One day i will figure out how to make a life of travel my job. It is a dream of mine and once year i try my best to get one step closer to that dream. I never loose the thrill of packing, of eagerly arriving to the airport earlier than the required time, getting settled for the long plane ride, and the overwhelming feeling of arriving at my destination knowing adventure and discoveries awaits. And nothing gives me greater joy than having that stamp on my passport. I do a tiny victory dance each time i get one. It just brings it all full circle for me.
Deciding on quick last minutes trips is what i seem to be good at. I’m an impulsive traveler but also a budget traveler. And so it came as no surprise when my friend and i impulsively booked a week-long trip to an exclusive resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The budget part comes in the form of a timeshare owned by friends aunt who was gracious to give it to us, and the impulsive part comes from finding and booking a great roundtrip on JetBlue for just a little over $500. I think i should also mentioned that it was book on a late Thursday afternoon and we were flying out two days later.
For six glorious days we stayed on the luxurious grounds of the Vidanta Resorts. We also ventured to Tulum which is a must. There is something very humbling and spiritual walking amongst the ruins of that ancient Mayan city. There was also the popular local spot like El Fogon en Playa del Carmen, and a day trip to Isla Mujeres which is an island right off the coast from Cancún.
Our biggest adventure came from our day in Isla Mujeres. We originally rented moped but were quickly discouraged by the rental company because we did not really know how to ride them. Whatever. We comprised on a cheap rental car instead, so cheap in fact that the brakes gave out in the middle of the highway. NO BRAKES! They were kind enough to meet us halfway in exchange for another vehicle – same brand, same year, same color – it was terrifying. But we made our way around the island making occasional beach stops and making it just in time to meet our ferry boat back to the mainland.
I loved every minute of my time in Mexico. The people are warm, the weather is fantastic, and the food is exceptional. If you haven’t made the trip yet i encourage you to do so. And perhaps these beachy photos will help you make the decision that much easier.