Top 3 Tips for Surviving Black Friday Mania

Dun dun…dun dun…do you hear that? Black Friday is coming. If the inevitable insanity is giving you anxiety, just take some deep breaths. We have some advice for weathering the oncoming storm.

Funjet’s Top 3 Tips for Surviving Black Friday

1. Don’t cave into the Thanksgiving night shopping. Stores are opening earlier and earlier, and these days it feels like there’s barely time for pie before it’s time to go get in line for the deals. No more! We happen to know that a lot of stores offer excellent online deals as well (hint: Funjet is one of them!). So you don’t have to sacrifice your family time to get a jump on your holiday shopping. We’d particularly like to recommend giving the gift of travel this year!

2. Make a game plan. A little advance planning can mean less mania on Black Friday. Funjet, like many stores, offers sneak previews of their Black Friday deals, so you can do all of your research in advance and be ready to buy quickly…and get back to that food coma. (Pro tip: Funjet also offers email alerts, so you can get an email notification when the deals are available on Black Friday! See how easy life can be?)

3. Practice deep breathing. If you do venture out into the world for Black Friday, just remain calm and remember – that blender is not worth your dignity. Also, smile at the other shoppers around you; a little good-will can go a long way!

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Get a sneak peek of Funjet’s Ultimate Rock Star Vacation Package, only available this Black Friday.

How to Live Like a Rock Star with 5 of your Friends

Guys. Funjet Vacations is coming through for you in a major way. If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling in high style – literally like a celebrity – then read on. (And if you haven’t dreamed of that, well, stop lying to yourself and keep reading anyway.)

Funjet is offering what is perhaps the most outrageous Black Friday deal you’ve heard of – the Ultimate Rock Star Vacation Package at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana. And they’re not tossing around the word “ultimate” lightly; it’s pretty much going to be the most epic vacation of all time. You and five of your closest friends will get the royal treatment.

Start the experience with a private jet to take you down to Punta Cana. There, two luxurious vehicles will whisk you away to the resort, where you’ll be shown to the Rock Star Suite by your personal butler. Oh, and your butler will be on-call during your whole stay, so just let him know if you need anything.

During your five-night stay in style, you’ll have access to all kinds of VIP areas. You’ll have a private beach area and pool deck, a private table in the casino, VIP table at ORO nightclub with bottle service, a private dinner at the Simon Mansion restaurant and a private catamaran cruise.

Of course, no rock star vacation would be complete without music. And you’ll have plenty of it. You will get your own private in-suite party complete with a DJ, as well as a private in-room acoustic concert from a former American Idol or The Voice contestant. Plus, you can use the sweet Fender guitars at Hard Rock to have your own jam sessions. You’re rock royalty, after all.

After all of that, you’ll need some pampering, so you’ll have massages and spa treatments, and a professional golf lesson.

Of course, no celebrity has the time to post their own Instagram pics and Tweets; they’re way to busy having an awesome time. You’ll have a personal Social Media Concierge to post photos for you. And speaking of photos, this rock star-worthy vacation wouldn’t be complete without paparazzi who will make sure to capture those memories.

Funjet has thought of everything for this Ultimate Rock Star Vacation Package. And, being a Black Friday deal, they’re knocking $50,000 off the price of this experience – discounting it from $150,000 to $100,000. We’re pretty confident in saying that this is one ridiculously awesome vacation that you’ll never forget.

(And as insanely cool as this all sounds, don’t worry if you don’t have an extra $100,000 to spend on Black Friday. We have more Black Friday deals coming soon – and what makes them ridiculously awesome are the low prices!)

What part of this crazy-awesome Ultimate Rock Star Vacation Package would you most look forward to if you could bring 5 friends along?

A Really Swingin’ Place at El Dorado

The whole point of a vacation is to relax and have fun (okay, those are two points, but you get the idea).  On my visit to El Dorado Royale, by Karisma, I found a place that serves tropical drinks with a little bit of whimsy.

Bar Las Guacamayas also often has live music, too, so you can swing along to the beat. Enjoy your adult beverage while feeling like a kid again! If you’re worried about spilling, they’ve got regular chairs as well (and since it’s all-inclusive, you can always just order another).

Do you know of other unique and fun bars I should be sure to check out? Let me know in the comments below.

-Funjet Insider Laura

Special Dietary Needs? Not a Problem at Excellence Resorts

If you have special dietary needs or restrictions, you might be hesitant to travel. Constantly searching for a restaurant that serves something you can eat (and enjoy), scouring menus full of items you don’t recognize. It can be stressful, and the last thing you want is for that to take away from your vacation experience.

More and more, when you travel to an all-inclusive resort, this is something you don’t have to worry about. With the same staff serving you each day, they’ll get to know you and your needs, meaning you won’t have to explain everything at every meal.

Excellence Resorts really does an excellent job (sorry for the pun, but it’s true!) at accommodating special diets. Both their buffet and a la carte restaurants offer a variety of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. And it really is a variety—different gluten-free bread options, an amazing juice bar and hearty salads like the grilled cactus salad at Agave. Agave and Basmati restaurants are especially good when it comes to healthy choices.

Back when I visited El Dorado Resorts by Karisma, I also made sure to ask them how they accommodate dietary restrictions. Don’t be afraid to contact the resort before you leave or talk to the staff when you arrive.  They want you to enjoy your experience, and come back again!

If you know of resorts that are particularly good with dealing with special dietary restrictions or special guest needs, please let us know in the comments below.

-Funjet Insider Laura

Dine and Dance on the Water at Xoximilco

At this beautiful setting located inside Cancun I sampled platters of traditional Mexican cuisine and danced for hours to the virtual parade of boats that would float alongside us to perform their music. It was an unforgettable experience.

I loved that we got to hear a variety of sounds from the marimba to other styles like mariachi, bolero, and the jarocho.  Eating and dancing on the peaceful waters of the canals was a blast. If you can find another experience quite like this, let me know, I’d love to try it!

-Funjet Insider Laura

How to Become a Tequila Aficionado

Once a week at Excellence Riviera Cancun you have the chance to learn about all the different flavors tequila has to offer by sampling each one!

I learned that just how cognac must be from Cognac and champagne from Champagne, tequila must be made in the state of Jalisco, in the region surrounding the town of Tequila. During the tasting I learned about the process involved in each variety while I enjoyed it. Younger varieties have a bold punchy flavor and remain clear, while aged tequilas are much more mellow and take on a golden color.

The most popular way to enjoy tequila in Mexico may be straight up, but I like what is called the bandera. The bandera is named after the Mexican flag, three different glasses for the three colors, green lime juice, white tequila, and a red drink – sangrita. Sangrita is mixture of orange or tomato juice and hot chilis!

I loved learning about all of the great ways to enjoy this amazing drink, and I’m even more delighted I was able to remember them all by then end!

-Funjet Insider Laura

Dining in Cancun’s Floating “Field of Flowers”

My night at Xoximilco will not be soon forgotten! At Xoximilco, you’ll join up to 20 people on one of the famous trajineras, once used to transport flowers, fruits and vegetables from the legendary floating gardens of central Mexico. It’s a bit of Mexico City transported to the Caribbean coast.

As you can see, there’s plenty of traditional food and culture to enjoy, paired with free flowing margaritas and plenty of great music.

With more than 20 different central Mexican dishes to enjoy on your tour, you will not be leaving hungry. My favorite dish was the chicken in mole sauce—I love a good mole sauce! It’s another piece of culture dating back before the arrival of Europeans.

What Mexican dish makes your mouth water? Share in the comments below. 

-Funjet Insider Laura

How to Survive the Polar Vortex 2.0

Winter is coming.

And given that The Old Farmer’s Almanac – traditionally considered an expert in long-range seasonal forecasts – is predicting another blast of icy weather with above-average snowfall and below-average temperatures…well, around the Funjet offices, we’re all planning our get-out-of-winter vacations.

With all that vacation-planning expertise, we’ve decided to share our knowledge with you – because while we may not be at Winterfell, it’s best to be prepared with an escape plan.

Tips for Surviving the Polar Vortex 2.0

1. Plan in advance. Late-October through mid-December are optimal times to make your vacation plans for January through April. You’ll be able to find good values, while flights and hotels aren’t totally sold out (yet). After all, you know the saying: the early bird gets the best vacation package.

2. Be flexible. Sometimes, moving your travel dates by one or two days can mean dramatically different costs. And while it may be a bit less convenient for you to travel on certain days, we feel it can be a good trade-off for a better deal – or even a longer vacation without paying much more.

3. Take more than one trip. No, you don’t have to spend a lot to do this. Rather than taking one long vacation of 7-10 nights, take two or three shorter trips of 3-4 nights. This has several advantages: you won’t have to miss a long stretch of work days; you can break up the long winter months; you can explore more than one tropical destination; and your tan won’t fade too much in between!

There they are – our Insider tips for surviving round two of extra-cold weather with a super-sized side of snow.

Where do you plan on traveling this winter to escape the cold?

Deep Sea Fishing – No Experience Necessary

On Monday I posted about learning how to make my own mojito. Today’s post is about learning how to catching my own dinner deep sea fishing in Cancun!

Maroma Adventures’ deep sea fishing excursions include fishing gear (including licenses), instruction for beginners, and cold beer. You just have to remember the sunscreen.

Their yachts can accommodate up to 8 people, on 4 or 8 hour trips (for a beginner, 4 hours is plenty). The best part? At the end of the day, just bring your catch to Maroma Adventures’ restaurant and they’ll cook it up for your dinner for free.

And yes, it was delicious.

-Funjet Insider Laura

Making Mojitos at Excellence

In my opinion, a mojito [mo-HEE-to] is a classic vacation cocktail. Fresh, a little bit sweet, and—here’s the kicker—a little bit too complicated for your average bartender to throw together. Not so at Excellence Riviera Cancun. Not only will Armando and the rest of the crew make you a perfect mojito, they’ll show you how to make your own.

If you’re planning a vacation to Excellence Rivera Cancun or Excellence Playa Mujeres, put this on your calendar now: Mojito making lessons, 4 pm every Saturday. If you won’t be getting to Mexico any time soon, here are Armando’s four steps to the perfect clear mojito:

  1. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 lime slices, 8 mint leaves and a shot (or two) of white rum in a cocktail shaker. Add a dash of mineral water.
  2. Muddle the ingredients together. Don’t press too hard, or the chlorophyll from the mint leaves will make your cocktail bitter.
  3. When you start to really smell the mint, add more mineral water and strain into glass with ice.

Garnish with lime, sip slowly and enjoy. Voila – it’s an instant vacation in a glass.

-Funjet Insider Laura