AEO Tulum Travel Diary

Hola from Tulum, Mexico, where the ocean water is crystal clear, the sun is always shining and the food is amazing! After a quick plane ride, we landed in paradise, and Raphael, Fanny and I couldn’t wait to explore Tulum.

AEO Tulum Travel Diary We stayed at Papaya Playa Project, a tropical themed hotel where each room was decorated uniquely with straw rooftops and its own personal space away from other guests. Rather than a typical resort where there are people everywhere you go, picture a place tucked away in a lush jungle just a hundred feet away from the ocean with nothing but the sound of the waves and a light breeze; a place where you can get away and be at peace with nature but still have great company when you need it.

AEO Tulum Travel Diary

We dropped our bags off in our room and grabbed dinner at the hotel restaurant. I cannot begin to tell you just how amazing the seafood was! To be honest, everything tasted amazing in Tulum! The food was fresh and had unique flavors unlike anything else. After a decadent dessert, we called it a night to get ready for the upcoming day.

We enjoyed breakfast and the beautiful scenery right at our hotel, taking advantage of the hammocks on the beach. The ocean front was decorated with hundreds of twisted palm trees, colorful cabanas and even some iguanas. Surrounded by palm trees, we couldn’t resist getting a few fresh coconuts and taking a dip in one of the pools.

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After our swim, we headed to Gran Cenote which is an underwater cave. Tulum has over two hundred underwater caves. The caves are great for snorkeling and swimming, but we decided to just dip our feet in and enjoy the landscape.

AEO Tulum Travel Diary

Next up on our list was lunch at Posada Margherita. This place was located right on the beach and had quite a few beach chairs for relaxing in while you enjoy an appetizer or a cold drink. Once we filled up our stomachs with delicious food, we explored the area and found a cool little rooftop that overlooked the beach and had amazing views.

AEO Tulum Travel Diary

One of my favorite things about Tulum was all of the shopping right along the beach. We browsed the shops and ended up renting bicycles to get around town. After a long first day we decided to grab a quick dinner at Mateo’s Mexican Grill before getting some sleep for our next day of adventures.

AEO Tulum Travel Diary

The next morning, we headed to the city after breakfast and checked out some unique architecture scattered throughout downtown Tulum. One of my favorite things about this place is the beautiful things around each corner, which makes exploring another country feel exciting. After some fun in town, we headed back to our hotel to relax and take advantage of the day beds and swing set right on the beach.

AEO Tulum Travel Diary We couldn’t leave Tulum without exploring the ocean, so we rented snorkeling gear and went for a dip. We wrapped up the day by watching the sunset and having dinner at Tabano. Worn out from a long day we went to our rooms to catch a great night’s sleep before heading home the next day.

AEO Tulum Travel Diary

Tulum, Mexico is destination I highly recommend. It’s full of tranquility and peace and is a place where you can relax one day then explore the surrounding beauty on another. If you could spend a week or even just a few days in Tulum, who would you bring with you? Let us know in the comments below!

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AEO Lake Powell Travel Diary

With its beautiful landscapes painted in orange and red tones as well as the many activities on land and water, Lake Powell has become a very popular vacation spot. Casey, Melissa, and I couldn’t wait to explore the area so we packed up the car in LA and hit the road for an epic weekend getaway.

When we got to Lake Powell we did some hiking through some of the most unique landscapes we’ve ever seen. One stop we made on our hike was the Rimrocks Hoodoos where mushroom shaped rock formations stick straight up out of the ground.

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Next up on our list was one place I have been dying to see, Antelope Canyon. We took a tour through the lower canyon with smooth sandstone walls made over time by wind and water. There were even dinosaur footprints at the end of the canyon!

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After all of the hiking we needed to refuel so we stopped at a Thai restaurant in town called Dara Thai Express. After we refueled we threw on our swimwear and hit the water. With the beautiful blue water and surrounding landscapes it really felt like we were on another planet.

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To end our first day of adventuring, we decided to go to a lookout spot very close to the Glen Canyon Dam. We sat along the edge of one of the cliffs, listened to some tunes and watched the sunset — truly a moment I’ll never forget. Once it started getting dark we headed over to Bonkers Restaurant and had some amazing dinner before we called it a night.

The next morning, we grabbed breakfast at Ranch House Grill and then headed to Horseshoe Bend to catch some early morning light. It was a little cold outside so we grabbed a few sleeping bags and set them up right next to the edge of this beautiful windy canyon where we watched the many boats on the river below us float by.

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The last spot was something straight out of a movie. Just off a little dirt road is a huge cliff face called Coal Mine Canyon. The canyon overlooked colorful rock formations scattered throughout the vast desert landscape. We opened up our map and decided to do some exploring. Around every corner was something new and unique. We could’ve explored the area forever!

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Lake Powell is definitely a place to add to your travel bucket list. There is so much to do and so many beautiful places to see!

Have you ever been to Lake Powell? If so, let me know your favorite places in the comments!

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AEO Laguna Beach Travel Guide

Laguna Beach is absolutely one of my favorite places in Southern California. From its beautiful crystal clear beaches to its abundant art and music scene, it is definitely a locale to put on your travel list. Lauren, MK and I went on a day trip to explore the town, its beautiful scenery and all the culture it has to offer.

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We started with a short hike to Table Rock, a beach with a beautiful little cove. The weather was amazing and we explored the area and had some fun before we headed to The Montage Resort. Just below the resort was another beach cove and we took the opportunity to snap some photos before we grabbed lunch at La Sirena.

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Next up was a fun little flower shop named Browne’s Flowers. One of the best things about California is the abundance of fresh flowers and flower shops. After snagging a few bouquets we headed down the road to Main Beach. With amazing views including a Gazebo perched on top of one of the many sea cliffs it’s no wonder this is one of the most popular beaches in Laguna.

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We rinsed the sand off our feet and were off to our third beach of the day, Crescent Bay. This is one of my favorite areas in Laguna. Perched up on the cliffs we took in the majestic views of turquoise colored water, white beach sand, and countless tall palm trees making it one of the most amazing photo spots.
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We drove along the coastline to Newport Coast for ice cream at B.Candy. With its bright and vibrant exterior you can’t miss it! With ice cream cones in hand, we continued along the coast and had to stop when we saw a gorgeous bright orange old school VW bus. We chatted up the owner as he talked about the hard work he had put into restoring it. Talk about the ultimate road trip vehicle!

Our day was coming to a close but we couldn’t leave Laguna without having dinner at Brussels Bistro.

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Laguna Beach may seem like just another beach town but it is one of my favorite places to visit. Have you ever been to Laguna? If so, tell me some of your favorite spots in the comments! Or, share your favorite beach destination for a perfect getaway adventure below!

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A Letter to High-Schoolers: We Need Your Voice!

I can’t imagine how many times you’ve had to listen to people ask about your aspirations and goals after high school. What’s next, Marisa? When do you graduate, Jimmy? What are you planning to do after high school, Jasmine? You’ve heard over and over and over again about college. College is important. College is essential. College, college, college.

Well, sorry to all the Jimmy’s out there, but we agree.

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Higher education—heading to a university, trade school, community college, or participating in distance learning—truly affects your future. In today’s economy, a high school diploma just isn’t enough. Students have to reach higher, which is why the Better Make Room initiative is working hard to rally the country around its “North Star” goal — that by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

The process is long: weeks and weeks of frantically rushing to complete college applications. Pouring your heart and soul into your essays. How many times did you pull an all-nighter? How many times did you order pizza late at night while lying in the middle of your room, trying to come up with the perfect words to say to wow your college prospects? How many times did you get home from school, only to find you hadn’t received your acceptance letter yet?

Then one day, your letter arrived in the mail.

All those late nights and weekends spent studying were worth it. You accomplished something HUGE. Something to be proud of. The next step in your life, in your education, in your future is upon you.

Let’s celebrate together.

College Signing Day is an event supported by the Better Make Room campaign for students like you across the country to celebrate their futures and show off their college acceptance letters. It’s time that we celebrate what you’ve accomplished and how the world #BetterMakeRoom for students like you—on your way to change the world!

Show us your #SigningSelfie—a photo with your acceptance letter, of you in your college gear or just of you really excited about where you’re headed—and post it online on April 26, 2016.

If you post it with the hashtags #BetterMakeRoom and #CollegeSigningDay, it might just show up on American Eagle Outfitter’s Times Square billboard on April 26, where thousands of people walk by everyday!

 

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Earth Day: Buy One, Get One…Tree!

This Earth Day, buy one get one… tree!

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) and AEO are partnering this Earth Day to make an even bigger impact on our planet’s well-being. Beginning April 15, AEO will donate a tree with help from SCA, for every pair of AEO Denim X and Flex Shorts purchased (up to 100,000 trees). This initiative will continue until Earth Day on April 22.

Through the simple act of purchasing a pair of shorts, you will be doing your part to help our planet. Wondering what 100K trees can do to help the Earth? We’ve got that covered. Read on to learn about the many environmental benefits trees provide to our planet & the impact 100,000 new trees can have:

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More Fun Facts:

  • 100K trees are enough to create a 1.3 square mile of dense forest or one the size of Central Park in NYC!
  • A large tree can give off as much as 100 gallons of water into the air per day. This has a cooling effect roughly equivalent to 10 single-room-sized air conditioning units operating 20 hours per day.
  • The annual energy cost reduction of a tree is $50.
  • Cities are constantly in need of new trees to plant. The average tree in an urban area has a life expectancy of eight years.
  • The bark of one single tree can provide a home for hundreds of living things, including close to 300 species of insects and 350 varieties of lichens. These plants and bugs then provide food for numerous birds and small mammals.
  • Planting trees remains one of the cheapest, most effective means of drawing excess CO2 from the atmosphere.

This Earth Day, do your part to make our planet a greener place! It’s as simple as buying yourself an awesome new pair of AEO Shorts. If you’re looking to take it one step further, click here to learn about upcoming SCA events in your area and how you can participate.

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#WorldWaterDay: AEO x Project 24

One in every 10 people globally lack access to clean water, with 1 in every 4 using a drinking water source with fecal contamination. It’s time we change this!

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This World Water Day, March 22, American Eagle Outfitters has made a commitment to help lower these staggering statistics by joining forces with Planet Water Foundation  for Project 24.  Today, Project 24 is building 24 water filtration systems in 24 hours, bringing clean water to 24,000 people across 5 countries including Cambodia, Colombia, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.  This exciting initiative is designed to give underdeveloped communities access to drinking water, while raising support and awareness around the terrible issues of water poverty suffered by so many people throughout the world.

AEO is supporting this program by sponsoring a clean water filtration system in Indonesia where we have a presence.  Specifically, our aqua tower will be built on Lombok Island, Indonesia, and we will be partnered with the Cakranegara School located in the village of Sayang Sayang.

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AEO is sponsoring this program, because clean water brings hope, health, and opportunity.  Each year, 443 million school days are lost due to water-related illness, and children often don’t go to school, because they spend 2-3 hours each day gathering water for their families.  We are proud to help bring clean water to 24,000 individuals in 24 hours in partnership with the Planet Water Foundation through this project during World Water Day.  You can donate or follow along the journey by visiting Planet Water Foundation at www.planet-water.org.

 

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