It was during a mid winter blizzard we decided that, despite saying we weren't going to go to Mexico this year, we were going to Mexico this year. We needed it. Being cooped up inside was slowing driving us mad so we decided that no matter what, we were going to make this trip happen. We had originally planned to go during the first week of April however, Chris's work schedule changed so we had to book for the end of March. Since this time was during spring break, our little airport didn't have much available for us and we would have to fly out of Vancouver. We booked our trip with 5 days to prepare. The only way we could make it work was if we left at 2 am to drive for 4 hours to Vancouver for an early flight.
We began our trip very tired from lack of sleep but in high spirits as we were excited to be travelling again. Scarlett wasn't upset what so ever by being woken up at 2am and stuffed into her carseat. She was so curious and she stayed awake for half of the drive eating snacks and playing with her toys. It was wonderful.
The Vancouver airport is BIG (compared to our airport anyways). We found ourselves wandering around having no clue where to go and feeling completely lost. We had way too many bags because with a child you cannot travel very light. We finally found where we needed to be and got ourselves to our gate. Scarlett had a blast running wild through the airport and we took turns chasing her around. When we finally boarded our flight we were happy to find that Scarlett was worn out and ready for a nap. She slept during the take off and for the first hour of the 6 hour flight. The other 5 hours were tough. Scarlett was not happy to be crammed into this tight little space and wanted out. We kept her as busy as we could with toys, snacks, games on our tablet, movies, and chasing her up and down the rows. It was draining but it was what we had expected. By the time we landed she was completely over it. We got through the Cancun airport fast and then piled into our shuttle bus for our hour long drive to our hotel. This is where Scarlett began to really loose her patience with us. We tried to keep her happy but by the end of the drive there was nothing that would keep her from crying. We were lucky to have such wonderful people around us who ensured that she wasn't being a bother. This made me feel so much better.
We stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe Tulum resort and really liked it! The property was huge and it was so much fun exploring the place. We spent most of our time at the beach just enjoying the sunshine. Scarlett was so happy to be able to run around outside, play in the sand, and swim in the ocean. She loved to be in the water and her joy made our long journey worth it!
The Tulum ruins were very close to us so we decided to go check them out one day. We caught a shuttle bus that dropped us off in the village of Tulum and then we kind of just followed a tour group in hopes they would lead us to the ruins. Luckily they did! We went super early in the day and it wasn't busy at all. The ruins were so fun to explore and the beach was beautiful (besides the large amounts of seaweed). By the time we were leaving the crowds started to arrive and we could barely get out. If you ever go to the Tulum ruins I highly recommend going early in the morning. We would not have enjoyed our time if it were that busy the entire time.
The rest of our week seemed to go by way too fast. Before we knew it we were packing up our things and prepping ourselves for our journey home. Chris called someone to come help us with our bags and drive us to the front to check out. To get around the hotel we either walked or took these little cars that look like long golf carts. When it arrived we packed our things in and hoped on. The driver stopped to pick up another couple and jumped out to help them with their bags. This is when I realized our bags were getting soaked by a sprinkler we had parked beside. We called out to the guy but before he could get back to us the sprinkler had moved on to us and soaked us. I ran from the cart screaming from the force of the water hitting me hard. Everything was soaked and I was fuming. Chris found it all to be very funny but I could not make light of it right away. However, nothing important was damaged and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it was very hot in our car ride back to the airport. Looking back now I can't help but to laugh.
The trip back was exhausting and Scarlett was not happy to be back on the plane. Luckily, the flight was a bit later so she eventually fell asleep on my lap. It was 11:30pm when we landed and about 12:30pm by the time we were on the road home. At around 2:30am we decided we could not go on and had to stop at a hotel to sleep. We stopped in Hope and got a hotel but Scarlett, being the keener that she is, woke up at 5:30am and we were back on the road. We were so happy when we finally arrived home.
It was a trip to remember and we really learned a lot about travelling with a toddler. It was tough but totally worth it!
My blue floral bikini and dusty rose bikini - Peony Swimwear
My pink bikini with lace detail - Elsa and Rose Swimwear
My sandals - Joe Fresh
Scarlett's floral top - Crew and Lu
Scarlett's solid pink dress- June and January
Scarlett's striped pink dress - Rylee and Cru
Scarlett's peach top - Yoli and Otis
Scarlett's straw floppy hat - Gap Kids
Scarlett's sun bonnet - Briar Handmade
Scarlett's sandals - Old Navy