Travel Tip: Petroleum Jelly Can Do What?

Petroleum jelly. You probably have it in your medicine cabinet and you’ve probably used it for moisturizing, for lubricating, and for first aid. I discovered on my last beach vacation that it can do something really cool: it can keep the sweat out of your eyes. We all know that hanging out in the sun

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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Beach Vendors: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

Negril vendor selling crafts on the beach

Read through reviews and forums on TripAdvisor and other travel sites and you’ll see one debate after another about beach vendors in the Caribbean. In fact, I just Googled “beach vendors jamaica”, and a TripAdvisor review titled “Beware of Beach Vendors” was among the top results.

Holiday Inn MoBay: 4 Star Resort with 5 Star Jerk Chicken

What can I say about jerk chicken. I guess when you think of Jamaica and what defines it from a tourist’s perspective, you think of jerk chicken. Okay, it may not be the first thing you think of – I’m guessing Bob Marley, the beaches, and the laid-back-yeah-mon-everyting-irie vibe top the list – but I

Fireman’s Lobster Pit in Negril: A Love Story

Betsy the Lobster

I had been hearing about the Fireman for years. Years. And although he was only a few steps away from me, I never thought he’d be worth my while. Yeah…seriously. Who, exactly, do I think I am, to think that a man of this caliber was not worth my while? How embarrassing. But here’s the

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.