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Day trip to Isla Mujeres: Organized Tour vs DIY

Isla Mujeres is a beautiful island just off the shore of Cancun, Mexico. It’s only 13km long and less than a kilometer across, so can easily be explored in a single day, making it a popular day trip from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Isla Mujeres is characterized by stunning white sandy beaches, brilliant blue waters, picturesque rocky cliffs and roads that are mostly filled with golf carts. We’ve visited Isla Mujeres a few times…

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Getting Around Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Probably the most confusing part of figuring out our journey through Mexico was getting around Playa del Carmen on public transit. Especially since we had never really used public transportation anywhere until we started travelling! There are a number of different options for getting around, so it took a bit to figure out which one was best suited to us. Turns out, as with much of everything in life, variety is the way to go!…

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Catching a Taxi in Playa del Carmen, Mx

The one thing there are more of than taco stands in Playa is taxis. They are EVERYWHERE! You shouldn’t have any trouble getting a taxi to pick you up in most areas. BUT there are some tricks to catching a taxi in Playa del Carmen that you might not know about. It’s not as simple as those metered taxis you’ve likely grown to expect! With the advent of Uber, we’ve gotten used to a different…

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Best Tacos in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

It’s no secret that tacos are one of my favourite foods. So when we came to Mexico it quickly became a mission to find the best tacos in Playa del Carmen! In our 3 visits to the city, totalling about 9 months, we’ve had the opportunity to try out quite a few taco places. Here I’ve compiled a list of the ones I think serve the best tacos in Playa. Try them out, and let me…

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Best Chicken in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

One staple in Playa del Carmen is pollo asado, or roasted chicken. You can find a ‘polleria’ on almost every corner! Many are very small establishments, and only sell until they run out of their daily supply. These places have some of the best chicken in Playa! Prices range from $70mx to $125mx for a whole chicken. Each order typically comes with tortillas, salsa, rice and black beans to make your own tacos. You can…

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Low Budget Living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

First Taste of Low Budget Living To be fair, we have been experienced at low budget living for most of Seth’s life. So technically this isn’t a new thing. However, this is our first time living somewhere that we’re not struggling to get bills paid, since the average cost of living is a fraction of what we were used to in our old life. But… I digress. At any rate, in early 2016, Seth and…

Fun

Bacalar, Mexico on a Budget

Living in Playa del Carmen, we’ve been hearing about how beautiful Bacalar, Mexico is for ages! It’s only 4 hours south, so it felt like high time for us to plan a trip to visit this town! So with a couple days of planning, we set off! We hopped on the ADO to make the 4.5 hour drive. Tickets were only $180mx each, each way. So around $18usd roundtrip. You can see the schedule here….

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Pink Lakes of Las Coloradas, Mexico- a Low Budget Day Trip

Rio Lagartos is a small fishing town about 3 hours north west of Playa del Carmen, in the Yucatan state. To be honest, it’s a town I hadn’t given much thought to, until I connected with a new friend on Facebook who was on her way to visit Playa del Carmen for a week. Somewhere in her research she had stumbled upon ‘the pink lakes of Las Coloradas, Mexico’ and mentioned wanting to see them….

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BEST Mexican Pico de Gallo Recipe

Since I schooled you all the other day on how to make a killer guacamole, I figured the next logical step would be for you to learn an even simpler, though equally requisite, Mexican recipe… Pico de Gallo! Pico de Gallo, otherwise known as salsa fresca, is so versatile in Mexican dishes, it’s pretty much an imperative recipe to have in your arsenal. I feel silly even writing it out because it’s so darn easy. But since…

Budget Travel

19 Cheap & Free Things to do in New York City

When visiting New York City it’s easy to get overwhelmed at the prospect of what to do, especially as a budget traveller! NYC is hardly known for being a cheap city. But after visiting twice, for under $25usd/day (not including accomodation-that was about $70usd/night) for both of us to eat, drink and enjoy our days, we realized we found quite a few budget options! Budget travel tip: Get an unlimited Metrocard. They sell 7 and…

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