May 14

Teaching the Cat to Fly

travel cat carrier

Part of moving to Mexico means giving up things we have here: our house, our furniture, our wonderful non-stick pans, our large paintings, most of our books (too heavy) and most of our day-to-day items including clothes and toys. I’m ok with that, and the kids have adjusted to the idea. It’s not taking the pets that has been the most difficult for me.

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May 6

Countdown to Mexico: 70 Days

For those of you who aren’t so great with math (like me) 70 days means that in a little over 2 months we will be on a plane to Mexico. The closer it gets the faster time seems to go, and it’s a relief and a panic attack all in one. Continue reading

April 25

The Seedy Underbelly of Cozumel

We’ve sold the house, we’re committed to moving to Mexico, there’s no turning back now. So imagine my dismay when I noticed a local brothel mentioned on a Cozumel forum…they have those on my sweet, innocent island? Continue reading

February 26

Telling Your Employer You’re Going To Travel

Cozumel Mexico

What would make our move to Mexico easier? A steady job. On Monday Jason is pitching our move to his employer to convince them he should keep his current position but work from remote, and it’s got us a little on edge. Continue reading

February 18

Celebrating Birthdays at Home and In Mexico

birthday in Mexico

Birthday season has finally passed at our house (whew!) Rory turned 6 in January and June turned 8 just last week. Four of our five birthdays fall within the months before and after Christmas and the celebrating and present-palooza can get a little out of control. Continue reading

January 30

The Logic Behind Moving To Mexico

When people ask “why Mexico?” we usually say something smart like “Because it’s fun!” Which is true, but doesn’t really help anyone understand. Continue reading

January 26

Travel Doesn’t Make It A Vacation

As a travel blogger I admit I’m always watching for the next opportunity to get away but I was pretty shocked when a relative said I had been “on vacation” at TBEX in Cancun. Continue reading

January 9

Dealing with Planning Changes

Planning Cozumel

Hello, my name is Amelia, and I love planning. I research and analyze and compare options until my head spins, I can’t help it. However the only thing that is set in stone is that plans will always change, and you have to be able to adjust. Ours have changed so many times, it’s hard to keep up so here’s a quick run down of the latest: Continue reading

October 18

“Bike Friendly” Iowa vs Biking in Mexico

Last month in Tulum I was delighted to stay in a hostel that included a bicycle even though it turned out to be a rust bucket (hey it was free!) It’s a common thing there for people to ride bikes to get around and there are trails in many places. On Cozumel I rented a bicycle and rode all over town on the roads with the cars and motos (scooters) and I hear that south of town they have completed their first bicycle trails there too.

Bike trail along the highway that lead to the ruins in Tulum, Mexico.
Bike trail along the highway that lead to the ruins in Tulum, Mexico.

Bike trails are a new thing in Mexico because bicycles usually ride in traffic. When I am there I ride on the streets, something I would never feel safe doing at home in Iowa, and I started to wonder why it was different. Continue reading

October 5

AllTOURnative Coba Maya Experience Ecotour: Zip-lining, Rappeling, and Climbing.

From the AllTOURnative press kit:

“2014 will be an historic year. We turn fifteen years of eco-archeological tours operation. About one million and a half tourists have already enjoyed unforgettable experiences. Nowadays, Alltournative has almost 200 direct collaborators and over 250 families in Maya communities take advantage of the jobs and incomes generated by ecotourism. 7,150 hectares of jungle are preserved which means that 93% of the territory where we operate expeditions is saved as a reserve area.” Continue reading