Holbox the paradise island part 1

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Even the small rain showers couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face when we landed in Cancun, Mexico. As soon as the doors were opened the warm air floated into the cabin. When I stepped outside the plane I couldn’t help but smile.

That is one of my favorite moments when travelling to somewhere warm. At home we always joke about the weather, like “why do I live where the air hurts my face?” – here the only thing hurting is my stomach when I’ve eaten too much fresh fruits at the breakfast.

The trip from airport to Holbox was long (about three hours) but totally worth it.

I don’t know if there’s really such place as paradise but this island and this hotel gets pretty close to that. The hotel, Villas Paraiso Del Mar is surrounded by tropical gardens and the beach is practically right outside. The rooms are simple yet beautiful with small details such as shells above the bed and nice mayan art. I don’t know why even the towel art made by the cleaners instantly cheer me up.

I read about the island and I watched vlogs about this place but I never imagined it could actually be that beautiful.

Photos or videos don’t really do it justice – you need to feel the humid air on your face, the fine sand with hundreds of tiny shells under your feet and hear the wind blow through the palm trees.

The wifi hasn’t been that great for us but I think it has been paying to our advantage. Without the constant pressure of wifi and social media I’ve been more present in the moment than ever. I’ve been falling quickly in love with the island and I want to savour every moment.

One day left and we’ll be flying back to Helsinki. I will miss this place. See you soon!

Travel plans: Lapland

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Ruka

Photos by Timo Newton-Syms

We’re going to spend this Christmas in Lapland. Two years ago we did that and it was one of the best Christmases I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to get there again.

Even though Lapland is a hundred times colder than Helsinki, a thousand times darker and it takes sixteen hours to get there (by car) – it’s a million times worth it. It’s so beautiful. It’s super peaceful. And it has reindeer which I love even though they’re super dumb and block the roads all the time.

I don’t have good photos of Lapland ’cause the few hours the sun is up you spend by gazing at the views and enjoying the fact that you can see ahead of you. (Thanks to Flickr and these photographers I got photos for this post.) The darkness though isn’t depressing at all in there. If you look up you can actually see the northern lights and stars which are amazing. There’s just something in staring at the sky and realizing how small you are and how big the world actually is.

And the snow. Talk about winter wonderland! If it’s somewhere, it’s there. I wanna crawl into the snow and make a dozen snow angels. And then run to sauna. And do it all again.

You know those places, where there simply isn’t room for stress? My mother-in-law’s cottage in the middle of nowhere (or in Inari) is one of those places. Being 1130 km away from home (and work) just takes you away from all those unnecessary and stressful thoughts.

I love December, I love my home and I love my job. But whenever I feel tired or uninspired I just imagine myself in Lapland – in the quiet magical place that is in Finland and that I’m able to visit.

Do you have plans for Christmas?

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Photo by Chris 

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Photo by Juho Holmi

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