Domo Arigato, Japan!

JAPAN! What a cool, strange, and magical place. We were absolutely enthralled by this country. We saw so many cool things, ate so much delicious food and explored some incredible places. But first? Let’s start from the beginning. We knew traveling from Dallas, Texas to Tokyo, Japan was going to make for a long and…

Casinos, Caves and Aliens – Oh my!

The whirlwind of our lives continues! We’ve put some serious mileage on our car the past couple weeks, that’s for sure. Being in California, spending time with family and watching our friends get married seems like a lifetime ago already – it’s crazy how much “stuff” you can cram into such a short amount of…

Tall Trees, Long Drives and Big Events

We’re back in the U.S.A.! Well…for a few weeks anyway. We arrived home on May 12th and it’s been a busy, crazy, love-filled week and a half since we got off the plane. Stepping out of the airport back in Portland was comforting and strange at the same time. It was the first time being back in…

Second Class Buses and a Whole Lot of Culture!

Never ever once in my life did I think that I would say to myself that we’re “happy” to get away from the sandy beaches and into the cities. But again…you should “never say never.” After spending 2 months on perfect beaches with perfect sand and perfect weather – we were actually pretty excited to…

Isla Holbox Promises: Flamingos, Golf Carts & Relaxation

After 2 months in Playa del Carmen we finally started moving – and we won’t stop moving for the foreseeable future which is super exciting. Our first stop after Playa del Carmen was Isla Holbox. We’d heard of this magical island through blog posts, other travelers and locals around Mexico. Supposedly it was/is known as a…

Family Time & Hard To Pronounce Beaches

WOW. What a crazy last 7 days here in Playa del Carmen. It’s our very last day in our apartment today and we’re excited to move on to other adventures! But before we leave…we made sure to cram a ton of fun stuff in over the last week. Seriously – we did more in the past…

No, We Did Not Win the Lottery

As we’ve started our travels, we’ve noticed people saying things like “Wow! How are you doing this? Did you win the lottery?” or “You must be rich to be able to travel as much as you do!” And sadly, neither one is true. We did not win the lottery and we certainly aren’t rich. In…

Constantly Making Ice Cubes and a Trip to Coba!

What?! We only have 2 weeks left in our lease?! So nuts! We’ve been really trying to make sure and visit the places that are “must-sees” in the area and this week we hopped on a bus and went to the ancient Mayan ruins of Coba. The ADO bus direct to Coba (with a brief stop…

Spontaneity & Vacation Vibes in Cozumel

All of the sudden our old routine of taking it easy during the week and living it up on the weekends has completely swapped to the opposite. It’s Saturday and we’re recovering. Even last night we stayed in and watched Netflix after stuffing ourselves at a great Italian spot with our new friend/old Airbnb host…

Dos Semanas Santas?!

Our past week has been super chill. I’ve been trying to write a post every Saturday so everyone can keep up with what we’ve been doing. After writing last Saturday’s post – we experienced some fun new Mexican quirks we hadn’t known about. So – as mentioned last week – it was Semana Santa (Holy…

Tanta Gente!

Spring Break is in full force! AND Semana Santa! We can tell by the massive influx of people that have showed up recently. We forgot to forecast these couple weeks before we came down. I’m not one for big crowds, so it’s a bit anxiety-inducing but it also makes for some fantastic people watching so…