Welcome to yet another edition of Pause The Momentos, a monthly wrap up with a bunch of short excerpts, funny stories and interesting moments from my daily life as I follow my dreams and pursue my goal of living life to the fullest — all day, every day.

I know, I’m late. I started writing this wrap up on my flight to Athens on June 4th and never found the time to finish it up.

The month of May was a big ol’ mixed bag of emotions. It was my final month in Mexico before heading to Europe for the summer so I was trying to squeeze in as many trips, meetups and events as possible before I left. I spent a lot more time with friends whether it was meeting up for dinner and drinks, dancing the night away at Dolores and La Santanera, attending the Corona Sunsets EDM Music Festival, celebrating my 5 year travelversary in Isla Holbox, going on an incredible adventure to the state of Chiapas (Mexico) and so much more.

Corona Sunsets

The first weekend in May was the annual Corona Sunsets music festival in Playa del Carmen and there was absolutely no way in the world that I could miss it. It was my first ever EDM music festival since arriving in Mexico and the fact that it was located just a few blocks away from my place made it that much easier of a decision.

Oh, and did I mention a ticket to Corona Sunsets only cost me approximately $22 USD? What a steal! Of course, no food or drinks were included in the ticket price but once inside you could get your hands on a Corona for $3.20 USD a pop. Not so bad. Not so bad at all. Overall the event was off the hook and I can’t wait to attend it again next year.

Highlights: Singing and dancing with friends on the beach, watching Robin Schulz perform all his big hits and seeing Nortec Collective for the first time.

5 Year Travelversary

5 Year Travelversary

On May 10th, 2015 I celebrated my 5 year travelversary in Isla Holbox, one of my favorite places on Earth. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend when it comes to choosing such an incredible destination and being able to bring my hard working girl friend (clarification: girl… friend) who rarely gets time off along with me for the weekend. Ironically enough, I was celebrating the 5 year anniversary of quitting my job to travel the world while she was thrilled that she was able to get the time off from work to travel a nearby island in Mexico for the weekend. #LIFEISGOOD

Don’t miss: 16 Things to Do in Isla Holbox

Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip to Isla Holbox.

Isla Holbox, Mexico
Isla Holbox, Mexico
Isla Holbox, Mexico
Isla Holbox, Mexico

As for accommodations in Holbox, I rented us a beautiful room at Marvin Suites which you can check out here. While $80/night in Holbox is sort of pushing the envelope, I used some of my Airbnb travel credit so it didn’t cost me much of anything. That being said, the room was incredibly spacious, the decoration was out of this world and the location was absolutely perfect as it was situated directly between the beach and the ferry back to Chiquila. I would highly recommend this place if you’re looking for a really nice place to stay in Isla Holbox

Note: You can save $25 OFF your first Airbnb stay of $75 or more by clicking here.

Overall we had an amazing time in Holbox and while I’ve been to this island twice now my trips there reminded me that I need to start planning weekend trips out there more often. Especially considering it’s a relatively cheap trip and it only takes about 2.5 hours to travel there directly from Playa del Carmen. Holbox, I will definitely be seeing you again soon.

BePlaya Rooftop Poolin'

Rooftop Poolin’ @ BePlaya

Since it was my last month in Playa, I spent a lot of time soaking up the rays at the rooftop pool over at BePlaya Hotel. I mostly frequent this place on Sundays because it’s an awesome place to chill out and reboot if you’ve had a sleepless weekend in Playa. Oh, and on Sundays they have a resident DJ spinning really low key, electronic/loungey music and it’s always a nice vibe.

Note: You don’t need to be staying at BePlaya in order to use the pool. Walk in, head up to the roof and buy a few drinks over the course of an afternoon in the sun.

Pro Tip: Finding a place to lay out here can be a pain. Get there early if you want to lock down one of the two beds that are in the sun. The others are in the shade and are a lot less likely to be taken.

Cozumel on a Budget

Day Trip to Cozumel

Believe it or not, I’ve spent a combined total of 13 or 14 months in Playa and had yet to visit Cozumel, a short 30 minute ferry ride from Playa del Carmen.

My friend happened to have his friend in town for the weekend and they invited me to come along with them on a day trip to Cozumel. Of course, I always say yes to a day of fun in the sun. Especially when it comes to swimming, snorkeling, eating, sipping on Cayman Jack and and going on adventures with friends.

Be sure not to miss out on all the awesome photos and info on how to visit Cozumel on a budget here: Fun in the Sun in Cozumel on a Budget!

San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de Las Casas

One of my good friends Playa del Carmen who also happens to be location independent mentioned taking a last minute trip to the Mexican state of Chiapas. I had heard so many great things from Chiapas in conversation with friends over the course of the last year and I knew it was my last chance to go before taking off to Europe for the summer. After about 10 minutes of chatting about potentially booking our trip to Chiapas, we were online purchasing round-trip flights from Cancun to Tuxtla, Mexico, the main jump off point for anyone interested in exploring the state of Chiapas.

Once we arrived in Tuxtla we hopped aboard a shuttle bus that had us winding our way through the mountainous terrain of Chiapas on our way to San Cristobal de las Casas (elevation: 7,000 ft), the most popular and most visited town in the state.

Here are some photos from the trip.

Arriving in Tuxtla, Chiapas
Drinking mezcal in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
Drinking mezcal at a hole in the wall in San Cristobal
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
French toast in San Cristobal
Best French Toast EVER @ Carajillo Cafe in San Cristobal
Amazing textures in San Cristobal

We spent four days exploring all corners of the town, taking photos, hitting up wine bars, drinking mezcal and even taking day trips outside of San Cristobal to Las Grutas de Rancho Nuevo (Rancho Nuevo Caves), and more importantly the town of San Juan Chamula.

Church of San Juan Chamula
Church of San Juan Chamula

Our trip to San Cristobal was such a good time and I would highly recommend it to those of you who are adventurous enough to travel somewhere outside of Mexico’s typical hotspots such as Cancun, Playa, Tulum, Puerto Vallarta, etc. As usual, we never felt in danger at any point during the trip. All we felt was the love and friendliness of the locals in the state of Chiapas, some of which stopped us in the streets to give us history lessons and share personal stories from their childhood.

After visiting San Cristobal we spent the last two nights in a small town near to the airport called Chiapa de Corzo. Chiapa de Corzo happens to be the starting point for those who are interested in visiting the Cañón del Sumidero (Sumidero Canyon), an insanely impressive canyon and river boat ride that allows you to take in the views of the towering 3,000 ft cliffs that run along the edge of the Grijalva River.

This trip is a must if you find yourself anywhere near Chiapas, more specifically Tuxtla or San Cristobal. If I could do it all over again I wouldn’t have spent two nights in Chiapa de Corzo. Instead, I would have took a day trip to Sumidero Canyon from San Cristobal. Trust me on this.

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Big Rush Adrenaline Swing - Durban, South Africa

Flights.com Partnership

Last but not least, let’s talk business. I recently partnered with Flights.com. They reached out and asked me to contribute an article for the Adventure Junkie travel style category on their blog so I decided to write an article titled 10 Extreme Adventures to Do Before You Die. I made sure to include some of my most memorable extreme adventure activities such as the Big Rush in South Africa, Volcano Boarding in Nicaragua and eight other activities that I have yet to do but would love to check them off the list in the near future. Be sure to check out the full article here and let me know which ones you’ve checked off your to do list.

Views from the Acropolis in Athens, Greece

What’s Up Next:

  • June 19th-21st — Zakynthos, Greece
  • June 21st-24th — Athens, Greece
  • June 24th-29th — Prague, Czech Republic
  • June 29th-July 25th — OPEN/TBA
  • July 25th-August 2nd — Yacht Week Croatia
  • August 2nd-25th — OPEN/TBA

Interested in meeting up with me in Europe? Reach out!

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