Let’s get to know one another… 

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Hi, I’m Shelley…

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I help women cross Solo Travel & Mexico Travel off their bucket list!

A LITTLE ABOUT ME:

I’m a former Miami travel magazine editor who ditched the office for the world!

Well… that’s the short & sweet & neat version. The real version is a little more imperfect, a lot more scary & actually, I became a solo traveler by accident 😳

Like most unplanned things, however, it has empowered & fulfilled me in ways I could never have imagined!

I first arrived to Mexico on April 4, 2018 — with no plans of staying — but again, like most unplanned things, I loved this country way more than I could never have imagined!

The Hero’s Journey

HAVE YOU HEARD OF JOSEPH CAMPBELL?

 

If not, have you ever heard of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, The Lord of the Rings & Star Wars? That was clearly a rhetorical question because of course you have!

All of these stories follow the concept Campbell called the monomyth, which means “one myth,” and refers to how our collective idea of a hero(ine) follows the same narrative cycle. 

I’m pretty big into Campbell’s work. Throughout the last few years of my life, I have come to identify how my journey to becoming the confidant solo traveler I am today, was my Hero’s Journey.

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You are the hero of your own story. ~Joseph Campbell

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A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. ~Joseph Campbell

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The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. ~Joseph Campbell

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We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. ~Joseph Campbell

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Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls. ~Joseph Campbell

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If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. ~Joseph Campbell

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The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. ~Joseph Campbell

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I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive. ~Joseph Campbell

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Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. ~Joseph Campbell

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You are the hero of your own story. ~Joseph Campbell

BLOG & PODCAST

Merida to Campeche: How to Take an Amazing Day Trip

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4 Days in Mexico City: Planning the Ultimate CDMX Trip

Planning your 4 days in Mexico City? You’ve come to the right guide — I lived there for about a year — and I have info to share with you!

Bacalar Lagoon in Mexico: How to Plan the Ultimate Trip

Traveling to Bacalar Lagoon in Mexico? I’ve been twice now, and I’m sharing all the travel planning info you need to know in this blog.

25 Amazing Day Trips From Merida That You Need to Take

Looking for the best day trips from Merida, Mexico? You’re in the right place because there’s 25 of them pinned to a FREE map here for you.

How to Visit Las Grutas Tolantongo: Everything You Need to Know

Planning to visit Las Grutas Tolantongo in Mexico? Here’s what I learned after I visited, and everything you need to know before you visit.

How to Travel Alone for the First Time: 10 Useful Tips

Ready to learn how to travel alone for the first time? You landed (🛬 pun intended) on the right blog, as I have traveled solo for years now!

150 Best Things to Do, See & Eat in Mexico City

Looking for the 150 best things to do, see & eat in Mexico City? You’re in the right place because I used to live there & I made this epic list just for you!

Day of the Dead in Oaxaca: Everything You Need to Know

Day of the Dead in Oaxaca on your travel bucket list? Plan your best trip with these insider tips from someone who’s been to Dia de Muertos!

11 of the Best Mexican Tattoos for Women

Looking for design ideas and the best Mexican tattoos for women? Find 11 of the best here — from sugar skulls to Frida Kahlo — it’s all here.

111 of the Most Inspirational Solo Female Travel Quotes by Women

Have you been searching for profound & memorable solo female travel quotes? …ones that are, you know, said by women?! I’ve got 111 for you!

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