We knew that our return flight from Africa arrives in New York City on March 8. And somehow, we wanted to make our way back to our motorhome which is parked near Guadalajara, Mexico.
The problem is that there's no easy way to get from New York City to Guadalajara. So you have to be creative!
The major flight search engines don't always get it right when it comes to international travel. The problem is that they very often don't include choices that use the local carriers in the country that you're visiting.
For example, all of the flight search engines say that the cheapest way ($325) is to fly New York City to Los Angeles and then LA to Guadalajara. That's a ridiculous waste of time and with the layover in LA it becomes a 19 hour trip! Or, they put you through Mexico City, but then it's more expensive ($454).
Doesn't make sense to fly through LA.
We've flown with Volaris twice before. Once to Las Vegas, and once to Chicago. Both times, it was because they had some kind of great sale taking place.
Well this time, they had some flights at 80% off if you could fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday. So I booked us a flight from Cancun to Guadalajara for only $41 each...that's the total price!!
So, we are flying New York to Guadalajara for a total price of $219 each. And we have the added benefit of an 8 day stopover in Cancun!
Parked up with friends in Cancun.
We've been to Cancun before. We were there with the motorhome in December of 2008 and we stayed with a couchsurfer host. We've been wanting to get back for a visit so this was the perfect opportunity. Carmen has already said we can stay for the whole eight days if we wish, but we're hoping to also visit Cozumel where Kent and Lynn have bought a second home. They're the people we stayed with in Denver.
So, all of this trip planning has us with itchy feet! We've never booked flights this far in advance! But, we're already a third of the way through August so time is passing quickly. Not that we're trying to rush things along, but we're counting the days until we can get on the road!
Sunset over the fields of canola.