My Most Treasured Turquoise Trip

To conclude the Mexican Diaries series, I’ve enjoyed sharing one of my most treasured turquoise trips. This trip has shaped me into the person and traveler that I am today. It’s brought back so many pleasant memories which has me yet again, planning another adventure in Mexico (which would be the 4th time there). From landing in Mexico as a female backpacker for the first time, being scared crapless, traveling solo in Quintana Roo, crazy adventures in the Yucatan, the exhilaration of the backpacking life in Campeche, the journey to and from Belize, stumbling upon my favorite destination in Mexico, to ending my trip in one of the most beautiful islands in the world…Mexico is “that trip” for me. Mexico has it all.

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Tulum, the Most Turquoise Place on Earth

Mexico Diaries
Landing in Mexico as a Solo Female Backpacker
The Best of Traveling Solo in Quintana Roo, Mexico
Adventure in Yucatan, Mexico
The Exhilaration of Traveling through Campeche, Mexico
Traveling from Mexico to Belize: It’s all in the Journey

After making it to Tulum, I soon realized that Tulum is a turquoise Mexican dream! Tulum has everything to offer a coastal lover from crystal clear blue water, white sandy beaches that stretch for miles, Mayan ruins hovering over one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, underground glistening blue-green cenotes to explore, and beyond. Making it to Tulum at the end of my backpacking adventure through Mexico and Belize in 2008 was a dream come true. Mexico Continue reading

Traveling from Mexico to Belize: It’s all in the Journey

Mexico Diaries
Landing in Mexico as a Solo Female Backpacker
The Best of Traveling Solo in Quintana Roo, Mexico
Adventure in Yucatan, Mexico
The Exhilaration of Traveling through Campeche, Mexico

My adventure traveling through Mexico in 2008 somehow landed me in Belize. I’d always wanted to visit Belize and thought that the best time to do so would be when I was already in Mexico. I’d made it that far already. I was so close–so close I had to go. I traveled from Chetumal, Mexico which is located near the border of Belize, all the way down to Caye Caulker via Corozal, Saryenja, and San Pedro/Ambergris Caye. It was quite the journey getting to Belize (and returning back to Mexico). A journey I will remember for the rest of my life.Belize Continue reading

The Exhilaration of Traveling through Campeche, Mexico

Mexico Diaries
Landing in Mexico as a Solo Female Backpacker
The Best of Traveling Solo in Quintana Roo, Mexico
Adventure in Yucatan, Mexico

MexicoDuring that first backpacking trip in Mexico in 2008, I was determined to cover as much ground as possible. I traveled throughout the provinces of Quintana Roo, Yucatan, and landed in the province of Campeche after 3 weeks in Mexico. Each province had so many amazing must see sights that I wanted to see before moving on to the next place. If I played my cards right I knew that I would make it to Belize before needing to return to Canada. There was something exhilarating about being able to go where I wanted (and when I wanted), see what I wanted, and to be totally independent for the first time. I had always traveled, but never completely alone. I always relied on the comfort of knowing I was with someone who could speak the language of the country I was in, or had traveled alone before. I often let them take the lead. This time I was in control of my destiny. It was the first time when I really realized (or believed) that I could do it too. Why couldn’t I? After my initial state of shock when I first landed in Mexico, I quickly started getting the hang of backpacking solo for the first time in Mexico. I trusted myself completely.Mexico Continue reading

Adventure in Yucatan, Mexico

Mexico Diaries
Landing in Mexico as a Solo Female Backpacker
The Best of Traveling Solo in Quintana Roo, Mexico

MexicoThinking back to my first backpacking trip in Mexico (2008) brings up so many incredible memories (and emotions). I had the time of my life in Mexico and it’s hard to believe how much I did while I was there. Each time I return to Mexico, I explore more within one of my favourite countries and learn more about myself along the way. It’s hard to believe that a once control freak like me took my trip day by day and planned as I went along. No itinerary, no guide, and no specific direction. It was really nice not having to plan so far in advance and never knowing what would come next. It truly was an adventure. The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of adventure is “an exciting or dangerous experience”. Traveling in unchartered territory was exciting and my trip did have some form of risk involved, considering that I knew little Spanish, traveled alone as a female, and didn’t plan too far in advance. I let the wind move me so to speak. It literally was an adventure. I trusted my gut in every situation and let me intuition guide me in the right direction. To no fail I was always safe. Mexico Continue reading

The Best of Traveling Solo in Quintana Roo, Mexico

MexicoThe Mexican Diaries
Landing in Mexico as a Solo Female Backpacker

Upon arriving to Cancun, I made my way to the Cancun Island—the hotel strip and central touristy area of Cancun. I was interested in seeing the 25 kilometres of beaches that Cancun offers. After walking 10 kilometres of beaches, I enjoyed an afternoon of swimming and snorkelling. After I had enough of the touristy Cancun, I made my way back to real Cancun where I went to the Cancun market and explored the various plazas in the area for a true cultural experience. Authentic Cancun had more to offer me than the very Americanized touristy Cancun Island strip. I didn’t leave North America to experience an area similar to home; I wanted to emerge myself in a completely new culture and lifestyle. After one night in Mexico, I still did not know where I would be going next, but I knew that I needed to make my way out of Cancun and to some place off the beaten path. I did exactly that. Continue reading

YHA Auckland International

Auckland International

Auckland International Staying at the YHA Auckland International made staying in Auckland easy as it is conveniently located on Queen Street, just a couple blocks from the Auckland Sky tower- the iconic site in the city. Auckland was my first and last stop on the north island in New Zealand. The hostel being located at the top of Queen Street is perfectly located right where the city comes alive. From the moment I left the hostel to explore Auckland I was able to instantly walk into the heart of the city. The YHA Auckland International front desk staff were fully equipped to suggest points of interest for me during my stay in the city. The knowledgeable staff made sightseeing in Auckland effortless. Continue reading