20 Aug

What’s Next: A Mexican Road Trip, An Overland Bus Journey, and Nicaragua!

After four months of pedalling, eating, and drinking our way around Europe, it’s time to leave.

Winter is coming to this hemisphere (even if it never really felt like summer anyway!) and, as we vowed not to spend another day in the cold and icy grip of Old Man Winter, it’s time to find the sun.

So tomorrow (or today, or yesterday, or three days ago, depending on when you’re reading this) we fly to Mexico!

I dreamed of Mexico all last winter. As we braved (ok, ‘braved’ is a probably a term better saved for those around me who had to endure all my snivelling and whining about how cold it was), the -20C temperatures and snow-banks-as-tall-as-me in southern Ontario, I dreamt of white sand beaches, palm trees, fresh lime margaritas, spicy tacos and, of course sunset beers.

Clichéd, I know, but damn it was cold last winter!


Talk about cliched!

We’re not sure exactly where we’ll end up in Mexico. I want a place that is near the beach and quiet, yet close enough to a town so we can pop in for a beer and meal once in a while. We had thought that Playa del Carmen would be it but I have been worried that it might be too developed and ‘touristy’ to have what we’re looking for.

And so the One Giant Mexican Road Trip was born. Our plan is to pick up a car at the Cancun airport and spend a few weeks driving around the Yucatan Peninsula searching for the ‘perfect place’ to settle in for a couple of months.

It should be fun and having a car will mean we’ll get to see parts of the peninsula that we wouldn’t normally see. We’ll be able to really look around the places we visit and get a sense of what it might be like to live there for a while. We may well end up finding that Playa del Carmen is the perfect spot for us but we’ll have battled the FOMO by checking out some of the other great spots first.

Our Big Plan (in so much as we have any plan at all!) was to spend the whole winter in Mexico, hence the worry about finding the ‘perfect spot’, but opportunity came knocking and, in the spirit of saying ‘yes’ to whatever we can, we stepped into it.

My friend Darlene runs the most amazing photography tours to Nicaragua. This time she, and her husband, are interested in staying for a while (to also avoid the dreaded Canadian winter) and asked if we would be interested in travelling farther south to share a house with them in Granada for a couple of months.

Nicaragua!! Who knew?!

So, plans change, time frames are adjusted, and the research starts! How do you get from the Yucatan Peninsula to Granada, Nicaragua? I’m guessing it’ll be One Giant Overland Bus Journey. Stay tuned!



4 thoughts on “What’s Next: A Mexican Road Trip, An Overland Bus Journey, and Nicaragua!

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  2. Great itinerary! I like that you’ve found some more unique, less frequented places (vs, say Merida).
    If you ever have any free time, we thought Isla Holbox & Isla Mujeres were pretty great too.
    Further out, I highly recommend San Cristobal and Palenque.

  3. Very exciting! I just love Mexico. I have been a few times and travelled round the Yucatan twice. You are going to some great spots. If you can be bothered, going a bit further to Palenque is worth the effort. It is one of my favourite ruins.

    I spent Christmas in Granada, Nicaragua once! And from there we went all the way overland to the USA. It was hard work. Overland travel in Central America can be very grueling. From the Yucatan, I would go through Belize and Guatemala. From Guatemala City (yucky place), you can catch fancier buses to Nicaragua. The problem with those is that they break the journey in equally yucky capital cities. They would make for an easier journey than the myriad of chicken buses we caught though!
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