Let’s suppose, just for the sake of knocking out another killer blog post, you are a bit of a Mexico travel newbie and you are thinking about going to Cancun and/or the Riviera Maya. Whoa . . . let’s stop right there because we are barely past the first sentence and we have already encountered the first potential toe stub. You know for a fact you have heard of Cancun and you are pretty sure you have heard of Riviera Maya . . or was it the Mayan Riviera . . . or perhaps Playacar . . . or maybe Playa del Carmen?
Fortunately for you, I can resolve this little mystery, if not in a heartbeat, for sure in a short burst of atrial fibrillation.
Cancun – Properly speaking, this is the resort town on the north-east coast of the Yucatán peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. Don’t even try to pronounce the state. You will only sprain your tongue!
Riviera Maya or Mayan Riviera – this is the tourist district that has grown up south of Cancun along Highway 307 which parallels the Caribbean coastline of that state we have agreed we not to pronounce. It used to be called the Cancun – Tulum corridor but someone decided that sounded too much like a dingy hallway in a cheap hotel.
Playacar and Playa del Carmen – Playacar was the original development south of Cancun built around what was then a tiny fishing village called Playa del Carmen.
Assuming you are more interested in a nice vacation than a history/geography lesson, here is pretty much all you need to know. Both Cancun and “everything south” (feel free to use whichever of the aforementioned terms rolls most easily off your tongue) are served by the same airport and essentially are one giant destination, not that you will get their respective tourist boards to admit it!
In this particular blog I am not going to address the question of which destination might
better suit your particular fancy. I will leave that for another post. Instead, I will answer the question that is hinted at in the title: to bundle or nor to bundle?
Let’s assume you are astute enough to know you should avail yourself of the services of an experienced travel agent. If you are not yet convinced, surely you will be after you read yet another stimulating blog post coming soon about that very subject! I am like Jimmy Durante sans the patrician nose, “I got a million of ‘em.”
Anyway, back to the subject at hand. As I count them, there are three possibilities. Keep in mind I flunked logic so I could have overlooked something here.
Possibility One: Fully Bundled
Travel agencies (retailers) work through middle-men (wholesalers) called tour companies whose role it is to assemble all the components of a great vacation into one irresistible package. These elements usually consist of an airline ticket (scheduled or charter), a hotel package (European, American or All-inclusive plans), a transfer (airport/hotel/airport) and perhaps some activities, tours or excursions.
Possibility Two: Partly Bundled
Let’s suppose you have amassed more frequent flier miles than a middle-eastern diplomat. Or maybe you work for an airline and plan to use your airline passes so you don’t need any help with airfare. Conversely, you could be invited to stay in some patsy’s over-priced, under-utilized time share condominium and you don’t need hotel accommodations but do need an airline ticket and transfers.
Possibility Three: Unbundled
For this scenario, let’s assume you suffer from stage four masochism and you delight in making things a lot harder than they have to be just for the sheer delight of it. You decide you are going to get on the net and research every component separately. Two days and several stiff drinks later, you emerge from your home office with that glassy-eyed, glazed look that only comes from information overload coupled with the paralysis of analysis.
We tolerant travel counselors are not here to pass judgment on any of these approaches (OK, maybe a smidge on the last one). What we would like you to know is that we can render invaluable service whether you need a lot of help from us or just a little.
Here, let me prove it. For our final scenario, let’s assume you win two free tickets to Cancun in a golf tournament hole-in-one contest. Next, you win a seven night stay in a five-star, all-inclusive resort as a contestant on “Dancing With The Stars”. Finally, your next door neighbor, to whom you recently donated a kidney, just happens to operate a fleet of limos in . . . “Who would have ever guessed?” . . . Cancun, Mexico or all places.
But what are you going to do when you get there? What tours will you take, in which activities will you partake, which excursions will you book? Not to worry. We can even help with even that one small, yet critical, piece of the puzzle. Click here to peruse a couple of dozen exciting activity options and once you have made your selection, you can just book it online. See how easy that was?
I intend to devote an entire upcoming post to all the exciting things there are to see and do in this one-of-a-kind destination! Why don’t you take a second and subscribe at the bottom of this post and be assured of not missing a thing?