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I’ll be heading home in a week, but while I love and will miss Asia, I want to take advantage of being on the other side of the world for a while. Living in Thailand, exotic places like Bali, India, Hong Kong and Singapore are just a quick flight away – everything is so close! With Seattle as a home base, different places are…a bit further away. (When I was in college it took me five hours to drive from my parents’ home to the university…and I never even left the state. Things are spread out on the West Coast.)
That said, there are still plenty of places to explore though, even if at first they don’t seem as varied and unique as where I have been living. High on my list is doing a road trip down at least part of the West Coast and heading inland toward Colorado and the Grand Canyon. While I’ve made plenty of drives between Seattle and northern California, I’ve never done the whole way down and have never been too far inland
I’ve also been thinking more about heading to Mexico which, while the border is still a 40-hour drive from Seattle, is relatively “close”. It’s also a common destination from the West Coast meaning regular flight deals and travel packages, like those from First Choice.
I don’t know much about Mexico.
Growing up, I was familiar with people going on Mexico holidays to resort towns like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta or Cabo. The past couple of years however, while I still don’t know very much of the country, I’ve learned about places I had never heard about before that have sounded really intriguing and stuck in the back of my head, waiting for the right time to be thought about. The ancient Mayan city of Tulum (doesn’t that post want to make you go there RIGHT NOW), the tiny town of San Pancho and Sayulita along the Riviera Nayarithat – they sound like my kind of places. I’d also love to see Mexico City and, of course, eat all the food. Beans and cheese (never mind tortillas) are scarce in Thailand and many American expats will tell you one of the main things they miss from home is some good Mexican food – I would be completely fine subsisting off of tacos, mole and cervezas for a while.
For now, I have to say goodbye to my Southeast Asian street eats, crazy driving, hot weather, colorful festivals and decorative shrines…but I don’t think I can be in a place that’s too structured, (cold) and law abiding for too long…Mexico might just be the perfect thing to satisfy my cravings for what I love and will miss so much about SE Asia, but a little bit closer to home.
Who knows, unlike Thailand, maybe I could even convince someone to come with me or at least visit on some Mexico holidays considering it wouldn’t take them $1,000 and 30 hours to get down there…
Have you spent much time in Mexico? What did you think – any suggestions?
Note: This post was written in collaboration with First Choice but all travel scheming and Mexican food cravings are my own.