Mexico Trip Report/Cost breakdown

Mexico Trip Report

We are back from a week in Mexico. Had a fantastic time. This is our six time down to a little town 45min drive north of Puerto Vallarta. We have family that live there six months of the year, so this makes it affordable for us to have a quick getaway.

We bought a direct flight from Victoria to Puerto Vallarta which I used a reward companion fare. There is cheaper flights, but since we were using the companion fare it was worth getting the direct flight, 4.5hrs versus most of the day traveling ( I will take the direct flight, thank you).

We were picked up at the airport and went to the Mega Store for groceries and beverages. Then off to the beach. Since we have been there several times, we stay away from touristy stuff. Mainly went to the markets, visited the small towns and shops, and walked the beach.

Airfare for two with companion fare and taxes $1134, groceries and beverages $69, spending money $350
Total cost for the two of us for 7 days was $1553 Canadian. That is with free accommodations and free use of a car.


Giving up technology for one week

In case you where wondering. In last weeks blog post Giving up technology for one week. I was not bringing my laptop or cell phone with me on holiday. Believe it or not, it was easy; The hardest  for me was not checking email. I had a little bit of a withdrawal from not getting the news or reading all the ER/FIRE blogs. For the week I spent less than 1/2hr with TV, phone or internet.
Now I am back to the grind, I intend to not carry my phone with me everywhere I go and not check email as often. It surprises me how much time is wasted with technology.

Other Blog Trip Report

I always enjoy reading other bloggers holiday plans and cost breakdowns so here is a few you might enjoy. Their pictures are awesome !

MR Tako Escapes spent a month in Okinawa. HERE 
Joe from Retire by 40 went to Cancun Mexico in November part 1 HERE part 2 HERE
GenYMoney spent five weeks in Hawaii in December. HERE


Don’t wait for retirement to enjoy life !!



    • Thanks Caroline, everything is so cheap once you are out of the tourist area. That $350 for spending money was basically restaurant and alcohol. A bottle of red or white Reservado wine was $5.50 at the Mexican store in the village and beer in the restaurants was $1.00 a bottle. I can see myself living 6 months a year in a place like that when I am retired.

  1. Ooh! I love this. Welcome back to the rain and glum (well it’s disgustingly rainy here in Vancouver and I assume it’s similar in Victoria).

    Did you use Westjet? (They have the companion fare) I was looking into that but I don’t like to pay for credit cards.

    We are leaving for Mexico soon! (LA and then Mexico). I have never been. Going to Mazatlan.

    BEER in restaurants $1 a bottle?! YES PLEASE.

    “Cerveza por favor!”

    I am excited to practice my Spanish again. I took some Spanish lessons over 10 years ago in Peru haha.

    Good for you for unplugging- I have a problem with that. I tend to be more productive on vacation, must the sun!

    Thanks for the mention, by the way!

    • Hi GYM, yes lots of rain here in Victoria. I use the WestJet credit card its great and they have a few non stop flights from Victoria. Glad you going to Mexico and getting some sun. I haven’t been to Mazatlan for 25 years but a beautiful place with lots to do.

    • Thanks Enoch. We didn’t travel long trips when our kids where small either, now we just leave food in the fridge and take off. It’s so nice but I miss not having little people around .

  2. Hi Steve!

    You’re back! Doesn’t it feel so awesome to have your little gadgets back??

    I’m glad you had fun! It’s awesome to have free accommodation. That makes the trip so much more affordable.

    I’ve never been but would consider it one of these days. Every time my friends and I plan a trip, they never wanna go to Mexico because they keep bringing up the fact that Canadians generally end up getting killed there. Paranoia much? 😩

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