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SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—How We Take the Worry out of our Vacation

“A” is for Awesome Vacation!

There are lots of choices when you decide you want to get away for a while. Are you into the great outdoors? If so, you probably like camping and hiking. How about the old American tradition of the road trip? Maybe a cruise is what floats your boat, HA! See what I did there? Next, are you a do it yourself planner who loves the thought of pouring over maps, guidebooks, websites and the travel channels on your TV? Or would you rather go to a local travel agent, and let them do all the heavy lifting? I’ve never been much of a map reader. All those confusing lines, dots, colors and strange shapes may as well be some language from another world. So, I’m more the “let someone else do the work” type. My husband and I did a couple cruise vacations, but the last one did NOT agree with me. The movement of the ship and my stomach did not play well together. Although I do have to admit that the green of my face was right in line with my love of color! So for that reason, we decided to try staying on dry land for the last couple years. We did like the food choices and availability of the cruises though, so thought that the best of both worlds would be to go with an all inclusive resort in some sunny warm location.

Spring Vacation Cancun tips---How We Take the Worry out of our Vacation
Spring Vacation Cancun tips—How We Take the Worry out of our Vacation

For our first trip of this sort last year, we figured we had better call in an expert. That meant our local AAA travel agent. We told her when we wanted to go and what our budget was and she pretty much went to her Apple Vacations brochure. Our next door neighbor also had used Apple for several all-in resort trips over the years, and even gave us their old book to look into. My husband had used Apple many years ago, so we knew they had been around for a while, which gave us peace of mind. When it came time for this year’s arrangements, we figured we would cut out the middle man and go straight to the source. After all, it seemed that our travel agent last year had pretty much called them up, had them do most of the work and then collected her fee from us! Hey, I can use a phone as well as the next person! And as it turned out, we didn’t even have to do that. We booked our whole spring break in about one hour on the Apple Vacations website. I guess we probably pay something extra to go with Apple. I don’t know how much but for us at least I think it’s worth it. And in fact we found our trip this year on their “Last Minute Deals” page. They have some pretty attractive trips if you have a little flexibility in your schedule and choice of destination. I really don’t think we could have saved a lot of money over us doing a LOT more work and booking everything directly!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation

Some of the things I really like about going with a company like Apple are the personal touches. They have a representative at both the airport you start at and the one you finish in. They make sure you get on the right plane and are there to answer questions or help you with customs forms. On the other end, they are waiting to get you to the right ground transportation. That’s another stress busting feature; the airport to hotel or resort transfers. Just one less thing you have to worry about. At our resort, there were more Apple (or actually their local affiliate, Amstar) reps to help you. They will confirm your ride back to the airport as well as help you book any local excursions you may be interested in. At least in our experience, our resort also had a key contact that was in charge of the Apple guests. This must be a testament to how much business Apple brings their way. And they seem to appreciate those of us who book with Apple. We get a special color wrist band and are invited to the exclusive and traditional Apple BBQ. These are not to be missed, as the food, drinks and entertainment are all top notch! The last thing you need on your vacation is worry and hassle and for us at least we’ve found that using Apple can really take a lot of the guesswork out of travel. And that money I saved from the travel agent fees? Well it’s possible I left it at the local casino! But at least it was mine a bit longer than last year! Please come back for some more reviews and travel tips. Oh, and the usual great pictures!

SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS---how we take the worry out of our vacation
SPRING BREAK CANCUN TIPS—how we take the worry out of our vacation

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Flower hairband @Forever 21
Sunglasses @Dior
Dress @Zara
Sandals @TJ Maxx
Bracelets @The shopping bag @My ARM CHARMS

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Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation

Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation

What should your suitcase look like for traveling to Cancun in April?

My husband and I have done quite a bit of travelling and are getting pretty good for not only packing, but packing light. One thing you learn is how much you can pack and not use. So after a few times repacking clean clothes to take home at the end of the trip, I have cut down a lot. For example on our just finished spring break 7 night trip, we only took one full size suitcase and one carryon bag for 2 people. We had a couple personal bags of course. I carried my neon yellow travel purse and my husband had his Coach leather shoulder bag that we’ve converted to carry our cameras and lenses. We have been very fortunate in our travels so far because we have never lost our suitcase, YET! We’ve had some come through in pretty bad shape but they always show up eventually. Anyway, it’s only a matter of time before it’s our turn to have our luggage go on a separate vacation from us, so we always try to prepare for the worst situation.

Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation
Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation

In our carryon bag I will pack at least one day of everything essential. This includes a change of underclothes! You can survive a lot if you have some clean clothes next to your important parts! I have a couple rules for our packing that have come from our experiences. One is, if there is anything that is worth more than $100 then it should be either in the carryon or in my personal purse. The same applies to whatever I think is not replaceable at that moment. This usually applies to small electronics such as cameras, iPads and shavers or similar. Unfortunately I have to check through a lot of makeup that meets the minimum dollar requirement but is too big to meet the small liquid size that’s allowed to come onboard with you. I always worry about losing my makeup bag more than most things but so far, so good!

Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation
Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation

So how to pack for clothes? I’m glad you asked! For our week (March 20-27) in Cancun it was almost 85° every day so I didn’t have any chance to use my long sleeve T-shirt or sweaters. But I’m not complaining! That’s exactly the weather we were trying to find after our Michigan February. I’m pretty sure that month had about 53 days in it! And every one was COLD! We did our homework and research on the weather. We checked the forecast and looked into the averages for this time of year. So we had a pretty good idea of what to expect. And it seems like the weather forecasters for Cancun were a lot more accurate that the ones who cover the Detroit area! Or maybe when it’s a boring 85 and sunny almost every day it’s easier to predict the weather.

Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation
Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation

Here is the list of what I packed:

1. 3 two piece bikinis and one 1 piece swimsuit
2. 4 beach covers
3. One pair of flip flops, please consider that they love marble in Cancun, and everything is slippery as a result. I would bring flip flops that have good traction for around the pool.
4. Two pairs of sandals for dinner and one pair of flats for excursions. (Note that shoes usually can take up most of the space in my suitcase so I try to find the most comfy ones and also make sure they are easy to coordinate with most of the outfits)
5. 7 dresses for dinner; 1 for each day
6. Two shorts
7. Two tops
8. 3 pairs of sunglasses
9. Two hats
10. 4 evening bags and one cross body bag for day trips
11. One long necklace & two mid length necklaces
12. 6 bracelets
13. Two pair of earrings
15. A few assorted hair accessories
16. Mosquito spray! In fact we brought some convenient wipes that would put the repellent where you wanted it. Luckily we didn’t need it. Where we stayed was not bad, but we heard a lot of complaints from some others.
17. At least 3 bottles of waterproof sunscreen for two adults for a week. Note that with both the insect spray and sunscreen it’s better to bring a bit more than you may think you need. The all-inclusive resorts make a LOT of money on these particular items if you come up short!
18. Two cameras. One for blogworthy photos and one for candid or underwater use.
19. Two watches. One dress and one for underwater. After all even if you’re at the beach you don’t want to miss the next buffet!

Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation
Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation

I like to be organized so I put things together and in a bag. It helps keep them so they are not going to roll around in your suitcase. I usually roll all the clothes together as well and this trick really saved a lot of space. But make sure you have a small scale to weigh your suitcase. On most airlines in the coach section where we sit the limit is 50 pounds.

Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation
Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation

We love our Samsonite suitcase! It’s hard sided to protect our belongings but is still pretty light weight. One great feature it has is 4 wheels that let the bag spin 360° or you can drag it behind you on two wheels like a traditional suitcase. You will really appreciate this versatility when you are rolling it over different surfaces.

Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation
Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation

I will do a few product reviews about the things we used and loved later. Please come back and check out more info.

Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation
Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation

Here is my outfit from our first evening:

Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation
Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation
Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation
Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation
Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation
Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation
Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation
Spring break Cancun tips—what to pack for a one week beach all inclusive vacation

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Sunglasses @Fendi
Leopard dress @Rue21
Teal necklace @old from Germany
Bracelets @My Arm charms and@The Shopping Bag

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