Take a solo trip to paradise and visit Tulum with Shari Bayer in today’s Women Who Travel Solo.
How did you get started traveling?
I was in my 30’s and working for myself with the ability, and desire, to travel. Since I was single, and making plans with friends or family wasn’t easy, I started to plan my own solo adventures.
I began with weekend getaways, such as Aruba, and soon progressed to longer overseas trips, from Italy to Australia and New Zealand. I found that the more I traveled on my own, the more I loved it. I enjoyed my independence and having my own itinerary, which always revolved around food and restaurants. I could do whatever I wanted at my own pace, and dine solo at the best restaurants in the world. It was a new sense of freedom.
Why did you decide to take a solo trip to Tulum, Mexico?
I wanted to escape to a beautiful and peaceful place that I had not been to before for some R&R. I had heard about Tulum from industry friends and it seemed like the ideal destination for a long weekend. It was fairly easy to get to from NYC with a direct flight to Cancun and then about a 1 ½ drive.
Tell us about your experience in Tulum as a solo traveler.
Tulum was paradise! My hotel was located right on the beach overlooking the Caribbean Sea. I spent time relaxing on the beach, sipping on green juice and coconut water as I lounged in the sun. I treated myself to outdoor massage listening to the soothing waves, and enjoyed swimming in the crystal clear water, walking on the white sand beach and vegging out in a hammock.
I dined al fresco for every meal, often with sand in my toes, feasting on authentic Mexican dishes and fresh seafood. Tulum’s low-key vibe was exactly what I needed to unwind from my busy NYC schedule.
What recommendations do you have for solo travelers in Tulum?
What was the best part of your solo trip to Tulum?
Breathing in the fresh air and enjoying nature’s beauty.
What was the worst part of the trip?
I missed dining at Hartwood, the most renowned restaurant in Tulum, as it was closed for a break.
Are there any safety concern for women traveling alone to Tulum?
I had no safety concerns in Tulum. I felt very comfortable on my own.
What advice do you have for women who are traveling alone?
Don’t be intimidated. You can do anything that you want to do. And don’t rule out visiting “romantic” destinations, such as Tulum. You deserve paradise too!
About Shari Bayer
Shari Bayer is the Founder and President of Bayer Public Relations, a full-service public relations, marketing and consulting agency established in 2003 in NYC that specializes in culinary and hospitality. She is also the Host and Producer of “All in the Industry” on Heritage Radio Network, a weekly internet-based radio program dedicated to the behind-the-scenes talents in the hospitality industry. In addition, Shari is a contributing writer for Fathom and Thrillist, and a fearless solo diner and traveler.
About Women Who Travel Solo
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