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Postcard From Yucatán Peninsula ☀️
Karlstack takes Latin America
Mark Twain in his octagonal study overlooking the Chemung river. Henry David Thoreau in his cabin at Walden Pond. Karlstack over by the pina colada slushee machines at senor frogs.
I was surprised how much interest my “I-want-to-travel-the-world” article garnered… 73 comments.
Fast forward 3 months, and I am off to travel the world! I leave in 2 days.
True story: I had to get a new passport because I put my old passport in the pocket of a pair of pants, and then I put the pants through the laundry machine.
I am starting with this red circle:
Zooming in, my plan (subject to change) is spending 1 month in Cancún, 1 month on Isla-Mujeres, 1 month in Playa del Carmen, and then 1 month in Tulum.
Here are what the 4 locations look like:
The best part of this 4-month swing through the Yucatán Peninsula is how filthy cheap it is. AirBnB gives you huge discounts if you book monthly stays.
That is the whole point — I am not going to tell you exactly how much my rent in Mexico is, but it is extremely cheap. Much cheaper than any rent I would ever dream of paying in Canada… a small fraction of the rent in Halifax, plus I get to skip Canadian winter.
This is 4 months of solitude where i can focus on reading + writing Substack full time. By the end of the 4 months, my goal is to hit 200 paid subscribers. I have some time-intensive investigations planned... I am planning on being productive.
After this initial 4 month stint (the longest visa I can get to Mexico is 6 months), my plan is to keep travelling south… I am thinking I will make my way down to Costa Rica, Colombia, etc.
I will be travelling for a long enough that it is worth investing in learning spanish. I already speak fluent french, so spanish shouldn’t be too hard as long as I put in the hours studying/learning. Maybe I will take classes.
I’ve already made my peace with the airport taxi overcharging me when I land. I consider it a sunk cost.
Here is what my place look like… allegedly. I am leaving this weekend, so I will get to see if it actually looks like the AirBnB pictures. I am sure it will, given that this place has excellent reviews after dozens of reviews.
What more could I ask for?
If anyone in South America wants to hang out, I need a few months of solitude first, but I’ll be on a beach somewhere for spring break and that would be good timing for me. Drop me a line email@example.com if you are in the area, maybe we can meet up, I’ll buy you a mojito.
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