I Married a Non-Traveler

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we invited readers to pitch us ideas, and we sent five of them on assignment. This writer took her husband to Mexico for a relaxing vacation with a side of adventure.

The last item on my must-do list is a trip to one of the cenotes—deep natural wells or freshwater cave systems found throughout the Yucatán. If you're like us and prefer to go it alone, many of them are easily accessible from major roads. We visit Gran Cenote and snorkel amid colossal stalagmites, stalactites, and tiny fish. We watch with envy as scuba divers sink deeper into the dark and mysterious cave. We kick ourselves for not buying an underwater camera. The still, fresh water is a nice change from the Caribbean, if such a thing is possible.

Meet halfway
As our time in Mexico comes to a close, we're both very aware that by not traveling more often all these years, we've been missing out. We both know we'll be back—if not to this spot, most certainly to this state of being.

Personally, the biggest lesson that I learn is that while it was easy to think that BJ was the reason we failed to travel, I need to own up to my role. I thought relaxation-themed travel was only for the lazy or unimaginative, and I was certain that I'd be dissatisfied lying around on a beach or lolling in a hammock. But I surrender. On this trip I relished doing nothing almost as much as I loved exploring the Yucatán. Ultimately, we highly recommend both!


Ambiance Villas
Blvd. Kukulkan, Km 8.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, 011-52/998-891-5400, ambiancevillas.com, from $110

Posada Dos Ceibas
Km 10, Carretera Tulúm-Boca Paila, Tulúm, 011-52/984-877-6024, dosceibas.com, from $60


The Pink Iguana Language School
011-52/984-124-0034, thepinkiguana.com, five-day course $260

Centro Ecológico Sian Ka'an
Carretera Federal 307, Tulúm, 011-52/984-871-2499, cesiak.org, tours from $50

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