TRAVEL JOURNAL: CABO + KEEPING BALANCE.

by brittaneyelise

THE MOST MAJOR KEY TO LIFE: I believe, in all honesty, is BALANCE.

Seems simple, right? It’s definitely more simple when you’re at home in your own personal bubble. At home, I’ve nearly mastered being alone, in my zone, in my routine — work, working out, the food I eat, my usual drinks, my beauty- health- and wellness- conventions, personal growth, relationships, everything. I know what flows and feels good. I know the balance. I know many twenty-something to thirty-somethings do; once you hit a certain point in life.

But then you leave that bubble. Throw yourself on a plane for work or pleasure, into a new location, surround yourself with different people, food, experiences, etc. aaaaand…good luck! Instantly you’re taken out of your own personal element, and the real challenge might kick in. 

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I just went to Cabo to celebrate one of my best friends’ 30th birthday (owner of my favorite + the fabulous women’s boutique: Elle A.) and faced this familiar challenge; she did a perfect job at planning balance across a 4-day trip with a large group: which we found between one crazy beach day, one night out, a few yummy restaurants, poolside-laziness and home-cooking (hint: hire a local chef to come in and make you dinner at least one night!); and since I do travel often, I thought this would be a great opportunity to break down the harmony I’ve established while traveling…! (More details on Cabo itself at the very bottom of this post!)

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Here’s what I suggest to help keep balance afloat, whether in or out of your bubble:

BODY // Detox and get serious about your diet one week before leaving. I did a mini liver-cleanse the week before Cabo and it really helped my nutritional awareness: to keep my body (both internally and externally) feeling balanced. For the cleanse, I stuck to super clean veggies, chicken, fish, and fruit, incorporated flax seed oil (MAJOR BENEFICIAL KEY!), 48oz of a pure cranberry-water flush throughout each day, and kick-started every morning with hot water + lemon to get my organs going. By the time I got to Cabo, I was able to indulge (in moderation) in the tacos and guac much easier, and it was also easier to be more selective of my intake. My body felt the cravings a little less than usual, and I mixing in healthy options felt so much easier. You can usually find smart options — you just have to be mindful of it and plan a bit.

MIND + SPIRIT // I’ve been loading up on Gabrielle Bernstein and Thich Nhat Hanh. Their messages have been slowly engraving themselves into my mind. Finding balance at home (like any situation) has been better preparing me with keeping my mind, heart, and spirit aligned in circumstances beyond my control. TO bring this element on a trip, I’m v into audiobooks rn! Taking time out to center yourself and relax is key to not feeling exhausted while out of your bubble. It’s a connection to your truest self, the one you experience while hoe. These particular audiobooks provided me with the best reminders: “The Universe Has Your Back” and “The Art of Power.”

RELATIONSHIPS // If you’re used to embracing alone-time pretty regularly, throwing yourself into a house with 8 other people (like my trip to Cabo) might sound a little intense. The key, I find, is finding a similar vibe between you and each individual. Bringing the best out int hat person by emphasizing your mirroring qualities, and they, naturally, will do the same for you — and simply steer away from the personality traits you do not find yourself to align with… life’s too short/the trip is probably too short — bottom line: bring the best out in everyone and you’ve got a recipe for a pretty positive time! This helps keep balance in personalities in such close quarters.

Each of the above help keep travel tranquil and sets you up for flexibility and balance. It makes all the difference when out of your routine, trust me!

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And now the fun CABO stuff! This was my third time traveling here, but I know you want to know more about where to go or what we did — so! — I have to share 2 blog/insta-worthy locations:

FLORA FARMS: This is a sprawling, beautiful farm and property. They grow all of their own organic foods on the property and have a restaurant where you can eat the most incredible farm-to-table meals. Flora is a great place to find a little wholesome balance… and the decor is super rustic-chic-cute! TOTALLY BE APPROVED! The little gold-coin-anklet you’ve seen in a lot of my Insta-posts during this trip is from one of the little boutiques on the property… There’s even a James Perse here… so many cute sustainable shops I could honestly go on forever and really wish we had the time to visit more than once! This one is a MUST when you’re in Cabo. 

ESPERANZA: Where we stayed! The property has pretty much everything you could want for any mini vacay — primarily: the view, the beach, the pool — sold! It was the ideal spot to party privately with friends, relax the body and mind while soaking up the sun, and take in Mexico with a margarita or 5 in hand. There is a hotel, condos, and large villas for rent on the property — perfect for a group trip, like ours!

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HOLA BEACH BAG: Kayu Design x Revolve.

BLACK BIKINI: Koa.

OFF-WHITE BIKINI: Mikoh.

BLACK/WHITE PALM PRINT + GREEN BIKINI: Mikoh.

OFF-SHOULDER BIKINI: Blue Life Swim.

WHITE SHREDDED JEANS: Grlfrnd Denim.

NUDE SANDALS: Tkees.

OLIVE WRAP DRESS: Faithfull.

BLACK POM-POM ESPADRILLES: Make Me Chic.

SHREDDED LIGHT DENIM SHORTS: Mink Pink.

STRAPLESS STRIPED LINEN TOP: Faithfull.

COLORFUL MAXI SKIRT + WHITE OFF-SHOULDER TOP: She In.

HATS: Elle A.

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