Ever since our honeymoon, the husband and I have been day dreaming of going back to the shores of the Yucatan Peninsula. When things get hectic, we always say, “Remember Mexico?”
It’s not likely to happen anytime soon. At least not the way it did the first time. We scrimped and saved for over a year to be able to stay in a crazy nice hotel on a beautiful beach. So I’ve been looking into other options to make our dream a reality.
At first, I totally dismissed cruises. I’m a little bit claustrophobic, and he’s not the biggest fan of the open sea. But I was looking at the costs, and holy moly, are cruises cheap! Especially this time of year, June through November. You can hit up the shores of Mexico with ports of call like Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, and Costa Maya for about half of what we spent on our honeymoon, and that’s for a much longer trip that takes you to other Caribbean islands on top of the Mayan Riviera.
There’s a reason they’re dirt cheap this time of year, of course. It’s hurricane season. But this year is predicted to be the most mild since the middle of the last century. Cruise lines are pretty good about keeping an eye out for and avoiding inclement weather. And June is the slowest of all months in the season for major storms.
So I’ve been seriously considering it. Here are the pros and cons:
- We’d get to go on vacation for pretty cheap.
- We could visit some similar destinations to our honeymoon, though not replicating it exactly. (I often find trying to recreate an experience twice over leads to disappointment. But doing something similar in an area I enjoy is always rewarding.)
- We might be able to find one the kids could go on with us. (Though I’m not sure we’d want to. Last time we were in Mexico there were some pretty intense things we did that I don’t think our kids are ready for yet.)
- We’d conquer some of our fears in the process.
- Those are some pretty major fears to cover, and we want to go on a vacation, not a therapy retreat.
- We’d still be spending money on a vacation. Money we could allocate to something else.
- We might have to get a babysitter. And if we’re gone for a typical cruise, we might have to get a babysitter for a while. That either adds up or leaves you with some serious favors to return when you get back.
- There’s a very tiny chance that we could get caught in a freak hurricane in June that meteorologists had no warning for. It’s a pretty small risk, but still a risk.
I’m trying to be braver lately. That new determination should probably cancel out 50% of my con list, as two out of the four are based on fear.
What do you all think? Should we overcome our fears for a crazy cheap, crazy beautiful vacation? Or should we pocket the money and recognize our own limitations? Have you ever been on a cruise? They seemed like such an opulent choice to me in my youth, but the prices I’m seeing actually make it look like a budget-friendly option.
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