Time for yet another monthly round up post!
At the start of February, I was in Mexico – where I’d been planning to stay for at least a few more months. But unfortunately, my plans had to change at the last minute. If you’ve been following me for the past few weeks, you may already know that my Grandad passed away towards the start of the month – and I decided to fly home for the funeral. I was in a pretty bad place, and it felt so important to me to be able to say goodbye properly.
I was so glad I made that choice, because it’s been very healing for me to be with my family. And it’s been, in a weird way, a lovely month because of that. I flew home on the ninth, after visiting a few more stops in Mexico, and had a big long break with my dad and all my lovely siblings, nieces, and nephews, before starting back up on some more gentle travels…
I’ve already gushed and gushed about how much I loved Isla Holbox, so I won’t spend much time on it here. This island is gorgeous! Give my post a read to find out more and to see some of my favourite photos.
A couple of days in Merída were not enough. This bright, colourful city felt calmer and more “real” than the other parts of Mexico I’d visited, and it was exactly the kind of place I love. Small, laid back, and not overrun with tourists. It was here that I finally swam in a real cenote (sinkhole), when we visited Cuzama and leapt into the underground lakes there. And, along with Janet (Journalist on the Run), I made my first ever travel vlog. It’s incredibly cheesy, but I’m pretty proud of it – so please give it a watch…
My last stop in Mexico was a place that truly reminded me what it is I love about travelling. It was on a small boat on the estuary of Ría Lagartos that it hit me. There we were, speeding towards sunrise with pelicans wheeling alongside us in the pale gold sky, and I realised that this is the kind of thing I travel for. These rare, unpredictable moments, where the sound of a breeze or the sight of a landscape suddenly strikes you in the most inexplicable and personal way, and you fall a little bit in love. That’s what happened for me in the tiny, sleepy little town of Río Lagartos, the unbelievable pink lakes of nearby Las Coloradas, and the gorgeous Ría Lagartos biosphere reserve on the lake. Peace, quiet, amazing nature, and a little solitude – it was the perfect final stop after an incredible month in Mexico.
I spent the rest of February back in the UK. Most of it was at home with family, taking some time off from the blog and trying to figure things out. For the past week, though, I’ve been on an adventure round the UK as I takeover the Skyscanner Instagram account. First up came Edinburgh, where I was lucky enough to get an invite to the launch party of Marriott’s new Courtyard Edinburgh hotel. Then it was up to Inverness and the Scottish Highlands – where I explored Loch Ness and Glen Coe, among others, with Rabbies tours. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, but as always, I’ve really enjoyed the chance to see some more of beautiful Britain!
So what’s next? To be honest, I can’t give you the definitive answer to that right now. I’m still trying to figure out my head and make a plan after my blogging meltdown earlier this month. But after everything that happened this month, I’m starting to feel that it might be time to find myself a real base for a while. Not to stop travelling, but to travel slightly less.
I had thought that what I wanted was to get back on the road full time and feel like a backpacker again. But I think I need to take a break from that for a while. It would be nice to have a place to come home to, to be able to get together with friends more than once or twice a year. To be able to unpack all my things and actually start making use of the amazing booze and coffee collections I’ve put together over years of travel. It would be nice to have a community for a while. None of this is to say that I’m quitting travelling. It’s just that I need a home to come back to in between. But as I said, I’m still working on a plan for that – so stay tuned!
Where in the world were you this February? Drop me a comment below and let me know!