Planning a Last Minute Trip to Cancun, Mexico

planning a last minute trip to cancun, mexico

Planning a last minute trip to Cancun, Mexico, requires flexibility, spontaneity and a willingness to compromise, but the end result will be a fun-filled trip to the storied resort town that features sun-dappled beaches on the Yucatan Peninsula and loads of other great adventures.

If you are traveling from the United States, you must have a valid, up-to-date passport. If not, you won't be taking any last minute trips out of the U.S.; even an expedited request will not put a passport in your hand for 2 to 3 weeks.

These days, your first stop for planning a last minute trip to Cancun, Mexico, needs to be on the Internet. Go to the ITA Matrix Airfare Search, which provides an overview of what airfares are being charged for particular flights and dates. You can't buy a ticket there, but you'll get a look at the price range you'll be dealing with. Then check out the deals at AOL Travel; you might find the perfect last-minute trip package right there.

If that doesn't work for you, the next stop in planning a last minute trip to Cancun, Mexico, would be the major online travel sites such as,, or You just enter such data as the airport you'll be flying from and the dates you'll be traveling. If you're trying to save money on your last minute trip to Cancun, be sure to check out more than one of the sites: the lowest prices can vary significantly. If it's practical for your situation, you should check the prices of flights from other nearby airports. That's another factor that can affect the cost.

Another great feature of these sites is that you can usually book a complete vacation package – hotel, rental car or even sightseeing or adventure tours – for your last minute trip to Cancun.

Regardless of how you get there, your last minute trip to Cancun, Mexico, can encompass eating at great restaurants, myriad recreational activities or just chilling out on the beach. And don't forget to book a tour of the ancient Mayan ruins just a few hours away.

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