Remember when vacations meant sipping margaritas poolside and lounging on the beach with a good book? Ask anyone who’s travelled with children and they’ll tell you that kind of vacation is a distant memory.

Travelling with kids can be a challenge to say the least, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Today’s travel industry offers so much more for families looking for a fun getaway that doesn’t include Mickey, Minnie and the whole Disney gang. Booking kid-friendly vacations to exotic destinations like Jamaica, Cuba and Mexico has never been easier.

Nicole St. Jean, mom to five-year-old Lucas and one-year-old Evelyn just returned from a solo trip with her kids to Cancun, Mexico. While dad stayed back to work, Nicole bravely packed up her little ones and headed to an all-inclusive resort for a week of fun in the sun! 

Formerly known as a spring-breaker’s paradise, the Cancun of today offers exclusive luxury resorts, like the Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa where St. Jean booked a 7-day all-inclusive package. 

“I never considered travelling to Mexico with my kids until my friend convinced me the Royalton was the perfect place for us to go,” admits St. Jean. 

A seasoned traveller both pre and post kids, St. Jean says, “The Royalton is by far the best resort I’ve been to, the food and service were incredible and they offered so many amazing programs for the kids.” 

Another bonus -- her flight with Sunwing Airlines included knapsacks for the kids packed with toys and games.

St. Jean offers a few other survival tips when travelling with children:

  • Consider travel times from the airport to your hotel. Luckily for St. Jean, the resort she chose was 15 minutes away, making the ride with her fidgety little ones tolerable.
  • Use a backpack as your carry-on bag and bring a travel stroller. Being hands-free at the airport is essential and almost every airline allows you to check your stroller at the gate before departure
  • Bring enough snacks and entertainment to get you through the fligh
  • Leave the travel crib at home most hotels have them, but call ahead to make sure and bring your own crib sheet

Above all else, choosing the right hotel tops the list when it comes to planning your family getaway. “Our resort had the most incredible facilities for kids, the pool area was next level and they even had a foam party, my son keeps asking to go back,” said St. Jean. 

Wherever the destination, making memories that will last a lifetime is what family trips are all about, which bring about a final tip -- bring a camera and make sure to capture the moments that will keep your family smiling.

Here's where you can find more information on the hotel St. Jean visited.