Travel tips for long flights

all-inclusiveI recently visited Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Well, scratch that. I went to a resort in Punta Cana and did not really see the country!

As most of you know from either reading my posts over the years or via Instagram, traveling is a love and passion of mine; I have been very fortunate to visit some amazing places. I had done the whole resort thing years ago with my family and I have always had great memories from those vacations. I haven’t been to an “all-inclusive resort” in a good 10 years or so and was curious to try one out again. A lot of my traveling last year was a bit tiring (I went to Peru, Europe and some places in the USA).punta cana Work had also been very busy so I was excited to just get some sun, relax and hangout with my friends.

Some trip highlights:

o The weather was amazing every day, always sunny! I got my tan…ummm more like burn on! But, I’m golden-y brown now so it all worked out.

o The resort was really pretty. The ocean was so blue and seeing all the tropical flowers around the resort everyday made me so happy.

o I was able to catch up on sleep! I LOVE naps

o I really enjoyed hanging out by the pool and drinking piña coladas with my sister and my friends! J

o It was great to get away and recharge in the warmth, especially since it was really cold back in Toronto.

punta canaSome trip low lights:

o Doing the same thing day in and day out got too repetitive for me! I’m a somewhat adventurous girl and would have liked a change of activity and scenery.

o Sadly there was not much of an opportunity to leave the resort. I really did not get to see the country or experience its culture, which to me is one the best parts of traveling.

All in all I had a great time and created some funny memories. I will admit though that I don’t think I’m an “all-inclusive resort” girl or, at least not for 8 days in a row. However, I like to learn from my experiences whether it’s a work, everyday life or in this case traveling. I think life is about living and learning and you don’t know until you try.

I am really happy I got the opportunity to go away and was able to have a relaxing week in a warm place with my sister and friends. That being said, I think the next time I plan a vacation to a tropical place I will do some more research. I will just do my own thing, really travel and see the country or, have the best of both worlds and stay at a resort for 3-4 days and then venture off on my own.

Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Nicaragua are on my list of countries to travel to. I think these places would be great to visit in combination with staying at a resort. I have the opportunity to relax while having the freedom to go on adventures.

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