Costa Maya, Mexico

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Wearing: Missguided halter, Nordstrom rack shirt, Forever 21 sandals, vintage sunnies, Bling Jewelry ring, necklace, and beaded necklace

Costa Maya was sooo beautiful! There were many places to snorkel and ruins to see. We ended up walking a great deal but you typically get to see more of what you want when you walk rather than take a “tour” in my opinion, plus it’s cheaper. I passed by this one tree with giant leaf-cutter ants crawling on it and I felt like it was a scene straight out of National Geographic. My Spanish is a bit rusty but I still successfully purchased a beverage from a local shop owner and haggled with a nice vendor for a colorful woven bracelet with my wet dollar bills. Tour guides don’t really show you that stuff, but I think it’s these little things that make an experience authentic.

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Cozumel, Mexico

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Wearing: Asos top, Hollister denim shorts, Forever 21 sandals, Victoria Secret bikini, vintage sunnies

Cozumel, Mexico can be very touristy as we found out walking along the main roads aligned with numerous shops and vendors yelling at you to buy all the things. So in light of taking a chance and being adventurous we got a moped and went off-roading to areas where there were more wild dogs than people. I was a bit scared but mostly excited to see what is normally unseen in Mexican rural areas. We drove pretty far out and thankfully the GPS didn’t fail or we would have been completely lost. There was just so much to see so I tried to include as much as possible in the video.

Almost out of the woods and off the muddy path the moped slipped right out from under us and I ended up with a skinned knee. Not letting that tumble dampen our spirits we did what any dirt-covered civilians would do and went snorkeling to clean off. The water was refreshing and crystal clear with little fishes swimming around in the coral. What little stress I felt from our fall earlier was easily drained away by the cool water. It may not have been the most conventional way to see Cozumel¬†but it sure was the most thrilling travel experience I have had yet. My response to the question “Are you sure you want to spend the extra money for the moped?” will forever be “Hell yes, let’s make a memory!”

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Taughannock Falls

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Wearing: H&M shirt, Faux leather dolphin shorts, Sam Edelman espadrilles, vintage sunnies

From D.C. we made a short pit stop to see my sister in New Jersey and set out the next morning for Taughannock Falls State Park in the Finger lakes. This park has trails with a great view of the falls and some others that run along the rim of a giant gorge. The gorge is the closest thing the East coast has to a Grand Canyon, except it is more green with a river running down the middle. There are gates along the edges but we jumped one of them to take a peak over the edge and get some unobstructed pictures. Every park so far has had so much to offer, I wish we had amazing places like these in Florida. I would make hiking through them my day job!

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