Instagram Monthly Monday Mayhem

I haven’t done my ‘Instagram Monthly Monday Mayhem’ in a while and thought I should probably get back to sharing my fun and top favorite Instagram photos with you. The pictures I post on Instagram are almost always different than the pictures I post on my blog. In an effort to share more of my lifestyle and travel experiences with you, I thought the perfect way to do so would be through my Instagram pictures. My Instagram photos will show you a different perspective of my turquoise life and travels (probably a more personal one) and give you a better idea of what my lifestyle is like! I hope you enjoy the monthly updates! Connect with Turquoise Compass on Instagram as I would love to see what you are up to as well! Here are some fun Instagram photos which I posted this past fall:

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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 Mexico Diaries

MexicoOne of my favorite countries is Mexico! As much as I love visiting new places and new countries, there is something special about Mexico that keeps luring me back. I’ve been to Mexico on three different occasions, with each trip lasting 1-8 weeks in length. Each adventure took me to a new region in the country and allowed me to explore more within one of the most beautiful countries I know. It’s been 4 years since I’ve been to Mexico and I am already feeling the pull back to the country. I’m surprised I didn’t land there a fourth time during my 14 months of full time travel. It won’t be long before I go back. It’s a must. It’s already in the works. Just waiting for the perfect moment. Continue reading

Last Day to Win an XShot 2.0

XShotAs many of you already know, I absolutely love traveling with my pocket XShot camera extender. I love the product so much that I gave one away on Turquoise Compass in February 2014! My love for XShot products just grew stronger because XShot has graciously agreed to give another XShot away on Turquoise Compass, but this time the XShot 2.0 for GoPro cameras! I recently received my very own XShot 2.0 and I couldn’t help but share the love with my turquoise loving readers! Continue reading