Travel Decisions During Restrictions – Treading water in Mexico.
Treading water keeps one afloat in the waters of life when travel decisions during restrictions have to be made. Existing in a space without really getting anywhere other than where a tide may drift. At the moment, it is difficult to comprehend the direction we need to go in. We know our guiding principles and trust in the strong universal force that works through us. Furthermore, it is this energy that has allowed us to keep on living. Indeed, it has driven us throughout, enabling a fantastic journey despite the attempted destruction of people’s freedoms. We have made travel decisions during restrictions the whole way through.
Calm place to make our travel decisions during restrictions
From our last post, you will see we are back in Sayulita. This was a place of relative calm in an insane world. Part of us wanted to stay in Fort Lauderdale for a couple of months but it was economically challenging. We chose to fly back into Mexico and stop off in Sayulita for a while. In doing this, we would have at least six months to work out where next.
Our reasoning for choosing Sayulita to make our next travel decisions during restrictions was simple enough. Firstly, we know the seaside town and it’s idiosyncrasies relatively well. Secondly, It was also more economically viable. Thirdly, while being it’s wet season, we understood that there would be some sunny weather. Lastly, Mexico has decent links with other parts of the world when we do decide to move on. Thankfully, so far, the weather has been pretty good.
Itinerary to consider while making travel decisions during restrictions
Treading water in Mexico is all well and good. The reality is, we must still consider our Itinerary and where we still want to go. The travel decisions during restrictions are complicated.
Asia has been the big loser for our world tour. We had so many plans for months in India. It would then have been a base to explore Mauritius, Reunion Island, and the Maldives before we would then have flown towards Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Yes, the whole initial schedule was to visit these countries in a different order. From where we are treading water, they are simply the destinations on our mind from the original itinerary.
So why are we treading water instead of going?
We are reluctantly treading water while we make our travel decisions during restrictions. There are very few countries without entry restrictions at all. Thankfully Mexico is one, with a more open door policy. Most others are requiring conditions to be met, that feed the greedy machine trying to control the direction of the world’s people. We are opposed to this.
Many countries, like India; a spiritual home to us, simply are not open to tourists yet. They have been like this for 18 months at least. What is more, this has been detrimental to the existence of some of our local friends who live there. A fact that hurts when you see those who have thrived financially during this time. Subsequently, we have been left frustrated by the draconian measures in place. Love, unity and equality are pillars of the soul yet fear, separation, and hierarchy; the haves and the have nots, are steering the world for now.
Feels like an Open Prison while making travel decisions during restrictions
Sayulita is a good place for treading water. The town gives us a base to research our travel decisions during restrictions.
We enjoy the scenery. We love the sunshine by the beach. There is a fairly relaxed atmosphere around. However, it has that feeling of being like an open prison. Sayulita’s population, local and expat, is very different in thought to the mainstream narrative being fed through your screens across the world. This is a good vibe. Yet, It is a social bubble. As such, with the lack of options to move on, we feel a tad trapped. This has gotta stop!
Your dreams put into a tangible plan bring uplift to your spirit. When blocks are put in place in an attempt to stop those dreams, then this can be frustrating. We have broken through and carried on with our lives as this blog attests too. All the while making our travel decisions during restrictions.
Yet here we are. Holed up and held up in Mexico. While we love the place, a certain amount of boredom can creep in. We want to be out exploring our world. Living with the people, flora and fauna that we share our existence with. Boredom can lead to apathy.
Occupying ourselves while finalising travel decisions during restrictions is important.
As we search for answers to our travel decisions during restrictions, we have to counteract the boredom that creeps in. We ensure a certain amount of routine. To begin with, we aim to get up relatively early. After this, we follow our exercise regimes. Next, an easy breakfast followed by a walk to the beach to relax for an hour. Last but not least, we delve into our writing. This all helps to set a structure with which we can clear our minds to assist our travel decisions during restrictions.
We are also filled with ideas. We channel these into different areas. Indeed, we revel in making some funny videos or photo compilations to pop up on social media. To be honest, the funnies help to keep us grounded by having a giggle at our own expense. In a world where travel decisions during restrictions are made extremely difficult, a light hearted moment helps the spirit.
On top of our blog, we are also relishing the challenge of following up on other writing ideas. The building of previously shelved bright spark moments adds depth to our writing portfolio. There are definitely exciting and interesting concepts in the pipeline. We refuse to just stand still as we make our travel decisions during restrictions.
Our evenings can be taken up with more writing, games, a watch of our favourite comedy shows, and chats. A search through Bitchute, other channels, or internet searches; away from the single, controlled narrative for interesting alternative news stories can help us understand where we can make a difference.
Of course, ‘all work and no play’ makes life dull. To ensure we keep sane while we research our travel decisions during restrictions, we take joy in a spot of socialising. Whether it is a nice meal out at La Rustica or L’Ulivo, a few drinks with friends and new acquaintances, checking out the entertainment in the town plaza, or fostering a wee dog, we love embracing what our surroundings have on offer.
The actual search for travel decisions during restrictions
You can read about the search for flights etc and other practicalities in our blog post ‘Plan – Where next while on the road’. Our travel decisions during restrictions lead down other paths. We have to trawl through information about individual countries to get a clear picture of what entry restrictions they have in place. Being a fluid situation, these restrictions change regularly. In the main, since early 2020, they have become tighter and increasingly authoritarian.
To help us make our travel decisions during restrictions, we visit a number of different websites. Firstly, a country’s own immigration website will have the required information but sometimes it’s difficult to locate. Secondly, there are the airlines from countries that we are interested in visiting and they will generally have some form of up to date information on their base country’s entry restrictions. On top of that, we also look up websites that have dedicated a lot of time into pulling as much information from each country into one page.
Weighing up our options no matter how limited
From these searches, we can then draw up a list of possible destinations. We can use the information to help us make our travel decisions during restrictions. At the moment, that list is very short. We also have to look at the practicalities of getting to the countries on the list. A few places will still let a passenger transit through an airport without the need to be jabbed or tested. This is as important as finding a country that will have little or no entry restrictions if the destination doesn’t have a direct flight from Mexico.
Wanting to use our money for travel rather than treading water
Our travel decision during restrictions is to stay put for now. It is difficult as we want to be using our money for travelling rather than treading water in Sayulita. The options are so limited at the moment so we have to re-evaluate. Indeed, it will mean constantly checking for updates about destinations and hoping for a change to tight restrictions and the ability for freer movement.
Looking to the future – a chance to make different travel decisions during restrictions
The aim is to look to the future and get back on the road. India, and Asia in general, will be coming out of their traditional cooler, wet, and therefore, flu season. This brings with it the possibility some restrictions may ease. Subsequently, for our travel decisions during restrictions, there may be a chance of a growing list of reachable destinations. As a final point, this could be a triumph for people’s freedoms and inalienable rights. We need that light at the end of the tunnel.