The thing about traveling with kids is that it doesn’t always feel like a vacation for the traveling mom. Sometimes it feels like yet another thing to check off the to-do list. Certainly planning a family vacation is more fun that going to the grocery, but it’s still another responsibility. That’s why an all inclusive family vacation might be the way to go.
During an all-inclusive Funjet vacation, my daughter and I found it to be an easy way to travel. With a trip that starts at the airport, includes all you care to eat, drink or do for one charge, and ends when you arrive at your home airport, this is a family vacation that feels like a vacation for mom too.
Consider these seven things that made our all-inclusive Funjet vacation a breeze:
- Our flight from O’Hare International Airport in Chicago to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico was a charter, so we flew direct to our destination. The only downside was no online check-in, so we had to arrive extra early to check in for our 7am flight. That meant getting a teen up at 4am, which is never fun.
- We got one free checked bag per person. On the upside, we saved the cost of checking a bag and the hassle of carrying on. On the downside, my teen daughter figured the check bag meant she could bring half her closet on our five-day trip.
- The flight included an actual meal. The meal on our early morning flight out was breakfast. We were offered a choice of French toast or scrambled eggs. The French toast was OK, but the eggs were runny and upset my stomach. Our return trip in the evening featured a hot sandwich. It was not gourmet, but it was pretty good.
Customs in Puerto Vallarta was quick and easy and our Funjet representative was waiting for us on the other side. This is a relief in any Mexican airport. Getting from the plane to ground transportation can feel a little like running the gauntlet. The hawkers are lined up to grab the tourists and book them on excursions and into ground transportation before they leave the terminal and they are trained not take “no” for an answer. Being able to say “Our ride is already here–we’re on Funjet,” got them to back off quickly.
- Check-in at the Hard Rock in Neuvo Vallarta, our home for the next five days, was easy. My credit card was on file through Funjet, so all I did was flash my passport and we were headed to our room.
- The all-inclusive food and drink meant never having to pull out a credit card or keep a running tally of our spending to ensure we weren’t blowing the budget. The wrist bands (annoying, but convenient) told the staff that we belonged there.
- Although we chose to book two excursions (whale watching and a pirate cruise) that were at an additional charge, we could easily have spent all five days on property. There were kayaks and boogey boards for playing in the Pacific Ocean, a thousand lounge chairs on the beach and around the pools, entertainment every night and poolside fun every day.In short, there was no need for a traveling mom to organize anything. And what busy mom doesn’t want that in a family vacation?