Since we’re already going to be in FL this summer, I thought why not check out some of the Mayan ruins in Mexico? Want to come?
We found some great deals, let me tell you how..
But first, why Mexico?
I was inspired by This American Girl’s post about Tulum, and around that same time I ran across a great deal from Norwegian Airlines advertising tickets from Fort Lauderdale to Paris for $175. Joey and I actually ended up scoring a pair of those tickets for a grand total of $350, including taxes and fees.
Instead of flying straight to Greece, we’re going to spend the summer in Mexico, then fly to Paris for two weeks and slowly make our way down to Greece.
How did we find out about these deals?
I spend a lot of time browsing travel blogs and travel websites, and I follow several on Twitter and Facebook. For a list of the “best of the best,” check out Nomadic Samuel’s Top 100 Travel Blogs.
Ok, confession time. An extra $90 was spent to secure our assigned seats and avoid the boarding chaos that is synonymous with budget air travel (Ryanair anyone?)
I’ve been to Mexico only once, on a 4-day solo trip while I was on leave from Iraq. The entire trip was spent inside the archaeological park at Teotihuacan. My accommodations were simple and small, and only $39/night at the Villas Arqueologicas Teotihuacan. We’re going back to Mexico this summer to see Teotihuacan again as well as some of the more famous Mayan sites such as Chichen Itza, Tulum, Palenque, and Uxmal. There are many, many more beautiful places to visit but these are at the top of my list.
Now for the good part…
How did we get two round trip-tickets to Mexico and accommodation for a month for less than $700. Two key things…
- 70,000 American Airlines miles plus $159 in taxes and fees round-trip thanks to tips from The Points Guy . I’ve been racking up miles for months by putting all of my regular spending on travel rewards cards. I follow several websites that explain how to rack up points and miles for free travel but The Points Guy is the best one.
- Hours spent scouring Air BnB for the perfect room. Our guest-house, comes to $509 for 30 days. That’s $17 a night for two people!
Sure we could have spent less and stayed at a hostel or cheaper accommodation, but the guest house that we selected really looks awesome. We will have our own private (and locking) bedroom and bathroom. It’s very bright and colorful, has an outdoor garden, and it’s close to stores and restaurants. We will have access to a shared kitchen and common areas with two other guest-bedrooms.
By renting accommodation long-term and planning to cook our own food (not included in the cost above) we are able to save hundreds if not thousands on our meals and a place to stay.
The total cost including taxes and fees for two round-trip tickets plus a month long rental on Air BnB comes to $668, far cheaper it is to live in the U.S. for a month.
If we can travel this cheaply, so can you. What are you waiting for?