Yucatan Road Trip: Merida, Uxmal and Beyond

Hotel Hacienda Merida

Merida road trip, day two… After a wonderful day driving through the almost empty back roads of the Yucatan, we reached the police checkpoint on the outskirts of Merida. Perhaps we glided through a little too quickly in an attempt to act cool and casual, because they waved us down. Papers, licence, passports and birth certificates at the ready (okay, I may be exaggerating on the last one), I was determined not be prey to another phoney, made-up law by a money hungry … Keep reading…

Yucatan Road Trip: Following The Yellow Church Road

Izamal

Our Yucatan Road Trip Route, Day One We were settled in Playa for six weeks before the travel bug began calling, “Psst! Go see some stuff!” which was all it took for us to chuck in the routine, rent a car and set off with a vague plan: we’d head for Merida, the colonial capital of the Yucatan, our neighbouring state, via Izamal, a town known for it’s yellow painted buildings and awarded Pueblo Magico (magic town) status by the Mexican tourist … Keep reading…

The Key to Long-Term Travel (for me)

Playa del Carmen beach - man and bike

When I tell people I meet that we have been travelling the world for the last year and are now living in Mexico for another, and after that, “Well, we don’t really know yet, but probably South America”, they either look at me like I’ve just grown an extra head, or look at me longingly and say, “I wish I could do that.” I usually tell them that they can, if they really want to, and proceed to tell them … Keep reading…

Girl’s Day at Xpu Ha Beach

La Playa at Xpu Ha beach

When my friend Michelle, who has lived in Mexico for over 17 years, invited me to her ‘favourite beach on the Mayan Riviera,’ I didn’t hesitate in saying “YES!! Take me!!!” I haven’t been getting out much, and since Tyrhone was six days nicotine-free on Saturday, I figured I deserved a break from chopping celery sticks and distracting him from the urge to smoke with my tap-dancing skills. Michelle’s invitation for a girl’s beach day could NOT have come at a … Keep reading…

February in Playa: Settling into a New Life

Playa del Carmen beach

As I write this, it’s been a month since we returned to Playa del Carmen. February was a short month, which gives me some comfort at the pace with which it seemed to fly by. The last month has been a home coming of sorts, but it has also been a time of huge change; we’re ‘settling down’ for an entire year after a year of roaming the globe. It’s what we want, but has required some adjusting and getting … Keep reading…

Love with a Chance of Drowning: A Must-Read

Love, small

  I’ve been reading Torre DeRoche’s blog, Fearful Adventurer for a while now and I have to admit, I have a severe lady-crush on her. She’s a Melbourne gal with a quick wit and a razor-sharp sense of humour as well as a bizarre sense of adventure (she’s afraid of most things, including geckos, but has found herself scaling mountains, sailing half-way across the globe in a leaky sailboat and exploring Southeast Asia by motorbike). Her recently released memoir is … Keep reading…