Swimming with Sea Turtles in Akumal

Let’s just get one thing straight: I love turtles. For realz. In fact, at 20 years old I got a sea turtle tattooed on my back because of my love for turtles and Mackinac Island. So, this may come as no surprise to you that I literally jumped at the opportunity to swim among the turtles.

When searching for things to do on the Eastern side of the Yucatan we quickly came across the idea of snorkeling with sea turtles at Akumal, which is known as the “Place of Turtles.” Clever, huh? The sea turtles at Akumal lay their eggs during May/June and come November they hatch and are released into the ocean. Unfortunately, we were there during the wrong month.

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Just Sitting on Top of….the Coba Ruins

 “Arrive early,” the concierge said, “it gets hot later in the day when you climb the Coba Ruins in Mexico.” 

Maybe I failed to mention to him or mother nature that I am not a morning person. It appears during this trip in Mexico, however, I am going to have to pretend to be. 
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At 9:30, the Coba Ruins in Mexico parking lot contained no tour buses and there were no more than 10 vehicles in the parking lot. It seems that we have beaten the rush…and the heat. 
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Our Home Away From Home: the Royal Caribbean

Welcome to the Royal Caribbean in Cancun Mexico, our home for seven nights! This is a beautiful, beach-side resort along the Hotel Zone of Cancun on the main strip. It is equipped with suites with a wet bar, one-bedroom suites, and two-bedroom suites. It has a large pool, market inside (Royal Market), a large gift shop, sports department, activities department, a jewelry store, a pottery area outside where you can create your own masterpiece, a gym, a restaurant, cafe, and a deli. The Royal Caribbean in Cancun is also connected to the Royal Islander, which you are allowed to access. That particular site has two restaurants of their own.
 
Possibly the most important part of this resort is that you have your own beach! They have free lounge chairs with umbrellas, and wait staff bringing you drinks and food.  You can easily spend all day here and never want to leave.

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A Day at the Petrified Forest National Park

Our trip to the Petrified Forest National Park in the northeastern corner of Arizona started off like any other day off while living in the Grand Canyon. It was in the middle of June and it was a cool 120*F. I remember that fine detail only because I thought that it could not get any hotter the day before (and I was wrong). We hopped in Adam’s 1998 black on black leather interior Oldsmobile Intrigue, with an air conditioner that was busted, for the nearly 300 mile trip to the Petrified Forest National Park.


We arrived at the Petrified Forest National Park around 1:30 in the afternoon, close to the hottest part of the day, and spent much of the day trying to avoid the heat (funny, considering it might have been hotter in our car than outside of it). After entering the National Park and paying the $10 entrance fee, we arrived to the sight of this…:
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Is Traveler’s Insurance REALLY Worth It?

Now this is a story all about how…travel insurance changed how we travel.

Let’s be real: I never in my life would have considered purchasing travel insurance. Why? Because I do not think ahead. I like to book, go, and be done. I have my plane ticket. Is that not enough? 

Adam, on the other hand, was drawn immediately to the perks of travelers insurance. First there was the medical and dental coverage that travel insurance covers. Then there was the luggage protection, flight delay, and flight cancellation perks.

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