Family Vacation Ideas

With my husband being in the military, the kiddos being in school, having two fur babies, and my full time job, it is often difficult to find time to take a family vacation. Before considering a vacation, we have to make sure that my husband has leave days available, that my kids are out of school, that we have a pet sitter, and that I am able to take leave from work. There are so many factors to cross-reference before we make a final decision. Then we have to actually look for a destination that is safe to visit for an American family with two kids. Oh and I forgot to mention, you have to book it far in advance so that it won’t cost you an arm and a leg!

We recently took a trip to Playa del Carmen in Cancun, Mexico. I know that often times people are very turned off to vacationing in Mexico due to the news they hear about tourists being killed etc. But, I grew up in San Diego and was constantly going across the border to Tijuana so I am not afraid to visit Mexico at all. In fact, I love going to Mexico. I love the culture, the hospitality and most of all the food!

During our trip to Mexico, we stayed at a beautiful resort called The Royal Haciendas which we booked on It is a 4 star resort with the option to opt for an all-inclusive stay which we did and it was soooo worth it! It was so beautiful! We stayed in a one bedroom suite which had a hot tub on the balcony! Needless to say, our kiddos had a blast in there. The grounds of the resort had two adult pools, four hot tubs, two kiddie pools and ample of family fun to chose from. They had an adolescent/preteen club/lounge with several video game consoles for kids to enjoy. The spa was absolutely flawless! I got to enjoy a massage/facial combo with a therapist who literally had magic hands! She released so much stress that I had built up from years and years of working in my industry.  We were assigned our own personal concierge who helped us look for activities we could do outside the resort. We took advantage as we did get a discounted rate for booking through the resort. The excursion was a full day of fun on a catamaran sailing from Cancun, MX to Isla Mujeres which is a small island off the coast of Cancun. The catamaran trip included free drinks, lunch, snorkeling and parasailing. It pretty amazing! I recommend this for adults and children who can swim. I had to stay on the catamaran with my youngest because he isn’t a strong swimmer. But my husband and our oldest got to go snorkeling and they said it was a beautiful sight!

Us pictured on the catamaran:

We already had an excursion booked which we to booked on It was trip to Chichen Itza, a Mayan village named Hubiku, and a small town called Valladolid. It was such a great experience! It was a guided tour which included breakfast and lunch with alcoholic beverages (non-alcoholic for the kiddos). The host was a descendant of the Mayans and was super funny! We visited the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza which were absolutely breathtaking! We also bathed in sacred ancient waters of a cenote in the Mayan town of Hubiku where we had traditional Mexican and Mayan cuisine for lunch. It was absolutely delicious!

Us pictured in Chichén Itzá below:

Us pictured in the sacred underwater Mayan cave:

Overall, we had a great time in Mexico and will most likely be back to visit. My husband and I like to incorporate immersing our children in different cultures as part of our parenting style. By using this parenting method, our children have the opportunity to learn first hand what those cultures and people offer. The Mexican people offered nothing but the best hospitality and we are happy that we were able to spend time there. We cannot wait to come back again some day!

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Hello all! I am a Navy wife and a mother to two boys and two furry girls.

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