Liz had a week in between her old job ending and the new one beginning, so we planned a trip to Cartagena, Colombia, a spot we missed on our trip but have long wanted to check out.
Unfortunately, when we got to the airport at 4 AM to catch our flight, Spirit Air cancelled it, leaving us stranded. With few options that didn't involve missing our entire trip, we decided to hop a flight later that day to Cancun, Mexico. Not quite Colombia, but close enough for us.
After touch down, we headed south for Tulum in a hatchback rental car that had seen better days. We explored the Mayan ruins nearby, found a cheap hotel, then set our sights on Majahual, motoring down the coast. The road hugged the Caribbean, showing off periodic glimpses of the turquoise waters that make the area famous.
Once in Majahual we checked out the town and quickly decided to look for someplace a little more remote down the coast toward Belize. A few miles after the pavement ended, we found Hotel Maya Luna, a property of tiny bungalows, complete with an empty beach, vacant hammocks, and a resident dog named Dinga. Liz's new favorite pet.
We were all set for a few days of complete nothingness. Or so we thought.
After a nap in one of the hammocks and a rum drink accompanied by a passing storm, we took a walk down the white sand. And unfortunately, as with so many of the beaches we've encountered on our travels, plastic littered the views.
The next morning at sunrise, we set out, with Liz's new canine friend in tow, to get in our weekly 1 of 7. The next day we did the same.
That remote beach was yet one more reason we decided to join with the Surfrider Foundation in its "Rise Above Plastics" campaign and encourage people to use less plastic. The world's beaches are covered with bottles, packaging and all sorts of other floating debris -- and it's all made of plastic. But you don't have to visit a remote beach in Mexico to join the effort. Check out these 10 ways to use less plastic every day. And do what you can to use less plastic. The world's beaches and its beachgoers will be glad you did.