Saturday, June 6, 2009

Vacation Plans

Summer has crept up on me, and I can hardly believe the first week of June has come and gone. We are 3.5 weeks away from the big move, 5.5 weeks away from family coming to visit, and 9 weeks away from Big Daddy starting rotations.

With passports in hand, and a few short weeks of free time after we move, we started talking about taking a trip. Due to the scheduling of rotations, interviews in year 4 and the prospect of little free time between graduation and moving for residency, we decided it was now - or 2 1/2 to 3 years from now. We began by discussing a long weekend in Canada. This quickly evolved into day dreaming about more elaborate plans involving Disney World, Paris, or Mexico. Airfares are all over the place right now, but with the help of Kayak, we began to get serious.

On Tuesday I did a little more investigating and within a few hours I had plane tickets booked and inquiries in for several hotels. By Friday afternoon I had the big stuff taken care of.


Belize is a small country in Central America, south of Mexico, east of Guatemala, and snugged up on the Caribbean Sea. It was a British Colony, so it's an English-speaking country. Belize is primarily known for being a scuba-diving mecca, but also offers Mayan ruins, caving, mountain biking, bird watching, jungle tours, and more.

I've wanted to go to Belize since before we got married, and this is the first chance we've had to realistically make it happen. I was able to use airline miles to buy 2 of the 3 tickets we needed. We're going during the low season (HOT and HUMID), so everything is a little less expensive, and I was able to find good deals on our hotels.

We'll spend 3 days on the beach at Mata Rocks Resort on Ambergris Caye, then 4 days at Chaa Creek Jungle Lodge near the Maya Mountains.

I'm looking forward to hanging out here:

Doing some of this:

Trekking through this:

And seeing this:

6 weeks and 2 days to go! (not that I am counting down or anything....) And yes, the kids are coming with us!


Ted and Hilery said...

Oh! I am so jealous! We love Central America. Guatemala and Costa Rica were two of the most beautiful places I have seen and the people are wonderful. Have lots of fun! I can't wait to see your blogs about your travels.

Chrissy Jo said...

Oh, I read this and sigh. How exciting! I totally have the travel bug right now.... I'm sure you will have a blast!

Robyn said...

Wow! I say you picked well. Can't wait to hear about it. Good for you guys!

Chaa Creek said...

We look forward to hosting you at our beautiful eco resort!!!