travel planning, travelplanning

Leaving Merida and arriving in Mexico City

A Brief Update My last day in Merida, I was unfortunately struck down with stomach problems. (ie violent diarrhea) so spent most of the day in bed stewing in my own sweat. The glamour! I'm still sick today but made it to the airport and the flight to Mexico city was just under 2 hours.… Continue reading Leaving Merida and arriving in Mexico City

Travel, Uncategorized

Tourism is ruining the world and I’m part of the problem

I am about to a become part of the problem associated with the tourism boom of the last decade. I am currently reading "Do Travel Writers Go to Hell" as recommended by Nomadic Matt's Book Club. It makes for a depressing read about traveling and backpacking culture. When I was in South East Asia 4… Continue reading Tourism is ruining the world and I’m part of the problem


Social Media and Blogging is a pile of shite

Recently in Ireland, there has been a backlash against bloggers using photoshop, staging photos and getting free stuff basically in exchange for social media posts. Bloggers will constantly declare how much they love "travel" but what they actually love is free paid holidays and vacations. Staying in luxury resorts is not travel, it is not… Continue reading Social Media and Blogging is a pile of shite


Valdaolid and the Chichen Itza

Cancun to Valladolid I took a 2-hour ride from Cancun to Valladolid and it was a little bit uncomfortable. I know that some level of harassment is to be expected but I was annoyed by a man the entire trip. He moved seats to sit beside me and wouldn't stop staring at me. I ignored… Continue reading Valdaolid and the Chichen Itza

solo travel, Travel, Uncategorized

Stupidity and Arrival in Cancun

The last few days in Cayman were stressful. I got waterboarded with Tequila at my "surprise leaving party". I didn't want a leaving party because when I'm stressed I will drink myself stupid and am a liability- which is exactly what happened! I don't know how this happened. I really don't. I had been putting off… Continue reading Stupidity and Arrival in Cancun

Health and Wellness, mental illness, Uncategorized

Pancake Tuesday

Today might be Mardi Gras for you but for me it is Pancake Tuesday. This is a tradition across Ireland that marks the first day of Lent. Traditionally it was to use up luxury items such as flour, sugar and eggs before the 40 day fast of Lent. It used to be my favorite day of… Continue reading Pancake Tuesday

cayman islands, leavethegrindbehind, officelife, Uncategorized

5 Best and 5 Worst Things about living in Grand Cayman

  The Worst 1. The Cost and Availability of everything This is why tax-free salary isn't on my best list. While we do not pay income tax, there is definitely sales tax applied to everything. If I wanted a new pair of trainers,  I would be choosing from a limited selection and paying at least an… Continue reading 5 Best and 5 Worst Things about living in Grand Cayman

books, Travel, travel planning, travelplanning

Travel Book Recommendations

What better way to pass the long hours on a bus or plane than with a book? I am happiest with my bashed up old Kindle in a hammock (in some shade with a breeze). As much as I love turning pages, the Kindle is so compact and convenient for travel.  I'm pretty sure that… Continue reading Travel Book Recommendations

Travel, travel planning, travelplanning, Uncategorized

Travel Vaccinations and Mosquitos

Getting sick when traveling is almost inevitable. Dehli Belly, Montezuma's revenge and even the just a chronic hangover, these are relatively minor situations but please take precautions with the more serious illnesses. I am thanking my lucky stars this week for my travel insurance because it only cost me $65 instead of $600. Regardless of… Continue reading Travel Vaccinations and Mosquitos