• Where to Next? My Upcoming Travel Plans for Summer/Fall '18

Where to Next? My Upcoming Travel Plans for Summer/Fall ’18

My feet are getting itchy again – and I’m dying to go somewhere totally new! This last year, I did some traveling in North India, Singapore, Malaysia, and the typical USA/UK trips but I didn’t really go crazy compared to the year before where I think I went to Finland, Bali, Morocco, Israel, and Latvia just in the winter.

The biggest reason for it wasn’t that I was bored of traveling or ran out of money – it was that it was my last season in Goa and I really wanted to spend time in India. But, now that I’ve moved to Merida and am enjoying getting totally embedded into a new culture, I’m ready to go explore again.

I will say, I am a bit pickier than I used to be. As a travel blogger, I get invitations to go on trips a lot. At one point two years ago, I took on a handful of writers who I sent in my place to Nepal, Maldives, Luxembourg, and even sailing a luxury yacht around the Greek islands. But, after a year, I decided I really didn’t want to just send people on trips just to get content added to my blog and ended it.

Just this week, I have had invitations to Thailand, Sri Lanka, Uttarakhand, and several luxury hotels. Most don’t work out time-wise and others aren’t the type of travel I do (ie: bird-watching or a camping trip). But, I do have some travels planned (ish). I’m only going to say the ones that are confirmed because I fully believe in jinxing myself, but there are a couple more fun trips added into these.

Where to Next? My Upcoming Travel Plans for Summer/Fall '18

June: Merida

This month I am staying put in Merida, well the month is almost over now – but we had our first month living here and loved it. We are seeing some towns nearby in the Yucatan but mostly staying put.

July: Atlanta

Just a quick stop in Atlanta for a couple of days to do some residency paperwork and have a meeting with the Mexican consulate. Anyone know of a great boutique hotel or Airbnb in ATL? I also am hoping to meet up with my (now) friend Naveen, who runs Next Vacay. I’ve worked with him on promotions for his amazing flight deals for three years and we’ve become friends, so it’ll be great to finally meet in person if he’s not off traveling the world.

July: Ohio

As always, I head home to see family in July. I am going for two weeks and Ben is coming with me. He hasn’t been to Ohio in a couple of years and actually hasn’t met a lot of my friends so it’s going to be fun: heading up to the lake with my dad’s fishing boat, having cook-outs, going shopping lol (sorry Ben), and hanging with my friends that still live in Ohio. We’ve luckily found a great dog sitter here in Merida! She came by and met our pouches and they were all totally in love.

August: Panama and Costa Rica

As soon as I got to our new home in Yucatan and really studied the map, I was like holy crap, I could drive to Belize and Guatemala in half a day. I decided then that I really needed to take a couple of weeks and go somewhere in Central America. I reached out to my best travel blogging buddy who lives up in Norway, Heart My Backpack, and begged her to come along – but I woke up to a very excited message that she would freaking love to. Yay! Girls trip in the making… We met in Finland and are just about as weird as each other, lol (jk, Silv!). We decided based on reading all of Alex in Wanderland’s Central America blog posts that we needed to focus on Panama and then cross over into Costa Rica at the end. Nothing is planned yet except for that. I really wanted to go to Guatemala and Nicaragua first but between a serious volcano eruption in the first and news of impending civil war in the second, with other bloggers saying it was unsafe and they had to leave the country, I figured I can wait and go there next time.

September: TBEX in Finger Lakes, NY

So some crazy last minute news is that I am speaking at TBEX. TBEX is a travel blogging conference held in a few places around the world each year. I am speaking on outsourcing with Alex and Angie (from AngieAway). I am so excited to be on a panel with them and excited to go network now that I live in North America and can finally work with some tourism boards that were just too far away from India to make a quick week-long trip. I went to TBEX in Bangkok, their first in Asia, about 3 years ago but have heard the North America ones are the best so cannot wait to check it out.

Where to Next? My Upcoming Travel Plans for Summer/Fall '18

November: India

Still looking at going to Inida in November. If I have other trips come up, it could be pushed back to January. I am excited to be working with a hotel I’ve partnered with before there on a campaign in Madhya Pradesh (and fingers crossed I finally see a tiger). I also want to go somewhere that readers ask about a lot and after really thinking about it I think you guys want content on Calcutta, Darjeeling, and Sikkim. So I’ll likely spend two weeks there then head down to Goa to see friends for a week or so. Ben has work in India in Mumbai, Chennai, and Pune so probably will head over to India together.

I’m excited about all my upcoming trips!

I think there are two other trips that will come to fruition, one this summer, and one the end of September, both in the USA. Between all the travel, I look forward to exploring the Yucatan more and going to check out some (from what I hear, touristy) places on the Caribbean coast like Cancun and Playa Del Carmen but also some lesser known places like Isla Mujeres and Bacalar. I also want to travel around Mexico and Ben wants to hit up Mexico City for the Grand Prix in early November. So lots to do, but also want to enjoy our gorgeous rental home in Merida and build a house (lol, so little time).

Do you have any fun summer plans coming up? Is there somewhere else in India I haven’t been you think I should go to instead of Calcutta. Tell me about it!


About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Hippie in Heels, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Dylan June 26, 2018 at 5:52 am - Reply

    Such a busy second half of the year! I think we actually have fairly similar 2018’s planned so far– I’ll be in Ohio in July as well (I live in Columbus!) and then heading to Latin America (Peru, though, not Panama) with a quick stop in the Yucatan before heading home for the holidays. I mean, sort of similar? Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading your posts from Merida, Panama, and Costa Rica! Happy travels!

  2. Freya June 26, 2018 at 7:53 am - Reply

    That’s quite the itinerary, how exciting! I’m heading to Colombia in August, my first South American country. Frantically cramming Spanish language courses right now

  3. Burmisoutdoor June 26, 2018 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    You have an amazing itinerary. It is really amazing to travel all the time. Kudos to you for keeping things interesting.

  4. Alex June 27, 2018 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Thats an interesting comment on Guatemala, where did you read about impending Civil War/ source for such a comment?

    • Rachel Jones June 27, 2018 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Typed too fast. Meant to type Guatemala for the recent volcano and Nicaragua for the civil unrest – whoops just fixed and added one of the articles I read.

  5. CAPPADOCIA June 28, 2018 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    Wow you are very busy, love your life. thanks for sharing with us

  6. Rachel en Route June 29, 2018 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Wow that sounds like you have a lot coming up this year! I can’t wait to follow along on your new adventure.

  7. Andra July 6, 2018 at 12:48 am - Reply

    I find it so sweet that you have included India on your list even though you have recently moved out of there :) Do you miss it? Although Merida looks amazing and I am pretty sure you will have a blast enjoying the surroundings! Looking soooo forward to reading about your trip to Costa Rica. Take care and safe travels

  8. sandygetsaround July 16, 2018 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    Hi Rachel! If you haven’t already, you can take a day trip to Valldolid to see the Casa de los Venados, it’s beautiful and donations go to a good cause, just make sure to check their tour times before you go!….and a couple of blocks from there, you can walk over to the cenote in town….Sandy

  9. Lillian August 7, 2018 at 11:56 am - Reply

    This is August are you really in Panama and Costa Rica? As you shared your schedule above!

    • Rachel Jones August 7, 2018 at 9:47 pm - Reply

      I got to Panama from the 14-30 August! Will you be there too?

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