The current rate as of posting is $90 USD per person. Transportation from Puerto Morelos is included, or Valerie can arrange transportation for you from your resort. (We were staying in Playa del Carmen, and paid a taxi approximately $55 for roundtrip fare.)
Once we disrobed (you may undress to your comfort level, and full nudity is acceptable for all treatments), we were escorted to the Temazcal, a small structure where we enjoyed time in the sauna followed by a cold shower. We repeated this process twice, gabbing with other travelers as we took turns rinsing the heat away in the outdoor shower.
Following our time in the Temazcal, we made our way to our (generally) secluded area to enjoy a relaxing massage and mud treatment. This tropical paradise felt like the perfect oasis to enjoy time away together as new parents.
The final treatment for our spa day was a bath to soak away the mud. Being bathed as an adult felt both awkward and soothing, but we went with it and enjoyed a breeze through the palms and the opportunity to escape our day-to-day routine.
We enjoyed our time away from the resort, and we found the treatments to be both enjoyable and a fantastic value.
this post originally appeared on our main page at www.destinationtravelco.com
The 2017 results are in...
The December 2017 issue of Vacation Agent magazine featured a list of the top fifteen "ultimate dream destinations" as voted upon by American travelers surveyed by Travel Leaders Group.
Did your dream destinations make the list?
3. Bora Bora
5. New Zealand
6. World Cruise
8. Mediterranean Europe Cruise
9. Greek Isles
11. European River Cruise
12. (tie) Antartica / South Pacific and Tahiti Cruise
14. Australia / New Zealand Cruise
Please visit Travel Leaders here to see the full article.
Share your dream destination in the comments below! (Then contact me when you're ready to make it happen!)
The most active section of my website is, without a doubt, the pages dedicated to mainstream vegan travel tips and the recaps of my vegan experiences on various vacations. After hunting around on Facebook, I noticed that while there are a number of pages dedicated to vegan travel (most of these more for the backpacker-workaway-city specific types of experiences), nothing existed to assist those doing more "mainstream" sorts of vacations such as Disney vacations, cruises, resort packages, etc.
Fear no more, fellow vegans! Yesterday I launched a new group for this style of travel, and I invite all of you to come join us for feedback and reviews, photo shares, and q&a. It will be a friendly place, led by yours truly, to share our concerns and excitement for seeing the world as a vegan!
Spread the word, and come join us!
Vegan Cruises/Resorts/Disney Vacations
I was recently contacted by reporter Jamie Biesiada to discuss the effects of Zika virus on our agency's bookings for various afflicted destinations and how we are assisting clients in light of Zika's spread.
While we have not seen much of a shift in travel plans in our office (our sales for the Caribbean and Mexico have actually increased in 2016), this article highlights how agents around the country are working with their clients, particularly, babymooners. It's a great read for couples considering a vacation while pregnant.
You can view the article in its entirety here.
What a winter season it has been! I am looking forward to continue doing the job I love, but also enjoying warm summer days on my front porch and relaxing with my family.
My summer hours go into effect Memorial Day Weekend, and will be as follows:
(evening availability by appointment)
(availability by appointment)
I will post my days off on Facebook and as a vacation response through my email account.
My longer hours will resume in the fall season.
On March 1, 2015 I learned I would become a mom, but my husband didn't know he would be a dad until two days later when I had a darker pink line to flash before his eyes. We waited to start a family for seven years (I am pretty sure potential grandparents had given up on us) but we knew parenthood was a responsibility and commitment we wanted to be more prepared for, and frankly, we had other things we wanted to do first as a couple. (Read: TRAVEL. Lots of TRAVEL.)
Knowing we would soon be stashing our passports for many months (sad face) to care for our little lady (happy face), we started planning a babymoon for the second trimester. As a travel agent, our plans must always come together last-minute, and our indecisiveness was particularly awful for coordinating this trip - I was really hoping to do a cruise, and my husband was really hoping to stay at an all-inclusive. The plans worked out for three nights at Secrets Silversands and four nights at Secrets the Vine, so that is what we ultimately chose to do. (Next trip, a cruise.)
We had always planned on having the sex of the baby be a surprise at birth, but after a few discussions during the week of our scheduled anatomy scan, we decided for many reasons that it was time to find out if it would be a he or a she. Because of my "old age" of 35, we could have found out at ten weeks, but held off for the element of surprise...ten weeks later we were whistling a different tune. Rather than finding out the news in the technician's office, we asked that she seal up the telltale photos in a card I had picked out for us to bring with us to open at Secrets Silversands, one of our favorite resorts.
The plan: the first morning of our trip we would eat breakfast and then take the card to the Barracuda Bar overlooking the beach and Caribbean Sea for the big reveal. With its cool breezes, great views, and comfortable seating options, it's one of our favorite spots to hang out on the property. "How could you wait so long after having the results on hand?!? We had already waited ten weeks. Weren't you tempted to open them as soon as you got them?!?" No, not even a little bit. Honestly. Plus, I was freaking out internally...I really wanted a girl.
We got situated, took deep breaths, and opened the card together...
One of the most intense rushes of emotion I have ever experienced washed over me, and I immediately began sobbing upon reading the word "girl". Finding out the sex of our baby made this vacation even more special, and we spent a great deal of time in the coming days making a list of potential names. The entire vacation has been documented in our baby book to share with our daughter when she grows up, but I will never be able to put into adequate wording how thrilled I was to know I would be a mom to a daughter.
Random thoughts...We waited until my 20th week of pregnancy to travel - even though my morning sickness had been rather tame, I knew I would not want to contend with nausea while on vacation. I felt pretty good for the duration of our trip, and really only had one evening of ick.
I made sure to pack any medications I might need in my carry-on bag for easy access. I consulted my midwives before booking our vacation to be sure I was good to travel, and I would definitely recommend you do the same.
I did my very best to stay hydrated and kept out of the sun as much as possible - even with hunkering down under umbrellas and diligently applying sunscreen, I came home with a nice tan.
I packed various layers of comfortable clothes that accentuated my little bump and made me feel like a cute pregnant gal. Thanks to Beachbody Chalean Extreme workouts and water aerobics, I was able to rock a bikini as well, which felt pretty great too.
I am so thankful that my husband and I were able to share this week together as our final vacation before the arrival of our little one. It was a wonderful time for fun and making memories, made all the more special because of the opening of that little envelope.
Update: Secrets Silversands is not currently operational.
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