Discovering the beauty of an imperfect journey

Volcan Agua Antigua Guatemala

So, for anyone who follows me on facebook or instagram, you’ll know by now that WE ARE IN #GUATEMALA. Hash tag, open heart, kiss, kiss, smiley face. You can probably tell I’m kinda excited to discover a new country, by the sheer number of exclamation marks (!!!!) and declarations of love for the beauty of La Antigua, the colonial town surrounded by dramatic volcanic peaks we now find ourselves in. We’ve arrived in #LaAntigua !!! <3 Despite all the beauty … Keep reading…

Freedom to dream

freedom

Serendipity led us to Isla Mujeres. Back in early October, my friend Shelly suggested we join her for a trip she was planning to the island in November. “Yes, my Mum will be here then!” I’d replied, excited by the prospect of discovering another new place with her. I took on accommodation duty, because, well, I’m a control freak and trawling through hotel and apartment listings is a weird obsession of mine. I was about to give up and book … Keep reading…

Finding home in Oaxaca City

Oaxaca-kitchen

Sometimes you stay in a place that leaves an impression. When you travel on a budget as we do, these places are few and far between. We’ve often remembered places for their supreme discomfort rather than the opposite, so as someone who has champagne taste on a beer budget (wink, wink), I’m always on the lookout for good value, comfy digs. If they have an extra touch, an attention to detail or a cute design, I’m happy as Larry (with … Keep reading…

Unplugging (kinda) at Zamas Tulum

Zamas Tulum hammocks

The last stop on my sister’s visit was Tulum. After exploring Playa del Carmen and surrounds, I wanted her to experience the piste de resistance of beaches. I’m not sure why just an hour down the road the beaches are so different, but there is no denying that the Caribbean is clearer near Tulum and possesses a certain magical quality I can’t quite describe. It’s something you need to experience for yourself. We booked a room at Zamas Tulum for two … Keep reading…

Living like the Kardashians

tough life...

You know how I said my sister’s visit was bittersweet? Well, it’s time to cover the sweet. I planned to book Holly in for a luxury stay for the first few days of her visit and had narrowed the search down to a couple of places when Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen invited us to stay in three of their luxurious properties over the course of five nights. I was ecstatic to treat my sister to some Kardashian-worthy digs, since … Keep reading…

Livin’ the High Life at El Taj

El taj jacuzzi

We’re half way through our week of luxury, and I gotta tell you, it’s been very nice. We have the pleasure of staying in a two bedroom, two bathroom luxury apartment with high thread count linen and THREE flat screen televisions. On the first day we moved in to the El Taj, I was lying on the plush King bed in the master suite flicking through the ridiculous amount of cable channels (because I could), and Tyrhone called out desperately … Keep reading…

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…

Using My Imagination in San Cristobal de las Casas

Sarah roof

We returned from the jungle eager to give the high-altitude town of San Cristobal de las Casas a second go. Being quick to judge is not a trait about myself I’m particularly proud of, but it does mean I’m also quick to love, and on the last morning of our previous visit, I had fallen in love with a little square called Plaza de Mexicanos. Of course, I didn’t know that at the time; I called it ‘The quiet little … Keep reading…

Escape to Tulum

Palm tree Tulum

After visiting Chichen Itza and Coba a couple of weeks ago, we stopped in Tulum to find dinner. Only, we’d been on the road since 430am and were particularly tired and cranky. So when we couldn’t seem to find a restaurant on the beach, we chucked a ‘Tulum sucks’ tantrum, drove home and had a very bad take-away pizza. We showed them… Then Tyrhone’s Mum Skyped us the other day. “Have you been to Tulum?” she asked us expectantly, knowing it was only 45 mins south of … Keep reading…

Finding Our Mexican Hacienda

roof terrace

What do you mean Mexican haciendas don’t have paddle pools? Oh man! I thought 500 bucks a month was too good to be true… It may not be vast estate, but we have found our home on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, in Playa del Carmen. Okay, when I say we, I mean we got someone to find it for us. Elizabeth is a PDC local and among her many other talents, occasionally helps clueless gringos such as ourselves to find a … Keep reading…