When people think of Mexico, they almost always think of Tacos & Tequila, but there is so much more to it. This time we talk to two members of our staff who both visited Mexico, but experienced two different holidays:
First up is our intrepid traveller Adam, who likes to get away from the popular tourist areas and really experience a country, its culture, see the sights taste the food the locals love to eat.
TLG: You are not your typical holiday maker who lazes around the pool, you like to see as much of the country as you can. What made you travel to this part of the world?
AL: I had previously travelled to the USA (both East and West Coast) and wanted to head further South. Although Mexico is Central America, it still has that feel of being completely different from North America and I had wanted to visit here for a while.
TLG: Mexico is a huge country, which areas did you stay and why that particular location?
AL: Our holiday was actually a trek, spending one or two day’s maximum in each location. We began in Cancun before heading to Chichen Itza and Merida. The following day we travelled to Uxmal and Campeche. The third and fourth days were spent in the jungle in Palenque where we got to see the Mayan ruins. On day five we headed to Bacalar and spent time in the Lagoon of Seven Colours. We then made our way to Mahahual for two days and then Tulum and Playa del Carmen before returning to Cancun. When you’re on the move, you get to take in everything and it also keeps it fresh and interesting. You can get a good idea of the area we covered from the image below:
TLG: Unlike other holidaymakers, you always travel light, you tend not to stay in a typical hotel, what are your travel essentials?
AL: That’s true but on this occasion I actually had to pack a full size suitcase as we were on the move a lot. I needed a decent amount of clothing, razors, toothbrush etc. and I knew I couldn’t rely too much on location as I was covering a large area and staying in budget lodgings. Normally I would just take hand luggage if I were travelling to a more localized destination, as I much prefer to be able to hop on and off the plane. I have honed it down to packing exactly what I need these days, instead of ending up with a suitcase of additional unused items I really didn’t need to take!
TLG: As you travel a lot during your holiday, I suppose you have to plan your holiday well in advance. How do you locate the places you want to stay and what you want to see? Do you use a tour company or plan your holiday yourself?
AL: This particular Mexico holiday was a specialist trek company dealing with various locations in the Americas. They have the entire itinerary mapped out from the get go and you basically know what you’re going to be doing; and where you are travelling through before you leave. Under normal circumstances I use a tour operator to book flights and destinations as well as tours, as they can get much better deals. Though I would probably just book tours myself now as they’re easy to arrange when you arrive. I do however do a lot of research on the area. Giving a good idea of what I want to do and see and can relay that to the tour operator.
TLG: Do you travel alone or like to go with friends?
AL: I usually travel with at least one friend; or on my own if I am meeting them when I arrive.
TLG: Did you travel alone or with others?
AL: On this particular holiday I travelled with my friend and his brother to Mexico. We joined a group of three others (including the guide), so there were six of us in total.
TLG: Did you eat out in the local restaurants, what was your favourite food on your holiday
AL: As we were on the move it’s all we did. From local pubs and restaurants to more off the beaten track venues. My favourite food had to be the lobster I had in Tulum; I’m a big seafood fan and when you’re on the coast there’s nothing better!
TLG: As you were in Mexico, did you have Tacos & Tequila!
AL: Of course! I must say I had a bad experience with tequila when I was much younger; but I made the exception on this occasion, as they say, “When in Rome…”!
TLG: What is your favourite thing about travelling?
AL: Experiencing different cultures, the food, the people, the language and of course, the locations. It broadens the mind about how vast the world is.
It’s All About the Memories
TLG:What were the best moments of this week?
AL: There were so many great experiences in Mexico on this trek. We explored the Mayan ruins in the jungle, took a dip in an underground lake and stood under the Misol Ha waterfall. We also swam with dolphins which was amazing. Sitting on the beach and watching the sun go down with a beer in hand was a sight to behold.
TLG: Thank you Adam! Next up is Paula’s experience…
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