• A scuba instructor underwater for the SSI Advanced Open Water course
    Adventure Travel,  North America Travel

    SSI Advanced Open Water Course with ScubaTony in Cozumel, Mexico [Review]

    Disclaimer: I received my SSI Advanced Open Water Course, as well as 3 days of fun dives, from ScubaTony in exchange for my honest review. As always, all opinions are my own. With warm waters, absolutely amazing marine life and coral formations, and a boat load of dive schools–not to mention its easy access from the US–Cozumel is a super popular spot to get dive certified. I took my Open Water Course in Cozumel just over a year ago, and when I was looking at where to do my SSI Advanced Open Water certification, I knew almost immediately that I wanted to return to Cozumel. But what dive shop to…

  • the main pyramid of chichen itza in mexico
    Featured,  North America Travel,  Travel Itineraries

    The Perfect 2 Week Mexico Itinerary for First-Timers

    Heading to Mexico and not sure where to start? There is honestly SO MUCH to do in this amazing country, and it’s hard to narrow down where to go. That’s why I’ve created this perfect 2 week Mexico itinerary for first timers. So you can stop agonizing and start having fun! From the beaches of Tulum to the otherworldly cenotes of Valladolid, I spent 3 weeks backpacking around Mexico and distilled everything down into this perfect 2 week itinerary. I hope you enjoy! A 2 Week Mexico Itinerary This 2 week Mexico itinerary focuses solely on the Yucatan peninsula, visiting Cozumel, Valladolid, Tulum, and Bacalar. Although many Mexico itineraries suggest…

  • North America Travel

    Valladolid Cenotes: The Ultimate Day Trip Guide

    Cool, fresh water, otherworldly caves, and the warm Mexican sun? It doesn’t really get more perfect than that. And it’s all at the Valladolid cenotes. When I first started planning my visit to Valladolid during my 2-week jaunt around Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, I knew that I wanted to take a day trip to visit some Valladolid cenotes. At first, I thought I might take a guided tour. But then after a bit more research, it looked like it was pretty easy to do on your own so that’s what I decided to do! Of course, there’s not actually too much information online about visiting the cenotes on your own. So…

  • The shoreline of Bacalar, Mexico as seen from the lagoon
    North America Travel,  Travel Photography

    Bacalar, Mexico: 19 Photos That Will Push This Hidden Spot To The Top Of Your Bucket List

    Bacalar, Mexico is possibly the best hidden gem I’ve ever found. Even though it’s located only 2 hours south of Tulum, it’s a completely different world. Set on Bacalar Lagoon (also known as the Lagoon of Seven Colors, for its many startling shades of blue), this pubelo magico (magic town) is absolute paradise. I only had 2 days to dedicate to Bacalar, but I wish I could have stayed a lifetime. These 19 photos will, without a doubt, shoot Bacalar, Mexico straight to the top of your bucket list. HOW TO GET TO BACALAR, MEXICO Despite being off the beaten path, Bacalar, Mexico is surprisingly easy to get to. You…