Sometimes the only way you can get the full experience of travel is to take all modes of it to get to the place you want to be. Every now and then, you may find yourself doing it all in one day. That's very much the place we found ourselves in Belize. Have you ever heard that getting there is half the fun? For most trips, that just simply isn't the case. But when the destination includes an adventure of arriving at your destination, well it simply becomes a highlight of the vacation. How bad do you want to get there, that's really the question? Cab, plane, tram, plane, taxi, boat, and yet another boat. All that in the span of 7 hours. Had we been in charge of our luggage the entire time, I can't say we would have been nearly as cheerful about the voyage, especially since we haven't "completely" figured out the nuances of light travel. So while we sit back and enjoy the many modes of travel, the luggage handlers are silently cussing us out. But then again, being that we're near the Mexican border, they very well could have been doing it in Spanish since the only words I can understand in Spanish were learned from a couple fellas named Cheech and Chong. And I know for a fact none of them were talking about scoring a lid.
Skimming across the flat water at a pretty quick pace, you still can see the bottom of the sea floor as the blue to green water passes above. The water ferry can be packed and if you read enough reviews, many would say avoid the trip. I'm here to tell you otherwise. Our hour and a half trip from Belize City to Ambergris Caye was full, with only a couple seats to accommodate our family of four, but well worth it. This is what the locals do. They're not taking that 15 minute puddle jumper to the island. They're here, sitting next to us asking where we are from, explaining to us where we are, what it's like and where we should go. From our travels, we've learned that a majority of people would rather avoid the people to where they visit and I would suggest that you are making a very big mistake. Mingle, talk, and ask questions. People like to tell you about the place where they live and to have their undivided attention for a ferry, bus, train or any other mode of transportation for even the smallest amount of time can give you the resources you need and shorten your trip that much more.
In the end, you have to even out the stresses of a red eye flight that you wake up at 4 am to catch. How do you manage that? Well, that's the beauty of travel. At 6 am we're flying out of Music City USA, and literally 6 hours later we're screaming across the Caribbean on our way to a coastal Caye on the second largest reef in the world. It's a glorious thing, this travel hobby of ours. It puts the world at your feet. And in a matter of hours a place that at one time was considered well off the beaten path is right in front of your face. Breakfast in Nashville, lunch in Belize. Sweet.