Central America

Belize Me, I am THIRTY!

For my 30th birthday, I decided to take my birthday trip to the beautiful country of Belize! Prior to going on the trip, I felt like I was the LAST person on Earth to visit Belize. Everyone seemed to have already been! However, this greatly helped with planning since many had things to recommend, see, eat, and do. We chose to visit Caye Caulker, which is one of the Caye’s right off the cost of Belize City, Belize.

Day 1: Valentines Day!! So really it was a two in one type of trip…Valentines Day AND my pre-birthday weekend. Since Brandion lives in Dallas and I’m in Washington, DC, we had to fly separately and meet each other in Belize. I landed first and waiting for me at the airport was a taxi service who drove me from the airport to the Belize Water Taxi. They store your luggage if you get there early and want to walk around and explore the area. There are two ways to get to Caye Caulker (or San Pedro if you chose to venture there). You can take the water taxi (my choice) or you can fly on one of the tiny planes via Tropic Air or Maya Island Air. Flying was only a 30 min flight from Belize City to Caye Caulker and roundtrip it would have been around $150. However, the water taxi was about an hour or so ride and it was $28 round trip.

When we got to Caye Caulker, the owner of the unit we rented was there waiting for us with a golf cart to transport us to the room. In Caye Caulker, there are no cars (although I did see a few construction trucks but I mean I guess) so the only mode of transportation is via golf cart, bicycling, or walking. Our room was beautiful!! We stayed at Villa La Vida Perezosa. The rooms were clean, spacious, and spacious. There is a rooftop to catch the beautiful sunset at night AND a private pool. I highly recommend this for large groups going to Belize so you could rent out the entire building.

For dinner, we ate at a random hut that had lobster meals for $15. What was surprising was that Feb 14 was the LAST day of Lobster season! So anyone caught catching lobster could get fined. Therefore, it was a mad dash for everyone visiting to eat lobster so we definitely did that.

Day 2: We found a nice spot for breakfast called Brisas Del Mar, which had breakfast meals no more than $6 USD. Once we ate there, we ventured down to The Split, which is a part of Caye Caulker that splits the Caye in two. Oh and when I say “ventured”, it was no more than a 10 min walk. Caye Caulker is SMALL. You can walk the entire Caye by foot if you want. The Split is fun. Great for pictures, souvenir shopping, restaurants, music, massages, and more. This is pretty much where the tourists hang out at. We went to a restaurant that sold “Lizard Juice”, which is the alcoholic drink they are known for. It was delicious! We rode jet skis and just RELAXED. I emphasize relaxed because Belize was the first vacation I took where I truly relaxed. I didn’t have an itinerary of where to go and at what time…we winged everything!

Day 3: There was a big beach party being planned at Koko King, which is a private island about 10 mins via ferry from Caye Caulker. We decided to check Koko King out during the day and it was dope! They had a DJ playing, there was a restaurant with a bar that offered cheap drinks that we just bought a pitcher to indulge on. We sat under a cabana for hours and just relaxed and drank and relaxed and drank. It was amazing. That night, we went back to the island for the big island party and it was amazing to have fun without no entry fees to get in, no expensive prices to sit at a section (we snagged a cabana for FREE), cheap cheap drinks, and just partying with the locals AND visitors.

Day 4: I was dying to rent a golf cart and we found a place that was renting them for $20 an hour so we were able to truly drive around the entire Caye and explore. I highly recommend this!! So much fun! I don’t remember the company we rented from but they were all around the same price through the island. The rest of the day was spent lounging at the pool, on the dock drinking lizard juice, buying souvenirs, and just hanging with locals and tourists.

Overall, Belize was absolutely amazing! It was so relaxing being able to just finally go on a vacation and enjoy each others company, drink, eat, and enjoy the fruits of our labor. I can’t wait to visit Belize again!

Trip Recap:

  • Dates: Thursday, February 14 to Monday, February 18 (5 days, 4 nights)
  • Rental: Villa La Vida Perezosa
  • Airline: Southwest (using points) and American Airlines for the return
  • Currency: They take USD. Also, for $1 USD is 2 BZE (so ball out!)
  • Shoes worn: Highlight Pink Hi Vans and Flower Low Vans
  • Transportation: Taxi from airport to water taxi- $25 USD per couple. Golf Cart Rental- $20 for 1 hour. Belize Water Taxi- $28 roundtrip (no need to pre book online)
  • Meals: Most meals were around $10 at the most unless you went to a fancier restaurant and meals were still under $20 (in which I’m included the price of an alcoholic drink). Take advantage of happy hour deals as most restaurants have buy 1 get 1 free on certain alcoholic drinks and their drinks are already like $5 USD.

50 State Journey

The Road to 50

Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination

-Drake

So about two or three years ago, my travel buddy Rosalyn and myself set out to see all 50 states. I look back and I truly don’t know when we decided to go on this journey but I’m thankful we did. While she finished her 50 state journey last December, I still have nine more states to go…whoo hoo! Many tell me one of two things: 1. They plan to start the same journey as me or 2. They don’t care to see a number of states. I totally get it! Years ago, I never would have thought to travel to the midwest or some of these less visited states. I mean, I never had a reason to do so! But once you start the journey, you find a new found appreciation of small towns, less populated states, and just seeing how vastly different one country can be. West coast to east coast…northern USA to southern USA…you’ll learn and see different cultures, way of living, accents, houses, architecture, landmarks, nature, food, and more!

I will say the easiest part of completing this mission is to truly have a travel partner(s) who is going on it as well. That will help when its time to tackle states like N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, etc. Plus, some states I HIGHLY recommend to not visit solo just for safety purposes. Not only some parts are culturally awakening but you don’t want to be left stranded in a rural part of the US if your car breaks down or you lose signal due to the lack of cell towers in the area.

While this was my first post to open up my travel diary to you on my 50 state journey, I will post my recap, pictures, tips, and more on all the states that I have captured thus far during this journey. There are a few states that I’ve been to prior to starting this journey that I may not have pictures for (but hey…they count for me!) I personally don’t count states that I just drove thru so all of my recaps will show my experiences whether its food, random activities, historical landmarks, and more. Please consider visiting all 50 states!

Almost there…9 states to go
New Blog

The Journey Begins

Hey y’all!

Know your passion. Follow It. Dream It. Live It.

Welcome! This journey to creating my very own travel blog was not easy In fact, this was a topic of discussion that my friends would constantly tell me to do after every trip and I found every excuse in the book why I should not do one. Many of my friends and those that would talk to be about traveling would tell me I should create a travel blog to document my trips, which would in turn help them with their own trip planning and helpful tips. I kept dragging my feet for YEARS and saying no because I truly felt like everyone already had a travel blog or their own travel Instragram pages and whatnot. But then, one day I told myself…why not showcase MY travel journey? Everyone travels different and you just truly never know who you may inspire or assist with their own travel plans, dreams, or goals. I sit back and watch so many of my friends go after their passions and when people ask me what I’m passionate about, my three major things are: traveling, sneakers, and animals. SOOOO, It’s time for me to go after my passion too! Here it is…Kicking It Around the World!

“Kicking It Around the World” is my journey on all sorts of adventures around the world, WHICH will also document my huge love for sneakers captured along as part of my trips. Since I started traveling heavy back in 2012, the only thing I would use to track my trips were that I would make travel books or just albums on Facebook. This blog will help me unload pictures and my experiences from my trips and better document them. My blog are views from my own personal experience.