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Sun-drenched beaches, snorkeling in the sea, ancient ruins to explore, gourmet cuisine and endless opportunities for views worthy of a family selfie or two, Mexico's all-inclusive resorts offer affordable luxury for the ultimate family vacation. And by combining your flight, hotel and food costs through packages available through Delta Vacations, you can find discounts that make getting away to Mexico possible for families looking for an economic option.
These steps will help you plot the perfect all-inclusive Mexico resort vacation for your family. You may even want to dig out your straw hat to wear for inspiration as you make your plans.
1. Hold a family vacation pep rally
It's vacation time! Let everyone have a chance to weigh-in on what would make their vacation special – this will help you choose the resort destination that works best for your crew. For example, do your teens want some time to themselves? Do you want plenty of entertainment or do you prefer a quieter getaway? What kind of activities do your younger kids want to do – or is having lazy days at the beach their idea of fun? Do you want to have shopping nearby? Or activities like exploring cultural wonders like Mayan ruins? Make a list to refer to as you're evaluating the various resort options.
2. Think about your budget
The next step is to consider how much money you can budget toward your vacation. What's great about an all-inclusive Mexico resort vacation from Delta Vacations is that there's one upfront cost for your flights, lodging, food and some activities (other activities on the property will be extra and you can book through Delta Vacations or at the resort). So, you won't have to guess how much you might pay for dining along the way.
Delta Vacations also offers payment options. When you book your vacation, you can pay the deposit, then make payments toward the cost of the entire vacation. The price of the vacation needs to be paid before you leave. It's like a layaway plan for your vacation.
3. Research destinations
From the cobblestone streets of Puerto Vallarta to the popular beaches of Cancún, each Mexico locale has its own draw. Click through the locale information on deltavacations.com to learn more. Once you're at the website, select the "Destinations" tab from the vacations box. Select "Detroit" in the "Where are you flying from?" box. Keep "Anywhere" as the selection in the "Where do you want to go?" box. Then under "Explore destinations," highlight Mexico. Click on the "Find Vacations" button for images, maps, descriptions and pricing at various locations.
4. Check out resorts
Once you have a destination in mind, click through the resorts available. Things to look for at the resorts are the activities that are available, along with amenities. Questions you might ask include: Do they have a family pool and an adult pool? What kind of programs do they offer kids?
5. Book your vacation
There are a couple of ways to book your trip with Delta Vacations, but the best way is to visit your local AAA Travel Consultant who will put together your memorable family vacation and get the best value. AAA Travel offers AAA member discounts on many packages, too. Remember, though, that the sooner you book your vacation, the more options and and discounts you'll get.
6. Sleep on it
Another option through Delta Vacations is that you can reserve your vacation for 24 hours without purchasing or putting down a deposit. You can use that time to consider other resorts and packages or to confirm the days you selected are right. Delta Vacations pledges that if you find the same deal available elsewhere for a better price, they'll match it and give you $50.
7. Picture your vacation
Once you've booked your trip, start gathering up your suitcases and swimsuits for your resort vacation. You might want to go online and do an image search of the locale and the resort and click through the pictures with your kids, so they can get excited about the vacation.
Get more info: Contact your AAA Travel Consultant for special rates and packages. Visit AAA.com/TravelAgent to find one near you.