We parked our RV in the storage facilities at Thousand Trails Orlando, a cost effective and easy option that allowed us to keep the RV at the same location we were staying at both before and after. We made use of an airport Park and Ride, arriving at the airport well in advance of our flight. We had all carry on, with the exception of our booster seats. We gate checked them, but they were put into regular circulation for pick up which kind of defeated the purpose! We had found out about Bubble Bum inflatable booster seats from our friends the Pierces, which would be a fantastic option for next time. They are not allowed in Canada or Australia but meet regulations everywhere else.
We arrived in Mexico after a long day of travel, renting our car and settling in at our resort. We all slept well that night! The week provided us with a wonderful chance to catch up with family and relax a bit after our hectic travel schedule. We have thoroughly enjoyed our travel adventures thus far, however if we were to plan it again we would pick less stops for a longer duration. We’ve kept up a pretty frantic pace which has been challenging at times.
We spent time exploring the surrounding towns around our resort, including fun stops in Sayulita, La Cruz de Huanacaxtles and Bucarias. Our fist day in Mexico we went to visit the La Cruz Sunday Market, a fabulous outdoor market with a wide selection of locally produced food, beverages and artisanal crafts. Juliette was in heaven! A few days later, we discovered Organic Love, a delicious organic and plant based restaurant with fabulous staff. We came back a couple nights later with friends and family for their fantastic set course menu. We enjoyed visiting Sayulita, a lovely resort town with a vibrant nightlife and a wide selection of restaurants. In Sayulita we discovered Yeikame, an authentic Mexican restaurant with lots of plant based options, including three different delicious soups with a vegetable broth base. Just down the street from Yeikame we also found Orangy, a wonderful juice and smoothie bar.
We have followed a graduated sun exposure protocol for the past couple of years, which has worked out really well in North America. The sun in Mexico was a lot more intense, resulting in a bad burn on Juliette’s part! Thankfully we had brought some Living Libations Frankincense First Aid with us, we paired it with some Seabuckthorn Best Skin Ever and some fresh aloe gel from a plant we purchased at a local store and it brought down the pain and redness right away. It took a few days to get back to normal, but we were grateful that the kids were not impacted as we were very careful to reapply their sunscreen.
Before long it was time to say goodbye to our family and friends and hop back on the plane to fly to Orlando. Carry on luggage is definitely the way to go, it made our trip so much easier. The kids each had a wheeled backpack from MEC and Dom and I shared an Eagle Ridge backpack that we found at REI. We traveled with less than we ever have, and were pleased to find that we had brought more than enough with us.
Bubble Bum - portable inflatable booster seats, excellent for travel with kids (they are certified every country except for Canada & Australia).
La Cruz Sunday Market - a fantastic market featuring lots of locally made food and artisan items.
Mega - a big grocery mart with a great organic food section and lots of healthy food options.
Organic Love - a fabulous restaurant in La Cruz that offers delicious organic food options.
Yeikame - a fantastic restaurant with authentic Mexican food and lots of plant based options.
Orangy - a fantastic juice bar located in Sayulita, with an extensive menu of juices, smoothies and smoothie bowls. Their turmeric shot is especially good!
Mountain Equipment Co-Op - a fantastic Canadian store that retails gear and clothing for camping and outdoor activities.
REI - The US equivalent of Mountain Equipment Co-Op, they have a fantastic selection of outdoor clothing and supplies.
Living Libations - our favourite company for body care, based out of Haliburton, ON. Their products are all eco-friendly and work wonders!