our next vacay…

March 23rd, 2015


So, in October, Chad and I took off for a few days (solo!) in Mexico, leaving Bear with three grandparents to take care of him.  I was so nervous before the trip — I almost canceled it completely a week before we left, because I couldn’t handle the thought of leaving our baby, even for a few days — but it ended up being such a wonderful experience. 

As Bear approaches the one-year mark, a lot has changed.  Our life feels and looks completely different from the way it was before he arrived, but at this point… we’ve adjusted.  We’re used to the 6 a.m. wake-ups and never leaving the house without an extra onesie and a bottle.  Sure, there are Saturday mornings when I’d cut off my left arm to be able to sleep till noon, but for the most part, at this point, we’re pretty much in the driver’s seat.

And then, a few weeks ago, I came up with the idea: right after Bear’s first birthday party, when the grandparents will all be in town… maybe we could take another trip.

I floated the idea to Chad, who thought it was a great one, and my mom said she could clear her schedule to stay a few extra days.

So, now, the question is: where do we go?

In October, we went to Punta Mita, which is a resort town in Mexico right outside of Puerto Vallarta.  It was 1) easy to get to, a 2.5 hour plane ride, which is key, and 2) absolutely gorgeous, as you can see from the video above.  I’ve thought about other destinations, but I don’t want to spend whole days traveling for a quick trip.  I’d like somewhere luxe but I also love to get a good deal, so I’m debating just going back to a place we’ve liked before. 

But I would love any recommendations!  Particularly places that are warm, beachy, and easy to get to from Texas!  Anybody have any gems that might be off my radar?



Tags: travel

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Stacy Dill // Mar 23, 2015 at 9:04 am

    New Orleans; Cancun, Mexico; New Mexico ( Santa Fe perhaps); or Colorado. I love the Windsor Court in New Orleans and the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

  • 2 Nikki // Mar 23, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Belize is beautiful and such an easy flight from Texas. I went there after taking the bar exam and its the perfect place to relax. Everyone speaks English. I recommend the Maya Beach Hotel!

  • 3 Mel // Mar 23, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Isla Mujeres, a little, quiet island off of Cancun. We stayed at a boutique hotel there for our honeymoon. We live in Houston, and it was around a 2 hour flight to Cancun, I think. The hotel picked us up from the dock in their private yacht and took us directly to the hotel on the island! Otherwise, I think we would’ve had to take a ferry to get there.

  • 4 Sarah // Mar 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Cayman is a 2 hr flight directly from Houston. The beaches are beautiful and the food is top notch. It’s my favorite vacation spot.

  • 5 Patty // Mar 23, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Tulum.  3 hour car ride from Cancun airport.  Boutique eco friendly beach resorts right on the beach.  No high rises.  It’s gorgeous and a pretty quick flight from Texas.

  • 6 wendyb964 // Mar 23, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    For less than a week with little research or pre-planning, I’d go back to Punta Mita. If you have the luxury of time both before and during vacay, consider other destinations within a half-day travel time. Agree: NOLA or Colorado Springs (at the hotels above) are awesome though quite different than a beach getaway. I’d stay within a time zone or two from home.

    It won’t be long until you can vacation with your son and relatives which provides incredible memories and fun for all. A passport for Bear’s first birthday, perhaps?

    Enjoy the journey wherever you go.


  • 7 Marisa // Mar 25, 2015 at 8:07 am

    I loved Playa Mita too. I would recommend Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Tulum. Aruba is nice too.

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  • 9 Erin // Apr 1, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    My husband and I are going to Cancun for a week without our (will be) 9 month old.  I’m debating on cancelling due to the anticipation myself!  So glad to hear you enjoyed your trip!  Wish me luck!

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