Top 7 Places in Mexico You Shouldn’t Miss Out On

Do you love traveling to new places and destinations that offer you unique experiences? Travel is not just about visiting a certain place, but about discovering a new culture, traditions, history and meeting people that would help you to grow and learn things that you have never known. If you are planning to pick your travel shoes and get off to some destination you can head to Mexico.

One of the reasons why you should travel to Mexico is because it is affordable. However, more than affordability it provides you with a variety of cuisine, history and culture that is hard to find anywhere else with some of the best rental homes in Mexico to suit every budget and style.

The pleasant weather in Mexico adds to the overall experience. If you are heading to Mexico here are some of the top 7 places that must be on your list.

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Playa del Carmen

If you are on a quest for clean beaches and crystal blue waters look no further than Playa del Carmen. This place is a great holiday destination that will surprise and excite you and provide you with the best holiday experience. Nestled along the Yucatan Peninsula, Playa del Carmen provides you with a European destination-like experience right here in Mexico. You can have some great time at El Zocalo, the main area. You can also have some great meals at La Quinta Avenida where you will find some great eateries. Don’t miss out attractions like Xel-Ha, Xcaret and Rio Secreto when you are in Playa del Carmen.

Cancun

If you prefer beaches, golf and nightlife Cancun should be on your list. This place provides you with a great landscape that ensures that you get the best holiday experience. It is also voted as one of the best affordable destinations in Mexico and therefore you can have more fun here without hurting your budget. Do some jet skiing and parasailing here with your loved ones and indulge in some great Mexican dishes and enjoy the parties that go on all night long. Also, when you are in Cancun you have to visit Chichen Itza, one of the important Mayan archaeological sites in the world.

San Miguel de Allende

Walking down the cobblestone streets of San Miguel de Allende and watching those beautiful and colorful buildings has its own pleasure and excitement. If you are a photographer or if you are planning to escape the commotion of the world this is the right place to be in. These narrow alleys are more than 500 years old and they still retain the historic significance and offer a window into the past. While this city was struck down by multiple wars, but San Miguel de Allende is a must-visit city when you are in Mexico. Don’t miss to explore the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel Church when you are here.

Oaxaca

It might be difficult for you to pronounce the name of this Mexican city, but make sure you add it to your list of top places to visit in Mexico. This city receives a lot of tourism and that is mainly because it offers a lot more to the visitors. You can explore the vibrant traditional markets, old colonial streets, some trendy eateries and some great Mexican cuisine that will leave you speechless. The city also has rich history and culture which attracts a lot of people from all over the world. You can explore the Alameda de Leon garden area, Catedral de Oaxaca also popularly known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption and the immensely popular Monte Alban, a pre-Hispanic city that was the ancient capital of the Zapotecs.

Mexico City

Founded in 1325, Mexico City is one of the largest cities in Mexico and offers you a plethora of options when you are traveling. If you want to live in the urban environment this is a safe and affordable place to be in. You can explore the best food you can find in Mexico at various restaurants and eateries and also do some shopping when you are free. The Museo Nacional de Antropologia offers you a great insight into the world of Mexico before the Columbian era. You can also visit other attractions like Templo Mayor, Palacio de Bellas  Artes, Teotihuacan, Catedral Metropolitana, Bosque de Chapultepec and the most popular El Angel de la Independencia.

Guadalajara

Music is an integral part of the Mexican culture and therefore you cannot miss out when you are visiting Mexico. Guadalajara is the largest and the capital city of Jalisco and offers you the best Mexican cuisine and music you can experience.  Some of the best mariachi bands are here to add more fun to your night life. Enjoy the tequila and some of the authentic Mexican cuisines here to ensure that you have every bite and flavor of Mexico. The city also provides a glimpse of the old cultural ideas and modern values that you will find across Mexico these days.

Cabo San Lucas

Relax is the word that defines the environment of Cabo San Lucas. This city was once the hub of Hollywood elites and you will still some celebrities enjoying their time here. Cabo San Lucas is known for its laid-back atmosphere where you can explore the beaches and spend quality time with your loved ones. Enjoy some deluxe villas at some of the world-class resorts and sprawling golf courses and watch the sun go down as you chomp up some great Mexican food and celebrate the moments of your life.

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Why I Wish I Had Travelled More Before Children

Would you believe I didn’t go abroad until after I had Jack? Crazy isn’t it? I’ve been thinking back on this recently and one of the things I wish I had done more of before having children is travelling. I’d had plenty of opportunities but I had never taken any of them up. A school trip to Asia, trekking in Nepal with friends – I never took advantage of any of these opportunities and I bitterly regret that. That isn’t to say that I can’t go travelling with my children; of course I can – but the stuff I can do now is much more limited.

One of my friends brothers went trekking in Nepal and a few countries close to it when I was younger and it always looked so amazing to me – I really should have taken the opportunity when I had the chance. I’ve also seen plenty of travel shows on the TV talking about what a lovely beautiful country it is and how trekking gives you the opportunity to really see what it has to offer. The country has such a natural beauty and is full of diversity – why wouldn’t anyone want to trek through the beautiful mountains or perhaps even participate in a bungee jump?


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Trekking in Nepal is an amazing opportunity to experience  the country and also get to know the Nepalese culture and their traditions. You can trek through snow, through forests and fields of plants and flowers. The Himalayas are so incredibly astounding and to be up close and personal would be amazing. I’d love to take advantage of one of the Nepal Hiking Team’s packages and get up close and personal with everything the country has to offer. Whilst it isn’t quite possible right now with Olivia being quite small still, this is definitely a holiday or vacation to put on the back burner, put on the bucket list for when the timing is right for our family.

I’ve had so many great travel opportunities in the past and really haven’t taken advantage of them at all – perhaps it is time I stop saying no and start saying yes more often! I’ve already missed out on so much, I don’t want to miss out on any more.

Have you ever been trekking in the Himalayas? Is this something you would consider?

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Our First Family Day Out At Paradise Wildlife Park

I’ve mentioned before that I am currently an ambassador for Paradise Wildlife Park – I have been gifted with an annual pass for myself and my family so we can enjoy what Paradise has to offer throughout the year. We’ve visited a few times since my ambassadorship started – just before Halloween and we also visited at Christmas time to meet Santa which I shared on social media.

A couple of weeks ago, we decided to take our first proper family day out and we decided to visit Paradise. Based in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, it is just under a 40 minute drive from our house so makes for the perfect escape when we are getting a little cooped up in the house. After a few weeks of me barely venturing outside, I couldn’t wait to get walking round the park and seeing all the animals.

Due to it being out of season, some of the kiosks weren’t open – and because of the avian flu, there were no bird shows – but this didn’t detract from our day at all. We still loved seeing all the animals; even the birds through their protective cover; and taking a look at all the fun things the park had to offer. We actually chose the day that it snowed a little so it was bitterly cold and quite deserted at the park – it was actually quite nice to be able to see the animals and attend animal talks such as the red panda talk without having to battle through loads of people.

Since we last visited, the penguin enclosure has now been opened and Jack really enjoyed seeing them. It was so nice to finally see the area in action that we have seen being created for months now. Jack enjoyed finding out that he was as tall as an Emperor penguin!

Some of the animals chose to hide inside due to the weather and I don’t blame them, it was probably a lot warmer and a lot more comfy than the bitter wind – but we enjoyed the animals we did get to see and Olivia even enjoyed herself, listening to the sounds of the animals and cooing away – when she wasn’t fast asleep from all the pushing, that is!

I can’t wait until Olivia is a little more alert and can really enjoy visiting the park like we do, its such a great place to visit. I’m definitely going to be visiting in Easter – if you’re local, why not pop down too?

Make It A Year To Remember With Merlin Annual Pass | Sale On Now!

I am a Merlin Annual Pass Blogger Ambassador, I was given a Merlin Annual Pass to create this post with my family and I was not paid to do this post. If anyone would like to confirm any details in the post, please email info@merlinannualpass.co.uk

It’s January once more and we all know what January means, don’t we? SALES. Merlin are no different and currently have their annual January sale on for Merlin passes until the 13th of February 2017.  From just £109* per person in the spectacular New Year sale, this amazing offer is one you don’t want to miss out on.

A Merlin Annual Pass opens the door to 32 magical worlds across the UK- wherever you live, you are guaranteed a passport to fun! You can get to experience some of the UK’s biggest and best attractions, including the Coca-Cola London Eye, THORPE PARK Resort, Dream Works Tours Shrek’s Adventure! London, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Alton Towers Resort, LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort, SEA LIFE Centres across the UK and many more. Not only that, Passholders can unlock special benefits and discounts.

If history is your thing, watch it come to life in re-enactments at Warwick Castle, see some amazing underwater creatures at SEA LIFE centres across the country, visit the celebs at Madame Tussauds in either Blackpool or London or perhaps gaze over London’s beautiful skyline on the Coca-Cola London Eye?

With plenty of new additions coming in 2017, this is the year to make the magic happen! In May, the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort will challenge guests to become Masters of Spinjitzu at the all new LEGO® NINJAGO™ World where families can join their favourite NINJAGO heroes in a series of training activities before putting their Ninja skills to the ultimate test on LEGO® NINJAGO™ The Ride – something Jack will love!

 The Gruffalo is set to bring a brand new experience to Chessington World of Adventures Resort in 2017! Expect excitement, an awesome adventure and lots of fun. There will also be a new CBeebies Land Hotel at Alton Towers resort, uniquely designed for young families and bursting with music, stories and adventures for little ones to enjoy. Plus, the UK’s only LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester is re-launching with a Ninjago themed area that little ones will love!  

With a Merlin Annual Pass, you can entertain your children at optimum times of year without any of the stress! It’s time to say yes to fun and creating special lifetime memories!

Premium Merlin Annual Pass holders get priority entry to all of Merlin Entertainments’ UK attractions, automatic membership to the Merlin Holiday Club (an exclusive club with magical treats for Passholders who stay overnight!), discounted entry for family and friends, invites to exclusive Passholder preview events, complimentary standard parking at Resort Theme Parks and a Privilege Pack containing three £5 off Fastrack vouchers** for a single use at selected theme parks and three Share the Fun vouchers where a friend can join holders for £15 each.   

The BIG New Year Sale started at 10am on Sunday 1st January 2017 and will be ending at midnight on 13th February – why not find out more here and grab your pass now?

 

Santa Is Coming To Paradise Wildlife Park TOMORROW!

I am a Paradise Wildlife Park Blog Ambassador and have been gifted with an annual pass in return. From time to time, I will let you know what events will be coming up at Paradise Wildlife Park.

Christmas is fast approaching and as a blog ambassador for Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxburn Woods, I am so very excited to let you know that Santa Claus will be arriving tomorrow from 10.30am (Saturday 26th November) and you are all welcome! He will then be in his grotto at Paradise from 17th December right up to Christmas Eve.  Tickets cost £4.50 for park visitors on top of your normal entrance fee.

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Santa not only delivers to humans but also to all of the creatures at Paradise Wildlife Park too, did you know that? Let’s hope the animals have been nice instead of naughty!

In his sleigh pulled by snow white horses, Santa will be opening Paradise’s Christmas Craft Fayre before joining his reindeer in the Park and taking his place in his magical Christmas Grotto! Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Craft Fayre too!

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You can visit Santa every weekend at Paradise from the 26th November and every day from the 17th December until Christmas Eve. He will be in his Grotto from 11:30am – 12:30pm and 3:00pm – 4:00pm. He’s in major demand though so please book your place as soon as possible. Tickets cost £4.50 each and can be booked now on the Paradise Wildlife Park Website –  and everyone who visits Santa will, of course, receive a present. 

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A note about Paradise Wildlife Park

Paradise is an award winning, family run Wildlife Park set in the beautiful surroundings of Broxbourne Woods in the Hertfordshire Countryside. It has been voted Hertfordshire’s Top Tourist Attraction and has a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. It is home to over four hundred exotic wild animals and Paradise also offers a huge range of family friendly experiences – On Safari Adventure Golf, Formula Fun, Woodland Railway, Paradise Lagoon, playgrounds, Tumble Jungle and lots more.

They are very proud to be the leading zoo in Europe for animal experiences with over thirty incredibly popular (pre bookable) exotic animal experiences, from ‘Feeding the Big Cats’, ‘Shadowing a Keeper’ and ‘Meeting the Meerkats’ to ‘Tickling a Tapir’! Getting close to the animals and educating through fun and they are deeply proud of its status as an active supporter of animal welfare and conservation.

They have made contributions of over £5,000,000 to conservation projects and wildlife causes in the UK and around the world and are part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme with successful African Penguin, Lar Gibbon, Cotton Top Tamarin, Silvery Marmoset & Red Ruff Lemur births in the past year alone. They were also the first zoo in Europe to receive a double Platinum Award for funds raised for the EAZA Tiger Conservation Initiative and are Platinum Award winners for funds raised for the Lemur and Madagascan EAZA appeal and they are an active member of the British, European and World Association of Zoos.