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It's surprisingly easy to leave the tourists behind and live with the locals in Mexico, and the beach at Puerto Escondido is delightfully empty.

Some call it courageous, others call it crazy.

Heading into the remote reaches of Mexico with a toddler for a hotel-free vacation is most people's idea of hell. But The Globe's Simona Chiose discovered it's the best way to travel .

She survived running out of gas and hot water, and flying with a sight-obstructed pilot on a tiny plane -- and would do it all over again.

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She knows what apartments to rent (and what to avoid); the tricks of local shopping; the secrets about couple time; and how to switch up your parenting style to make the vacation a happy one for all.

Simona will take your questions on on "off-reservation" travel with children on Thursday, March 4 at 1 p.m. ET. Submit your question now in the comments section of this article or come back to join the discussion during the live hour.

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