Tag Archive | Mexico

You Can’t Control the Weather…

You Can’t Control the Weather…

When you think of the Mexican Riveria you often think of 80-degree sun-filled days with the occasional lazy shower bringing just enough rain cool off the sand. The reality can be a little different. I’m not saying the weather was cold; we live in Pittsburgh, we know cold. The weather felt very comfortable, though the […]


New Year’s Confession

I am going to admit this right off the bat, I’m kind of phoning this post in.  The year has been a long one and I’m exhausted and need a little bit of a mental break. We had a typical New Year’s Eve, for us anyway. I got home after a long day at work, watched […]

Free Doesn’t Mean Easy

Free Doesn’t Mean Easy

Just because it’s free doesn’t mean it’s easy. You may remember a blog post from a few months ago where Amanda and I got separated on our flight back from the Bahamas. I chose to be bumped off the flight for a credit of $800. We knew this would make our next vacation even more affordable. But, […]

Playa del Carmen, Quickie Style (Part Dos)

A couple of weeks ago we reviewed the first half of our 11-hour excursion in the Playa del Carmen area with Local Quickies. We’ll pick up here after our visit to Tulum and our swim in a cenote. Swimming with Sea Turtles Next up on our tour was a snorkeling trip to see sea turtles. […]

Playa del Carmen, Quickie Style

While planning our recent trip to Playa del Carmen, we tossed around the idea of officially learning to SCUBA dive (something Amanda has tried at a convention, but we’ve never really done). After sending emails to a couple of area dive shops and receiving exactly zero responses, we switched gears and selected a highly-recommended outing […]

A Walk Down 5th Avenue

The main street in Playa del Carmen, 5th Avenue, is a wide boulevard running north to south parallel to the sea. It’s packed with shops and restaurants ready to tempt the pocketbooks and tastebuds of every tourist. The street becomes a pedestrian-only zone each evening, not that we saw much traffic on it during the […]

Mexico, Part Dos

In our previous post “Tourist vs. Traveler” we explained how we traveled to Mexico and didn’t have the best experience. We stayed at a resort, the tour we booked wasn’t the best and we totally felt cut off from the rest of the country. We left thinking we wouldn’t go back.  But, as mentioned in […]

Bang for Your Travel Buck: Mexico

We woke up a couple of weekends ago and realized that we had yet to plan a vacation for my scheduled time off in September. So, being the would-be jet setters that we are, Amanda gave me a challenge: $1,000, pick a vacation and, well, go. I gladly accepted. The first thing I did was […]

Tourist vs. Traveler

  What separates a tourist from a traveler? I like to think it has a lot to do with who you meet on your journey.  A few years ago Amanda and I traveled to Mexico.  We decided to try the resort thing and hated it. We felt cut off from the country we had flown […]