HOW TO PACK LESS SHOES?

HOW TO PACK LESS SHOES?

After traveling for 13 months with only 3 pairs of shoes, I believe that you only need 3 types of shoes, unless you are not worried about foot fungus.

Flipflops these are great for the beach, shower and everyday wear. I love my gold Havaianas with a back strap around the heel. The back strap allows me to use them not only for the beach/shower but also provides the support of a sandal. The gold colour makes its seem dressier than it is and the back strap keeps it on my foot. (I have also hiked in these babies).

havaianas

Boots are great for going out, rain, mud and cold weather. Last trip I went with these little leather boots that folded down tiny but this time I have slightly upgraded and will be taking my Dr Martens. I have watched numerous youtube videos on how to wear them in and I believe they are finally ready. Docs are so versatile, firstly they have super comfy soles and they mould to your foot. They are great for wet or muddy weather (so perfect for festivals) and you can also wear them to go out. They can be worn with a dress or jeans. I know some people even hike in them. A total winner in my eyes.

docs

Running shoe with grip are great for exercising, hiking or everyday wear.  Unfortunately, I went for fashion over practicality with this one, but ideally you would want a shoe that you could hike in (if you are into that kinda stuff). I’m taking my runners for when I want to exercise or for when I just want a lighter shoe option.

adidas

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HOLBOX

HOLBOX

How to get there? Is a little bit harder to get to but doable. Obviously if you are not a cheap backpacker you can hire a car or a private transfer but what is the fun in that, am I right? Here are the instructions for the bus.

There are daily departures [7:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 1:45 pm] from Cancun to Chiquila from the main bus terminal in Cancun City. From Chiquila you will get the ferry.

If you are going straight from the Cancun airport there is an Airport ADO Bus that runs approx every hour from 7:00am to 10:00pm. It leaves from the airport Terminals 2 and 3 and goes to the downtown central bus station in Cancun City on Tulum Ave.

There if you arrive early enough you can catch the 7:30am MAYAB line bus to Chiquila. The next bus is at 12:30pm MAYAB line to Chiquila, and the last bus is 1:45pm NORESTE bus line.

Many flights arrive in Cancun too late to make these connections so you might have to spend one night downtown at a hotel close to the Bus Station.

Going back to Cancun from Holbox there is a 5:30am NORESTE bus from Chiquila, a 7:30am MAYAB Bus from Chiquila and finally a 1:30pm MAYAB bus from Chiquila.

You can also come from a place called Merida I went there from Holbox, here are the instructions for that. The only bus we know that travels to Chiquila from Merida is a late nighter departing from Merida main bus terminal at 11 pm.

Directions borrowed from: https://travelyucatan.com/getting-to-isla-holbox/

Where to stay? I stayed in a hostel called Tribu a very popular option, it was recommended to me by many. It has a kitchen, a bar, free yoga and nightly activities. Again you can find cheaper options online or if you walk around upon arrival and you can also camp on this island.

Where to eat? If you stay at Tribu they will give you a map and point out local markets and some restaurants. Otherwise most places are on the main road that leads from the ferry doc. We had amazing Pizza at the Pizza place and amazing ceviche and fish tacos at the little markets.

Best coffee (Australia standards) was at Tierra Mia.

Party? There are a few bars on the island to party at or Tribu.

Extra info.. Go see the flamingos and the HOLBOX hammocks in the water.

Next… This is a mini Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, lots of American tourists and huge party. Personally I only went because I was going to the music festival BPM.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN

PLAYA DEL CARMEN

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How to get there? Super easy. Get an ADO bus straight from the airport or from the Cancun city terminal.

Where to stay? I think the most popular accommodation is at the Yak but when I visited my friends there the internet was sooooo bad. The place I stayed at was called Tres Mundos it was on the local side, super nice people running it, it was cheap, free toast and coffee, beds were okay and it had a kitchen. There are so so so so many hostels that are not online so just walk about and you will find something.

Photo taken in Playa of some local dancers.

Where to eat? There is lots of street food (I love love love street food) especially in the park on 15 Avenida Nte and Calle 2 Nte. I think on the way to that there is the best taco shop I ever went to but I can’t remember the exact address and it didn’t have a name but I will describe it and perhaps you will find yourself there. I was on the corner, it has a plastic chairs. Scratch that I just looked it up on google maps its on the corner of 15 Avenida Nte and Calle 4 Nte. They are so simple but amazing, I am drooling right now.

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Party? If you can try come for BPM, otherwise I heard Coco Bongo is nuts.

Extra info… There are a lot of cool cenotes around playa. Cenotes are fresh water whole usually in underground caves, super cool. I didn’t go to this one but I heard Dos Ojos is amazing, you can also snorkle or scuba dive in them.

Next…Of Playa there is an island called Cozumel, it is known for its diving. I was there before I got my scuba but I met lots and lots of people that said it was incredible.

COZUMEL

COZUMEL

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How to get there? Super easy, from Playa Del Carmen you just get a 45min ferry over.

Where to stay? I stayed at a hostel called Beds Friends, it is really nice and the stuff were super helpful. Also up Calle 10 Nte, there is a place called Tamart they do a by donations yoga classes.

Where to eat? Because it is an Island where all the cruise ships stop they have all the American food joints like Hard Rock but also lots of local restaurants.

There is also a super cute juice shop few streets down from bed friends.

Extra info.. Go diving here, you can do your open water or fun dives. Also hire a scooter and explore the island, it only cost us $20US for the day.

Our next stop on the journey is going to be Tulum, a little beach town you can not miss.

TULUM

TULUM

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How to get there? From Playa Del Carmen you can get a collectivo (a mini van) that goes straight there, just ask the hostel and it should only cost you 35 mexican peso, so just under 2 USD.

Where to stay? I stayed in a place called Chill Inn, which I loved, it had a different breakfast every morning, a kitchen, and big beds with privacy curtains, and you had your own light, fan and a power point. Again if you wanted to find somewhere cheaper you could.

Where to eat? Lots of delicious tacos on the street and great cheap restaurants, they also have some fancy ones too but I didn’t visit those.

Party? Lots of different bars.

Cute bar front in Tulum ft. a Mexican man.

Must do.. Go to Akumal Bay, there you can swim with turtles and stingrays, they are everywhere. They will try sell you a $20 US tour but you don’t need to. We hired our snorkle from the hostel for a dollar. And then you just walk to the other end where the beach is not marked off and they just swim around. You can also swim up to one of the tours but the turtles are everywhere. We also got some snacks, beers and a cooler from an OXXO (convenience store) which is just before the entry.

What else to do? We tried to hire bikes and cycling to the beach ruins but in the end we just got a collectivo.

You can also hire bikes or scooter to explore beach further away.

We hitchhiked for the Copa Cenotes (three very different cenotes in one area), and they also have Copa ruins there. The great thing about those cenotes was that we were the only ones there. That is until we got to the last one where some guys were filming a music video. All three were huge one even had a 10m diving board.

Extra info.. Great place to do laundry.

Next we are going to visit the famous Ruins in the Yucatan region Chichen Itza. The ruins are located just out of a town called Valladolid.

VALLADOLID – CHICHEN ITZA

VALLADOLID – CHICHEN ITZA

How to get there? Easy just hop on to an ADO bus from Tulum to Valladolid.

Where to stay? I stayed at the cheapest hostel I could find on hostelword for just one night.

Where to eat? Lots of cheap street food. And we were lucky to be there during a huge Agricultural festival its like Perth Royal Show on steroids. They had all different farm animals, millions of silly games, rides, clothes stalls, department stalls, so much food and drink. Anything you can think of the fair had it, including live music and rap battles.

What to do? Well the obvious thing is Chichen Itza. Most people go during the day, to do a tour, clap at the bottom of the pyramid to hear the bird noises but I went at night time which is free and you get to watch a light show on the ruins. Be warned the whole thing is in Spanish, and at that point I understood nothing but it was still really cool.

Chichen Itza ruins during the free light show.

Another thing to do is visit the popular cenote Ik Kil which is located on the Chichen Itza grounds, there are also other less populated cenotes that you can visit in the area.

Next…there were two options to back track down to Tulum to go to Lake Bacalar or check out this old colonial city called Merida. I chose the later.

MERIDA

MERIDA

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How to get there? Once again just hop onto an ADO but to Merida or if you want you can hitchhike.

Where to stay? Zocalo which means main square in Spanish. Guess where it is located…on the main square. Hands down one of the best hostels I have ever stayed in. Firstly it is run by locals, there is no silly wristband bullshit. No bunk bed bullshit everyone has their own bed. And the best thing about the hostel is the included breakfast. OH MY G! You name it they had it, all types of fruit (watermelon, grapes, mango etc), yogurt, they made you an omelette to order, coffee, tea, juice, milk, cereal, cream covered strawberries, bread, butter, jam, peanut butter..well you get the idea. Best place ever!!!!! They also had a kitchen and free all day tea and coffee. Huge lockers, good showers and toilets. Seriously, I would just go to Merida for this hostel. Oh and I forgot to mention it is in an old beautiful building with high ceilings.

My beautiful Prici during our gringo Mexican dinner.

Where to eat? There have huge food markets. Also its a pretty big city so it has western food options like sushi. It has lots of nice coffee shops and bakeries. Lots of local taco spots.

And you must must visit an ice cream shop called Pola. All the flavours are natural and everything is made in store with organic ingredients. They make the waffle cones there so the place smells like bliss. It will always have a place in my heart because that is where I met my Mexican Hipster friend Prici, who let me try all the ice cream flavours and then invited me to come stay with her family.

Party? Lots of funky bars, with great Salsa music.

Extra info.. Walk the streets the city is beautiful.

Friday nights in the main square they play Poc de Poc, which is an ancient Mayan ball game that they recreate. It kind of reminds you of quidditch but instead of chasing the ball on broomsticks they try and hit it with their hips and get it through a hoop that is 3m high. Watch the video by clicking here.

Next…We are again at a cross road Laguna Bacalar or the Jungle, I realised I would be saving 540 Mexican pesos so I skipped it, but thats only $27US so if you are faced with that choice, don’t skip Lake Bacalar. It is by far my favourite place in Mexico, “but how?” you asked. As I mentioned earlier I came back the second time to Mexico and it is a great place to stop over before Belize or just to visit before heading to the Pacific side of Mexico. It is known as the lake of seven colours and it is breathtaking.