It’s been 12 years since I took my first trip without my family and began traveling on my own and while my travel style (and budget) have changed a little over the years, the backpacker, low-budget style I started out with is still my favourite way to travel.
Maybe as I move more into my 30s, more items in this article will begin to ring true. While I now always make sure I have travel insurance and I’ve gotten much better at showing up in a place having already booked my accommodations (even if it was only an hour before getting on the plane), I still love staying in hostels and guest houses and you’ll still find me sleeping in corners at the airport in an attempt to stay on my always low-budget. Also, I’m not sure I’ll ever switch to giving handshakes instead of hugs, but as my body continues to age and find new aches and pains, I may have to start taking my suitcase more and leaving my beloved backpack at home.
How many things on this list to you identify with?
Tags: 30s, backpacker, travel
Swimming in the cool, clear waters of the Hubiku Cenote in the Yucatan region of Mexico.
Hubiku Cenote, Mexico
Looking for a change of pace from Cancun’s busy strip? Then, Playa del Carmen is the place to be! While it’s no longer the small fishing village is was until the 1980s, Playa (as the locals call it) is still definitely more laid back than nearby Cancun. Less than an hour from Cancun’s International airport, and only a ferry ride from Cozumel, Playa has become a busy vacation hot spot.
The clear turquoise waters and white sand beach, is filled with beach volleyball, sunbathers and beach bars, along with numerous hotels and resorts.
Just up from the beach is Quinta Avenida or 5th Aveunue, Playa’s main drag. This street is a see-and-be-seen spot. Spread along the avenue are mutli-coloured shops, restuarants, bars, cafes, hotels and nightclubs. While strolling along here you almost feel like you could be somewhere in Europe- but with tastier Mexican dishes!
Looking for the less touristy side of Playa del Carmen? All you need to do is head a few blocks away from 5th Avenue. Suddenly, the delicious homemade tacos drop from 80 pesos or more down to 10 pesos, the beer to 15 pesos and the crowds of people almost disappear.
Colourful artwork along the avenue
Delicious Mexican food at La Vagabunda
Unique street signs
Church on 5th Ave.
Brightly coloured souvenir shops can be found all along 5th Ave
Beautiful statue greeting you at the beach
Strolling along Quinta Avenida
10 Peso tacos!