Kisses from Tulum!

by Nicole Franco

As someone who loves to travel and explore new places and cultures its a bit crazy to think that I had never been on a “beach” vacation up until I visited Tulum. I guess I just always opt for large cities where you can walk around, get lost, find hidden spots, and get an over all feel for the culture and life there. The idea of also having to be in a bikini all day, everyday doesn’t exactly thrill me but sometimes you gotta just get over your own insecurities and say f*ck it and live your life.

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Traveling to another country always comes with a feeling of excitement but also a little bit of worry. I’ve flown to Europe numerous times but for some reason I was really anxious about flying to Mexico (crazy, I know). Growing up in Arizona and also being Mexican, I was constantly told by society and even my own family that Mexico was “violent” and  “unsafe”. Yes there are parts of Mexico, like any and every country in the world, that may be more violent than others but its unfair to put that kind of a blanket judgment over an ENTIRE country. Of course all of those negative ideas about Mexico were in the back of my mind while traveling there but you have to learn to ignore society’s judgements about other countries until you have traveled there and experienced the culture yourself.

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We stayed in a gorgeous mega resort in Akumal which is about 30 minutes north of Tulum (great area to stay in if you don’t want to pay Tulum prices). The resort was all inclusive and you could go to any of the different resorts within the mega resort when ever you wanted which we definitely took advantage of! The only downfall about resort life is that it is essentially a totally secluded and secured area away from the actual culture and everyday life of the town. Don’t get me wrong, the resort was absolutely beautiful and a great place to stay for the first time visiting Tulum but I will definitely go for an Airbnb next time.

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Other than spending lots of time on the beach and in the sun we decided to do a tour in the jungle where we rode ATVs, swam in a cenote (an underground cave), and saw the Tulum ruins. I’m not exactly one with nature so again, I was a little apprehensive about all these outdoor adventures but I’m so glad I did them. Swimming in the cenote was by far the coolest thing I’ve ever done while traveling. The Tulum ruins were just stunning and the beach was even more gorgeous. I can see why the Mayans decided to build their homes overlooking the ocean! I’ve never seen such clear water and white sand as I did in Tulum.

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As far as clothes and what I packed, I made it a point to make sure everything fit in a carry on. I was only there for 4 days so checking a bag just seemed excessive. A few light weight button downs that doubled as beach cover ups, a couple dresses, and a couple pairs of shoes is really all you need on a beach vacation. And of course lots of swim suits! I made sure to pack what I knew I needed and would wear and left all the super trendy looks/items at home.

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Overall I think I’ve fallen in love with Tulum. I definitely will be planning another trip there in the future! I still have to check off Chichen Itza and San Actun off of my travel bucket list!tulum, mexico, beach, swimsuit, travel style, vacation style, vacation, resort

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12 comments so far.

12 responses to “Kisses from Tulum!”

  1. So beautiful outfits and cool pictures
    The Pink Pineapple

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  2. Prakash says:

    Lovely so much of piece in this blog i can feel i really love traveling.

  3. Patricia says:

    Wow, love all the outfits and the pics!! This is paradise!!

  4. TINA H says:

    These photos got me dying to go there one day! I hope you had a wonderful time there boo! Love the outfits too btw!

    xo Tina
    IG: @tinasweetheart

  5. This looks like an amazing place! Great photos!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  6. Hayley Larue says:

    I’ve been DYING to go to Tulum!! <3

  7. Alex says:

    The pictures are beautiful ! I would love to go one day !

  8. lola says:

    wonderful 🙂

  9. Beautiful! i have been hearing so much about Tulum!! It looks like a place I need to add to my bucket list!

  10. Tulum is one of my favorite places ever. It looks like you had a wonderful time!

    xo | Cindy Elena

  11. Jill says:

    Absolutely gorgeous place! xx


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