Category Archives: Planning and Booking

The Magic of Christmas in the Caribbean


.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?


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.

Sandals Vs. Excellence: Let’s Take a Look

EPC beach

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.

A Beginner’s Guide to the All-Inclusive Resort

All-Inclusive Resort SWH French Pool

So you’re considering an all-inclusive resort but you have no idea what to expect, right? Trust me, you’re not alone! Before you book an all-inclusive, it’s imperative you understand exactly what to expect and what not to expect. Otherwise, you could walk away utterly disappointed.

6 Tips for Using TripAdvisor Effectively

TripAdvisor Android App

Believe it or not, there’s a right way and a wrong way to use TripAdvisor. If you really want to make an informed decision when choosing a hotel, you need to do more than what most people are doing. You need to do more than log on to, enter the name of the hotel

Excursions: How to Pick Just One

Enjoy Catamaran Excursions in Negril

So you’ve decided that your next vacation will include a solid week of relaxing on the beach, sipping cocktails, and soaking up the rays. You’ve spent the last few vacations exploring and going on one adventure after another, so this trip will be different – one excursion, and that’s it. The rest of the time

The Mystery Behind Free Room Upgrades

One of my Free Room Upgrades, luxury bathroom

If you’ve even skimmed through TripAdvisor or Facebook travel forums you’ll see messages from people wondering about the mystery behind free room upgrades. I would say it’s one of the most frequently talked about subjects.

How to Choose a Destination Wedding Location

Destination Wedding location in Negril

So the question has changed from ‘how to choose a destination for vacation’ to ‘how to choose a destination wedding location’.

Travel Agent vs Online: The Answer

montego bay beach

So, you’ve got it all figured out: you know exactly which destination, which resort, and which room category you want. Now it’s just a matter of hitting that ‘book’ button…or letting someone do it for you. So which one will it be: travel agent vs online. Here’s the answer:

Room Categories: Which One Will It Be?

Beachfront room categories are usually preferred.

So…you’ve picked the destination and the resort. And now you’re faced with  slew of room categories to choose from. So how do you choose? For me, the answer is usually quite obvious: the one I can afford. But let’s say you’re lucky enough to afford more than the lowest-level category. So how do you choose?