We like to travel as much as we can. It’s not always easy because it costs money and we all have to be available. We try to go at least one time a year on a vacation. It’s fun for the kids and we as parents need a break from our busy work life.
What to do first
The first thing we did was not picking a travel destination but going to the luggage store. Why? Because our old carry-ons were worn and we heard on television that the old carry-on bags are not allowed anymore because they’re too big. So for those 2 good reasons we decided that it’s time to get some new carry-on luggage for all of us.
In the luggage shop we asked about carry-ons and they told us that it’s not yet a new standard. However they did show us some bags that would fall within the new size limits. My wife and I chose both a Travelpro bag. The kids got their own small carry-ons from Samsonite. These had some nice designs and vivid colors. They were really happy with their new travel gear.
Picking our destination
This is a process that always takes some time. Why? Well there are multiple reasons:
Everyone wants a different destination.
Some destinations we have already visited before.
Sometimes a country is chosen but we don’t find a child friendly resort or one that we like.
It happens that we sometimes find a destination and a hotel but that the price is just too high.
So we’ve decided to do it this way. Each year someone of us picks 2 possible travel destinations. The others can vote between these 2. When chosen we go look at possible accommodations that suit all of us. If it’s too pricy or we don’t find one good enough then we’ll go look at the other travel destination. Normally our first pick results in enough travel destinations and enough accommodations that are up to standard.
Where are we going on vacation this year
As this year’s travel destination we chose Mexico and more precisely the Yucatan peninsula. A lot of marvelous resorts were available to choose from so that wasn’t hard. Maybe it took a bit longer just because the choice was so large. We booked one at the Playa del Carmen which has a very long white sand beach.
So what can you do in Yucatan instead of sitting all day long at the beach? Well more than you would expect. One of the things you can visit is Chitzen Itza which was one of the most important cities of the Maya’s. The cool thing about it is that it has a pyramid which most people only would expect to find in Egypt.
Anyway our destination is chosen and we have an all-inclusive trip booked. So we’re all set to depart and with our new carry-on bags we won’t get into trouble at the airport. We can’t wait until it’s summer so we can pack our bags and enjoy the Mexican sun, food and culture.