I was the queen of “break-up travel.”
At the end of a relationship, after the tears dried and the last bit of ice cream eaten, I took to Google and booked my next, great vacation escape.
Sitting on the beach drinking cocktails in the Dominican Republic helped me avoid thinking about what went wrong in my relationship with Brian. Wandering the shops of the Left Bank in Paris in the cold, November rain distracted me from the break-up with George. Hours of meditation and yoga at an ashram nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia soothed me in the days after I broke up with Michael.
Travel invited me to get out of my head and into the world. While traveling, I noticed the seemingly little details like sunlight dappling against the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean in the Rivera Maya, the smell of the sea on my skin, colorful embroidery on traditional Mexican shirts and dresses, and the slight citrus tang of cochinita pibil.
Fortunately, you don’t have to break-up with someone to give yourself the gift of wholeness that travel brings. Loco Gringo is currently running a Christmas-in-July, give-away.
Just book your villa or beach house for the Christmas-New Year season between July 1-July 31, 2018, and we’ll send you a gift card for your very own premium carry-on suitcase. You can even choose your favorite color.
At Loco Gringo, we never charge you a fee to book with us. Plus, you’ll have access to our concierge and staff to ensure you have a vacation you’ll love.
Here are five suggestions to make the most of the gift of travel to the Riviera Maya during the winter holiday season and throughout the year.
Spectacular ocean-front views, sprawling infinity pools overlooking the Caribbean Sea, and access to a private beach while enjoying the creature comforts of home are a wonderful gift to give to yourself or share with family and friends.
Staying in a villa offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step away from the crowds and noise. Listen to the gorgeous ocean waves, palm trees whistling in the wind, or the sound of your child’s laughter while splashing in the pool.
The Riviera Maya offers endless opportunities to relax, rejuvenate, and refresh your mind, body, and spirit at world-class spa facilities.
Many hotels along the coastline offer services to non-guests at prices that are, in many cases, less expensive than you would expect to pay back home. Boutique hotels offer a variety of aromatherapies and some incorporate traditional Mexican healing practices and ingredients in their spa services.
Book a massage at your vacation home during your stay if getting away for a few hours is challenging while traveling with family.
Give yourself the gift of time travel as you explore one of the many ruin sites along the Riviera Maya.
Follow the footsteps of Mayan priests, brave Spanish conquistadors, and 19th-century adventurers who climbed the very same steps. Deep in the Yucatan jungle lie the remains of ancient Mayan cities that many call the “Egypt of the Americas.” The Mayan ruins of the Yucatan are awe-inspiring and provide a deeper understanding of Mexican history.
Loco Gringo has one of the most comprehensive lists of travel information about the Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula.
Explore the rich, vibrant, cultural and natural beauty of the Riviera Maya.
In addition to cenotes and community tours where you can learn about the local Mexican cultures, eco-parks like Xcaret, Akun Chen and Xel-Ha provide a unique combination of culture, environment, history, and activities.
Snorkel with hundreds of tropical fish. Explore jungle trails and swim in underwater grottoes. Float on a tube down a lazy river into a lagoon.
The most difficult yet rewarding break-up you may experience is the one with your mobile devices and electronics.
Put the phone down and resist the temptation to snap photos of every minute and every meal of your vacation. Give yourself and your loved ones the gift of your presence. Close your eyes. Breathe. Take a moment to enjoy the incredible white-sand beaches, turquoise water, and the lush, green jungle. Allow this realization to sink in: the gift of travel is not escaping but coming home to yourself.