In March, Aaron and I got to spent 4 healing days in Tulum, celebrating my 33rd birthday. It was so serene and calming, I hardly even know how to put it into words for this post.
All I know is that Tulum is beautiful, and Habitas, where we stayed, was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. (I’m going to be saying lots of good things about Habitas in this post, but this isn’t sponsored in any way, just so you know.)
Even though every corner seemed to be made for Instagram, the serene atmosphere folded me in and made me forget about the external world — and social media.
For me, this was pure bliss.
Vacation has become a sacred space for me. Lately, I’ve stopped posting to Instagram when we vacation, saving it for later, when I’m back in the office again. It may seem strange, especially as we are all encouraged to share our lives on social media, in the moment, all the time. But it’s one of the healthiest decisions I’ve ever made — it creates space for me to rest and unplug, and fosters an environment where I can be truly present.
That’s not to say we didn’t take photos! Oh, we did. :) But we took them for us, if that makes sense — you know, the whole internal motivation vs. external motivation thing. Makes all the difference.
So today, I’ll be sharing:
- Our photo journal
- My full packing list and outfits
- Plus! A free printable packing planner for you
Let’s jump in!
One of my favorite spots on the beach. (We snapped all the photos you’re about to see around Habitas.)
This was our lovely tent.
Paw prints on the beach at sunrise.
The third night we were there we had a full moon! We even sat on the beach and had our own mini full moon ritual, by verbally listing things we are currently releasing.
One of my favorite things about Habitas was that the clubhouse and common areas are all on the beach, and they encourage you to take off your shoes as soon as you step foot in the sand. It felt so special to eat most meals with my toes in the sand — nothing steadies me quite like the practice of grounding or earthing (the practice of connecting your physical body and skin to the earth to help balance and calm the nervous system).
WHAT I PACKED
Like I mentioned above, this trip was laid back. While there are plenty of amazing spots to visit in Tulum, we prioritized rest over anything else, and only left the Habitas property once, to bike around Tulum.
So since our itinerary consisted of relaxing on the beach every day, it was easy to pack! I knew I’d be in flip flops and a swimsuit 80% of the time, so I just went with it, and left any fancy outfits at home.
You can see it all below:
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WHAT I WORE
• DAY 1 •
At The Beach
• DAY 2 •
Sunrise Breakfast + Pool Time
Since Habitas faces east, and we knew we wouldn’t really get to see the sunset over the ocean, we woke up early to catch the sunrise instead. Honestly, I think it was my favorite part of the trip. I could relive that morning again and again.
• DAY 3 •
At The Beach
• DAY 4 •
Bike Ride to the Tulum Ruins
BONUS: PRINTABLE PACKING PLANNER
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And there you have it!
Before you go, if you live around Dallas, I’ve got some exciting news! On April 13th, I’ll be giving a chat on building a wardrobe you love at the Neiman Marcus at Northpark (level 2). You’ll also get a first look at Eileen Fisher’s new spring collection, and I’ll be giving mix-and-match styling ideas. The event is from 1:00-3:00pm, and I’ll be giving my chat at 1:30pm. I hope to see you there!
Now I want to hear from you! Got any fun trips coming up? Where are you headed? Have you been to Tulum? Got any other Tulum recommendations to add? I’d love to hear!