Bahamas was not apart of my plan for this year until I decided that I did not want to stay home for my birthday. Originally, I was suppose to go to the Bahamas in October, however, due to the storm, I change the time of my trip. This is where I got the idea to do a mission trip. After much research I joined All Hands and Hearts as a disaster relief responder.
There is absolutely NO other way to describe how I feel about TULUM!!
Tulum has been on my list for quite some time now. It was time for me to see what the hype was about sooooooo I decided to take a random trip. Tulum is a GREAT place to get away by yourself and enjoy the vibe that it brings you. I spent three days there and spent roughly under $800, including my round trip flight, beautiful airbnb, car rental, & food (which is super inexpensive in town). Tulum is a very small but unique part of Mexico divided by the Tulum beach road & town. It is full of solo travelers or travelers who ended up relocating permanently. I had no issues at all with significant language barrier as most people spoke english and the currency was pretty easy to calculate. My airbnb was about 15 minutes away from Tulum beach road. Although there are many ways to get to Tulum I thought it was best for me to rent a car for several reasons.
#1) I was there for a very short amount of time
#2) I has a whole list of what I wanted to and see & the best way to “up and go” when wanted to was by car.
#3) The rental route was super cheap . I spent $90 for my rental which is still a bit expensive for Tulum (I did not shop around at different car rentals ahead of time or at the airport). However, many have told me that the car rental can be much cheaper if you rent it in Tulum.
Tulum is about a hour and 30 minutes away from Cancun International Airport & the ONLY way to get there is by flying into Cancun and then driving about a hour and a half to two hours……..SOUNDS SCARY RIGHT?
I am not even going to lie, prior to planning this trip, I’ve heard a lot of “I wouldn’t suggest you to drive to Tulum” , “corrupted police can pull you over and take your money”, etc. When I got to cancun, I decided that in order for me to accomplish what I needed to in the matter of three days, I needed to drive. AND so I DID…..
& IT WAS A GREAT DECISION!
Other ways you can get to Tulum is by private rental-highly suggested to book a head of time.
ADO bus: Keep in mind that although this is the cheapest option, you may have to transfer at playa de carmen for a bus that go to Tulum.
Shuttle: Can take anywhere from 2-3+ hours to arrive- Bus drops off and picks up passengers. Which can take anywhere from 2-3+ hours.
How I spent three days in TULUM
Kin Toh is a very popular place in Tulum. It is known for it’s jungle feeling and huge nests where you can watch the sunset. Its architecture is top notch! To watch the sunset on the nests alone, you have to pay $35, this covers a drink and your access to the nests. Doors open at 5:30-just in time for the sunset. In order to eat at one of the nests table in the sky the minimum you would have to spend is $1,000. $1,000 where? I decided to have some bomb fish tacos in town after the sunset instead.
Nomade Tulum Mayan Ritual on the beach
I have this thing about connecting with other cultures and way of being. I stumbled across the Mayan Ritual which took place on the beach.
Party time: Gitano!!!! Well known party place along tulum beach road
Spend the day at Tulum beach road capturing beautiful signs, visit a Ceenote, & the Blue Lagoon full of excitement!!
Party Time!!! Went out for Lea birthday who I met in Tulum. Solo traveler vibes.
Tour to Chichen Itza
I couldn’t leave Mexico and NOT see one of the World Wonders!
Also, stop by Tulum beach road to check out Pablo Escobar’s Mansion
Road back home
Puerto Rico was a really fun quick weekend trip getaway that was totally inexpensive and well worth it. Old San Juan is definitely a must see while out there. I stayed in Isla Verde for two nights which wasn’t too far from Old San Juan. Then I stayed in a rainforest retreat closer to El Yunque National Rainforest. El Yunque National Rainforest was breathtaking. It was a hike to get to San Diego falls in particular but well worth the view. I also went sky diving for the first time ever while in Puerto Rico (bucket list goals): 14,000ft-sidenote: I probably wont do it again. If your looking for the night life definitely visit La Placita de Santurce. It is full of bars, clubs, food spots all in one area!
Last stop in the middle east! I flew from Israel to Egypt. A visa is needed to go to Egypt which I purchased at the airport. I stayed in a airbnb in Cairo where I was able to obtain a dope view of the pyramids from my jacuzzi. I then stayed at the Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa for the remainder of my trip. Egypt is pretty conservative. The women wore scarfs around their heads and long dresses. Although it is not much harm for tourists to dress as such, out of respect I wore long dresses and scarfs whenever I went out. During my stay, I visit the Egyptian pyramids and the Egyptian museum where I saw my first mummy in person! I flew to Luxor (45 minute flight) for a full day tour to the Valley of the Kings, and east & west banks of Luxor. I went during Ramadan. Cairo had food shops open for tourists to eat however, while in Luxor it was difficult for me to find food. I happened to stumble upon a hotel that served breakfast! (the breakfast was enough to fill me up for the most part of the day). The Muslims did not eat until sunset, thats where the rush came in for food, drinks, whatever they can get their hands on! They stayed up all night, listen to music, and ate a feast. The last night of Ramadan there was a huge celebration on the streets of Cairo. If you wanted to bring home a souvenir, Khan El- Khalili Bazaar aka The Bazaar is a huge street shopping center in Cairo. It is full of restaurants, clothes, hand bags, and beautiful jewelry that you can get for dirt cheap.
Along with my trip to Israel I took a day trip to Petra, Jordan. It was a four hour bus ride from Israel to Petra (the bus route was much cheaper than the plane). I woke up at 3 am, left from Israel around 7am and returned back to Israel at around 11pm. Petra’s treasury is one of the 7 world wonders that I’ve been dying to see in person. You must have a visa to enter Jordan regardless of the means of transportation. Upon arrival, they had the option to take the donkey ($10) or the horse ($25) to transport to the treasury but I walked instead (I mean why not burn a few calories). Boy, I was wrong, it was extremely hot! It is important to have a ton of water, which they do sell, there is a few food places in the area as well. In order to get dope pictures like I did you can ask one of the Jordanian kids to take you to the top where you can see a dope view of Petra’s treasury and they can take pictures of you. It was a pretty scary hike for about ($5). It is a MUST to wear sneakers, especially for the hike.
I wanted to explore the middle east. First stop was Israel. Israel was beautiful! I stayed in a airbnb in Tel-aviv, closer to the beach which was a plus for me! My tours left from a nearby hotel in Tel-aviv to Nazareth, Jerusalem, Jericho/Palestine. Tel-aviv is not so much conservative as the other cities in Israel. Out of respect, I wore long dresses and covered up my arms during the tours. I went to visit the old city in Jerusalem which is divided by four quarters: The Jewish, Armenian, Christian, and Muslim quarter. All quarters were unique beyond those walls. I visit the sea of Galilee (where Jesus walked), mount of temptation (where Jesus was tempted by the Devil), the last supper room in the old city of Jerusalem, Jordan river, and the Dead sea (the lowest point of the earth). The dead sea was a dope experience. Tips when visiting the dead sea:
-Wear lots of sunblock as it is extremely HOT!
-Do not take your shoes off until you get closer to the water, the sand is HOT!
-Be prepared for the bugs, unfortunately this is something that I couldn’t prevent
-Avoid getting water in you eyes and mouth (the water is extremely salty, no fish nor plants can survive in the dead sea, that tells you a lot!)
-There ground is pretty muddy in the water, so be prepared. The mud has a lot of minerals that is good for your skin so lather yourself in the mud, your skin will feel soft as ever!
-It is easier to catch a photo like mine below if you are a expert at floating 🙂
They have showers so you can wash off afterwards. There is a nice “lowest point bar “to get drinks.
I booked a last minute trip solo trip Colombia for 5 days all under $500 (flight and stay included) how beautiful was that? Colombia is full of vibrant arts, colorful buildings, and shopping markets. This five day trip was well worth it. The Palenqueras were all around Colombia with their beautiful colorful dresses carrying around huge bowls fruits and meats on top of there heads. They make their money taking pictures for tourist and I could not resist, I loved their energy! Visiting Palenque and Boca Chica was the highlight of my trip due to its high representation of culture. I went to visit the school of Palenque where the students welcomed us by dancing, raping , and playing music on their drums. Before the tour ended, I ate coconut rice and fish in one of the Palenque women house. It was amazing!
One of my favorite places to visit. Whenever I go there I feel right at home. The vibe, the energy, the reggae music, the kind hearted people, and most importantly, the food- Jerk chicken, rice & beans. I just can’t get enough of Jamaica!
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Looking for a nice inexpensive winter girls trip? My girls and I went to Calgary for 5 days for about $400 (flight and stay included) and it was well worth it. We use this opportunity to get to know each other, play games, catch up on….life. We stayed in Blackstone mountain lodge. We went snow tubing in Banff, visited Lake Louise to see the ice sculptures, took a dive in Banff hot springs. My favorite part of this trip was eating at Sky Bistro. Sky Bistro is located 7,500 ft in the mountains and the only way to get up there is by the gondola. The food was soooo tasty!