Mexico should be the perfect excuse for your next vacation. With so many cultural and beach destinations in and around Mexico, there is something for everyone. Cancun, Tulum, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and so on, are just a few top destinations in Mexico. All of them bring large crowds of different age groups with different vacation goals. One thing they all have in common, is that travellers are going to Mexico looking for some form of an adventure.
It could be for that first snorkel, first swim with dolphins or maybe first cave dive.
Underwater adventures, sky soaring activities or land discovery trips can be offered at just about any time of the year. Some great excursions include Cozumel Excursions; a highly reviewed site on Trip Advisor, with many different offerings. One of their top excursions is the Cozumel Mini Sub Underwater Scooter.
Have you ever been diving? You should make Santa Rosa Wall a top contender on your travel list. With a large reef, great water current and so much underwater life, this is a diving adventure you will never forget. You could also try something different, and take a ride along the shore line. Ixtapa has a great equestrian operation that is known for its organized, safe and great value beach rides.
Or you could set sail and capture your evenings meal in Playa del Carmen with “Fishing with Roberto Navarro”.
At the end of the day there is something for everyone. The best way to make sure you are getting the most out of your visit is to do some homework in advance or ask your travel agent. Getting to know the top attractions in your region will help you decide on how you want to spend your vacation. Or better yet, decide what you want to do on your vacation and pick your destination from there!
Mexico has a fabulous website for tourism and you should definitely check it out to see what are the top “Things to Do” in Mexico.
The last thing we think about when planning our dream vacation is our diet. For example, when one travels to Italy, they do not eat just salad and whole grain foods. They have to eat pizza, gelato, stuffed pasta or those oh so succulent arancinis. Who are we kidding; half the fun in travelling is trying new foods.
However, vacation is not a reason to jump the train on our healthy eating habits. In fact, the amount of activity we end up partaking in (mostly walking), partnered with some good eating habits should equate to a rewarding outcome.
For those who travel and like to rent a vacation property, they have an advantage because they can prepare most of their own meals. Eating out is always a great source of delicious non-dietary foods. Staying abroad and having your own kitchen whether it is big or small will provide the flexibility to prepare your own snacks and meals. For those of us who aren’t so fortunate, here are a few of tips to save calorie space for the cultural foods you absolutely deserve to try.
Share meals! By sharing meals you have the chance to not only try a variety of foods, you also can a chance to save yourself from the potential large portions offered by certain cultures. There is that saying that our eyes are bigger than their stomachs so when you are browsing through a menu consider getting one dish and sharing and taking it from there!
Don’t hesitate to stock up on a quick healthy snack even though you aren’t hungry. If you are walking through the streets of London for example and see a great little market, pick up an apple or some healthy nuts. They won’t spoil and they will quench a food craving.
Try not to spoil your appetite with fast food. Ask a local for a good place to eat or plan ahead. Airports are probably the worst trap of all because just like a mall, they have restaurants left right and center. Most snack foods are allowed through customs and worse case there will definitely be a vendor selling fruits and veggies.
What you pack for your vacation is just as important as booking your flight. Often, we get carried away when we pack for a destination we have never been to. What if it rains? What if I end up going hiking? What if it is hot? Our inability to predict Mother Nature’s weather plans does not help our case either so here are some pointers to avoid the infamous packing disaster.
- 2-for-1. No one will care what you look like on the plane so wear the same outfit to and from your destination and save some space for those crafty souvenirs you will want to purchase abroad.
- Stay tuned. Take note of the weather forecast 48 hours before your departure. The Weather Network is a fairly honest source of information. It features 14-Day Trends and includes forecast news for most international destinations. Many tablets, smartphones, Iphones and Androids also feature decent weather apps.
- Call and ask. The best source of knowledge is from those who live there. If you book a vacation rental, hotel or resort, the staff or owners will be able to give you tips and tricks for the region. They will also know what travellers forget to pack, as well as what travellers do not need to pack. A great way to save room is to see if your accommodation includes towels.
- Sacrifice. We live in an era where we like to have options. When we travel we cannot bring all those options along with us. So take a moment to pick just one outfit for every occasion.
- Re-use. Bottoms of any sort always take up more space than the top half. So pair your favourite shorts with two or three shirts.
- Downsize. Go to the pharmacy or dollar store and buy small, reusable dispensers which you can fill with your favourite products.
- Layers. The best way to combat weather is to layer it up. Light layers can be worn on more than one occasion and they make it easy to remove throughout the day and carry around. A great weather layer is a light raincoat that can be folded up into its pocket, like the classic K-Way.
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