Single mum with two young children. I’ve splurged on an AI 9 day holiday to Mexico after a somewhat tumultuous year.
We leave on a fortnight. I have never been on a AI hol before.
How much spending money should I bring? I have already arranged on day excursion costing $150 but other than that we will mostly be spending our time swimming / beach / free non motorised water sports.
Do you think you'll leave the hotel? Go to markets, get extra toiletries if needed, buy souvenirs etc?
I know some people don't even set foot outside, so if that's the case just take a little cash for emergencies..., but I would, I'd explore and probably eat outside on occasion too and end up spending about £300 I think.
I'd tip daily because you don't always have the same housekeeping staff. I took Mexican currency, some people said they prefer dollars but since you're changing it anyway I'd just take the local currency. Also, I guess everything has changed since Trump.
In terms of bars etc I'd tip when I was done at that bar for the day, so our last drink.
If the children are likely to want anything in the hotel gift shop you can usually use cards but it might be worth budgeting some for that.
The one thing I would advise is to take a credit card for emergencies if you can. We had to use ours for the first time ever on our last trip as I was ill. Nothing serious but it cost 400 quid for medical help.
We took USD to Mexico last year. You will love it. We booked as a last minute holiday and it wasn't somewhere we yearned to go to but it ended up being one of the best holidays we've had!
I took £500 with me. Only because I wanted to buy a snorkelling trip for my teen and I. We also got excarat tickets and transport. We did leave the resort one night to eat out in Playa del Carmen. We also walked to Starbucks a few times for frappes.
You will have an amazing time. It’s a fab country with really friendly lovely people.
we are going to mexico for 14 nights Al in april. 2 adults and 2 children, we will be taking approx £1000. kids are going to want crap from the gift shop, will probs eat out a couple times, maybe a day trip and tips. no plans to spend it all but i wouldnt like to be stuck in the hotel thinking that i cant afford to go out today as i have no money. hope you have a good time