To celebrate my quarter of a century, I opted for some luxury and booked a 5 star resort in Puerto Vallarta with my brother and cousin. Apart from going round and round in circles at Mexico City airport (where the hell is Gate 9?) and almost missing our flight to PV (mad dash across the runway anyone?), we had a fabulous time. Memories include a mega session of tequila poppers, pinching my brothers shorts and locking him out of the room in the early hours (we're so mean), trying my first ever Japanese food, the best full body massage I think I've ever had, the most gorgeous infinity pool I think I'll ever swim in looking out to the Pacific and ritual to watch the sun set every evening, pina coladas galore, riding a horse for the first time but I think they got the names mixed up - mine was called Planet which is quite a steady, placid sounding name, but my horse was anything but... whilst my cousin, Mel had Tequila - now that should have been the name of my horse! Anyway, watching Mel gallop across the beach on Tequila was amazing - but I wasn't going to try it. Believe it or not, it was marginally more uncomfortable than a camel and I definitely feel safer on an elephant!
So, what else? I don't recommend snorkelling when you're hungover. That's my top tip. Celebrating the Day of the Dead festival with the locals was awesome. We discoed and partied with them into the early hours... And body boarding was great fun. First time I've tried it properly and apparently the surf at our resort was one of the best of the coastline. When you hit a wave wrong, you feel like your time is up as you struggle to resurface and get bashed around by the sea and your board, but when you ride the wave just as it should be - OMG IT'S AMAZING!!! Mel and I timed a wave perfectly and ended up surfing up the sand together. It wasn't planned but worked out beautifully.
Blogging is an amazing concept so here I am giving it a whirl. You'll get words. You'll get pics. Sometimes a vid or two. You'll get tongue in cheek, the odd humble opinion and an honest insight into my travels and writing life. Maybe even a few gems along the way. I'll be musing on home turf as I see more and more of the UK and sharing my experiences further afield on holidays and adventurous trips across the globe.