Toll Road = Tropical Destination?

Last week I got this crazy idea that Charlie and I should go on vacation. You know, just the two of us. The last time we went on a "real" vacation was our honeymoon. Yes, we have taken trips to Vegas and I loved them but that isn't a "real" vacation. Vacation = fruity drinks, sand, long days at a pool and sun kissed skin.

So, there I sat on the toll road in traffic, thinking of tropical destinations. If I was going to get Charlie on board it would have to be on the East Coast and somewhere that doesn't take too many layovers. Then the lightbuld went off.....The Riveria Maya or Mayan Riveria.

The last time I was there, I think I was 11. We stayed in a house that had no running water and a storm came through our first night there and knocked out the power. My whole family, My Aunt's whole family and my grandparents were then moved to a hotel in Cancun. I've heard a lot has changed since I was last there. I'm 35 now, you do the math.

When I got to work, I emailed Charlie asking what he thought. I was fully preparing myself for him to say, "You must be crazy." I sat and waited for his reply........He replied, and I think my eyes popped out of head because he said, "Yes." As soon as I heard from him, I checked with my mom to make sure she would not be on a cruise and I immediately booked her to watch the kids.

Oh I forgot to mention this vacation, it's not until next April. Yes, April - we have a pretty busy life and it was really the first time I thought we would be able to get away. Don't even get me started on what the next couple of months look like for us.

Okay, back to the fun stuff. I always check with Trip Advisor and check with friends who have been there. I mean who else is going to give you the feedback you want to hear. A mom friend had a map and showed me locations and hotels that fit into different zones. From there I went and checked out Trip Advisor, looked up some hotels and just browsed rates.

Well, then BAM, lightning struck and I fell in love with this all inclusive hotel in Playa del Carmen. No kids, food and drinks included, ocean front view and a jacuzzi in the room. Then I looked at the room rate thinking, no way, but I was surprised. They were running an early bird special and the rate was $172 cheaper than the actual rate AND we are able to cancel without any penalties (that was a big thing for me.) I went back to my sources and it was checking out to be a good deal and an amazing hotel. So, the next logical step was to book it, and I DID!

So, here it is.........




I'm probably never going to say this again, but, "Thank you, Toll Road for letting me sit in traffic and dream about tropical destinations." The Nardiello Family: Toll Road = Tropical Destination?

The Nardiello Family

Monday, June 18, 2012

Toll Road = Tropical Destination?

Last week I got this crazy idea that Charlie and I should go on vacation. You know, just the two of us. The last time we went on a "real" vacation was our honeymoon. Yes, we have taken trips to Vegas and I loved them but that isn't a "real" vacation. Vacation = fruity drinks, sand, long days at a pool and sun kissed skin.

So, there I sat on the toll road in traffic, thinking of tropical destinations. If I was going to get Charlie on board it would have to be on the East Coast and somewhere that doesn't take too many layovers. Then the lightbuld went off.....The Riveria Maya or Mayan Riveria.

The last time I was there, I think I was 11. We stayed in a house that had no running water and a storm came through our first night there and knocked out the power. My whole family, My Aunt's whole family and my grandparents were then moved to a hotel in Cancun. I've heard a lot has changed since I was last there. I'm 35 now, you do the math.

When I got to work, I emailed Charlie asking what he thought. I was fully preparing myself for him to say, "You must be crazy." I sat and waited for his reply........He replied, and I think my eyes popped out of head because he said, "Yes." As soon as I heard from him, I checked with my mom to make sure she would not be on a cruise and I immediately booked her to watch the kids.

Oh I forgot to mention this vacation, it's not until next April. Yes, April - we have a pretty busy life and it was really the first time I thought we would be able to get away. Don't even get me started on what the next couple of months look like for us.

Okay, back to the fun stuff. I always check with Trip Advisor and check with friends who have been there. I mean who else is going to give you the feedback you want to hear. A mom friend had a map and showed me locations and hotels that fit into different zones. From there I went and checked out Trip Advisor, looked up some hotels and just browsed rates.

Well, then BAM, lightning struck and I fell in love with this all inclusive hotel in Playa del Carmen. No kids, food and drinks included, ocean front view and a jacuzzi in the room. Then I looked at the room rate thinking, no way, but I was surprised. They were running an early bird special and the rate was $172 cheaper than the actual rate AND we are able to cancel without any penalties (that was a big thing for me.) I went back to my sources and it was checking out to be a good deal and an amazing hotel. So, the next logical step was to book it, and I DID!

So, here it is.........




I'm probably never going to say this again, but, "Thank you, Toll Road for letting me sit in traffic and dream about tropical destinations."

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