I’ve been in a travel slump, lately. While we have been able to see many wonderful destinations in the past year and a half, we haven’t planned any trips in awhile. Okay, we did visit family in the USA, but it isn’t the same as exploring a new place. My husband surprised me by arranging a day trip to Teotihuacan (or correctly, Teotihuacán), where the Pyramid of the Sun near Mexico City, Mexico is located.
For Spring Break, we decided to fly to Cancun, Mexico. My husband originally wanted to go to an all-inclusive resort. I checked the prices and they seemed really high (spoiler alert: many all-inclusive resorts in Cancun are actually reasonably priced because the restaurants in Cancun are very expensive). I started trying to figure out an option that was better for the budget AND included seeing Chichen Itza. We decided to take a sightseeing road trip around the Yucatan Peninsula, which included spending a lot of time in Tulum.
That all being said, this is NOT a budget trip. Though in the end, it was pretty close to equal the cost of staying in an all-inclusive resort with one or two excursions for four. I am, however, extremely satisfied with the flexibility our choices offered us during the trip.
Well, I was satisfied once I got over feeling guilty about blowing our travel budget, of course.
As we passed through the famous tunnels of Guanajuato City, Mexico, I began feeling excited again. I felt with renewed vigor, passing into a beautiful city that I’d never seen. Maybe this visit would be better than I thought!
We took a family vacation to Tulum, Mexico over spring break. It was part of a larger trip that included visits to some famous Mayan ruins and would end in Cancun. To say Tulum wasn’t what I expected is an understatement.
The Yucatan peninsula is filled with amazing archeological sites. You know you want to visit Mayan ruins in Yucatan, but which one? Is visiting Chichen Itza worth it? What about Coba vs Tulum? Coba vs Chichen Itza? Or Tulum ruins vs Chichen Itza?
The choices can seem overwhelming! If you can see all three, do it. If not, here are some insights to help you decide on the perfect trip for you.
One of the biggest reasons I wanted to visit the Yucatan peninsula was so we could take the kids to Chichen Itza. Tours are so daunting – spending several hours on a bus, arriving at midday to the ruins, and potentially having a tour with a large group. No thanks. I wanted to do Chichén Itzá with kids as easily as possible, but preferably without doing a day tour from Cancun. Here’s how we did it!
Once you’ve moved abroad it makes sense to see as much of your host country as possible. It’s cheaper to drive (like we have for many of our explorations) than to fly from the Midwestern United States. Even flights within Mexico have the advantage of being shorter and cheaper. When you are paying for four fares, cost definitely matters. Even so, I want to see all the awesome places in Mexico. Yes, we travel Mexico with kids!
Do you want to travel with kids to Mexico? There are so many awesome places to travel in Mexico. Here are 15 awesome places in Mexico I really want to visit while I’m an expat here.
Do you suffer from decision fatigue while family trip planning? I certainly do. In fact, I have a full on case of it right now! A lot of it is caused by having to plan a great trip for four different people, with different personalities. That’s right, it’s time to plan a family trip! Spring break, to be specific.
During one of the most expensive times of the year, I need to plan a kid friendly vacation. Yikes! How do you plan your vacations for kids? Where do you get your family vacation ideas?