It all started with yet another trip to Mexico! This time I would land in a hidden port called Puerto Escondido in the state of Oaxaca. And if you have been following me on my journey then you’d know I went on a crazy Road Trip from the Coast to the Main city.
I was inspired to write this blog post because I recently finished watching a show on Netflix called
Desenfrenadas. The show is a Mexican drama that chronicles the life of three women who impulsively go on a road trip to do some soul searching but then are forced to take a detour by a stranger. These ladies pretty much go on the exact same road trip I took but inland to the coast. As the ladies go on a trip they are faced with many challenges and are forced to push through them. And eventually they find a sense of freedom within themselves.
I mean, traveling in general helps you escape from your reality and forces you to broaden your horizon. Traveling makes life more exciting, fun and has a huge impact on your mental well-being. I found this show relatable in the sense that traveling helps you learn about yourself. For instance, being faced with an unfamiliar challenge makes you think differently and forces you to develop a new set of skills that you didn’t even know you had. My road trip was a big accomplishment for me that by the end I had a piece of mind.I felt like I could do anything!
Prior to our trip, we heard all about the legends like the town with magic mushrooms, the killer waves, the coffee farms, the nude beaches, the lovely sunsets and the ridiculously long road trip to the main city of Oaxaca. We had so many things we wanted to explore in such a short amount of time! Could we? Should we go on a Road Trip? Then I thought to myself were we really going to drive 6 to 8 hours on a dangerous road, speed bumps and pass by unfailiar places? Well, yeah!
My boyfriend and I were not planing much & were simply just doing. So why not? The next day, we rented a car and drove off highway 200 and up Highway 175 to Oaxaca City. And now when I tell others, they gasp & tell me how dauntless I am for driving through the Mexican mountains. When in reality, the road trip didn’t raise red flags like some might avoid. You just have to have common sense (TBH) like avoid driving when it gets dark, hitting those curves too hard or starting with half a tank of gas.
On the other hand, I didn’t realize how alarming the drive could actually get until I saw two car accidents. The first one had one car completely flipped over! *And let me remind you that this happened close to the edge of the cliff, high up into the mountains* The other car accident simply felt like a normal thing since we were driving for so long through the curvy roads…After all the commotion, we explored all the places we had heard of and wanted to see! Although we missed many needed bathroom breaks, we finally arrived in the city! We spent the weekend exploring the night life & all the unique festivities happening at that time.
This road trip ends with us back by the coast and terribly exhausted from driving back & forth. Again, we didn’t think it through but I think thats what made it all so exciting! There were no “next steps” or no “hourly itinerary” only the excitement of getting to our destination. And that’s the beauty of a Road Trip, especially one that is spontaneous!
I hope when this Quarantine is done that you take a trip somewhere to get out of the house and find yourself again. I know these times are tough for a lot of people but you cant let these hard times get to you. The only way to do that is to think positively and look forward to something that will only bring joy. Just do it for yourself.