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October 22nd, 2010

Darn the luck when your job demands you travel to exotic destinations and sample everything heavenly they have to offer.

(Please tell me you’re picking up on my sarcasm and enthusiasm.)

One glance at the picture above and you won’t need to guess I’m going back to Mexico next week.  The Presidente InterContinental resort in Cozumel to be exact.

Now that I have several published articles in The Houston Chronicle under my belt, hotels are inviting me to visit and review them on a regular basis.  (It’s ironic and not so funny – to me – that I’ve been doing this on my blog for a while now, but I need the credibility of traditional print to be legitimized. I could go on about how backwards this is for hours, but I won’t.)

I’m sure you’re envious of my upcoming trip. Well, I’m not going to lie, you should be.  But I’ll also tell you, I sometimes fantasize about feeling safe and secure working behind a desk, earning a steady paycheck, and enjoying the benefits of health insurance. 

I could try to explain that in writing all of these articles, there is research, calls, and actually a lot of time involved that does not equate to the money I earn on them, but that rationale would fall on deaf ears I’m sure.

The struggle for me is that the travel gets tedious, and while I’m away, I still have clients in town I have to work for.  But, I LOVE to travel, so I give up the safety of a schedule to satisfy my inner gypsy.  The main perk of being a freelancer is that I can work from anywhere in the world.

Next week I have the pleasure of visiting The Presidente InterContinental resort in Cozumel.  In tow, my fabulous friend Edward Sanchez is joining me to frolic in the white sand and take in all of the seemingly gorgeous vistas and amenities (see I haven’t drawn any conclusions yet) this resort has to offer.

I’ve decided instead of writing up each Mexican hot-spot individually, I’m going to do a comparison piece on the 4 popular destinations in Mexico – Cozumel, Cancun/Playa del Carmen, Los Cabos, and San Miguel – and highlight one hotel per place.  I might add Puerto Vallarta and a couple more, but since my space is limited, I’m just going to choose the places I feel are worthy of your time and money. 

One more Mexican note:  I’ve recently secured the Mayakoba as a sponsor for the new MTM.  It is by far and away one of my favorite places on the planet, so I’m excited and proud to share more about their property with you. (As well as a reader discount!)

(Full disclosure: I’m sure you put 2 and 2 together and realize this trip is being covered by The InterContinental.  It will be my first “all expenses paid” trip in my career as a travel writer.)

*iPhone photo from a visitor of the InterContinental provided by hotel staff.

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