A few months back I had absolutely HAD IT with everything, stuck in traffic yet again after working late, knowing I wouldn’t get home in time to say good night to the kids. With the horns blaring around me and the weight of the world on my shoulders, I looked up and saw it. A beach, white sands, blue waters and swaying palm trees, the billboard for Cancun vacations lit up like a sign from the universe. It was time to finally book that Playa Mujeres all inclusive resort I’d been dreaming about.
Before I became a dad I was a backpack/hostel/go with the flow kind of traveler, living on a dime and surviving on convenience store hot dogs. Now that I am older (though not OLD!), I prefer a little more comfort and quality cuisine and I KNOW that keeping the whole family happy is the biggest challenge of all. Last year my sister and her clan went to a Playa Mujeres all inclusive resort and haven’t stopped raving about it, she got me hooked on the idea so I went ahead and booked our family vacation at Finest Playa Mujeres.
100% yes yes yes, Choosing Finest Playa Mujeres All Inclusive resort is absolutely the best decision ever! We’ve just come back and now I am the one raving about it to family and friends. The wife loved it, the kids think I am a hero and I’ve returned feeling like a new man. All I really wanted was a palm tree to sit under with a drink in a pineapple and some quality time with the family but I got so much more.
This was my first experience with an all inclusive resort and it really changed my mind about the whole thing. I envisioned cheap buffet food and cheesy entertainment but Finest Playa Mujeres all inclusive resort was luxurious and elegant!
With my “grown up” palate looking for cuisine beyond le hot dog, I was thrilled by the 12 (yes TWELVE!) restaurants to choose from. The Brass Steakhouse was my fave, best t-bone I’ve ever tasted, the mushroom sauce was amazing. The wife and I took advantage of the onsite child care and enjoyed a romantic dinner at Le Petit Plaisir, a world-class French restaurant. She LOVED the duck and my grouper was super fresh and delicious. The kids had no trouble finding food they liked, when they wanted it and I loved the freedom of the all inclusive option! Telling the kids to “Order whatever you want” from the beachside server made me feel like super dad.
The fine food was amazing but I think my family would say the best part about Finest Playa Mujeres all inclusive was the endless list of activities we enjoyed together! All of us trying to stand up paddle was hilarious, we’ll be teasing mom about her lack of balance for a long time but we all got the hang of it in the end. We went kayaking, played a little ping pong, and the wife got her revenge laughing at me and my two left feet in the dance class.
I’m back at work today, anticipating traffic later, but I’m feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and refreshed and I owe it all to Finest Playa Mujeres all inclusive resort. We WILL be back, next trip for romance, the kids can stay with grandma and grandpa, the wife deserves a luxury escape with me! I can’t see myself returning to the hostel/hot dog life, from now on, only the finest.
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What to expect when your holiday is cancelled. A helpful guide
We all know how exciting planning a holiday is. From the moment we book time off work, we’re already counting down until we’re stepping off the plane and enjoying the sunshine. The anticipation and excitement is all part of the fun! Unless you’re an expert at last minute holidays, it can take a few months to ensure everything is in order and ready to go.
Being organised plays a huge factor in ensuring your holiday goes off without a hitch. Check out this website for a helpful infographic on what to do if your holiday is cancelled. From deciding what clothes to take, to remembering all your holiday essentials: your passport, boarding passes, getting all your travel money ready and arranging transfers to the airport, so you get there on time…going away on holiday isn’t as straightforward as we’d like it to be, is it?
But sometimes, no matter how organised you are things can go wrong. And when your holiday is cancelled out of the blue, not only has all that planning gone to waste, but now you’re burdened with stress, anxiety and frustration. Your first step is to ensure that you get your money back, so here you’ll find a helpful infographic of what to do if your holiday is cancelled.
Best Travel Destinations for 2020
Lonely Planet has this week released its list of best counties to travel in for next year. According to the company, these destinations represent not only amazing slices of cultural, historical and natural interest; they’re also interested in how sustainable the region’s tourist trade is, and what impact it has on the natural environment.
Let’s take a look at some of the high-ranking countries featuring on the list.
This landlocked nation in South Asia is among the world’s smallest, with a population of less than a million. It holds the distinction of being the world’s only carbon-negative economy, and is on course to become fully organic next year. One of the most notable government measures on this front concerns the tourist industry: those travelling to Bhutan must contribute a daily fee toward conservation efforts. Consequently, those that do manage to gain entry are allowed to wander through the Buddhist temples and pine forests in near isolation. It’s an unforgettable experience – for those who can afford it. To get the most from your visit to Bhutan, it’s worth going with an experienced tour operator like Jules Verne, who’ll ensure that you don’t miss a thing!
It might surprise many natives of the UK that England should reach second place. After all, we’re so familiar with the charms this country has to offer, that we often fail to be suitably impressed by them. The Lonely Planet roundup identifies Britain’s coastline as a major draw, with the opening of the compete England Coast Path in 2020 sure to be of interest to hikers from around the world. Once complete, it’ll be the world’s longest managed coastal path – so if you’re looking to take in the seaside, it’s probably the best way to do it.
Claiming third place in the list is a country which has undergone considerable change over the past few years. A dispute with neighbouring Greece was finally resolved in 2018, and Macedonia became known as ‘North Macedonia’.
What hasn’t changed is the tourist-friendly attractions and gastronomy on offer. In 2020, new routes to the tiny St. Paul the Apostle Airport on the shores of Lake Ohrid opened up, making it easier than ever to pay a visit to this tiny, beautiful slice of the Balkans. Experienced hikers will want to make this country just one stop on a longer trip across Europe. The High Scardus Trail was established more than two thousand years ago by Roman pioneers, and it offers stunning views across neighbouring Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia. The Slavic term ‘shara’, meaning colourful, is derived from ‘scardus’. The changing colour of the grasslands makes it obvious why this is the case!
Top 5 Things to See in Edinburgh over the Christmas Period
Edinburgh is among the most attractive and tourist-friendly cities in the UK. It offers an atmosphere that’s quite distinct from the rest of the country, with its combination of historic buildings, quality restaurants and gorgeous parks. The city is easily reachable from Glasgow and the rest of the UK, with trains travelling to Edinburgh on a regular basis.
If you’re paying a visit over the Christmas period, then you’ll also find a wealth of seasonal attractions competing for your attention. Let’s look at five of the best of them!
Traditional German markets have become a regular fixture in dozens of major cities across the UK. And there are few better than the one in Edinburgh, which has been running for more than two decades. You’ll find everything on sale, from delicious bratwurst to warming mulled wine. And there’s even a sixty-metre-tall ‘Star Flyer’ and an enormous ferris wheel, which afford you an incredible view over the city’s iconic skyline, including the nearby castle.
For the past few years, Christmas revellers have been able to indulge in outdoor ice skating over at St. Andrew Square. But this year, Essential Edinburgh (the body in charge of managing the city centre) have deemed the attraction too damaging. But you can still indulge in ice-skating in Edinburgh at Christmas time, thanks to the Murrayfield Ice rink, over on Riversdale Crescent.
What will be at St. Andrew Square, however, is the city’s annual nativity display. Since 2003, the same scene has been depicted. Tim Chalk’s iconic sculpture breaks a little bit from tradition, featuring just a handful of statures, and excluding many of the extended cast of angels, shepherds and wise men that typically dominate the nativity scene. If you’re in the area, you’ll definitely want to make a point of visiting!
If you need to finish your Christmas shopping before the big day itself rolls around, then Edinburgh is a fantastic place to do it. You’ll find plenty of suitable gifts at the aforementioned Christmas market. But if you’re after luxury brands and designer clothing, then it’s worth a trip to Multrees walk, where Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors have their stores.
University Carol Service
Every year, Edinburgh university puts on a carol service including a range of performers. The crowning jewel of the event is invariably the carol singers themselves, who’ll be running through a range of classics. The venue for the event is typically announced in early December, so be sure to keep an eye on the University for updates. The event is usually not ticketed, so if you want a seat, you’ll need to get there in good time.
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