This James Taylor theme song, keeps playing over and over in my head this week. All this talk of Mexico and the ‘swine flu’ is really only making me reminisce about the lazy pre-parent week we spent on the Mayan Riviera. It was the end of January 2007 and we were exhausted. We usually pack our vacations with adventure and sight-seeing but this time all we wanted to do was lay on our beach bed and relax. We went to the El Dorado Seaside Suites and loved every minute of it. Our suite had a jacuzzi tub right in the room and our patio stepped out to a soaker pool that was sort of like a moat around the resort. We were the second row in from the beach but could still see it from our patio. It was only a 1 minute walk to the beachfront, 3 restaurants, bar and entertainment area and the resort had a very small and cozy appeal to it. We loved the beach beds. They were queen size mattresses that swung beneath a thatched roof that you could lounge on while watching the sun set. Every nook and cranny had one of these beds, even in the bar area. We watched the evening entertainment while laying back with a glass of wine one evening. The food on the resort was excellent and you could order all meals a la carte if you wished. They weren’t the slushy, high sugar drinks that you get at most all-inclusive resorts but the real thing, made for you personally by the bar tenders. We developed a love of mojitos on this trip and the champagne and orange juice was served all day! We walked the beach and explored some of the other mammoth resorts, but were always happy we’d chosen our smaller more intimate atmosphere. We’d also got a great deal on this last minute trip using Selloffvacations.com so that didn’t hurt either.
It is unfortunate that the travel industry in Mexico is taking such a hit with the onset of the H1N1 flu virus. Canadian and U.S. governments are now advising against any non-essential travel to Mexico and there are reports of cruises and flights being cancelled and many attractions and tourist destinations are closing. Having said that, would I go to Mexico right now? Probably not. Now that I am a parent, I will be following advice and taking the travel advisories seriously. Let’s hope that the international spread of the virus, will be slowed by this downturn in tourism and that those affected will have a speedy recovery. In the meantime, everybody should be taking precautions to prevent the spread of infection by using good handwashing techniques, avoidance of coughing and being within 1 meter of those coughing in public and where known cases are occuring, those individuals will stay in isolation. For those that are traveling through major international gateways, you will need to follow these guidelines carefully and some are even considering wearing N95 masks in these situations. Individuals that are at high risk, such as young children, elderly and immunocomprimised individuals should avoid situations that could expose them to the virus. More information can be found on the Canadian Government Website.