Living,  Travel

Mexico for a Month

When it comes to my blog, I like to be as transparent as possible. I don’t want to lie or pretend my life is one perfect and lucky party, because it’s not. I think people like me because I am Jess Smith, and my true character shows through the bullshit (Sorry for swearing).

What I love about my blog is that I have the freedom to control the content here, and say what I mean and say what I feel. So I wanted to tell you why I’m in Mexico for a month, all bullshit aside….


Recently, I got an amazing job offer; Great company, great benefits, a huge opportunity for my future. To my belief, it was almost too good to be true. And, it was….

Something fell through, and not in my favor. The job offer was taken back, and I was pretty damn upset. But, I was all ready to leave my city of Philadelphia.. Of course I was sad to leave Philly, but I had my apartment ready to be subletted, everything packed, purged, and ready to go. It was like I couldn’t turn back, I was already checked out.

So I had two options: Stay in Philly and find another job, or frankly, do whatever I wanted.

I chose the second option: Use this freedom of unemployment to do whatever I wanted.

I got rid of my apartment, electric bill, Comcast bill (couldn’t be mad at that), and unnecessary belongings. All I have is my clothes, a laptop, and a phone bill (and my dog Zoey whom is staying at my parents for the time-being).

I decided to book a month-long trip to Mexico. YES, A MONTH-LONG TRIP. Everyone thought I was crazy, and that I was going to spend a fortune. To be honest, this month in Mexico is cheaper than my previous living expenses – Brought $1,000 for the entire month, $600 for the Airbnb, and $450 for the flight. That’s $2,000 to live for the entire month, and I’m already a week in and have only spent $200 here in Mexico.

So I write this to everyone from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and I’m not quite sure where I’ll go after this, but as a Whiskey Gypsy, I think I’ll figure it out. Most likely a new city where I can meet new people, try new things and of course… eat new food.

Being in Mexico is very refreshing, and ridiculously cheap. My Airbnb is beautiful, and yes, it gets super hot here. But I’ve got the beach, $1 cervezas, and lunch that costs me a whopping $3.00 per day.

Losing a job is one thing, but it won’t be hard finding another. Money comes and goes, I’ll find more eventually. I’m 24 years old, if I applied for a job immediately, I’d never have this chance to book a month-long vacation until I’m retired!

One thing is for sure, I know I’ll look back in a few years and say that losing a job and booking a trip to Mexico for a month was the best decision I ever made.

I guess the moral of this story is: Shit happens, mostly for a reason. Embrace it and use it to your advantage instead of dwelling on it. Also, traveling isn’t expensive – go see the world and don’t regret it.

Thanks to my friends who are awesome, gave me good advice or just think I’m crazy. Thanks to my family who somehow understood, and to my best friend, Sam who joined me on this adventure.

I thought I’d share some photos of my journey so far.. but expect lots of recipes, cocktails, and updates on my journey.

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These Oysters were in the ocean just a few hours before we ate them!

We made these Spicy Cauliflower Tostadas at home, click on the picture to go to the recipe!
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