About me

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Welcome, I’m Shelley Marmor…
about me

I got my BA degree in journalism from the University of Central Florida in 2003, and worked as a journalist for 15 years, including 9 years as a Miami travel magazine editor.

In 2018, I sold everything I owned, and set off to travel the world. My first stop was Mexico City, where I fell in love at first sight β€” and basically, I never left Mexico.

To date, I’ve visited 23 out of 32 states (many as a solo female traveler), and lived in several places, including Mexico City, Oaxaca City, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Huatulco and MΓ©rida.

At this point, you might say I’m a Mexpert!

Through my four travel blogs (Travel To Merida, Travel To Oaxaca, Travel Mexico Solo, and this one), and my Dream To Destination podcast, I dispel Mexico travel misinformation to paint a real picture of this country.

In short: I help travelers just like you visit Tulum safely and confidently β€” so you can finally cross Mexico off your bucket list!

  • If you’ve been dreaming of Tulum travel and solo travel in Mexico, you’re in the right place…
  • If you want Tulum travel tips, tricks and recommendations, you’re also in the right place…
  • If you want accurate Tulum travel info from someone who actually lives in Mexico and travels in Mexico often, you’re definitly in the right place.

If you need Mexpert advice, that’s what I’m here for… to help travelers just like you plan the Tulum trip of your dreams!


Where you can find me online…
shelley quote in huffpost tulum article

πŸ—£οΈ Articles I’m Quoted In

I’ve been interviewed as a blogging expert and a travel expert β€” or should I say, as a Mexpert 😁 β€” in many prominent online publications, like these:

βœ”οΈ HuffPost
βœ”οΈ CNN
βœ”οΈ NBC News
βœ”οΈ Yahoo
βœ”οΈ Self Magazine

πŸ“ My blogging story

With a meteoric rise to travel bogging success, I’ve been highlighted and interviewed for various business publications, websites and podcasts, like these:

βœ”οΈ Entrepreneur
βœ”οΈ Forbes
βœ”οΈ Niche Pursuits
βœ”οΈ Starter Story
βœ”οΈ eBiz Facts
βœ”οΈ Digital Nomad Wannabe
βœ”οΈ Lifestyle Roll

πŸ“° Articles I’ve written

As a journalist and Mexico travel blogger, writing is my #1 passion! Check out these original articles I’ve written for prominent media outlets and well-known travel blogs:

βœ”οΈ MSN
βœ”οΈ AMEX Essentials
βœ”οΈ The Planet D
βœ”οΈ Goats On the Road
βœ”οΈ Passion Passport
βœ”οΈ Via Travelers

πŸŽ™οΈ YouTube & Podcast Interviews

Check out these podcasts that I’ve been featured on, both as a travel blogging expert, and as an authority on all things Mexico travel:

βœ”οΈ Side Hustle Nation
βœ”οΈ Amateur Traveler
βœ”οΈ Kadence Beat
βœ”οΈ Travel Goals Podcast
βœ”οΈ The Profitable Travel Blogger Podcast
βœ”οΈ My Latin Life

πŸ’» Sites that link to Me

Some sites found the info I provide through my Mexico blogs so helpful that they link back to my sites to help their readers learn more about Mexico, like these sites:

βœ”οΈ Time Magazine
βœ”οΈ The Weather Channel
βœ”οΈ All Trails
βœ”οΈ Thrillist
βœ”οΈ Men’s Health
βœ”οΈ Tasting Table

🌟 Misc. features

A few other places you can find me on the web, including past speaking engagements and sites that feature me as an expert in the travel blogging space:

βœ”οΈ TBEX Travel Blogging Conference Speaker
βœ”οΈ Travelpayouts Blogxiety Conference
βœ”οΈ SafetyWing Travel Insurance Webinar
βœ”οΈ Travel Blogging 101 (My newest blog)
βœ”οΈ Zapier
βœ”οΈ ConvertKit
βœ”οΈ Discover Cars
βœ”οΈ Affilimate
βœ”οΈ Feedspot
βœ”οΈ Stay22

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