I've been living in Riviera Maya, Mexico for over 15 years, and I eventually moved here with the intention to start my company, Maya Luxe. I always loved Latin America. I love traveling. I specifically studied abroad in Mexico for a few semesters in university just because I wanted to learn Spanish and I fell in love with the culture.
After five years at another travel company out of Montreal, I quit and I traveled the world for a year and a half. When I returned to Mexico, a former homeowner that I had worked with asked me if I wanted to start a concierge company with her. That, following the love that I had for the culture, for Mexico, I decided, OK, this is it. I'm going to move here, and I'm going to try and give it a shot and develop Maya Luxe.
Before the pandemic, I was running my company remotely. I would spend nine months in Mexico. Then, I would go to Canada for two or three months, or I'd continue to travel. I founded Maya Luxe on remote work beliefs: always traveling and being a little bit of a nomad. Even though Mexico was my home base, I still had the nomadic flair of traveling around and exploring new destinations.
I was always on the go. But when the pandemic hit, it really helped to ground me more. Then, when the world opened to travel again, I felt differently. I've already done that for 15 years. I learned through the pandemic that I loved being grounded to one spot. That's something that's really shifted for me: really having appreciation for where I live.
For the first time in a long time, I actually had an opportunity to just be and to say, OK, what do I want to create with this knowledge? What do I want to do with it? Where do I want to go with it?
I had a newfound appreciation for community. So, from a business perspective, we're trying to create that. We're trying to capture what it means to create community. If you're a guest at Maya Luxe, you're now part of the community, too.
Our new motto is that community is a new currency for travel. People want to belong after so much time in isolation. They’re looking for that sense of connection.