What Dreams May Come. Goodbye Playa del Carmen

And that’s a wrap!

Our time in Playa del Carmen has come to an end. It is a very bizzarre feeling, almost as wierd as when we packed up and left Australia over 2 years ago. Playa has become like home to us, and that, is why we have to leave.

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We have loved our time here. I quit smoking, we skydived, beached and cenote ‘ed. We have made friends, become part of Playa and discovered all those things which make a place a home and not just a hotel. All the things which you might miss out on if you are just here for a week, or even a month. We have, as much as a foreigner in any country can, become locals. True, we are more like locals who don’t speak the language very well, and who have more foreign friends than local ones. But we are foreigners, and even if we were here for 20 years we would still be foreigners.

But I am OK with that, if I really wanted to be an identical part of a culture I would have stayed in the Western world.

But I digress, Playa del Carmen has become like home, it has been a lot of fun, very comfortable, and easier and easier to just let the days roll by. Which is why we have to go. It has become too easy, things very seldom surprise us or confront us here anymore. We left Perth, Australia because settling down did not suit us, it didn’t make us happy, and despite the beauty and ease of life in Playa del Carmen, we have started to feel that uneasiness and inward questioning which was so much more prevalent back in Australia.

It is time. Time to find new challenges, new experiences, and new frustrations. It is time to hit the road and explore this great big world just begging to be discovered.

Tomorrow morning, 19th March 2014, Sarah and I will pack up the car with our decidedly larger collection of possesions from when we got here, and we will drive out of Playa del Carmen. We will hit the highway with the intention to cross 2 borders in 1 day (Belize and Guatemala), and for me the most incredible part?

We don’t have to turn around and go back the way we came.

I can’t tell you how alluring this prospect is to me, but I will try. Almost every journey I have ever begun in a car, had me driving back the same way I came, returning to the destination of origin, and although we may well be back in Playa del Carmen a year, 2 years, 10 years from now, we are driving South, and that is all there is to it.

We are driving South until the car breaks down or there is no more South to drive. We don’t have a time limit in mind, we don’t have destinations planned past the first one of Guatemala. We might be in Guatemala for a month, or for 6 months, and then who knows?! I bloody don’t that’s for sure…

And then of course there is the Powered Paragliding, We now have a fourth passenger on board (the third being my shiny Gigabyte notebook), my Paramotor.Β An actual hobby to take with us which will undoubtedly enhance the journey. I have said a number of times how excited I am by this, how the idea that I can actually fly now still seems absolutely bonkers. I have started dreaming about it fairly regularly, about soaring above the clouds, flying along the beach or just floating in the sky, but there is another side to the Paramotoring which I am almost equally grateful for.


You see, I have a tendency to get bored, very quickly, and although hitting the road again was and is very much an exciting prospect, I was worried. I was worried because when I thought about seeing another waterfall, another ruin, or another beach, jungle, town, I was a little underwhelmed, more than a little. I was worried that maybe even travel had lost its shine, and then what the hell would I do to get my jollies?!

In reality this worry would likely have amounted to not very much of an issue at all, but it would have niggled. I wanted something to take this adventure from exciting to thrilling. I wanted something which would add to the journey in a way that brought back the thrill I felt the first time I stepped off a plane in a new country, and here it is, Paramotoring.

I am thrilled by this prospect, exalted by this opportunity, and nervous (in a great way) of what is to come. I am going to fly, not just fly, I am going to travel the world, and not just travel the world. I am going to fly in some of the most awesome places nature ever deigned to create. I am going to see the world from above, from a place man has not yet conquered, from a place I have only dreamed of.

This next leg of our adventures, of our lives, lays upon a path I feel certain is the right one. I am always aware of the time limit life puts on us, and am constantly asking myself if I am making the most of every fleeting tick of the clock.

I can most assuredly let myself know that yes, I am living life to the full.

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Just another day at the office

No matter how unlikely or unreasonable my dreams have seemed, I reached for them, and those worth having I held on to.

When I was a child, I dreamed of being a millionaire and owning my own island.

As I grew older, I adapted my dreams to reality and watched them fade away.

As I grow wiser, I ask what I truly want and achieve my dreams every day.

I did not want to be a millionaire, I did not want an island. I wanted freedom and I wanted experience, both were easier to achieve and ended up being the reality behind my childhood dreams.

I wanted to be a millionaire so that I could have freedom, I wanted my own island for the experience. Now I have enough money to be truly free, but not so much that my money owns me, and not so little that it prevents me from experiencing life. And I have every island in the world at my disposal, without the maintenance!

In the end it appears I did not have to modify my dreams at all, I just had to ask myself what the end goal of those dreams truly were.

And here I am, living my perfect life, about to hit the road and the skies, one day away from the rest of my life. I hope you will come along for the ride.


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0 thoughts on “What Dreams May Come. Goodbye Playa del Carmen”

  1. Have a safe trip, both on road and in the sky.

    Looking forward to hearing about your next adventures, mainly in a purely selfish way so we know all the good places to eat and where to get good coffee.

  2. Safe trip to both of you. You know when you and Sarah are chatting to each other on walkie talkies, whilst you do your flying, what code name do you have?

    Please tell me you have code names!!

    1. Cheers Lauren, if it ain’t working then somethings gotta change right? Seems almost obvious sometimes what we need to change to be happy, but it is funny how easy it is to lose sight of that idea.

  3. Awesome post, Tyrhone, and one I understand very well myself. I completely understand that paradox of feeling so comfortable that you know it’s time to move onβ€”it’s not always something I’m good at acting on, personally, but I think the motivation behind it is a good one. You’ve had a great time in Playa but now it’s time to move on and try something new. Whether it’s in the car or in the skies, I’m sure it will be great!

  4. By now you and Sarah are well on your way and I, for one, am so excited to see where your dreams and travels take you! I love that you are living life to its fullest AND sharing your stories about it.
    Your insight into modifying ones dreams has me thinking deeply this morning … something that I have honestly needed to do – seriously consider and modify MY dreams and live those dreams … rather than the ones others have been guiding me to.
    Keep us posted … can’t wait to hear more!

    1. Thanks Annette, it is a great feeling to be able to say honestly to myself, “I am exactly where I need to be”. This journey has taken us on so many unexpected twists and turns, a lot of them frustrating and difficult in unexpected ways, but all of them have led to being exactly where we need to be.

      I find it very easy to get carried away by expectations, and often need some sort of grounding force to help me see what it is which is not quite right in my life, and very often it comes when I least expect it.

      Good luck in tossing off the shackles and reaching for even grander heights than you have already reached, I know it will be an incredibly gratifying experience!

      1. I just have to say, I love how you write (and Sarah too) if either of you ever writes a book (together of separately)I would be first in line to buy it. And I am not just speaking gratuitously here, you both have a genuine talent with words … both styles are very engaging.
        Again, keep us posted!! Oh, and thank you for commenting back, it is nice to know that ones comments are being read and heard.

        1. Wow, thank you very much, I have to admit to being extremely susceptible to compliments, so muchos gracias πŸ™‚

          And I love the back and forth interactions of a blog, it shows real people are reading, so welcome real person πŸ™‚

  5. I feel like I’m reading so many “well, it’s time to leave” posts today! I, too, get bored easily. It’s one of the things I worry about as we get closer to returning. I just hope I can work some of the things I’ve learned on this trip into my daily life at home. Of course, when we get home we plan on having kids, so I doubt once that happens I’ll be bored.

    Buena suerte to you both!

  6. It does look to be a great ride – have awesome travels and hopefully you’ll find what you’re looking for πŸ™‚

    Added you on Twitter so I can read more about your adventures!

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