Cancun Feb 2018

This trip was a last minute birthday trip for me!  I found it on Groupon!  Yes Groupon has vacations that are super affordable and all inclusive through travel agents.  They do NOT pay me (I’m not that noticeable yet) so you can trust this review. 2018-02-20_13-22-40_000

So I booked a “Travel by Jen” vacation from ATL to Cancun Mexico and it was just under $400 per person, including the hotel that was all inclusive for adults.  When booking these Groupon travel agent deals, you must keep in mind that the cheapest deal must come with an open mind.  Most of the flight deals are on the low budget airlines; this trip it was Spirit airlines.  It does not warn you on the Groupon checkout!!!  I am not sure if you can be refunded if you do not like it, but you can upgrade it with the initial phone call to other airlines if you like.  Yes, you will have to call and talk to someone because Groupon purchases alone does not confirm your flight information.  If you choose to upgrade your airline it will be much more.  We opted to stick with Spirit because my travel coins are very important and last minute flights are expensive! Obviously are bags were extra and our layover in FLL was not that comfortable, specifically coming back home.

Our hotel was not that impressive as far as the “all inclusive” part, but it was cheap so I was satisfied.  The overall free food was not that great except one restaurant where we had to make appointments.  The liquor was free, top shelf, so that definitely made this worth it.  The location was amazing and the beach was amazing.  The “all inclusive” included all water activities except boat tours.

We opted for a tour to Chichen Itza, one of the worlds seven wonders, and booked it through our hotel.  It was very easy and the total was about $60 and included breakfast and lunch.  The tour lasted all day!  I mean the pyramid is about 2 hours away deep in Yucatan so they broke it up with a few stops, one in a “cenote'” underground natural pool.  I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and fell for the tour trap liquor bottle with our picture lol!  But the pyramid is filled with tourist traps and people hanging out selling things so be careful!  Nonetheless it is worth it and beautiful.  We were educated with lots of Native American heritage along the way and learned the history behind the entire land.

To summarize,  traveling does NOT. have to be all lavish and expensive.  I actually try to spend the least amount of money to make more trips possible fit into my budget.  Budget airlines are not my favorite but the experience of the trip and culture outweighs the sacrifice.  Thanks for reading!

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