I’ve had an itch to do a long trip around Mexico for years. Back in 2011, I heard about a few Spanish language schools in Oaxaca and became convinced that that was where I wanted to go. And then I learned about Hierve el Agua, the surfing and mountains along the Pacific coast, the ruins in the Yucatan and, of course, the food– and next thing I knew, I was harboring a full-on fantasy. Backpacking around Mexico for a couple months cemented itself pretty high up on my dream trip list.
So, by the time I landed in Mexico City, I had been thinking about this trip for years. The problem was, I’d fantasized about this trip so much that I was intimidated to actually take it– I didn’t want to go until I had every stop planned out perfectly. But thanks to a last-minute change of plans in Lima, I found myself with two months to spare and just one obligation: get to Cozumel, Mexico by early October. That pretty much settled it– between the cold, grey weather in Lima and my general hankering for sunshine and tacos, I decided to finally take The Trip; I was finally going to solo travel Mexico.
I’m not sure if I’ve made this clear around here, but I am truly a sucker for a good list. (Okay, I’m a sucker for any quality of list.) I’ll jump at any opportunity to write a travel-related list– and what better opportunity than the start of a new year?
Before I jump into mapping out my 2019 plans, I wanted to take some time to reflect on 2018– a year that brought me around the country and to another continent, through canyons and mountain passes. This year also brought a whole lot of firsts, from my first experience traveling as half of a couple to my first attempts at surfing.
Yeah, that’s right— it’s June and I’m just now publishing a post about my 2018 travel plans. What can I say? It’s been an uneventful year. (Just kidding?)
I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I’ve been in Latin America, spoken Spanish regularly, or even gone on a dive. I’m. So. Ready. And now that I’ve bought my ticket, I can finally (officially) share my plans for the fall and winter of 2018: three months in Peru, Ecuador, and (sort of) Mexico. (…It’s a lot of ground to cover in three months. Any planning advice would be much appreciated!) And to add to my nervous excitement, my boyfriend, Nick, will be coming along for the first month. We are very stoked.
I am verrrrry behind in getting this website up—like 2 years behind. Back in 2016, I was all gung-ho about documenting my trip through Central America, Mexico, Colombia, and Hawaii. But then… I didn’t. And life kept happening. Now, as I’m solidifying plans for my next big trip, I’m playing catch up. Before I kick off my next international trip, I’ll be writing up some of the stops I made through Central America and Hawaii, formally cataloging all the photos and notes that I’ve been sitting on for the last year.
Before I dive into the details, here’s a quick roundup of what I spent 7 months in Latin America doing.