I was provided free product from Tuga.com seen in this post. All opinions are my own.
For the longest time I always said that I had never been anywhere. Well, not anywhere much further than a few states away from home, and until recently that was true. I wanted to see the world but I didn’t or couldn’t and there have been a TON of reasons including my top 4:
- No willing travel buddy.
- Travel is expensive.
- I suffer from Interstitial Cystitis.
- I was scared.
Now my Mr. Rob has literally been all over the world and he loves to travel. If we won the lottery tomorrow I’d be scouring the internet for the perfect little house in the country and he’d be on the phone buying plane tickets. <– He does, like, everything on the phone even when there is a quicker and easier internet option… it’s just his way :)
So when I got a Rob in my life I also got a travel buddy to share the burden of cost with who sees travel as an investment. I suppose he can see value in the money spent to see things beyond our own backyard because of all he can learn about the world and apply into his art. There’s both 1 and 2 knocked out.
Now on to number 3… these days I have a fabulous doctor. Like, so fabulous. And she and her nurse practitioner totally changed up my medication and encouraged some holistic therapy, which encouraged Mr. Rob to set up an appointment with my acupuncturist during a particularly painful time for me, that I totally adore and has made my pain so much less than it used to be. Together these people have quite literally changed my life making a trip far from home totally possible. Boom!
Now the fear, number 4 on the list, that one I didn’t tackle. The morning we were to leave I got SICK. And I spent the entire flight SICK. We stayed at my parents’ house in Houston so they could watch our pups and because flights out of an international airport are waaay cheaper. My dad drove us to the airport freaking super early in the morning and when he gave me a hug and turned to my mom and said “she’s burning up.” And I was. I had gotten myself so freaked out that I literally had very physical symptoms. But I wasn’t sick, I was just scared.
But I got on the plane and after a 4 hour flight I checked my messages and heard my dad’s voice on my voicemail checking in shortly after we had taken off. He just wanted to make sure I was okay, and I’m guessing, wanting to know if he needed to come back to pick me up. He’s the best :) I’m not going to lie, that night I was so scared that I was going to spend my entire vacation sick that I cried and cried just steps from a Puerto Rican beach (poor Mr. Rob).
But guess what? It took a few days for me to adjust and calm down to the point that I wasn’t making myself any more ill than I needed to be, but after I got into the swing of things I LOVED exploring somewhere new. We went all over that little island (seriously you can drive around the entire coast it in just a few hours) and though we were on an island in the Caribbean, we were more interested in hiking and museums than the beach, which is kind of crazy. But winding up our vacation we took a huge detour and instead of staying in the big city of San Juan, which, in truth, I didn’t enjoy due to the crazy traffic/drivers, congestion and stressful parking situation, we loaded up on a ferry and visited an island off of Puerto Rico, Vieques.
Upon reaching this little island where wild and feral horses roam the streets of town, Rob and I chatted with the girl that checked us in at our hotel and set up a tour of the local bio-luminscent bay, Mosquito Bay, with local guide Din Din. That was the first time I geared up in my new Tuga.com swim gear.
The good people over at Tuga.com knew about my upcoming trip to Puerto Rico and got in touch and Rob and I perused their online catalog of rash guards and sun protective swim bottoms and we each chose an outfit. I perused the huge women’s selection went with a white, long sleeve zip up rash guard and pretty purple swim bottoms very much like bicycle shorts. Rob, lover of all things blue, got some simple navy board shorts and a pretty two tone blue, long sleeve pull over rashguard.
Now in all honesty I so wasn’t looking forward to swimming in long sleeves, and I think I said as much in a post pre-vacation. A few years back I got some new, super cute skirted swimsuits to go with the boys and my family to an indoor waterpark/resort sort of a thing my uncle treated us all to and when those super cute skirts got wet those swimsuits got HEAVY and uncomfortable. I figured swimming in a long sleeve shirt would be pretty darn similar but I was determined to wear a rashguard in spite of that because of all of the good that would come from using it.
First up, I have a tendency to super burn (which is worse than a little burn :). My first trip to the beach here in South Texas when I was visiting Rob from Oklahoma wound up with me in lots and lots of red hot pain. The water and sun together on my shoulders that rarely see the sun decided to try and catch up with my farmer tanned arms and I got one of those super burns. It was miserable and going through that was the LAST thing I wanted to deal with on a vacation that already had my stomach twisting up in knots. My new Tuga.com gear actually provides UPF 50+ protection, which is basically like wearing sunscreen without having to remember to reapply it. As forgetful as I am, that’s kind of convenient, right?
Even though we were more excited about mountains than beaches on our vacation I still wanted to go snorkeling for the first time. Well, the first was supposed to be on South Padre Island here 30 minutes from the house, but inclement weather meant we got to learn on vacation instead. I was super stoked about snorkeling. I mean, seeing coral and colorful fish under water? Genius, right?
And in my over preparation with tons of online research I found that tourists and coral reefs often don’t mix as well as you’d think. There are some that don’t seem to respect these reefs and do damage to them physically but there are others who don’t have a clue that they’re hurting these beautiful areas just by wearing sunscreen while they float around sneaking a peek of them. Yep, studies show that the chemicals in some sunscreens are damaging coral reefs all over the world. And our new rashguards and protective swim bottoms eliminate the need for 90% of the sunscreen we would have otherwise used, meaning that our first time snorkeling left us with a wonderful impression of a new hobby without damaging the beauty we were so excited to be able to experience.
As it turns out after I first wore my Tuga gear I realized that I loved it. Firstly, there was a significant amount of comfort for me being more covered in crowded areas than a typical bathing suit would have done for me. Secondly, I didn’t burn (well until our last day in PR where I forgot to cover my shoulders with sunscreen during a tour of the local 400 year old Fort El Morro and turned red like the dickens, ugh). And thirdly, it turns out that the material my long sleeve rashguard was made out of was light and airy and dried quickly. True it was a bit strange at first to swim in long sleeves but I quickly adapted and ONLY went swimming in my rash guard after that. So if you burn or if you don’t want to negatively impact the natural beauty the ocean has to offer us, I’d totally recommend snapping up a rashguard from Tuga.com for your next beach vacation.
Special thanks to Tuga.com for sending me and Mr. Rob free product to sample and use during my first ever, super big time vacation!Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website