We went on our excursion to the Mayan villages on Wednesday October 17th and we returned fairly late at night. The last 3 days in Cancun went by extremely fast. We spent those days around the pool and at the beach relaxing. We had completed the Hotel Review, the excursion and lots of picture taking, and we were excited to completely relax without any duties or worries.
So, when you are at the beach and you have a few pools to choose from, a gorgeous beach, unlimited food and drinks, what could possibly go wrong in such a tropical paradise?
When visiting Cancun, it is very easy to get caught up in the warmth, relaxation, the all you can eat ceviche and nachos and it becomes very tempting to blow off the opportunities to take excursions away from the hotel zone. Don’t fall for this temptation! You should take at least one excursion during your trip to Cancun. You need to see the real Mexico and take in the culture for at least one day. We did exactly that. One Wednesday October 17th we got up early in the morning and made our way to the breakfast buffet at Las Fuentes for a quick bite. Then we headed out to the front of the neighboring hotel to wait for our bus to visit Mayan villages and see Mayan ruins.
Family vacations and family adventures are always enhanced or undermined by the place where you put down your head at night and sleep. Your hotel, apartment rental, or airbnb can make or break your travel experience. As a family we have stayed at very nice 4 star hotels and we have stayed at 1 star motels with tobacco scented rooms and food crumbs in the bed sheets, and let me tell you something, we have taken nice vacations in southern California where we have stayed in cheap motels, and even though we had a great time, I just can’t shake the memory of the cheap and horrid motel room we stayed in. It almost completely overshadowed the good and positive parts of our vacation. Wherever and whenever we travel, we always make it a point to stay in decent hotels, 3 stars or higher.
When you go to Cancun, you usually go for one primary reason and one secondary reason. The primary reason is of course; relaxing. The secondary reason of course is sightseeing, and there are plenty of opportunities for that too. Now don’t get me wrong, some people go to Cancun and primarily go sightseeing and then only spend a small amount of their time at the beach.
So, what did we do our first 3 days in Cancun? We relaxed on the beach and at the pool. Being that we were in an all-inclusive resort, we also ate and gained some weight. What else can you do when you have access to 2 pools that each have their own all-you-can-eat buffet that’s already included in the cost of your room stay?
We woke up early Saturday morning October 13th to embark on what would become a very memorable family vacation. We would be leaving the country again for the second time this year, our first trip being to Russia.
Our adventures took us to Mexico this time. To Cancun Mexico to be exact. This was my wife and I’s second trip to Cancun, and our daughters’ first trip. We stayed at the exact same all-inclusive resort, so we knew exactly what to expect from this trip, so it made it easy for us to know how to show a good time to our girls.
Now, for most people, the trip home from a vacation is not usually the happiest day. At minimum, most people go through mixed feelings as they leave their vacation destination.
On one end, they are sad that they have to leave such a wonderful trip and return home, often to go back to work and back to their life at the daily grindstone. On the other end, they are relieved to be sleeping in their own clean bed, not living out of a suitcase, and being in a place where everybody around you speaks your language.
For myself and leaving Russia, it was definitely a day of mixed feelings. I was sad to leave Russia, sad to leave my in-laws, and my wife and kids stayed an additional 2 weeks, so it was sad leaving them. At the same time, I was happy to be returning to sleep in my own bed at home, I was happy to be around people who spoke my language, and I was happy to go back to work where apparently all hell broke loose during the two weeks I was gone.