9.30pm – the time we smuggled our kids out of the house fast asleep, tucked them up in the car with blankets and dummies and set off for Manchester from London.
A three hour car journey, an overnight stay at the Premier Inn, a nine hour plane journey to Cancun, a three hour transfer, a thirty minute ferry ride, and a tuk tuk ride later (plus A LOT of snacks and unashamed use of screen time for the kids), we arrived at the beautiful Villas HM Palapas del Mar in Holbox, a tiny island just north of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. So yes, first thing’s first – this is not a quick journey but if you’re a family whose up for adventure then this could just be the trip for you. Anyway, a holiday isn’t a holiday in my mind unless it involves some sort of mildly epic journey and dare I say it, difficulty.
Which aren’t exactly the words you’d associate with a package holiday, which I’ll be honest, have always filled me with dread. I’d (awfully – so judgmental..) always equated them with booming loud aqua aerobic classes and booze cruises – sorry (!). So when I found out that TUI has reasonably priced hotels and flights to what can only be described as a hippy, car-free paradise of an island complete with the sweetest cafes, cobbled streets, a whole host of lovely artisan shops, yoga classes, (I could go on…), I was super surprised and mega excited to get there. Check out some of our photos from what was honestly one of our best ever family trips below and be sure to hop over to my YouTube channel to watch my video of our time there if you really want to get an idea of what it’s like in Holbox. We had the most incredible trip and are hoping one day to return to this little, relatively quiet (but probably not for long!) spot of the world…
Thank you so much to Tui who kindly sponsored this trip – and thank you dear readers for continuing to support the brands I work with. Without them, none of this would be possible.