One this date in 2016, we published our very first blog article on this site. Since then, our articles have been viewed almost two million times and have been republished in various periodicals across Mexico.
Not bad for a couple of retirees who spend much of their time just lounging on a beach.
Last week, Linda and I were trying to come up with a cool way to celebrate the two-year anniversary. We wanted to incorporate the number 2 in our celebration, so I first proposed going out for some celebratory tacos and spending two dollars or less.
Linda’s idea was much better — she proposed going to an all-inclusive resort for the weekend for under $2. Her idea won.
Celebrating on a Budget
When it comes to living large on a budget, no one does it better than my wife, Linda. She is a master of finding low rates on hotels and once she finds one, she looks to maximize the savings by booking through sites that offer loyalty points (like Expedia) and paying for the purchase with a credit card that gives cash back.
After all, if you’re going to spend the money anyway, you might as well get the most bang for your buck.
After our recent trip to Italy, we had accrued quite a few points, so we decided to pamper ourselves and book a single night at the Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun resort. It’s an all-inclusive resort located almost 50 minutes north of where we live.
Without the points, this resort would of cost us $358.66 for a one night stay; however, with our points it only came out to $1.18 USD.
When we stay at an all-inclusive near our home, we often book it for only one night. We’ve found that it’s a very cost effective way to enjoy a couple of beach days in a row.
We normally show up in the morning around 10 and check-in. Although we can’t have our room until 3 PM or so, the hotels still allow the guests who arrive earlier to eat, drink and enjoy the facilities.
When we check out of the room the next day (usually by noon), we always ask the staff at the reception desk how long we can stay and enjoy the property. The most common answer is that we can stay as long as we like, but some hotels will give us a specific time that falls somewhere between 5 PM and midnight.
A few hotels have even offered us the use of a courtesy room where we can shower and change before leaving the property. Now, that’s really nice.
Let’s Wrap This Up
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It would have been great to have a bunch of you come to the resort with us, but unfortunately, we didn’t have enough points for that 🙂