For the first time ever: Five straight days of relaxation

“I could never go on a beach vacation … I’d be so bored!”

I’ve heard my friends say it, and I’ve heard me say it. I want to travel the world! Ride a Venetian gondola! Taste Belgian waffles! Hike Mount Everest! Why waste your time on a beach?

Well, I decided to test my beach vacation hypothesis. And you know what? I liked it.

I can be anything I want to be, and if I want to be a beach vacationer, well golly, I can be!

Adam and I decided a few months ago to try out a trip to Mexico. With our Global Entry statuses processed, we knew it wouldn’t be too far or painful of a trip to fly into Cancun and stay in an all-inclusive resort in Riviera Maya. We booked our flights, our airport transfers, and our resort — and then we were done. No museum trips to plan, no internal flights to book, no reservations to make. Just sunscreen to buy and bathing suits to pack. Sit back, relax, and wait for the calendar to reach mid-November.

We were welcomed to Mexico with a bit of light rain on our first day — but seeing the pictures of snow back home in Chicago, we didn’t really mind. For the first time at least in my life, I had almost five days with nothing to do and nowhere to be.

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Turns out we both needed some real relaxation. We loved sitting by the pool, drinking cold water, reading great books. In addition to the towel art I wrote about last week, we participated in other fun activities like movies, Pilates, water aerobics, a bags/cornhole tournament, Latin dancing, working out on the elliptical in the gym, and even a (terribly awful) comedy and juggling show.

You know, that picture people take of their book, their toes, the pool, and their fiance floating in the water
You know, that picture people take of their book, their toes, the pool, and their fiance floating in the water
Water aerobics (that's me on the right -- the one five shades whiter than everyone else!)
Water aerobics (that’s me on the right — the one five shades whiter than everyone else!)
Cornhole/bags tournament
Cornhole/bags tournament

But Lia! Your eating habits are so … special … what on earth did you eat in Mexico? Well, dear readers, never fear. Our resort had something like five or six restaurants, including a buffet, an Italian restaurant, a coffee shop, a lunchtime place that had a salad bar and mozzarella sticks, and a Japanese restaurant (I ate fried ice cream!). The food was delicious, plentiful, and unlimited — ever more the reason for the elliptical and the Pilates.

We even got to spend a few minutes modeling on the beach with the resort’s professional photographer.

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We had a great time and we can’t wait until the next time when we can escape the snow and escape reality for a small slice of sun, sand, and pleasant nothingness.

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