Deciding to move to a new city can be an exciting and constructive new change in your life. Whether you’ve always lived in the same place your whole life, or you just love trying out new places every few years, it’s important to make sure you choose the right destination.
There’s a reason that thousands of travelers flock to Mexican Caribbean each year as a top-notch destination. Between the beautiful water, beaches that stretch for miles, and breathtaking culture, it can steal the heart of just about anyone.
When you’re planning your trip, you may be lost about what the best things to do are if you’ve never been there before. Take a look at some of these ideas while organizing your trip’s itinerary.
Check Out The Smaller Islands
While a lot of vacationers are attracted to popular destinations like Cancun and Playa Del Carmen, there are a lot of hidden gems that people are missing out on. Make sure to consider checking out the neighboring islands which are less full of tourists and give you a more authentic experience of Mexico.
To get to the smaller islands, you can either take a taxi boat or book a charter plane. Although a charter plane may be more expensive, it’s the ideal way to arrive if you’ve got the budget.
Eat Street Food
One of the most important things that should be penciled on your to-do list is eating all of the good foods available beyond just the restaurants. While some people may be hesitant to try street food, it’s important to know that not all street vendors practice bad hygiene.
Ask locals what their favorite stands are and make sure to go to those first. Although review websites like TripAdvisor can be excellent resources, a local’s opinion is usually the most reliable source.
Be brave and try everything available to you from quesadillas to pozole. You won’t regret it!
Check Out The Nightlife
The Mexican Caribbean is known for its hot nightlife scene full of all sorts of clubs and bars. From parties on the beach to inside venues with impressive sound systems, you can take your pick of what kind of vibe you want.
If you’re feeling on the calmer side, you can opt for a more relaxed nightlife scene in a quiet cocktail bar.
It’s no secret that the waters of the Mexican Caribbean are breathtakingly clear and blue. Be sure to go snorkeling and explore the coral and beautiful sea life.
On some islands, you can see sea life which is endemic to only that area and incredibly special to behold.
What good would a vacation be without a little indulgence? You can find some of the most impressive designers in the world for sale in Cancun as well as mainstream fashion for those who have a more restricted budget.
Additionally, you can check out the local markets for a more authentic selection of artisan objects and clothing.
When you’re traveling, you want to have as smooth of a journey as possible. That means doing positive things, but it also means avoiding negative things – negative things like accidents. And even if they aren’t intentional, accidents can often be preventable. That’s why you should know about potential issues in advance and prepare as best you can.
So what kind of trouble could you run into during your travels? There are motor vehicle accidents on the road. If you try eating somewhere new, you may end up with food poisoning. If you’re not familiar with the culture of a place that you’re going to, you may end up in an unnecessary conflict. Also, the ultimate accident is if you run out of money.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Seeing a motor vehicle accident can be bad when you’re on the road. Being in one is significantly worse, especially if you’re traveling while it happens. If you do end up on the wrong side of a crash of some sort, be sure that you know how to contact a motorcycle accident lawyer as quickly as possible. The legal implications of an accident need to be handled as soon as possible so that you can get on with your journey, but if there is an injury involved, everyone needs representation.
While you’re traveling, you may want to try out all of the culinary possibilities. This is great, except that if you don’t pay attention to the style of the place you’re eating, you could end up exhibiting symptoms of food poisoning. Being unfamiliar with the area, you may not know if there have been any issues in the area with the food in the past, so knowing the symptoms of food poisoning is a good start, but you also should look at reviews of different places before you go to them.
Different areas in the world have different cultures. It is not an uncommon accident that traveling to a new place puts you in a situation where you aren’t sure what to do culturally. Types of expressions, gestures, specific words, even things like eye contact – they can all lead to cultural conflict if you’re not aware of the situation that you’re going into beforehand. Researching your vacation destination first is always a good idea.
Running Out of Money
In one of the worst things that can happen to you when you’re on vacation, especially if it’s not just you alone, is when you run out of money. Obviously, you always want to set your vacation budget first, but make sure that you have some extra leeway on credit cards just in case you go over. Nothing will ruin a trip faster than not having money for food, transportation, or lodging.
Hitting the wilderness and tuning out the world for a few days is some people’s ideal vision of a vacation. Some people find true bliss in nothing but a tent, some bug spray, and a few cans of beans. But what if you are self-employed? Unfortunately, work doesn’t pause just because you’re paused. Follow these tips to successfully “switch off” without having to completely flip the switch off on production.
Bring a Mobile Wifi System
If you’ve ever tried to access wifi on a campground before, then perhaps you’ve noticed how frustrating it is to connect. These campground wifi networks are there simply for uploading a photo or two, or perhaps using a search engine. Their internet speed is not equipped for someone trying to get work done. Rather than tear your hair out with the slow campground wifi connection, or battle with your non-existent 3G on a mountain top, opt for a mobile wifi device that functions as a hotspot wherever you are. In addition to making it possible to get some work done, you can also easily connect to a show on streaming if you’re traveling with children.
Wake Up Early
The earlier you wake up the longer your day is. The longer your day is, the more time you have for work and play. By giving yourself an extra 2-3 hours in the morning, you are getting your work out of the way so that you can spend the rest of your time enjoying your surroundings with loved ones and not losing the value of your trip by working the entire duration.
Make a Schedule
By mapping out your entire day’s activities in a schedule, you ensure that you will be that much closer to getting everything done. People who schedule every part of their day, even going as far as scheduling their showers and mealtimes, tend to be much more efficient at completing tasks on time than people who do not. You may not be able to follow the schedule exactly as it is written; because let’s face it, life happens, but as long as you’re within the basic parameter of your timeline, you’re much more likely to succeed.
Give Yourself One Day Off
Allow yourself one day off from work to enjoy the pleasures of your surroundings. Go for a swim in the lake. Make some s’mores and tell ghost stories. Try that fly fishing rod your dad gave you for Christmas. Whatever you do, make sure you are totally immersed and not distracted by emails or pending tasks. If possible take your day off at the end of your trip, after being able to get as much work done as possible. This way, even if you are a bit behind after your day of rest, you have the reassurance that you’ll be back in your home office the following day and on track again.
In the excitement of travel, it’s easy to forget things. It’s always stressful to be on your way to the airport to catch your flight, or to be up in the air or arriving at your destination and remembering that you forget an important item at home, or even worse, you left the fireplace or iron on. In that moment, the panic that settles over you isn’t easy to combat. You end up having to call a friend and have them break into your house to solve the problem and put your stress to rest.
For situations like these, it’s important that you have a checklist of sorts that you cross off before you travel somewhere. God forbid you come home to have your house burned down or you arrive where you spent good money to get to and realize that you forgot your medications or your contact lenses. Those are the kinds of things that ruin a vacation. So to ease your worry, here are the things to put on a list to not neglect before you leave your house to travel:
Exterior House Needs
If you’re a snowbird or you’re just heading off for a couple of weeks or months, it’s important that you take care of all of the exterior needs of your house. This includes checking the gutters to make sure there isn’t debris piled up that could catch fire while you’re away, and this also means checking to make sure that your roof is fixed up and in good shape.
When you’re not home to see if there’s a leak starting or getting worse, you’re going to come home to some serious water damage, and nobody wants that. Other things to think about are the blowing out of sprinklers and the wrapping up of hoses so that water doesn’t freeze in the line if it’s winter time.
Interior House Needs
If you’ve checked off the exterior house needs, it’s time to address the interior. Before you leave to travel, make sure your windows are locked up tight, that the doors and all other access points of the house are secured, and make sure that heat and air conditioning are off. In addition to this, unplug all appliances from outlets.
You don’t want anything to be a fire hazard, and you certainly don’t want anybody seeing that you’re gone and breaking into your house via an unlocked window. It’s best that you ask a neighbor, a close friend, or a family member to watch over the house while you’re gone.
While you’re out and about you’re not going to have the normal luxuries that you’re so accustomed to so close at hand. Make sure you’re stocked up on your medications, your contacts, your personal care items, and that any other personal needs are taken care of before departure. There would be nothing worse than to arrive to your vacation destination and only realize that you didn’t bring something that was critical to your health.