Travel Guide: A Few Days in Dreamy Tulum, Mexico

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When a few friends of mine and I decided we will be traveling to Mexico, I knew Tulum was a MUST visit on our list. I have heard so many amazing stories about the little town that I set out to plan on spending a few days in the bohemian inspired town.

There are so many things wonderful things to do in Tulum, from the cute restaurants and cafes, to the crystal clear cenotes to visiting Mayan ruins, Tulum is a world of its own.

We ended up staying in an airbnb in Playa Del Carmen this time, however the next time we visit Tulum, since there is a whole street lined up with beautiful hotels overlooking the ocean, we will be staying in a hotel there to gain a full experience.

We left our airbnb relatively early, around 8 am and stopped by for breakfast at a cute hotel overlooking the ocean called Pierda Escondida. The restaurant itself was bright and airy with a beautiful bar and outside patio overlooking the beach. Just a few steps down from the restaurant, there are lounge chairs and hammocks to relax and take in the sun after a wonderful meal.

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I ordered a dish called Huevos a La Veracruzano , three delectable tortillas stuffed with scrambled eggs and dipped in a black bean sauce with queso sprinkled on top. Of course I had to have my coffee, so I ordered a cappuccino as well which came in a beautiful glass, garnished with cinnamon.

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After breakfast we set out to explore the Mayan Ruins.

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After exploring the ruins, we needed to cool of and decided to go Snorkling. We were taken to the reef where the water was emerald-green. We were able to see small fish and a giant turtle!
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All the excitement of swimming with sea turtles made us extremely hungry, off to dinner at Ziggy’s Beach Club! The ambience truly awoke my senses. Paradise at its finest, Ziggy beach has an aromatic, delightful menu as well as a mariachi band who sang the entire evening. I could not imagine a more perfect way of ending the night.

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The following day we just had to stop at Matcha Mama for a delectable acai bowl. I wanted to try something new so I chose the matcha colada. Inexpensive and delicious, nothing was more refreshing sitting on a swing and enjoying the ambience. They serve everything, from smoothies to ice cream to raw juices. A must try when in Tulum.

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Right next to Matcha Mama was a coconut stand where you can purchase a fresh coconut.

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We visited the Gran Cenote for a dip and were mesmerized by the crystal clear waters. 

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We decided to have a light dinner at Coco Tulum. The vibe was great, it had a very light and airy atmosphere and the patio overlooking the ocean had a great beachy vibe.

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We ordered guacamole and chips because face it, when in Mexico you just can’t stop eating guacamole. We also ordered a few salads and fish ceviche. The food was delicous, however the drinks were very mediocre. We enjoyed the vibe more so than the actual drinks but it was definitely an excellent place to sit down and enjoy the peacefulness.

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After dinner we headed over for drinks at Kin Toh. I cannot explain how cool place was. The best way to describe it would be a humongous tree house. The minute we walked in, I felt like a forest nymph, climbing up a beautifully lit staircase to the top of the world, surrounded by lush greenery. It felt like a world of its own. Once at the top, there is a large hammock with a gorgeous view where you can absorb the beauty. Looking down you can see the first floor of the restaurant as you are perched hundreds of feet up in the air.

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The drinks were incredible, very tasty and refreshing. Although they were on the pricier side but very well worth it.

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The following day we drove to the state of Yucatan to see one of the seven wonders of the world Chichen-Itza. It was such a magnificent experience.

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When visiting Chichen-Itza, I recommend hiring a guide. There are plenty federal guides on site who are relatively inexpensive.  He explained the entire history of the temple, and this helped understand the history since there aren’t any plaques with information anywhere.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Are you traveling to Mexico? I would love to know your thoughts in the comments below. 

Packing for Iceland

Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. Thankfully for the duration of my trip, I experienced sunny, pleasant weather, although the first two days after I landed, it was gloomy with random spurts of rain. I stayed in a very cute Bed and Breakfast in Selfoss and the evenings would get pretty cold. The trip itself consisted of many outdoor activities, such as hiking and a lot of walking so staying warm was vital. 

Wearing layers is extremely important. Not only are you warm, but you can also peel off a  layer to cool down. My basic, daily setup was thermal pants and shirt, warm sweater or plaid shirt and my outer jacket. My socks were warm enough to only wear one pair and my boots kept me nice and toasty as well.

Below I have listed exactly what I packed. I hope this list is helpful to you as well. Almost everything I purchased for this trip was from amazon.com to keep my cost low as Iceland is on the expensive side and I wanted to save for the activities there:)

  1. Warm, waterproof jacket: This is extremely important in case it rains, to protect from high winds and waterfall mist. 

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2. Several fleece-lined leggings: I would pack 3 to 4 pairs. i practically lived in mine. I brought only black ones, but next time I will include multi-colored ones. They are warm, soft and comfortable. 

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3. Fleece lined hat/Waterproof gloves: Keeping your head warm is extremely important. This hat I bought from amazon was super cute and warm. I plan on purchasing a few more for future trips.

~And this Swiss mocha was amazing by the way. Perfect end to a chilly hike :))~

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4. Thermal top and bottoms: Highly, highly recommend taking several pairs with you. They are thin, I layered them under my jeans and fleece leggings. I doubt I would have stayed warm enough if I had not taken these with me.

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5. Sweaters: Bring a few. No need to bring a lot, as you will already have plenty of layers. Also make sure they are at least partially wool or cashmere. Synthetics will not keep you as warm. 

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6. Swim suit: You do not want to miss the Blue Lagoon. It is relaxing and beautiful but you need a swim suit in order to get in :). This one I purchased from Target last summer. 

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7. Warm waterproof boots: You will most likely trek through mud and water and rain. Therefore a pair of sturdy warm boots is a must. I wore these Sorel boots almost every single day and never once had cold or wet feet. 

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8. Wool Socks: Must have to keep warm.

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9. Denim Jeans: Pack a few for those casual days when you walk around town or if you plan on checking out a few bars. The bar scene is very casual so jeans would be a perfect fit with a cute sweater or top. 

10. Camera Bag: Preferable waterproof as you DO NOT want to get you equipment wet. 

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Happy Travels everyone. I hope you enjoy Iceland as much as I did.

Comment below about your travel adventures 🙂

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How to not overpack when traveling

Summertime is here, and what does that mean? Vacation time! Whether it’s visiting family, or going to tour another country, packing is inevitable. 

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Now, how do you take enough clothes to last you the entire trip, but also not fill up your suitcase with unnecessary items? 

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That’s it for now friends! 

Have a fun and safe journey and comment down below for any travel tips you have.

I would love to hear them.

BTW shoutout to Bailey for being such an amazing model!

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My First Time Traveling Abroad

Traveling has always been a goal of mine. Working in a restaurant in Los Angeles made me want to break away from fast paced, traffic stricken days and my desire to free myself from the mundane, monotonous lifestyle gave me the courage to pack my bags and fly to Costa Rica for five days.

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Arriving in Costa Rica, I felt immediate culture shock. At the entrance of the airport, there were tons of people offering taxi services. I felt a little nervous at first, never experiencing such determination from the taxi drivers. I almost felt as though I was surrounded by paparazzi without the cameras.  But having found a few of my travel companions earlier, I felt a wave of relief at not being all alone as I weaved through the crowd looking for the rest of my group.

As soon as I arrived, I dove into the rich culture headfirst . The first thing I did was jump into the water for a refreshing swim as the typical weather in Costa Rica is very humid.

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As I watched the sun set across the horizon, I couldn’t help thinking to myself, is this a dream? I walked to the locally owned restaurant with my travel companions, where I indulged myself in the rich flavors of Casado, a dish consisting of rice, beans, fried plantain, and refreshing salad.

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The following day after a quick breakfast, my travel companions and I took the bus to San Manuel Antonio National Park. I will include the link (http://manuelantoniopark.com). I hiked through the national rain forest, taking in the sights and sounds of a whole new world. White-headed capuchin monkeys, native to this region, climbed trees, one even came up to say hello. I have to admit he was a handsome fella, but a tad mischievous. One snached a bag of croissants from a couple on the beach. I cannot blame him though, everyone loves a treat. The best part was watching a sloth creep down the trunk of a very thin tree. What skill they must have to stay so balanced.

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The cherry on top of this trip was meeting and becoming close to an amazing group of people who have a similar passion of traveling. I never even imagined would become so close with individuals I had just met. Yet as I sit here now and think about my experience, every moment, conversation, laugh runs through my mind clearly. I already miss the crazy dancing, the deep conversations along the shoreline, the jolly bus rides to the next adventure.

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My biggest take away from this amazing adventure was be brave, take risks, get out of the cycle. The world is your oyster.  Pure Vida!!!

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Photo credit for this beautiful picture goes to Marissa Mallen!

I would love to hear some of your experiences, comment below and tell me about your adventures. 

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