Who’s behind the scene

Mayan arqueological site Mayapan, Peninsula Yucatan, Mexico., Isabella,Biava

Mayan arqueological site Mayapan, Peninsula Yucatan, Mexico.

UPDATE

Several months after this post things have changed quite a bit ..as it should be as we we naturally evolved and (hopefully) develop into our better self and I actually decided to set up for a lifetime adventure.
If you wish to know more about the reasons why, you might want to read this new post.

my new journey

I am Isabella, Italian by birth, Caribbean in my heart, nomad by nature. I had a late wake-up call on that, but I  have still managed to travel to many beautiful places, as I was ‘’lucky’’ enough to make the right decision at the right time, and consequently set serendipity into action. 

Since when  I have decided to leave my home country, I have been living (and working as a tourist assistant) in different countries: Mexico, Egypt, Jamaica, Seychelles, Antigua, Grece, Antigua (again) and then Mexico again…

Cancun, to be precise, which has been my sweet home for more than 6 years at the time I am writing this, and where I have been happily working in a travel company. I reckon I have an amazing job that takes me to my office from 8 to 7, and very often around the Caribbean, too. In my after-work time I am reading,writing, editing my pictures and working on my blog and of course, exploring the surrounding area, full of incredible secret spots which I want to bring to you.  I am also learning about digital marketing for Luxury properties but most of all I am pondering on what I want to do when I grow up. So far the choices are among, photographer, painter, chef, scuba diving instructor, sailor, professional ultra-marathoner, life coach, holistic healer, social influencer, luxury boutique hotel manager, volunteer, hotel mystery shopper , coffe’ shop owner and manager, proof reader, translator, best selling writer, a monk, .. I have probably left something out.

However since a couple of my favourite writers say that  we have to live the moment, the here and now, I have decided that  I am very happy with my life as it is! Everybody should be happy with their lives or… change it, we are not trees, are we!?

Also I  love hiking,  although my body suffers when I do it,  there is something about it that makes me keep going, a fact you will see in my blog posts. The same works for running with which I have a love and hate relationship but as love is always the answer, well… I am still running. 

I think for now is enough but the best way to know me is to keep reading through my posts and interact with me. I’d love to hear from you! 

Oh… And I .. love quotes, as you might have noticed 🙂

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, and leading to the most amazing view… where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder thank your deepest dreams waits for you.”Edward Abbey

About Boundless Roads

HERE I need to start by making a clarification, especially for those who were following me before the change, when the blog was called Wanderluxly.
The original project was about Luxury travel and exclusive hotels, which are my passion and will continue to be. However, I realised that it was too restrictive for me: my life is not confined to luxury hotels only. This is a privilege I have been given for working in a travel company where almost all my business trips where characterised by a stay in stunning hotels, for which I am so very grateful. I had the time of my life and it felt so good that I easily got used to it. Who would not, right?
However it was only one part of my life and it didn’t define who I am, in total. When I travel on my own I love to camp and wake up in the middle of nowhere on top of a mountain or I can be at ease in modest (but cute) properties, I love to have different kind of experiences according to the kind of trip I am making. I love authenticity, I love to know and explore and of course I love luxury as well 🙂

That’s why I decided to switch to Boundless Roads, a title that I had brainstormed one night with a friend, who actually came up with the final name. And I fell in love right away (with the name). I felt so much identified with it, that I had no doubt it really represents the life that I have been living, the experience I had, and even more, those that I will want to have.

Life has no limit, each and everyone of us has infinite possibilities and travelling is both a metaphor of life and a way to explore and expand those possibilities even further. It allows us to become aware of who we are and discover who we can be. It’s a powerful instrument to destroy the boundaries that our limited little world sets, connect with our deepest self and therefore with the entire universe…
…and much more.

There is a huge literature on travelling and related topics and I am also be working on a library section where I will suggest you great readings.

“Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities, you can’t begin to explore your possibilities.” Tim Fargo

On Authenticity

I am not a ‘writer’ per se,  nor am I a photographer, as you will see. However, it is my promise to you  that whatever you read and see, comes straight from my heart, mind and soul. My drive and purpose is to communicate about the places I see and the emotions they stir within me, and they will be my eyes and ears on the roads I take, and the steps I make. My  aim is to give  information about hotels, destinations, things to do, and what to see, with a focus on responsible travel, adventure, hiking and  about the culture. What you won’t see here is invitation to experience man-made-money-making attraction that are exploiting nature and people just for the sake of money ( like swim with the dolphin experiences for example).  I will also provide you with insights as to what I believe to be the best luxury boutique hotels, or if not  luxury, very special, always based on my experience and taste. As you will see  I am particularly fond of luxury hotels and resorts, I appreciate the architecture,the attention to details, the exclusive attentive service and the fabulous, unforgettable experience they provide. And you will see a lot of that if you stick around. But I will also talk about affordable and cozy accommodations and I will provide links where you can directly book your stay with just a click. Or you could write to me and for a small fee I will be happy to make your reservations for your and help you to organise your trip

Sunset @treasure beach  – Jamaica – South Coast

Language

I am not a native English speaker, and yet I chose to write in English instead of my original language  for many reasons. First of all, I absolutely love the language and the figures of speech available;  secondly, the majority of my friends and my potential audience are English-speaking, and the rest can at least understand some of it; and finally, I will be excused more easily if I make any mistakes, it not being my first language! 🙂

At the beginning I didn’t want to have it edited, for the sake of authenticity, but after a few pieces of writing, I realised I should uncover the humble side of me and make that professional move. Also, because I found an amazing proof reader who is very much in harmony with my soul and who I am certain will be able to ensure my own personality is revealed through the lines, while retaining the beauty of the language.

I have to say that sometimes I just dare publish without going through my proof reader and if you catch a fault please feel free to let me know. There is always room for learning.

Random notes

What you will read here is only my point of view, I don’t expect to dictate and impose my perception of things, but simply to show you my vision.

In the itineraries, what to see and what to do sections, I will only make suggestions according to my personal criteria and preferences, but I am sure that after a couple of articles you will be able to tell if you can relate to that or not. If there is any specific information related to a destination (covered in the blog) that you feel I have omitted, please do not hesitate to ask; even if I don’t know, I might be able to find out for you, or steer you to the correct source, and it will be a pleasure for me to help. On the other hand, if I have been imprecise on any information please let me know. I can make mistakes and I will be happy to stand corrected.

When I write a review about a place, hotel or tour company, it is not because I get sponsored to do so. It is just because I truly love the place or the organization, and if there is anything I don’t particularly like, I rather not to talk about it. I strive to be trustworthy, and therefore wish the overwhelming themes of this blog to be: objectiveness, authenticity and clarity.

The hotels are linked to Booking.com page (or probably other affiliation sites) for your comfort so that you are directly connected to the reservation page and I will receive a small commission, which is not added to your cost, but deducted from the hotel price. In this way I can make this page sustainable and I will be able to support my investigations on hotels and places of interests and bring to you more and more information.

If you are not comfortable with an on line reservation you can contact me and I will be able to assist you personally with your reservation, for a small fee.

Also the books and audiobooks I suggest are linked to the Amazon page through an affiliation and I will get a very small fee when you purchase through my link but your cost stay the same.  I really appreciate if you use it; it won’t cost you a penny and it will be beneficial to me and this page.

The pictures are most of all mine and when it is not the case, I would mention the source.

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at allProverb

Picture courtesy of Sandra Salvado' - Location Hacienda Temozon

Picture courtesy of Sandra Salvado’ – Location Hacienda Temozon

Site Structure: how to get around

There are different way you can browse the site, according to what you are looking for. At present is very easy because I am at the beginning of this journey and even though I have so much to say and so much information to spread out, it will take some time. So please, sit comfortably buckle up and enjoy the ride. 🙂 And again if there is something you wish to know and it’s not on the site yet, please ask.
Here below you will find how the sections are organized now and what are my plans for the future. In this way I hope you help you to save time and find what you are looking for and what to expect for the future posts. Also please should you wish to receive updatings in your inbox feel free to sign up for the newsletter here below.

  • By topic, from the homepage , you can click on the picture of the topic of your interest , eg. beach, hiking, ecc. I will be adding more..
  • By destination, from the menu bar, you can chose the destination and sub-destination you are interested in and it will lead you to all the post I wrote about that
  • By the map, on the menu bar, click on WHERE and I will upload interacting maps where you can literally build your own trip and check on the informations according to where you want to go. I will also build suggested itinerary for your vacation on the road.
  • From the Blog page and its menu
  • From the search box, just type in what you are looking for and it will lead you straight to it.

Easy, right!?

In the future I will add also mini guides on different specific topics, such as :

  • The cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula
  • The Haciendas in Yucatan
  • An hiking section dedicated to my passion for hiking
  • A page dedicated only to hotel reviews and suggestions on where to stay for different budgets

…and much more is yet to come as I am an outburst of idea, you never know what creativity may bring. So if you wish to stay up to date you can subscribe here:

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