Monday, February 2, 2015

My Vacation in Cancun

It's been quite a cold week for me here! The winter storm Juno hit us pretty hard where I am. We got ~2 feet of snow and a day off from school! (Yay for sleeping in!) As I am writing this post, I hear of more snow coming towards us tomorrow night. I can't say I am excited, but I won't complain if we are to get another day off from school. (which is just confirmed.. no school tomorrow!)
I actually can't believe right now, but today is the first day of February. This year is going by too fast and I can't believe that about a little under a month ago, I was having the time of my life in CANCN with my boyfriend and his family! This vacation marks the first time I have left the country since coming here haha. I was extremely excited to the point where I did not sleep the night before our flight. (It also helps that the flight was at 5 am and we had to leave at 3:30 am) I just chose to stay up until then! Since it was my first time out of the country and going on a plane in a long time, I didn't know much about the rules and regulations.  I actually ended up running into a few issues that were easily resolved. One issue was with my passport. My passport was set to expire March of this year and I never knew of the 6 month rule. After googling and some phone calls, I was relieved to hear that Mexico was one of the few countries that did not require the 6 month rule!! (phewww.. or else I don't know if my new passport would have come to me in time!)

Flight to Cancun
This was an amazing, but scary sight!
The flight itself to Mexico went pretty smoothly. Since it had been so long since I've gotten on a plane, I was incredibly nervous. I'm not that brave and the feeling of being so high in the air freaked me out. Luckily I had my boyfriend there next to me to keep me from passing out... though he kinda laughed at me for being so afraid!
We took two flights to get to Cancun. Our first one landed us in NJ. There we waited a couple hours for the 2nd flight which took us to Cancun.

Grand Oasis Cancun

When we finally arrived in Cancun, it was about 3 in the afternoon and we were exhausted! You would think sitting/sleeping on a plane is refreshing, but no, it was the complete opposite. However being in a new place definitely brought my energy levels right up.
Cancun was a completely new place for me. It was so tropical and relaxing especially when compared to back home for me where it was near 0 and freezing! The first thing I noticed there was the sun and all the palm trees! You don't see palm trees in New England! I also noticed the scent of Cancun.. The air was warm and it smelled so tropical.

Grand Oasis Cancun

Grand Oasis Cancun
We had to wait around the airport a bit in order to get our rental car. It took a couple hours, but we were finally off to our hotel afterwards. The hotel was absolutely beautiful and grand! We pulled up and there were people at the door to aid us. Never have I seen such an amazing place. I felt like royalty haha!  The hotel we stayed at had many buildings. The building we were at was the one by the beach. We got super lucky and ended up with an ocean/beach view room!

Swimming with Dolphins Cancun

On our vacation, we planned many a few things to do as well as a day or two of just rest/beach/exploring the hotel days! On one of the days, my boyfriend and I went swimming with dolphins! (keep in mind that I am terrified of water so my lifejacket was my best friend) We got to touch, high five, kiss, and swim with the dolphins. It was an amazing experience! The dolphins were really gentle and they looked like they were having lots of fun with us!

Xel-Ha Cancun

Xel-Ha Cancun review
Check out all these cool creatures!
Another place we went on our vacation was to a water park called Xel-Ha. Xel-Ha was basically a huge lake that we float in. Along the way, we could stop at various activities including zip lining and walking across a tightrope. I was brave enough to the zip line!! It was the type where you had to hold onto the bars instead of sitting!! We also went on this bike ride "in the air" type ride and let me say, it was so much fun! We were basically suspended in the air while peddling a bike. I didn't find this ride particularly scary because I was having soo much fun up there. I could see everything and it was so neat to be in the trees!
At the park, we also saw some exotic animals! Among those animals, the Coati was the coolest looking one! When I first saw the animal, it was crossing my path and freaked me out! I thought is was a raccoon with a tail! lol!

cancun chichen itza review

On our trip we also stopped by Chichen Itza! This place is known as one of the wonders of the world and I have to say after visiting it really is a wonder! I highly recommend it! There were lots of tourist there and it was quite exciting.

Animals in Cancun
The animals there were amazing ! 
Food in Cancun
Yummy food!!
I loved my time in Cancun! It was such a new and fun experience there! I got to see so many new places and enjoy a new cultural. I loved the food there and even picked up a tiny bit of Spanish. The week there went by super fast there and I can't wait to go back someday!

Have you ever been to Mexico?
Where was the last place you visited?


  1. What a lovely looking vacation! I hope to go some place warm soon! :D Great pics too Mindy!

  2. Awesome pictures! I want to go to Cancun :) It looks like you had a blast.

    xo Azu

  3. wow, nice experince, i haven been travel there before~

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  5. Wow Mindy I bet taking you there warm you all up again. It look like you guys had an amazing time and love all the images very clear kind of jealous I need a vacation so badly buy happy you had this experience doll. Stay warm.

  6. Stay warm and safe. Glad you had a great trip

  7. I've never been to Mexico but you make me wanna go. Cancun is amazing


  8. What a narrow escape, Mindy! My heart almost stopped when I read about your visa concern; glad it all turned out well. Lol! I've visited quite a few wonders of the world, but have never heard of Chichen Itza. Gonna add it to my list of must-go places! I've been to Tijuana, but not Cancun. Awesome shots, dear!

  9. Omg I've been dying to go to Cancun! I keep telling my boyfriend lol. It looks like you had so much fun! :D

  10. Great experience! I would love go swimming with the dolphins one day. So nice that you have become part of your boyfriend's family.

  11. I've always wanted to go zip-lining! Is it exhilarating? Mexico looks beautiful! I bet the food was great too!

  12. sounds like the relationship is getting serious ;) i'm so happy for you! also, what's the 6 month rule?

  13. What a paradise!! Hope you had fun there dear.

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