Colby and I did something crazy a week ago. We booked a trip on a complete whim. We had both mentioned that we needed to go somewhere warm since it’s been so cold in Dallas, but it didn’t move much beyond a conversation over the past few weeks. Until last Tuesday when we both were talking about it again and started look at some travel options. We knew the weather in Dallas was going to be cold, like 20, which is basically ridiculous and Colby had off MLK day so we decided to head out of town.
I am the least spontaneous person ever, so for us to book a trip 3 days in advance was a pretty crazy thing to do. We were talking about it while we were gone and realized we hadn’t visited the Cancun area or been to an all-inclusive resort in 5 years. 5 years! I really felt like we were just there and I am still in shock with how much time has gone by. Part of that reason is that over the past few years we have avoided all areas with Zika which has really limited the areas that we love to go, including Mexico. The main reason we have avoided the areas is because we usually book a trip a couple of months in advance and we would hate to have to cancel (although we would love if I were pregnant). We also have found that we like cruising more, so have chosen that option over the years. Well this time, since I knew I wasn’t pregnant and we were booking for just 3 days in advance, we could go! No risk of becoming pregnant and having to cancel our trip. And a quick update on Zika, there were no bugs! I saw one fly the whole time. When I asked a employee of the resort about Zika she basically responded “what’s that?” and then went on to say Zika is not in the hotel zone, only in the green, lush areas. So, I hope that eases anyones mind who has been asking.
I decided that being spontaneous, can be super fun, but also very stressful. I had a lot to do before leaving but thankfully it all came together, just fine.
Every time we travel we always stay somewhere new. This trip we stayed at the Paradisis resort which we barely knew anything about. We actually went in with very low expectations, but were very surprised with the resort as a whole. The resort is right next some of the very best, the Marriott, the Ritz, etc and the beach was just perfect. We have been all over the world and have stayed at resorts with beaches that are full of seaweed or rocks, but this one couldn’t have been better. And it allowed for our morning walks/runs which is my favorite part about going to the beach.
I usually would recap day by day, but I think I can sum up most of the vacation in a few sentences since we did the same thing every day. Overall, we had a blast. The weather was unusually cold for Cancun and we definitely could feel it on the beach. We spent every day in the lounge chairs, but were often covered up by towels and clothes due to the low temps and the high winds, so that was a little bit of a drawback. We did see sun on day 2 for a few hours, which was fabulous. The nights were also much cooler in the mid 60’s, so we decided to stay inside.
I wish we would have stayed one more day, but with it being such a last-minute decision Colby didn’t want to take much time off. Either way, we had a fabulous trip and we were so glad we made the decision to go, although coming back to the 20 degree weather in Dallas made us for a tough transition back. Speaking of coming back, a shoutout to Happy Shuttle who we used for our transfers to/from the Cancun airport. They were the only ones I could get in touch with and were so professional and so easy to coordinate our transportation with.
So the highlights from the weekend? Walks on the beach, lots of guacamole and 24 hours a day together! Oh, and no computer!
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I didn’t start sharing our traveling adventures on the blog until the end of 2013, but you can see some of our vacations below as well as how to travel on a budget here.
Western Caribbean Cruise
South America: Argentina
South America: Torres Del Paine
South America: Lake Region
South America: Santiago + Coast
Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio
Costa Rica: Santa Teresa
Costa Rica: La Fortuna
Caribbean Cruise – Grand Turk + Dominican Republic
Caribbean Cruise – Aruba + Curacao
Colorado Ski Date #2
Europe: The Netherlands
Europe: Montenegro + Greece
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