If you follow along on Instagram (@sadyeevyn), you might have caught a few (read: several) photos of me flying solo in Cancun this past week. It was six nights, five days of pure, all-inclusive bliss at Secrets Silversands—a beautiful four-star, adult-only resort situated on the white sand beaches of the Cancun Riviera. I spent the week relaxing in the pool (there were eight to choose from!); reading two books from start to finish; laying on the beach; sleeping in; eating amazing food (Asian fusion, Mediterranean, seafood, Mexican, French and Italian) from the seven different restaurants on property; drinking fru-fru frozen drinks that I’d never in a million years order on a regular night out, but loved every single mango tango, piña colada and margarita sip; zip lining through a jungle (you can catch a video of it here); repelling into a cenote; snorkeling above stalagmites and below stalactites; exploring the Mayan ruins of Tulum and experiencing its white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters; and listening nightly to live music while socializing with my fellow resort goers, most of whom were honeymooners and vacationing couples.
Did I mention that I was alone? Solo? Solamente? It was a fact that astonished most, causing eyes to widen, jaws to drop and a fairly standard exclamation of “Wow!” or “How brave of you!” and my absolute favorite, “Good for you—I’d never have the guts to do something like that!” It’s funny because I really didn’t think much of traveling alone and certainly didn’t think it was that big of deal, but I realized this past week that it’s somewhat unheard of or even taboo for most. The truth is I love it! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy traveling with other people, too, but there’s something just slightly more adventurous about traveling on your own. It forces you to put yourself out there and engage with people you might not otherwise interact with if you have a built-in buddy. It’s also really freeing to be on your own agenda and not have to consult with anyone on plans or a schedule. Like most people, much of my day-to-day is dictated by meetings, to-do lists and obligations to everyone but me and then laundry and cleaning and all those other adult responsibilities that typically pick up where work leaves off. Traveling alone is an opportunity to reset and reconnect with myself without any “have to” distractions getting in the way.
The Jungle Maya excursion with Alltournative
This past week was exactly what I needed—sun, relaxation, sleep, adventure, the opportunity to make new friends and most importantly, the reminder to not let being without a plus one hold me back from experiencing life to its fullest, even if it means explaining a million times a day that it’s “just me.”
I’m already planning my next adventure—maybe Miami or Italy or Greece—but until then, stay tuned for a few follow up posts from this trip.
Cheers to being adventurous, wild and free!
– S A D Y E E V Y N R E I S H