It’s almost Christmas, and hopefully you, unlike me, already have most of your Christmas shopping done. You have presents for Mom, Day and Aunt Sally, but what about for yourself?

If you’re going to need a little bit of R and R to recover from this holiday season, why not shake off the winter’s chill in Belize? The New York Times‘ In Transit blog has found some excellent deals on both hotels and airfare.  If you stay at The Phoenix hotel between January 9th and February 6th, you’ll get a sweet discount on rooms- in some cases, saving well over $100!

But what about getting there?  Fortunately, American Airlines also has deals on flights for approximately the same time period.  One-way fares range from $149 to $189.

The Phoenix Hotel is located on Ambergris Caye, Belize’s largest island. The island is famous for its resorts, white sand beaches, bright blue water and excellent scuba diving.

If you decide to give yourself a well-deserved vacation for Christmas, there’s one other item you should add to your shopping list: an express passport, if you don’t already have a passport.  You need a passport to fly to Belize, and you don’t have much time to get one if you are going to take advantage of these travel deals.

Ordinarily, it takes about 6 weeks to get a passport if you apply with regular processing, and about 3 weeks if you apply with expedited processing. If you need an express passport sooner than that, the easiest way to get one is to use a private passport expediting company like

At RushMyPassport, we provide easy instructions and checklists to help you fill out the application and gather the necessary documents. Then, we take them in person to the Department of State for express processing, often in as little as 24 hours.

Apply for your express passport today!