Travel

Viva la Mexico en Cancun

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Well Cancun was a breathe of fresh air.

Between having multiple clear water beaches to choose from and great tacos what more could a woman like me ask for?

Flights: I flew United (no I was not removed from the plane) however I did volunteer my seat so I could get a free flight voucher in an amount up to $200 for a future date. The plane was not that full so I was able to get on the flight. I paid $124 one way to Cancun and $25 for a checked bag (flying with a carry on $0.00 will work just fine, I had a huge suitcase because I was traveling to Belize from Cancun by bus)

Cancun International Airport: Uber is not allowed to come into the Airport’s property however Uber did not let us know this. The airport representative let us know. You can use one of the taxis or rent a car from the airport or of course use a shuttle if you are staying in one of those beautiful Cancun resorts.

Transportation: Taxis are pretty easy to use just brush up on your espanol because not every taxi driver knows English or even a little English. The bus transportation system runs 24 hours a day

Pillow Time: This was my first time using Air BNB and I wasn’t disappointed. I paid $14/night  for a one bedroom studio apartment. It was small but just the right size for me. I met some girls who used AIR BNB and stayed in a lovely condo for $56/night and it had an juccuzzi on the roof. Both places were extremely clean. If you choose to use Air BNB for a future travel date feel free to click here to create an account and receive $40 off any stay $75.00 or more (this must be the first time you create the account with Air BNB by using my link in order to get the discount).

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$56/ per room- Some travel mates stayed at this condo

Here is the picture of the Studio where I stayed:

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This studio was like a small hotel room. $14/night for the entire apartment. Cable, wifi, clean up included in cost

Food: I ate a lot of tacos, beans and rice lol. Go figure! Food is super cheap in Cancun. Try some of the more authentic Mom and Pop places for really good Mexican food.

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Currency: The currency exchange rate can change based off of where you exchange your money. For example I saw the exchange rate at a bank for 18 pesos to 1 USD and then somewhere else it was 17 pesos to 1 USD. So just be aware, also you can download this app XE Currency so you can keep up with different currency exchange rates. This app actually helped me because some of the Mexicans we encountered tried to rip us off when we paid with US dollars, the change that was provided in pesos was off by a lot. I strongly encourage you to pay in pesos or download the app if paying in USD to ensure you get the correct change.

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Tours: I did 2 snorkeling tours, visited Tulum and Isla Mujeres and Playa del Carmen. I purchased a waterproof case for my iPhone and I could take pictures and videos underwater.

Isla Mujeres (Island of women) is a beautiful Island. The water was nice and chilly for the hot summer days. We did a snorkeling tour from this island for $25 USD and it included lunch. The tour guides sell tours on the island so just negotiate the price if you feel it’s too high. There is plenty for you to do to stay occupied on this island. I took a short ferry boat ride from Cancun to the island for $19 usd or $300 pesos.

Ventura Park: This is a water park that has a couple of water slides, zip lining, roller coaster ride, food included, and dolphin adventures (for an extra cost). I paid 24/pp for this park and it was worth it. I paid $11 for a tube and $10 for a locker for my personal items.  Ventura Park web page

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Here are a few sites that helped me plan my to do wish list:

Ferries transportation schedule and prices
click here

Bus schedule click here

dolphin swim and ride click here

Ventura Park in Cancun click here

Cancun tours click here

Beaches and this blog has more travel activies, top golf places, top tours and much more click here

Well that’s it for my Cancun adventure. I hope my post was helpful and I would like to thank you for taking out the time to read my blog.

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Hawaii, Travel, United States

The Island of Aloha aka Hawaii

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Wakiki Beach

Honolulu is truly a beautiful paradise! I will definitely try to go there at least once a year!

The plane ride from Dallas was 8 hours, this was my first flight over 6 hours. Hawaii has it all from beaches to hiking, volcanoes, great food, and a Walmart lol.

A few interesting facts about Hawaii:

  1. Hawaii has many islands (over 100) and 8 main islands-  Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, and the Island of Hawaiʻi aka Big Island
  2. Honolulu is the capitol of HI and its located on O’ahu island. IMG_1897
  3. Hawaii is the only US state that is not located in the Americas and is located in Oceania.
  4. ALOHA means hello and if you extend the oooo it means I love you for example Alooooooooooha❤️
  5. Moana is from there lol

Flight- Depending on where you are flying from it may be a long flight so be sure to stay hydrated being the the air is thinner in the skies! The flight attendants came around twice with drinks and each time I would ask for a cup of ice water and a separate cup of ice. I would suck on the ice to keep me hydrated.

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Jetlag– Jetlag is a sleep disorder one might get due to traveling from one time zone to the next. Umm however I never adjusted to Hawaii’s time zone which was 5 hours before Dallas, TX, USA😂. I would be up at 5 O’clock in the morning planning my day and in bed by 8pm lol.

Transportation– Honolulu has a very cconsistent bus system so I did not rent a car. If you ride the bus ask for a transfer ticket, the ticket allows an extra trip on the bus as long as it is with the time frame on the ticket ( I believe it’s 2 or maybe 4 hours)

Pillowtime: I stayed in a hostel in Wakiki (the tourist part of the city) for about $35/night. The Hostel was called Wakiki Beach hostel click here. It literally took me 2 minutes to walk to the beach! I stayed in a mixed dorm with men and woman (no children were allowed in my dorm). The dorm had a shared refrigerator, stove, microwave and 3 separate locker to store your things. This hostel served breakfast (peanut butter and jelly sandwiches) lol yummy! And yes I ate it. There were a few commotions in our dorm with one of our dorm mates he was high on drugs. Also the hostel next to us a couple got into a heated argument. This experience was definitely different then my first hostel experience which was really peaceful. Despite the negativity I would still stay there again. Also room service came by and cleaned the bathroom.

Tours- I was visiting Hawaii for a Church conference so the tour was already planned  with a believer who happened to be a tour guide. The tour I chose was the island tour. It consist of hopping in and out of the van while driving around the entire island (which can literally be done in one day). The full day tour cost $95 includes hotel/hostel pick up, lunch/snacks were provided, visit to a macadamia nut farm, Doles’s pineapple plantation, 2 beaches and a tour around O’ahu island!

Here are some photos from the tour:

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The first day I toured with the Church group and the second day I toured the city by myself. I visted Pearl Harbor traveling there by bus and went to Wakiki Beach (2 min from the hostel).

Pearl Harbor Historic sites- The museum did not have a main entrance fee. There is an entrance fee if you would like to go on one of the ships (Maybe it was ship/boat? Not sure). However you can save your money and do a free tour and take a short boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial.

Wakiki Beach is a tourist beach and it was extremely packed with people. The North Shore beach is better if you want to avoid the crowds.

Food: The funny thing about me going to the Dole’s plantation is that I did not eat/taste one pineapple, I know shameful lol. I did however travel to a shrimp plantation and the shrimp was so good, fresh, and tasty. The farm is called Fumis shrimp farm.

Thank you so much for taking the time read my blog. I hope you enjoyed it.

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Belize, Central America, Travel

You Betta Belize it!

IMG_1896Personally I believe there is nothing like the Caribbean. Between the weather, beaches, food, and locals accents, I just fall crazy in love with their culture.

I had an amazing time in Belize City. Just a couple of things – Belize is not an island and it is the only English primary speaking country in Central America which is different from its neighbors whose primary language is Spanish!

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Travel

I can’t afford to travel

I cant

I can’t afford to travel, it cost too much, I don’t have thousands or even hundreds of dollars saved for traveling, and we have a family of 5 its impossible.

Are you this person, are these your thoughts?

I am here to show you that you can travel on a small budget. In this blog and many of my blogs I will share my tips to finding the best deals and rates on hotels, flights, food, tours and much more.

First it takes patience to find good deals because you have to shop around for good prices. I love deals! Let me show you how I save money when I travel.

1. FIND A FLIGHT– Use sites like Cheap flights, Expedia, Kayak, and google flights click here  (this site will give you the lowest cost on the date you prefer and compare multiple airlines while supplying a direct link to the airline’s website you choose)

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