ESL Teaching in Mexico as a Freelancer, Jan. 2013

A Drinking, Smoking, Womanizing Saint – San Simon / Maximon, Aug. 2012

Published by The Yucatan Times:

The Rolling Stones in Mexico City, Mar. 2016

Mexican group Mama Pulpa blast into Space Rock on new album, Mar. 2016

Now Really, Is Mexico Safe Or Not?, Jan. 2015

7 Tips for Budget Travel in Cancun and the Mayan Riviera, May 2014

The Rise of Cycling in Mexico: Toluca to Mexico City by Bike, Apr. 2014

Volunteering at Cumbre Tajin: Totonaca Pottery by Day, Tool and Banda El Recodo by Night, Mar. 2014

Published elsewhere online:

The Bounty Hunter in My Basement, Narratively, Aug. 2014

Chicabal Lake Volcano: Grassroots Ecology in Guatemala, Immersion Travel, Dec. 2013

San Cristobal’s Municipal Market, The New World Review, Aug. 2013

Toluca’s Day of the Dead and Strange Mexican Candies, The New World Review, Dec. 2012

Chiles En Nogada – The Best Food in Mexico?, The New World Review, May 2012

Get Deported From Spain And Go To Mexico Instead, Expat Focus, Oct. 2013

Pure Evil Is A Potato Thief, Expat Focus, Nov. 2013

Immigration Check! Welcome to Arizona, D.F.,

ESL-Lounge blog

Bob’s Hell


Published in The News, Mexico City, Oct. 2013:

Mexico City News - Toluca Bikers Gear Up

Published in International Living, Sep. 2013:

TCampbell_My Job as a Perpetual Tourist_IL_September2013_Issue

My Guidebooks:

Cancun and Mayan Riviera 5-Day Itinerary

Most famous for Cancun, the Mayan Riviera is Mexico’s tourist fantasyland, a jungle coastline of white-sand beaches… More Details

Your Chiapas Adventure: San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque, Mexico

One of the most beautiful cities in Mexico, colonial San Cristobal de las Casas sits in a wide valley of the forested… More Details

Thanks for visiting my blog. Write me at nohaybroncablog (at) or leave a comment below.

  1. I lived in Mexico City but I spent a lot of time in Oaxaca too : )

  2. So much useful information here, thanks for posting! I used to live in Mexico so it’s always nice to get to read things like this : )


  3. You did some nice work man!

  4. Hey Ted!

    It is great to hear your voice! I can really hear you talking with the way you write- it is really expressive. I’m enjoying your stories and writing a lot! Drinkin a beer! Wish you were here (or I was there)!

    Much Love,


    • Thanks so much Lindsey! That’s a great compliment. I don’t know when I’ll be back in Van, but you and Jeff are welcome down here anytime.

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