I’m on Vacation

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Loreto, Mexico

I know it sounds so ridiculous right? Of all people, do I really need a vacation?

But I do.

When I travel independently I am constantly trying to figure out how to get to the next place, looking up what words I need to know, any details I need to know.

Making sure all my electronics are charged so I can write about it. But the biggest difference is

I am always alone.

But Villa del Palmar is like a vacation for me. I have great friends Rease and Cailin here and I’ve met others. We go sight seeing, eat, and giggle over margaritas.

This is a vacation.

And after most of the group left Cailin, Rease and I hung around to do what people on vacation do.

girls drinking

Drink pina coladas.

water aerobics

Aqua aerobics.

cooking class

Cooking class.

wine tasting

Wine tastings.

salsa dancing

Salsa lessons.

I may not have been a fan of all-inclusives or tours before but when people plan my travels for me that is my vacation. I don’t have to worry about getting anywhere, people understanding my Spanish, or how I’ll get home.

All I need to do is show up. I like vacation.

Much thanks to Cailin and Suzanne for the photos and deleting the unflattering ones.

Disclosure: I was a guest of Villa del Palmar Loreto, they did not request that I write a favourable review, or drink far too many pina coladas with Rease and Cailin.

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  1. Leah Travels says:

    Everyone needs a vacation. In fact, sometimes I need a vacation from my vacation. Sad, I know. I hope you enjoyed yours.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Before I became a travel blogger I would always pack so much into my vacation that I was exhausted when returned back to work.

  2. Camels & Chocolate says:

    I want to be in that pool more than anyplace else in the world right now. Teleport me…please??

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Someday we’ll hang out in a pool like this. If only we can coordinate schedules to actually meet!

  3. I’m SO glad you’re relaxing a bit!! I too am in dire need of a vacation, and am planning a camping trip to the beach in just a few weeks. Can’t wait! 🙂

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Camping? That is not my idea of vacation but a cottage by the beach sounds heavenly.

  4. Chrystal McKay says:

    I won’t lie. I didn’t like the all-inclusive feel to my resort in Dominican Republic. But I think things could of easily been changed if that resort had included aquarobics or cooking classes! Huge fan of group activities – gives me time to hone any type of skill. And really – aquarobics? Its exercising without any pain or exhaustion – thats MY kind of work out! And well – its just plain fun to wiggle around in the pool for an hour or two!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I went to the Dominican for an all-inclusive before and was bored after 4 days but I now understand them. You just show up and everything is taken care of, your mind can just shut down and relax.

  5. Scott - Quirky Travel Guy says:

    This sounds absolutely amazing. I’m in the process of planning a possible Cancun trip that will be nothing but vacation and relaxing at a resort. Sometimes you need that!

  6. Cristina (@thetravolution) says:

    Nice! Well deserved Ayngelina!

  7. A nice holiday is exactly what we all need from time to time. 🙂

  8. Mikeachim says:

    One of the great philosophical questions: When travelers travel for a living, how do they go on holiday? Do they stay home and drink beer in front of DVD box-sets? Do they work in an office?

    This is something that doesn’t occur to many people, even now. Travel-blogging and travel-writing, done professionally, are jobs, and jobs are hard – and in these jobs, *everyone else around you is there to have fun*. So, double the hardness of it all.

    Sometimes a vacation is exactly what everyone needs.

    Hence why this “traveler vs tourist” nonsense is indeed nonsense. 😉



    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Honestly the best travel blogging vacation is one you decide to be offline from everything. I am trying to do that more and more, you can definitely be TOO connected.

  9. I’m not normally a fan of all inclusive vacations either, but after traveling so much, a “no-think” vacation is just what I need.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I was surprised, it was exactly what I needed. Also I liked Villa del Palmar because there are a lot of activities you can do off the resort and they have a bus that goes into town. It has a much different feeling than those that really try to keep you confined to the property.

  10. Ava Apollo says:

    Looks like an awesome vacation!

  11. Christine says:

    This looks like a nice place to visit. It looks like you were having a nice time.

  12. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures says:

    How much fun!!!!!!

  13. Wow would love to travel too but it feels so lonely when I have no one to travel with

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I love traveling alone, it’s really liberating to do whatever you want whenever you want. But I did realize that traveling with friends is so much fun as well.

  14. You can never have enough vacation.

    Actually that’s a lie. Most of the time on vacation I look forward to getting back to real life. But I recognize that I am an anomaly lol

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Maybe that’s what vacation is supposed to do? Give you enough time to relax, recharge and value your life back home.

  15. Kieu ~ GQ trippin says:

    If you like pina coladas (singing).. I’d love a good vacation where someone else does the planning. 🙂

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      We also sang the Vampire Weekend horchata song a lot – oh I love horchata why have I never written about it?

  16. I could sooo use a Mexican all-inclusive right now…

    Thanks for the daydream material.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Toronto is pretty sweet in the summer, make it for November when things start to get slushy and gross.

  17. crazy sexy fun travelerc says:

    OMG I so hear you! When I went to Costa Rica all inclusive holidays less than 2 months ago, everyone was making fun of me if I really need vacations 🙂 But yes, and I did similar things, apart from wine tasting and salsa lessons as I am a proper piece of wood, like we say back home 🙂
    Btw the pool looks super yummy! Wanna jump in right now.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      People did give me a hard time but honestly traveling non-stop is so different than a cushy vacation and we all need luxury every now and then.

  18. Cornelius Aesop says:

    I wonder if I will need/want a vacation while traveling. I won’t be alone – I’ll have my wife, but I can see where the constant push to find your next blogging adventure can take its toll.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      There are so many amazing places in South America, you will definitely want to indulge.

  19. Jonathan Look, Jr. says:

    I just find myself feeling naked if I don’t have at least a camera with me at all times. I guess when you love what you do everyday is kind of a vacation.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I’m actually looking to downgrade my camera, my Canon 60D is a bit too bulky and heavy for what I need it for.

  20. I need vacations from my vacation vacations. I’m awesome that way though. I often look forward to getting home too… for about 2 days. You are 100% justified… no need to explain!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I believe that is called a detox? I may need one soon.

  21. Micamyx|Senyorita says:

    A well-deserved vacation! I remember when you were tweeting about it and me feeling envious 😛

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Haha, it has been really great. I love taking all the little classes they have every day.

  22. Cathy Sweeney says:

    Such a cool vacation! I need one, too. Loreto looks like a good choice for fun in the sun.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Definitely an alternative to a typical beach all-inclusive, the sierra is beautiful.

  23. Natalie T. says:

    Yay for vacation! I like that one of your salsa-ing. You look relaxed. Cute post!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I’m not a very good dancer but I really love to do it.

  24. I LOVE vacation with you. Thanks for always being the person who wants to stay up later and drink more.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I know, I have not seemed to grow out of that…

  25. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to have a vacation!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Oh but your US road trip looks like so much fun!

      1. It was a semi vacation but driving that many hours is quite taxing!

  26. I also get so exhausted being alone. Girls’ trips are the best!!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I really need to do more of them, Oaxaca in October?

  27. Christy @ Technosyncratic says:

    Traveling definitely doesn’t always equate to a vacation.. in fact, probably most of the time it doesn’t! It’s nice to have a vacation every now and then, though. 🙂

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Absolutely, and it’s nice to not always make the decision of what to do. Friends can make them for you.

  28. Diana Edelman says:

    Vacation? What’s that!! Glad you got some time to chill out and enjoy yourself!! I love it when people say that I am always on vacation. They forget that just because I’m traveling doesn’t mean it is a vacation. Looking forward to when I am able to unplug and just BE for a few days!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      If I could travel nonstop and never blog again maybe that would be a vacation. I don’t think people realize how much time I spend working each day to travel.

  29. Christina says:

    Enjoy your vacation. Totally understand, and although I’m also more of an independent traveller, I did enjoy a week of resort bliss in Cuba, or a pampering stay at a design hotlel in Madeira. We all need our time-outs!!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I would love to go to Cuba, I may try this year so I can see Havana before it changes.

  30. Loving the aqua aerobics! I’ve always wanted to try that. Glad you’ve had a relaxing break. I’m just beginning to discover what it’s like constantly planning ahead and charging all my electronic devices! So far so good 🙂

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      It feels so good, like you really deserve the mid-morning pina colada afterwards…

  31. I’m really beginning to like when people plan my vacation too. I like not having to think about it once in a while.

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