Let me admit two things that I find somewhat embarrassing. First, I've never been to Mexico. Second, I've only been to Canada once and it was 3-4 days in Toronto for work 10 years ago and my passport was not even stamped. I live 2 hours from Toronto by air and 2.5 from Montreal and therefore, not even that long of a drive if I really wanted to cross the border. Being somewhat of a Francophile and trying to learn the language as an adult, I've always wanted to visit Montreal but never made the plans to do so. I am finally going. The flights from Chicago have always been surprisingly expensive considering it is so close but I'm going to guess that's due to taxes on the flights? I am not sure. The weekend before Thanksgiving of this year, I'll spend in Montreal and I am pretty thrilled about it.
I have started planning my little solo getaway and plan on only taking a backpack. I bought a new backpack for a big trip next year and am going to test it out with this long weekend trip as well as the trip to Tulum I just booked for February. Please note, that I will not be going to Mexico alone, I have one friend who is already committed and will probably seek a third. Tulum is safe but it is Mexico. For both trips, lodging will be in hostels and we plan on fully embracing the backpacker mindset. I have really started to research and get pumped for both trips. As an American, I know that Mexico and Canada are close international flights and I'm a little disappointed in myself that it has taken a canceled trip to make me realize short getaways to my neighboring countries are just as refreshing as well as budget-friendly.
I've disputed the flight that was canceled and hope to be reimbursed by my credit card company for the Air Berlin charges (they seem to think that I have a good case). I have a lot of plans for Montreal already that include a lot of walking and free sightseeing. In Tulum most everything will be very inexpensive but we will also be doing a lot of free things like going to the beach. I will track my travel budget and post the details to show how affordable a quick getaway can be, as well as how rewarding and therapeutic.