A Bachelorette, 11 Strangers & Playa.

Hi, there! I’m here to talk to you about the reason why I’m hostage to a newfound obsession with the Caribbean. The last time I was in Cancun was about six or seven years ago … and that’s where we’ll leave that one at. #ragrets

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This time around, I spent five days and fours nights in beautifully relaxing Playa del Carmen. This resort town is about 48 minutes from Cancun International Airport. There’s a bunch of transpo options but the easiest way to go will probably be going with your hotel’s shuttle (if offered, but most do!).

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But let me tell you about the most important part about this trip: I went on a bachelorette trip with 12 fucking women. Imagine that. Me: introvert-slash-extrovert what even are you, slightly anti-social, grumpy cat; plus 11 other personalities … most of whom I was going to meet for the first time during the trip. And guess what? I SURVIVED!

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If we’re being honest, I don’t have a lot of girlfriends and so naturally, I was feeling a little anxious about the trip. The second night, when everyone had arrived, I felt so out of place and disconnected. I thought to myself, “WTF am I doing here? I have nothing in common with these women.” I even shed a tear all by my lonesome. A tear that held at my life insecurities: would I ever have my own bachelorette trip, let alone a party?! Have I done enough in 26 years?! Am I behind as all fuck?!

But then it clicked. I knew I had to snap the fuck out of it. I hadn’t traveled more than 2,000 miles to feel out of place. So I did. I snapped the fuck out of it and I tried to get drunk like a normal person would … but sea level didn’t help me.

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My friend Tania is getting married in November and she was so nice to invite me. We stayed at the Ocean Riviera Paradise all-inclusive hotel. It’s a relatively new hotel, so you could tell there were a few kinks to be straightened out. Particularly, the hotel staff took a total of six hours to bring us sheets and pillows for the sofabed (we had to call three times!). I know, total first-world problems.

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The hotel has a total of 10 restaurants, including a Japanese teppan-grill, an ice cream parlour, a open-late burger/fries/pizza restaurant, an absolutely delicious Italian restaurant and more! And 11 bars! It also has five pools — including one for adults only (the one where I spent the better part of a whole day drinking since 9 a.m.).

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The hotel also had a “disco,” which was repleted with trashed under-21 white kids. I totally enjoyed watching late-teens drunk off their ass trying to dance. It was the totally epic epitome of white people can’t dance. One of my personal highlights was the broadway-lip-synch-knock-off show the hotel staff puts on. As a self-proclaimed musical kinda nerd, to say I was excited is an understatement.

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At the end of the trip, I can say I made a new friend. And I socialized (to the extent that my being allowed me to). And I had fun. And I kinda loved it in spite of everything. I am sooo glad I decided to go because I probably would’ve wallowed in regret if I had let my fears and anxiety keep me from going on a trip with mostly strangers.

Now I feel like I can do anything … well, almost anything! And also, I can’t wait to be back out in the Caribbean because, well, I feel like I might just belong there … 😉

TRIP COSTS
Outbound flight: Cd. Juarez–Cancun, Volaris, $80
Inbound flight: Cancun–Cd. Juarez, Interjet, $160
Hotel: $1,118.60 for four nights/three people

-V<3

 

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