Month 27: Travel Summary and Statistics


Sayulita river

Allow me to introduce you to my new home for the next few months: the chilled-out Mexican surf town of Sayulita!

Sayulita

After keeping up with such a hectic pace of travel over much of the last two years it feels like such a relief to finally stop moving and focus on all of the projects I’ve been ignoring for far too long.

However, moving to Sayulita was always going to be a bit of a risk. 

We’d never been before — not to Sayulita, not to Mexico. Yes, we’d pinned our hopes on a three month stint in a place we’d hadn’t ever visited.

Sayulita river

Fortunately, Sayulita is an easy town to love. It took less than a week for Dave and I to extend our tentative two month stay into three and despite this, we’re already worrying about leaving.

We arrived at the end of low season and Sayulita was a ghost town. 5% of the restaurants were open, the streets were often deserted and there were still plenty of apartments to rent — we found our Sayulita apartment within an hour of arriving!

And then October came around and everything changed. Now, around half of the restaurants are open, the streets are busy with cars, golf carts, people, horses and singing trucks delivering water, gas and bread. And as for the apartments? Our friends Mike and Steph arrived two weeks after us and had a slightly different experience

Surfing in Sayulita

Still, life is good here.

I’ve rarely had a bad meal, choosing to live entirely off of shrimp tacos, marlin quesadillas and barbequed chickens from the chicken lady. There’s a bakery close by that sells freshly baked baguettes and rolls, along with the amazing cake lady and the churros man.

We have a kitchen, too, and for the first time in my life I’m actually teaching myself to cook — and enjoying it! I’ve made guacamole, gazpacho, quesadillas and dozens and dozens of lime and pomegranate margaritas.

Streets of Sayulita

In Sayulita, the buildings are bright and colourful, mostly either selling food or surfboards. The beach is less than a five minute walk away, where the water is warm, the sunsets are amazing and almost everyone can be found surfing or stand-up paddleboarding.

Despite Sayulita now feeling an awful lot busier with tourists at the moment, it still manages to retain aspects of a small town. Locals greet you in Spanish rather than English, horses wander down the street unattended, a storm brought down the entry system for our apartment building and every single ATM in town has been out of money for the past week. What happens when we need cash? One of us jumps on the bus to the next town along to withdraw some!

Onto the statistics for the month! 

November 2013 travel plans

Countries visited: 1

Mexico

Cities visited: 1

Sayulita

Distance travelled: 0 km

Photos taken: 82

Tacos eaten: 27

Money spent: 

Accommodation: $333

Food: $445

Total amount spent: $778

The next month:

November 2013 travel plans

Now that I’m finally-sort of-possibly-maybe-not-at-all caught up on work, I finally have some free time that I can dedicate to some exciting projects I’ve had in the pipeline for a while. I’m working as managing editor of the travel section of Blogosphere Magazine — the first issue of which is out now! I’ll still be writing about all things student travel over at About, plus dozens of other things I’m hoping to start working on.

I don’t imagine I’ll be doing too much exploring while I’m here. Perhaps a day trip or two up to San Pancho but not much more. Dave and I will be celebrating our two year anniversary with a few nights offline on the island of Yelapa, something I’m very excited about.

Other than that I’ll be happily staying put in Sayulita. 

Looking to follow along with my travels through my monthly summaries? You can read the previous month’s summary here, the next month’s summary here, or head on over to the monthly summary page to read from the very beginning!

31 Comments

  1. J from Travel on Inspiration
    October 18, 2013
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    Hey,

    Sayulita looks amazing. Would be great to see an apartment tour of where you are staying for these couple of months.

    • October 19, 2013
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      I’m going to be recording a video tour of the apartment over the next few days, though I probably won’t post it until I leave. I always feel a little uncomfortable giving lots of details about where I’m staying while I’m actually there :-)

      • Geke
        October 19, 2013
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        You never know if groupies are gonna stalk you! :p

  2. October 18, 2013
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    Sayulita sounds like an awesome place to hole up for a few months. Your photos make it look so bright & lovely!

    • October 19, 2013
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      It’s been one of my favourites bases so far. It has everything! :-)

  3. October 18, 2013
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    Gorgeous pictures! Sayulita sounds amazing. Also, you made me hungry!

    Happy travels :)

    • October 19, 2013
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      And I didn’t even include any photos of the food I’ve been eating! ;-)

  4. October 19, 2013
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    I’m so happy to hear about the Blogosphere Magazine work. You absolutely have one of the most interesting writing styles. Can’t wait until you start traveling down to South America, esp. Brazil. And is Antarctica on the plan as well? South America (around Chile) is a good gateway to get there.

    • October 22, 2013
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      Thank you so much, Andrew! That means a lot :-)

      Antarctica is definitely on the plan. Hopefully next November will be when :-)

  5. Stephanie @pearlsandpassports
    October 19, 2013
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    I bet it feels amazing to stay static in one place after travelling for so long! I’ve been on the road for nearly 8 months now and I’m getting a little tired of unpacking and repacking my backpack every few days!.
    Sayulita looks like the perfect place to stay too, beautiful and inspiring!
    Good luck with the magazine x

    • October 22, 2013
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      It feels *so* great! I can’t believe I’ve been here for a month already, there’s still so much I want to do while I’m here!

  6. October 19, 2013
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    Place looks fantastic. You definitely need to eat more Tacos though ;)

  7. October 19, 2013
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    Can’t look at the photo of surfers, Lauren!
    I am sore ready for my “Sayulita”.
    Even more, I would also start cooking :)

    • November 3, 2013
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      I’m becoming quite the chef! :-)

  8. October 20, 2013
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    We started our year long trip in Sayulita by spending the month of April there. Great town that we plan to return to. There are some nice “secret” beaches in the area. Let me know if you need any recommendations.

    • October 22, 2013
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      Nice! I would absolutely love to hear more about those secret beaches :-)

  9. Rebecca
    October 22, 2013
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    sounds and looks amazing! can’t wait to hear more of the adventures

  10. Rick
    October 24, 2013
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    I just stumbled upon your blog and spent three hours enthralled. You have a wonderful style and spirit in your writing while providing very useful information. I am hooked!

    Have fun in Mexico and remember Yelapa is not an island.

    Rick

    • October 30, 2013
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      Thanks so much, Rick! And thanks for the correction, I’ll change that now. Somebody had told me it was an island and I hadn’t bothered to check if they were right or not :-)

  11. October 24, 2013
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    Looks like a great place to wind down for a bit. I think it is important to get some routine every few months, because constant traveling can be really tiring. Not having a kitchen is what I miss most when I travel actually.

    • October 30, 2013
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      It’s funny, because I’ve never really taken much of an interest in cooking before I started traveling so I never felt like I needed a kitchen… Now it’s totally on my must-have list when I’m looking for an apartment! I *love* cooking!

  12. November 1, 2013
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    Sayulita looks amazing! Just the kind of place David wants to settle in when we are done traveling! LOL

    • November 3, 2013
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      It’ll be hard to leave, that’s for sure!

  13. The GypsyNesters
    November 2, 2013
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    Looks like a great place, enjoy!

  14. November 3, 2013
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    Sayulita looks like an awesome place! Looks like you’ve found a little gem there Lauren.

    • November 21, 2013
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      It’s a pretty special place :-)

  15. March 10, 2019
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    Ive been to Sayulita, it’s cute! Didnt see or like much of Puerto Vallerta though, and like ypo, didnt like Playa del Carmen much (lived there 3 months). How much time have you spent in Mexico City? Thoughts? I spent two awesome years there!

    Also, I saw Mexico ranks as one of your fav countries, as does mine, expect, you’ve seen far more! I want to know WHAT lead you to that decision, as specifically as you can.

    I have met many people, esp Amercians on East and west coast, who frequent MX and list it as favs. I also see that there are often in top 3 lists of friendliest countries so I guess that helps!

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