Let’s just jump right in, what do you want out of your holiday to Mexico? Most people want varying degrees of these three: relaxation, fun/adventure, and time with loved ones. As soon as you decide which of these is your main objective, you can start planning to get everything you want out of your time away.
How to Get the Most out of Your Holiday to Mexico
Relaxation in Mexico
First of all, if you’re looking for a tranquil trip, a spa retreat is the best way to do so. I LOVE a spa holiday (you can read more about my spa experiences here). There is so much to be said for taking care of your mind and body, especially if you only have a limited number of holiday days in a year. Travel and Leisure does a top-10-style listing of the best spas every year and most of them are resorts which would be perfect for your next trip to Mexico. You can often get treatments on the beach too, which is the ultimate in holiday relaxation. Imagine closing your eyes, hearing the waves in the distance and sinking into a deep state of relaxation. Perfection! In fact, take me with you!
Fun/Adventure in Mexico
If your objective is to tick off as many experiences as possible, head to somewhere like the coast of Yucatan and Quintana Roo: the archaeological sites with Mayan ruins, historic Spanish colonial architecture, expansive nature reserves, and white beaches that are perfect to learn a new water sport on, are just a few of its treasures. You definitely won’t be bored! A zip-line through an eco-park, past manatees and crocodiles, followed by snorkelling with sea turtles will create stories that you’ll be telling over dinner your whole life. Bird watchers love the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, which is home to more than 300 species of birds. If you choose to visit this area and want a place to stay that’s luxurious for resting after all the exploring (which is what I’m all about!), or that can provide plenty of tours and activities while you’re there, look into an adults-only boutique all-inclusive in México, so you can retire to a quiet place in the evenings. I love an adults only resort because I don’t have kids and generally have no patience for them at this point in my life. I’m sure that’ll change if I ever have my own…… probably. Anyway, if you’re on a tight budget there are plenty of reasonably priced hostels and guest houses to choose from too, so don’t let all my resort-talk put you off.
Family Fun in Mexico
On the other hand, any of you taking kids with you might like Finest resorts better as it has all the same luxury but with kiddie-friendly pools and activities. Choosing the right hotel or resort is always key to enjoying your trip. In the same vein, if your plan is to reconnect with loved ones, be it family or friends, take everyone’s needs into account before booking or choosing a location; this is the best way to make sure everyone gets what they want out of their holiday. The easiest way to do so is to take down everyone’s available dates on a Doodle (such a handy tool), then their main interests such as sunbathing, swimming, seeing museums and galleries, hiking, getting in touch with nature, etc. and see how much crossover there is between each person’s objectives and dates. It really helps with the planning process. Type-As and Monica Gellar wannabes will LOVE it. The spontaneous one in the group will die of laughter at the thought of such organisation. Another great way to connect with family members or friends is to let each person take the others to do an activity, either as a surprise or previously agreed upon, that not everyone has tried and let each person organize their contribution. It will get people out of their comfort-zones and trying new things.
Let’s Wrap it up!
Chances are, the latter holiday target applies to almost everyone; whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation you probably also want to have a great time with your friends and family. To do so, take mindfulness breaks and space from each other every day to make sure it doesn’t become too mentally tiring for anyone in the party.
This, as well as working out what you all want from the holiday in advance, is the key to a great trip and time spent together enjoying each other’s company!