Tulum

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Tulum, Mexico. Within the past year, it has seemed to be the talk of the town. The picture perfect beaches, the warm waters, and the exotic resorts. It is also quite the yoga town (although I wouldn’t consider my unathletic self the yoga type…)

As I had a craving for adventure and a brand new passport to fill the pages of, Tulum popped up as the perfect destination to relax and breathe.

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The closest airport is Cancun, and from there it’s about a 90 minute drive to the town of Tulum.

Things I loved:

Riding a bike down the one main street of Tulum. Pretty much the entire town can be seen from one main street that spans from the south to the north of the city. Stop and look at some of the shops (there were so many with huge macrame hangings), restaurants, and resorts!

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The beautiful resorts that have beachfront views with daybeds and restaurants. Time will stand still as you soak in its untouched beauty.

There are beach clubs whose soul purpose is for you to lay on the chairs and beds while ordering a drink (or two). They make sure their water and the sands are in tip-top condition cleaning out any seaweed that may make its way to their beaches.

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The people! Everyone was so friendly and nice. It was so awesome how diverse the crowd was and how everyone becomes friends. There were people from Germany, America, and other countries all within a small proximity.

And as a true foodie, I must say that the all-inclusive life is THE life! I greatly enjoyed the never-ending food, room service, and drinks!

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I would definitely recommend staying for more than 2 days, as it is quite the distance being a drive away from the airport. And yes, already wanting to go back and explore more of the town.

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Want to see a glimpse? You can find the IGTV movie I put together here! ❀

Xoxo,

-Lena

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How-to: Adjusting to a move

  
Hello my loves!

It has been just over a year since I moved back to sunny Southern California.. Which really hasn’t been all that sunny at the moment (winter, have you finally arrived?!). In case you didn’t know, I spent a year living in San Francisco.

  
 The city is where I feel like I really got to know myself better and grow tremendous amounts, and for this very reason it will always hold a piece of my heart. I have not been back ever since I moved, but in one short month I will be reunited with my coffee shops that I have so dearly missed!   

Living in Orange County, I can safely say that I have been to just about every coffee shop worth going to — but none compare to the ones in SF. They seem to be on just about every corner there, and there’s just something so great about them all.

I thought that as I anticipate going back, I would compile a list of what I enjoyed doing in the city and how to make the most of a move to a new place. Maybe you’ll get inspired!

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1. Do tourist things. Moving to a new city is overwhelming, so most likely you’ll try to get into a routine quickly. Make sure to take the time to see the sights that make your city what it is, there’s a reason why those places are so popular! I would bring my friends to all the popular spots everything they would visit.

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2. E-x-p-l-o-r-e!!!!! On my days off, I would hop on a bus and see a new part of the city that I had never seen before. That was something that I would have been terrified to do by myself previously, but there was something special about spending time by yourself. You get to know yourself better and learn valuable skills in independence. Not to mention, I definitely learned how to navigate around town! The app “Rover” was a lifesaver for me; it’s like a gps for public transportation. You gotta do as the locals do, and I learned to love not having to drive myself places.

  
3. Yelp. Yes, I am a huge advocate of this app. Without it, my tastebuds would not have been NEARLY as happy the last few years. I like to filter my searches by places with the most reviews, that way I know for sure that they are popular. The city had such amazing food and so many good places to try, that I really did not like going to the same place twice. I can officially label myself a foodie now. HINT: become Yelp Elite, and you’ll be able to have events to go to, meet people, AND make your tastebuds very, very happy.  

4. Free events. So many cities have websites that will actually post what the free events are. These actually end up being tons of fun, and in big cities like SF, it seemed like there were always multiple events and festivals every weekend!

I hope this helps!

Xoxo,

Lena