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Travel and writing have both been a part of my life for as long as I can remember but never together. I loved to travel and I loved to write but I never thought of combining those two things until a few years ago with this travel blog, My Cornacopia. Now I’m at a point where I’m ready to go network and brainstorm with other travel writers and I’m attending my first mastermind which will take place in the Riviera Maya of Mexico. Here’s what I have to look forward to:
We’ll be having our mastermind at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Offering guests 3 unique room experiences, The Grand Class (romantic), The Ambassador (family friendly) and The Zen Grand (relaxation), Grand Velas Riviera Maya is an all-inclusive resort with something to offer for everyone. With 8 restaurants (some family friendly, some adults only), pools, activities, a world class spa and beachfront property it seems you can’t do anything but relax at Riviera Maya. I will be there mainly to learn and work, but I’m hoping to get a room in the The Zen Grand, eat at least one meal at their French restaurant Piaf and get a little time to experience their spa water treatment!
Part of our travel bloggers mastermind includes experiencing things so that we can share them with our readers. To help us do that we’ll be taking an all-day excursion with Alltournative. Created to help tourists experience the natural beauty and history of the Riviera Maya, Alltournative is committed to preserving its environment in an eco-friendly, respectful way. This includes only allowing biodegradable sunscreens and bug sprays on their excursions to help protect the coral reefs and visiting authentic Mayan communities. We’ll be doing the Coba Mayan Encounter. I’m not going to lie – I’m a little scared to do the zipline. But if my 10 year old can zip line at Girl Scout camp, I think I can give it shot! What I’m really looking forward to the traditional Mayan meal, swimming in a cenote and learning more about the Mayan culture.
Truth be told, I need to admit that I’m a little nervous about traveling without my family. Not because I’ll be a female flying to a foreign country alone and meeting up with 9 other people I only know through Facebook and conference calls. That’s the least of my worries since I’m prepared with travel items that will protect my well being and I plan on being very alert while there. What I’m concerned about is having to leave a day early so I can get a hotel in Orlando to catch an early morning flight the next day, the flying part itself and also I feel a little guilty for leaving my family for so long.
However I’m very, very excited about learning more about travel blogging, getting to meet and learn from bloggers I’ve only known online and getting a little time to myself after a really rough year. So I’ll be sharing all my experiences with my readers and social media followers from the time I hit Orlando in a few days to the time I return. Stay tuned!
Have you ever been on a mastermind? Let us know if the comments what the topic was and how you benefited from attending.