Category Archives: Useful Tips

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.

Bubba Mugs — Why You Need One

Bubba Mugs

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.

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

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


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

Welcome Back Treat at Sandals

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

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

The Packing List: 5 Things You Probably Don’t Have On It


The packing list. We all have one. And for many of us tropical travelers, topping the list are things like swimwear, sunscreen, bug repellent, sunglasses, flip flops, etc. And if you’re anything like me, you add to that list every time you return from a vacation. It just seems that every time I go, there’s

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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: