Alexis Travels to Myrtle Beach

In 2015, I spent a lot of time traveling and trekking through hiking trails. This year I was not so lucky. My last out-of-state trip took me to Illinois and that was all the way back in May. So needless to say, I was really excited when I got the offer to accompany a client and his family to Myrtle Beach.

Despite the choice of company, this was supposed to be a vacation. I needed one after surviving a 90-hour work week (yes, you read that right!). My client would go to his business seminar with his wife, and I would lounge by the beach with my laptop and maybe work on a novel.

Mixing Business with Pleasure

While I did get some of that done, of course he found a way to put me to work anyway. How? Well, he came back from the seminar to tell me they just bought time share in the travel industry; and wanted me to be their brand ambassador and a business partner.

What that essentially means is that in a few months, I’ll be paid to travel and blog about it. I can go anywhere in the world (except Zimbabwe – for some odd reason) and I’m welcome to accompany them on their travels as well. They currently have their eyes set on Hawaii and Dubai.

This also means I’ll be able to extend cheap travel deals to all my readers eyeing Jamaica and other locations, but believe they can’t afford it. If you’re interested, shoot me an email and I’ll keep you in the loop as things develop.

A Fiery Start

But before I get into the trip itself, let’s roll our way back to the beginning. My client got me from work at 7AM Monday morning, when I clocked out from a 16-hour shift (yes, you also read that right).

We took the train to the airport, only to discover our rental wasn’t even ready. We were on a strict schedule, so eventually that meant canceling our reservations and booking a rental last minute with another agency for way more money.

While we complained about the morning we were having, we passed a reminder on the side of the road that we should be grateful a bad reservation was all we had to deal with.

car-on-fire-in-atl

This car was literally on fire. The guy stood in shock watching his minivan burn, while the state patrol kept a safe distance. We made our turn and drove away as fast as we could, before an explosion made our situation as bad as his was.

Wintery Beach Town

It was a long six-hour drive to Myrtle Beach and most of it was a blur for me. By the time we made it to the hotel, I had officially been up for 28 hours. As it often happens with me, my body then decided it was fine with not sleeping and exhaustion evaporated like dew after sunrise.

Good Food & Calming Seas

That gave us plenty of time to go out to eat. During our stay, we tried a bunch of restaurants – both local and chains. Our favourites were definitely Fiesta Mexicana and Lucky Panda, though both were also a little pricey.

After dinner, we decided to walk the beach.

There’s something about the ocean that always calms me. And though by my Caribbean standards Myrtle Beach is a poor excuse for a beach town, I was nonetheless soothed by the crash of wave against shore, and the crackling and fizzing of water rolling over sand and stones.

Rising with the Dawn

The following morning, I got up early to watch the sunrise and was not disappointed.

Going for a Swim

My client was more impressed with the guy surfing in the freezing water. Once I spotted him, so was I. We had tried the water earlier that night. It wasn’t exactly the kind of temperature someone sane willingly goes swimming in.

Thankfully, there was an indoor pool and we made the best of that before leaving. I also bought my new favourite bathing suit for a steal on the Boardwalk and was pretty excited to test it out.

Roaming the Beach

Of course, after eating great food, going for a swim, and visiting some of Myrtle Beach’s best attractions, the only thing left to do was make good use of the beach itself. Though nothing could convince me to go further than ankle deep in the freezing water, there was plenty to see on-shore.

And since, no beach trip is complete without sea-shell hunting, I finished up with that as well. I always leave the beach with souvenirs, but this time I took pictures of the ones that caught my eye and brought only one of them home. I’ll let you guess which one that is.

This is hands down the best trip I’ve taken all year, but I’m sure 2017 will trump all of this. After all, what’s Myrtle Beach compared to Hawaii, Dubai, or Greece?

~ ALEX

59 Comments Add yours

  1. Jim says:

    I never made it to Myrtle Beach but I was in Wilmington and Ocean Isle. I loved it there.

    1. I’ve never heard of Ocean Isle. Got any posts on it? Send me a link if you do πŸ™‚

  2. Great pictures! Hmm…I’m going to guess the fourth one down? It looks interesting πŸ™‚

    1. The photos are randomised, so you’ll have to describe it. Haha

  3. Congrats on the new ambassador/business travel opportunity! So crazy & awesome :))

    1. Thanks Jess! I’m looking forward to a fun year!

  4. That surfer is crazy. Looks like a good time! The pictures are awesome. 😊

    1. Yes, he is. He was out there every morning for the 5 days I was there. Maybe the wet suit helped keep him warm.

      And thanks! πŸ™‚

  5. Bluish stripes…pitted…oblong-ish. LOL
    But…maybe the one that to me, looks like a feather!

    1. Haha. Congrats! You guessed correctly! πŸ™‚

      1. Yay! 😊

    2. The feather one is an actual feather. I found it while rock hunting haha

  6. Looks like a pretty good trip! That must have been really freaky seeing the burning car!

    1. It was creepy seeing that car burn. The owner just stood there holding his head and the police didn’t do anything. Just sat in their car probably eating donuts haha.

      And thank you. I had fun πŸ™‚

      1. Nice police for ya! Ha!

  7. Grant-Sud says:

    I actually live in Myrtle Beach, and I can tell you any of those places such as Hawaii are going to be much better. As a vacation spot, it’s not bad. As a place to live… eh xP

    1. Haha. How terrible of you to say that about your home, but I gotta say I’m with you. It was okay and I loved the trip, but I wasn’t impressed by the beaches.

      Also I walked into a store and had to a U-turn when I walked into a whole rack of confederate flag stuff for sale, on the Boardwalk of all places. =/

      1. Grant-Sud says:

        Yeah, the beaches are nice away from the crowds but they aren’t the cleanest.

        Also yes, you’ll find those as well. It’s a southern thing, and as far as I know people are either used to it/don’t care.

        Either way glad you had a fun time πŸ™‚

      2. I can’t say I’ve walked into any stores in Georgia and seen the confederate flag items for sale. I’ve seen a few people with it in their yards in the rural areas, but that’s pretty much it. I live in the suburbs and have never seen it here. But Myrtle Beach is a tourist area. Seems strange that they would air their dirty laundry in a tourist destination.

        The beaches were okay. I’m used to crystal clear, turquoise blue waters. Can’t get that north of Florida, I hear.

      3. Grant-Sud says:

        Nah you really can’t. Um… I dunno, I guess I’m used to them here. But it’s not anything weird, or I guess I’ve never really cared haha

  8. bethanyk says:

    Oh my gosh i love these. We were at jacksonville beach last friday and i was so cold and there were swimmers! And i found a feather and picked up some shells. The sound of the waves is just so calming.

    1. Cold in Jacksonville? Wow. Winter must be seeping down south bit by bit! I’m glad you enjoyed your trip. It’s been a while since I spent time in Florida.

      1. bethanyk says:

        It was temporary!!!! It was 84 yesterday in Gainesville! I go to the beach after my Mayo Clinic visits.

      2. Haha. 84??? When was the last time Atlanta saw such numbers?

        Mayo Clinic? What’s that?

      3. bethanyk says:

        Its a huge hospital/doctors offices/ some of the best docs dealing with rare diseases.

      4. Oh, thanks for explaining that. I hope it’s nothing serious why you went there of all places.

      5. bethanyk says:

        I have a rare muscle disease, needed an iron infusion that only they offer, and I have osteoporosis, all which were diagnosed by them when I was 34 and Im 44 now. So they do the follow ups.

      6. That’s quite a bit for one so young. I hope it’s not all too dibilitating. I’ve been through 4 separate heart conditions andn I’m only 27 so I know the drill.

  9. David Swan says:

    it sounds exciting, will you have enough time to pursue your creative ambitions?

    1. Thanks David. I’ll have less time, but time all the same. My blog is a big part of my creative ambitions and that’s still up and running πŸ™‚

  10. Anne J. says:

    Ooh, you always, always manage to make me so jealous. That is terrific! Who doesn’t want to travel and get paid for it! We know most people who travel and write about their travels have trust funds set up by their wealthy parents from when they were young. Congratulations!

    Why not Zimbabwe? There are sanctions. Bob Mugabe doesn’t conform to the International something something so that could be it. He should really retire. Some even think it’s not the real Bob Zim has. I haven’t even been there although I was a walk away from Zambia.

    Will there be cheap travel deals for folks based in South Africa? πŸ™‚

    Oh, I am not jealous of the 90-hour work week or 16-hour work day. Haha!

    1. Haha. Anne, you are hilarious!

      I didn’t know most people paid to travel did so off trustfunds, but I’ve suspected it for a while. I assure you, no trustfunds here!

      I must have missed that you live in South Africa. Boy do I want to visit. And yes, the discounts apply to everyone anywhere – except Zimbabwe… haha. I have no idea why. Maybe the hotels participating don’t have hotels in Zimbabwe, or maybe it’s the political issues you pointed out. I’ll be sure to let you guys know when the client gets things in full swing. Feel free to send an email, so I don’t lose track of who was interested.

      Trust me, I hope I never have anther 90-hour work week for as long as I live. The doubles (16 hours) I don’t mind. I do 2 doubles and a single in 3 days and then I’m off the rest of the week. It’s pretty fabulous haha, but I’ll save that for another post I have planned. πŸ™‚

      1. Anne J. says:

        I sometimes think I could be a stand-up comic but I would probably live in poverty, if I don’t go home red from tomatoes thrown at me. Lol!
        Rich kids! They don’t fool me. Haha!
        Yes, come visit! You’ll love the adventure here. I’ll be here to entertain you. πŸ™‚
        I’ll send you an email. It will be great to have access to some excellent deals. Judging from what I know of you so far, these can only be good and more.
        Much love and hugs xxx

      2. I sometimes think I could be a comedian too, but I realise I’m usually only funny when I’m not trying to be. I’m dead serious and the whole room is laughing, and I’m clueless. Haha.

        Oh I would love to visit South Africa, especially Cape Town, though I bet the tickets are expensive. I’ll definitely let you know when the client gets the show on the road. I’m told it will be 5 months or so, so you have plenty of time to start saving!

        Thanks again Anne πŸ™‚

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