Volaris to the Rescue
For someone who says she hates Cancun, I sure do seem to have been there a lot recently. But hey, what’s the point of living in Mexico if you can’t spend some time gazing out at the Caribbean a few times each year. Even a mountain girl and sand-phobic person such as myself can see the logic in that!
We took a gamble in September. Hurricane season vs $25 airfare to Cancun. We got lucky!
While there are plenty of places to visit and explore within the state of Chiapas, eventually everyone wants or needs to get away. Part of the charm and lure of living in Chiapas is its isolation but that also makes it a bit more difficult/costly to get in and out when you need to or want to. An immigrant in Chiapas is no stranger to the long haul bus ride. It’s a minimum of 10 hours by bus to anywhere interesting outside state lines and often it’s more like 12-15 hours. Volaris to the rescue! Volaris is our low cost carrier of choice offering us three destinations: Mexico City, Guadalajara and Cancun. While there is a second low-cost carrier that flies out of our airport (VivaAerobus) I find them too extreme in their nickel-and-dime strategy and they fly to the same three destinations so I rarely find reason to choose them.
While there are many regions and cities in Mexico I’d like to get to, we often can’t resist the magnetic force of a bargain airplane ride on Volaris and so end up going to these three destinations often. Good for the wallet and good for a quick scratch to my incessantly itchy feet. For foreigners in Chiapas, a flight to Cancun can also be a good way to access international routes, something we’ve done a few times to connect with Frontier’s flight to Denver.
After a busier summer than we intended, we hardly needed to get away, but we’d bought the tickets a few months prior and I was anxious to cash in on some of my travel-hacking efforts. Plus we wanted to take a family member up on his offer to stay in his new apartment in Playa del Carmen. Add that to a strong hankering for some fish tacos and we were happy to be on our way to the Mayan Riviera.
Arriving in a torrential downpour, we thought we’d pressed our luck on the hurricane/rainy season thing and were bracing ourselves for a lot of inside time, but things cleared up and a few showers here and there during our week kept things fairly cool. The gamble we took against the rain was due, in part, to September being off season in the Mayan Riviera. One of the waiters we had joked that in the service industry they call in “Septihambre” or Hunger September. I much prefer the quiet beach scene anyway, so this was a good thing and because of the low season my IHG Rewards Club points were able to go further giving us two nights at the Intercontinental Cancun for the points of one night.
We have some pretty decent seafood restaurants in Chiapas but the focus of our 4 days in Playa del Carmen still revolved around eating ceviche and other seafood as much as possible. The routine was pretty simple: work during the day while trying to not melt, find seafood for happy hour and then again for dinner. Good stuff!
This quick trip was another installment in our series of trips where we try to just live our normal lives but in another place. Perks of the digital nomad decade. No sightseeing or spending a bunch of money, just a few regular days, with the Mayan Riviera as a backdrop. Oh, and a few cold ones on the classic swing chairs at the bar!