“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Two years ago I met a friend for lunch at Whole Foods to catch up, and talk about how much we hated our evil (recently) ex-boyfriends. At that time, I had no idea how lucky I was to have dated a man – or rather a boy – that was not willing to work through the tough times we were facing. My friend, who was also lucky to be going through a breakup with a total idiot, was stressing over a vacation they had booked PRE-breakup- to Southeast Asia. #lightbulb! I got home, sat down at my computer, and immediately booked my flight to replace Mr. Moron on a life-changing journey to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.
This experience changed my life. I was on the other side of the world seeing things I had only read about in books and magazines. I was experiencing different cultures and traditions that could not be further from my own. I met people who literally had nothing, but could not be more pleasant, kind, and grateful to be alive. I made new friends…. and temporary boyfriends. I was forced to step outside my comfort zone, trust in my instincts, and see life for the first time in a completely different way.
My vacation to Southeast Asia was a huge step in my personal growth. Spending three weeks away from Chicago, disconnected from home, immersed in a completely different way of life, really forced me to look at myself, my values, and my priorities. Since the moment I stepped off the plane, I have started working towards creating the life that I want for myself. The life that will make me feel whole. Travel was a huge piece of my Ultimate Life Pie, and in the next year I traveled to 6 more countries outside the US. GO ME!!!! Along that journey, I stumbled across Tulum.
If you have been following me from the start, I talked about my first romance with Tulum in my Take Me Back to Tulum post. Well, I took myself back with three of my girlfriends, and we had one hell of a time. I plan to do a few posts to touch on different aspects of our trip, but for this first post, I simply want to walk you through our beautiful arrival.
For this trip to Tulum, we stayed at a beachfront boutique hotel called Agua Eco Design. One thing that I love most about Tulum is the attention to detail you find in every nook and cranny of your stay. The entry of the hotel was a little hut with two white bucket chairs, a desk, and a computer to check in guests. Once through the entry-way, you entered a bar/restaurant area in the sand, where we had veggie omelettes with avocado and coffee each morning for breakfast. The decor was various shades of blue and white, with glass figurines, and delicate strings lights strung along the trees. Our hotel was tiny with only 5 rooms, but we had the largest casita located approximately 50 feet from the ocean. The view from our room was breath-taking, and we fell asleep to the melodic pattern of the ocean waves each night. I was finally back in my paradise.
Enjoy a look at our quaint hotel and a little sunset photo-shoot on the beach! Thanks Christina for being my photographer 🙂
Hotel – Decor
Walk to our Casita
Stay tuned for more on my Tulum vacation adventure! xoxo Art Junki