Resorting to a Resort

I’ve never really been a “resort person,” preferring to stay where real people live and do their thing. You get a stronger taste of a culture and atmosphere that way, and it’s fun to be reminded that the world is full of food, music, experiences and people you’ve never encountered. Stepping out of ordinary life for a while makes going back home that much more enjoyable.

I do, however, understand the appeal of an all inclusive kind of place if your main vacation goal is simply to get away from everyday drudgeries and relax. There’s nothing like a gnarly pile of dishes or standing in a long line for mass transit to remind you of the real world, and there’s something to be said for whiling away the hours, sunning yourself with a glass of wine and page-turner in hand.

It was in that spirit that we decided to go to Mexico for a four-day weekend when our daughter was two. You can read more about that “controversial” decision here, but we were primarily after some gadget-free family togetherness somewhere we’d never been. Since we didn’t have enough time to travel far or decipher the logistics of an unfamiliar place, we decided to keep it simple by staying at a resort. I did a little research and chose the Yucatan resort closest to Tulum, thinking we’d be able to slip into the real world easily if we tired of all the free food, swim-up bars and bachelorette parties.

As it turned out, the decision to stay in an all-inclusive place was good and bad. It served its purpose as an easy getaway with a toddler, and we spent a lot of time enjoying each other without everyday responsibilities and distractions. But we definitely missed out on having an authentic experience, and when we eventually go back to Mexico, I don’t think we’ll do it the same way, especially now that our daughter is older.

If you resort to a Mexico resort vacation with a two year old:

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Pins in Our Map

My husband and I are both fortunate to have work situations that give us more vacation time than the average American. At times, we also have the flexibility to work from somewhere other than a traditional office. Those two factors, along with Jasper’s Dutchness, have given us the opportunity to take our work and our daughter on the road. As a result, our five year old has been living the life of Riley the past few years. This map shows where we’ve traveled for big and small adventures, and the places I’ll be writing about in this blog. Our travels amount to more than some, and far less than others. Here’s hoping we can drop many more pins in our map!