This summer, we embarked on a fun adventure to Mexico’s Riviera Maya, together with my husband’s family visiting from Portugal. My husband and I wanted to offer them a wonderful Mexican experience, so we thought that staying at one of the all-inclusive resorts in Riviera Maya is the best option, where we can all just relax, enjoy the beach and neighboring towns, and savour delicious meals without the hassle of venturing out for food. Our week-long trip was filled with adventures and quality family time, leaving us with cherished memories for a lifetime.
Travel is back!!! And yes, it’s back with a vengeance! If you travelled during the last holiday season, you can testify that most flights were fully booked, and airports were busy as ever. So while we were all thrilled to return to a bit of normalcy, travel in 2022 was quite unstable.
As for my family, we were fortunate on all the trips we had last year. Apart from one car rental hiccup, everything went smoothly regarding flights, accommodations and tours. We had some bad weather days but worked around them with the tour company. Unfortunately, some people had awful travel experiences post-pandemic.
I am excited for 2023 travel; even though inflation is hitting everyone, people are planning to travel! Are you one of those who can’t wait to venture out and explore? Well… here are a few pieces of advice.
My family has visited several Mexican beach destinations, and we’ve love all our experiences! Yearly millions of visitors go to the bustling beach towns of Mexico, like Cancun, Los Cabos, and Puerto Vallarta, these hot spots are full of 5-star resorts. But Mexico is a large country with much more to offer than just margaritas by the beach. So, when I was planning our family summer getaway this year, my kids asked if we could go somewhere in Mexico that is not a beach destination and a short non-stop flight from DFW. I was super excited they said that, primarily since I have only been to one non-beach destination in Mexico; that being its capital, Mexico City.
First thing that came to mind was that Mexico has a rich history of both the Old World and the New World; of when the Aztecs ruled the region to the 300 years under the Spanish flag. Thus, I thought of visiting the historical destinations in Central Mexico. And since both kids are learning Spanish at school and they have touched on Mexican history, I thought it an excellent opportunity to dig deeper into this beautiful country of Mexico!
With that said we decided to follow the Mexican Independence Route – well sort of – and visit some of the cities and towns where it all began. Below is a map of the area, with Miguel Hidalgo’s war campaign route, which started in Dolores (in blue); and our family vacation of the area in red, which started in Queretaro.
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We started our journey from the City of Querétaro, the capital of the state with the same name. There is a non-stop flight from DFW to QRO, which makes it a lot better, especially these days when there are so many delayed/canceled flights. The last thing you want is to get stranded in the middle of your journey. Read More
My family loves having staycations to nearby resorts where we can escape from our daily routines. I think it is a great way to have some fun and get some relaxation without spending lots of time traveling.
It was my girl’s 11th birthday, and we were fortunate to be hosted by The Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa for a weekend stay to celebrate her special day! The resort just finished its $30 million renovations about a year ago, so we were all excited to see it! Plus, we heard that the resort is pet-friendly, which made us super-duper excited since our fur baby, Hamilton, hadn’t travel with us before or stayed in a resort.
Have you heard of a place called Casa de Campo? Well… if you haven’t, then I guess you haven’t been reading the tabloids on celebrity whereabouts or luxury travel mags like Condé Nast Traveler spotlighting getaway locations for the rich and famous.
Casa de Campo is one of the world’s most exclusive resorts and located on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic. DR’s own designer, Oscar de la Renta, himself did the original interior designing for the resort. Since then, it has hosted so many Very Important People.
Alas, we didn’t see any VIPs during our visit, but I am sure there were some hiding in their luxurious villas. The top reasons VIPs love to stay here are the security, the discretion of staff, and all the available activities within this massive, 7,000-acre resort community. In addition, they offer renowned golf courses, pristine beaches, a marina to dock yacht, the famous “town” of Altos de Chavon, an equestrian center and polo club, and a shooting center.
Casa de Campo has it all! You can have your ultimate getaway with plenty of things to do within the property. Here are a few of the activities that we did during our visit:
You can’t visit Casa de Campo without going for horseback riding.
Their equestrian center offers extensive activities and is one of the best in the Caribbean.
“Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated!” – Osho
I couldn’t agree more with this quote, hence we decided to celebrate life at the Omni Barton Creek Resorts & Spa. It is an easy 3.5 hours drive from where we live in the Northern ‘burbs of Dallas.
We were all excited to experience the luxury that Omni Barton Creek has to offer to guests. We last stayed with them in 2017 and since then they have had some major renovation. Those of you who didn’t know, they spent $150M on renovations, which they unveiled in the spring of 2019. Renovations were designed to highlight the history and the breathtaking view of the Texas Hill Country.