Student Researches Mexico For ‘Let's Go' Travel Guide


(Monday, September 17, 2007 5:11 PM EDT)

Cora Currier, a rising sophomore at Harvard College, grew up just outside The Plains for the majority of her life.

But this summer, she headed far from Hunt Country to Mexico, where she worked as researcher-writer for “Let's Go,” a student-written, budget travel guide series.

“I knew I wanted to go to Mexico,” Currier said in a recent interview. “I studied Spanish all through high school, and I've done a lot of Latin American studies. The area really interests me.”

Currier, whose father's family is of Mexican descent, traveled in the northeast region of the country and down the Gulf of Mexico from the end of May through mid-July.

“It was definitely challenging,” she said. “The area I was in was incredibly un-touristed. There were never stacks of brochures waiting for me. You really had to dig around and bother people to get information you needed.”

Currier was hired by “Let's Go” at the end of March and received training during the spring. She wrote as she traveled, sending her work back to Boston each week.

Traveling through a lot of desert and border towns, one of the highlights of Currier's trip was in the city of Veracruz.

“Every weekend there, from Thursday through Sunday, the main square fills up every night with salsa dancing,” she said. “It seems like the whole city comes out. Children, grandparents, teens all salsa dancing until four in the morning!”

Currier heads back to school in mid-September. She is very active in the school's political scene and wants to become involved with campus journalism, since she is interested in journalism as a career.

More travel-writing for Currier in the future?

“I'd definitely do it again,” she said.

“Let's Go: Mexico 2008” will hit bookstores this November, and can be purchased at and most chain bookstores.

Cora Currier grew up in The Plains. Now at Harvard, she spent part of the summer working to update the “Let’s Go” guidebook to Mexico.

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