‘BIP’: Caelynn Miller-Keyes Faced A Few Of Her Fears In Guatemala With Dean Unglert
Bachelor In Paradises couple Caelynn Miller-Keyes and Dean Unglert just got back from their latest adventure: Guatemala. The trip was a “surprise” from Unglert to Miller-Keyes, so until they got to the airport, the former beauty pageant queen had no idea what they were about to embark upon.
In Unglert’s travel blog, Miller-Keyes wrote that she was glad she didn’t know she was headed to Guatemala because she would have been nervous about the trip had she had time to research the country.
“Before this trip, I knew very little about Guatemala. I’m happy I didn’t have time to research it beforehand because I get scared easily and sometimes put too much weight in other’s experiences or opinions. On the second to last day, I read an article that said Guatemala is one of the most dangerous countries,” she wrote.
Despite the article, Miller-Keyes says she and Unglert never felt as if they were in danger during their stay.
“Our entire time in this beautiful, unique country, I never once felt unsafe. That being said, we were definitely smart while we traveled,” she wrote.
Caelynn Miller-Keyes’ first hostel stay
While Unglert knows his way around a hostel, Miller-Keyes had never stayed in a communal living space prior to Guatemala.
Unglert wrote in his travel blog that he had tried to reserve Miller-Keyes and himself a private room. But it didn’t work out.
“I booked us a private room in the hostel that later was occupied so we were given a four bed dorm and a promise that we’d have it all to ourself. Surely enough they went against their word and booked another person in the room- something I’m totally fine with but I wanted Caelynn’s first hostel experience to be just her and I in a private room so she could sleep a little more comfortably,” he wrote.
But Miller-Keyes was fine. She even ended up embracing the hostel lifestyle.
“My first ever hostel experience… Never in my life did I think I’d be staying in a hostel. There’s a certain stigma that comes with hostels I think that mostly stems from fear. I was very fearful before getting there, however, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had imagined. I never felt unsafe, which was my biggest concern,” she wrote.
Miller-Keyes continued: “I told Dean I loved getting to meet so many different people from all over the world from such different backgrounds. He told me that’s exactly what hostels are. I learned to quickly appreciate that.”
Another portion of the trip Miller-Keyes overcame was the difficult climb to Volcán Fuego.
Miller-Keyes struggled with the hike and felt uncomfortable amidst the “sketchy” terrain.
“I had no idea that Fuego would be the most challenging part of the whole hike. Ten minutes in I wanted to turn back, but I stuck it out. It was difficult and sketchy at times, but once we got to the top all of my frustrations and fears went away. We were above the clouds and a few hundred feet from the eruptions. The second the sun set we could see the lava erupting from Fuego,” she wrote.
Despite feeling uneasy at points of the trip, Miller-Keyes loved her time in Guatemala. In fact, it’s “quickly become one of my favorite places I’ve ever been to.”