Jan 30

Heading south tomorrow. South like Cancun. I have to keep up with the latest in swim up bars, right?

I’ll be on vacation* in Mexico starting tomorrow, our annual Super Bowl weekend trip (wife and kids and I have been doing this now for 8 years; the resorts set up a wide screen on the beach, cook out, and so on – far superior to someone’s stinky basement to watch the game). But with the magic of the Interwebs, I won’t be too far out of reach.

* Disclaimer: because this is my day job (travel), there’s no such thing as 100% vacation any more. Anywhere I go, I end up meeting with management, touring hotels, taking photos, and so on. Yes, weep for me… :)

One of my main focuses (foci?) will be to inspect the swim-up bars. As you may have seen from my Twitter profile, I do list that as part of my vocation. I need to make sure all the tiles are in place, the seats aren’t too slanted, the drinks aren’t watered down, and so on. You know, to make sure our clients enjoy their future stays.

swim up bar

Note: That’s not actually me, but that’s the hotel I’ll be at.

Perhaps my muse will follow me down there, and I’ll come home with thousands upon thousands of words written. Or, more likely, a sunburn and a headache.

I may have room in my suitcase…any stowaways interested?



About the author

Steve Umstead

Steve Umstead has been the owner of a Caribbean & Mexico travel company for the past ten+ years, but never forgot his lifelong dream of becoming an author. After a successful stab at National Novel Writing Month, he decided to pursue his dream more vigorously…but hasn’t given up the traveling.
Steve lives in scenic (tongue-in-cheek) New Jersey with his wife, two kids, and several bookshelves full of other authors’ science fiction novels. Gabriel’s Redemption was his debut novel, published in February of 2011.


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  1. Mike

    I’m in! Although probably not the stowaway you were hoping to speak up!


    1. Steve Umstead

      No…you’re probably right…

  2. Karen

    Had to call EMS I was so distraught over the sacrifices you make for the betterment of vacationers everywhere. :-) However, squeezing me into a suitcase would make me feel infinitely better; after a massage to iron our the stiffness and a stiff drink or ten, of course.


    1. Steve Umstead

      It’s tough, I know…and I’ll have ten drinks on you, Karen!

  3. Dannie Hill

    It’s a tough job but someone has to do it. Have fun!

  4. A.C.Flory

    I’m not a sports fan but that swim up bar? Oh god yes! Have fun. :)

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