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 — and long story short, I never left Mexico.

To date, I’ve visited 19 out of 32 states (many as a solo female traveler), and lived in several places — Mexico City, Oaxaca City, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Huatulco and Mérida.

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

Through my four travel blogs (Travel Mexico Solo, Travel To Oaxaca, Tulum Travel Secrets, 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 Mexico safely and confidently — so you can finally cross Mexico off your bucket list!

  • If you’ve been dreaming of Mexico travel and solo travel in Mexico, you’re in the right place…
  • If you want destination recommendations, and Mexico travel tips and tricks, you’re also in the right place…
  • If you want accurate Mexico 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 Mexico trip of your dreams!

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Where you can find me online

📝 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:

📰 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:

🗣️ Articles I’m Quoted In

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

✔️ HuffPost
✔️ CNN
✔️ NBC News
✔️ Yahoo
✔️ Self Magazine

🎙️ 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:

✔️ Side Hustle Nation
✔️ Amateur Traveler
✔️ Kadence Beat
✔️ Travel Goals Podcast
✔️ Travel Matters (Coming soon)
✔️ The Profitable Travel Blogger Podcast (Coming soon)

💻 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:

🌟 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:

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Contact me and let’s chat…

I’d love to hear from you 💌 Drop me a line using the form below, or message me directly at hola @ traveltomerida . com (minus the spaces). I do my best to respond to all messages in a timely manner.