Belize happened to be a last minute trip. We did not plan it in advance (as we usually do). For about 3 months prior we knew we wanted to go somewhere (with the kids this time)….but couldn’t decide where. After monitoring airfare+hotel deals for a few weeks, we found a decent “bundle” deal on Orbitz; it included airfare and hotel accommodations which fit our budget. However, after doing some MORE research (never skip this part) we realized that it would be even cheaper to book flights and hotel separately (American Airlines was running low fares to Belize City around the holidays). So, we booked our trip (air+hotel+car rental) about 2 weeks before the actual trip (that’s pretty normal, right?).