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Travel Adventures in Belize

Trip of a lifetime

I had the pleasure and honor to go to Belize for my best friend’s wedding earlier this month. It was a blissfully busy 5 days full of travel, adventure, love, and celebrations. The memories I walked away with will last a lifetime.

Travel lessons

I’ve been out of the country a few times but this was my first time in Belize. Here are a few things I’ve learned.

#1: Bring bug repellent

I can kick myself for not thinking of this while packing but don’t forget it. We stayed at a small resort called Portofino Resort in Ambergris Key San Pedro that took 3 planes and boat ride to get to. It was a rough travel day for me and my companions but the view and hospitality made it absolutely worth it.

I didn’t see any bugs out of the ordinary but the mosquitos were bad. I’m glad I didn’t get more bites than I did but others weren’t so lucky. There was one moment in particular related to bugs that I’ll never forget. As we sat around the table on the shore listening to wedding toasts, the sun was setting. When it disappeared behind the sea the mosquitos swarmed in for their feast. I’ll always remember because I was recording video. Right when it happened, everyone around me scrambled for bug spray while I tried to keep the camera steady.

#2: Allow more time to pack

It doesn’t matter where I go but I have a bad habit of waiting until the last minute to pack for trips. I probably would’ve remembered bug spray if I gave myself more time. Maybe if I spent less time on my sticker collection for my suitcase I wouldn’t have stayed up so late the night before leaving.

hardshell lojel suitcase
I do love my luggage though and I was so excited about my stickers. I bought the Lojel suitcase a few years ago and this was probably the third time I’ve had a need for it. It is durable, easy to control and you can quickly spot it in baggage claim. One major thing to note is the color is light and scuff marks are more likely to show up on it.

Stickers can help cover up big marks but they can also get damaged in transit. It doesn’t bother me enough to care. I like how different and colorful it is. It is also easier to clean than most suitcases made of fabric. Black suitcases all look the same and light colored fabric suitcases show dirt in the worst way. With a hardshell case, you can just clean it with a Lysol wipe.

#3: Hand-held steamers are a major travel (and life) game-changer

I honestly don’t know how I managed through life without one of these things. I hate ironing and the fuss of using that board to polish my look. Steaming clothes to release wrinkles is easier and faster. Better yet, they are easy to transport! This little guy came in really handy when we helped get the bride’s dress ready to wear.

#4: Swimming with sharks isn’t as scary as it sounds

Belize has one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. We made sure to allocate time to see it during our short trip. Our group signed up for a local snorkeling adventure at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. It was a truly wonderful experience and am fortunate that I was one of the only people who didn’t puke on the boat. The nurse sharks eat like a whale and as long as you respect them, there is nothing to worry about.

#5: Belize is a hidden gem

I’ve seen Belize on the travel channel before but it was never at the top of my bucket list destinations so I didn’t know much about it. On the way to San Pedro, we met quite a few people from Europe and North America that lived there. It is full of residents from all over the world and pretty much everyone speaks English. I wish I had more time there and look forward to visiting again in the future.

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Green island palm dress – “Tropic of Discussion” from Lulu’s

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