Category Archives: Hot Topics

The Magic of Christmas in the Caribbean

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.We just got home from another Christmas vacation in Jamaica. It was our third, and this one was by far the most beautiful and memorable one yet.

All-Inclusive VIP Club: Worth it?

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One question I see time and time again on travel forums and resort fans pages is “Should I pay the extra money for the VIP club?” And of course, a multitude of people weigh in with thoughts, opinions, and anecdotes.

Bubba Mugs — Why You Need One

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If you’ve been to an all-inclusive in the last few years, you’ve seen a Bubba Mug. They’re the easiest thing to spot — picture a colorful insulated thermos shaped like a keg.

Sandals Vs. Excellence: Let’s Take a Look

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I was a Sandals junkie. Still am, in many ways. But then, one winter, I was forced to make a serious decision: skip the vacation altogether or look for something more budget-friendly than Sandals.

Finding Paradise in Negril, Jamaica

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If you’re lucky like me, you’ve found your paradise. You’ve discovered that one magical place that brings you intense joy at even the thought of being there. It’s the place you go to in your mind when you need to escape reality for even a moment – you know, like when you’re sitting in a

Travel Tip: Check Hotel Rates AFTER You Book

We all know that hotel rates can change drastically from one day to the next — sometimes they go up, sometimes they go down. If you’ve booked your vacation months in advance, like many people do, chances are the rate at the time of booking will change prior to check-in — and there’s always a

Learning How to Hold a Baby Croc at the Jamaica Swamp Safari

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I’m not a dare devil or a thrill seeker by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I’m the complete opposite – my knees go weak at even the sight of heights or face masks. Yes, face masks. Needless to say, you’d never find me diving off a mile-high cliff or parachuting out of an

Travel Tip: Pack a Full Set of Clothes in Your Carry-On

Sadly, there’s always a chance your luggage won’t arrive with you, and there’s always a chance you’ll have to wait a good 24 hours (ugh…or more) before you see it. That means while you sit in your room waiting for your belongings to arrive, all your buddies are out enjoying the sun and sand. What

The Liebster Award: A Slice of Encouragement

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One thing I can tell you for certain is that being a newbie travel blogger is tough. It’s not the writing or the traveling that’s tough – that’s the fun part. It’s getting noticed. It’s trying to keep from being discouraged when you pour your heart and soul into writing a good blog post and

Sandals Select: A Loyalty Program You NEED to Know About

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I’m the kinda girl who would drive all the way across town to buy a roll of paper towel that costs much more than said paper towel at the grocery store up the road – all because the store across town is offering 5 bonus air miles with every purchase. Yep – a real sucker