Author Archives: Bonnie

Dominican Republic Resort Star Ratings

I’ve had the pleasure of staying in many resorts all around the Dominican Republic and this year I had the pleasure in staying at my first 5 star resort. 

Who takes care of your home and pets when you go away on vacation?

This has been an ongoing struggle for us every time we want to go away on vacation.  In the old days (that’s when we were raising our 4 children), the task was even more difficult. 

The Benefits of Using a Travel Agent

So, you’re planning a trip and want it to all fall into place perfectly, right? So, what are your options you might ask? On the one hand, you can easily book a trip through one of the many OTA’s (Online Travel Agency) like Orbitz or Travelocity. Or you can go the “Old School” route and […]

3 Ways Travel Agents Save You Money

Many an article has been written about why you’d use a travel agent.  They usually cite saving you time, the expertise they bring to the table, and knowing you have an advocate if anything goes wrong as the most enticing reasons to use an agent. Really?  I agree whole-heartedly but let’s be honest here, that’s […]

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe

My annual vacation of 2013 was spent at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe.  I chose this resort because I had  clients going there for a wedding in May the following year.  As their travel agent, I thought it best to check the place out so that I would be qualified to answer any questions that […]

7 Things to Know Before You Take Your Phone Overseas

I found this information on the internet.  I thought it had a lot of useful and up-to-date information for those of us who need to stay connected even on vacation.  Please feel free to add any other tips that may help us on our vacations. —————————————————– MORE and more travellers couldn’t imagine going without their […]

How to use Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor is an awesome website for reviewing travel and entertainment. The reviews that are written are about hotels, resorts, airlines, activities and restaurants by people who have actually experienced the activity. As a travel agent and traveler, I rely on it heavily whenever I’m looking to book a vacation for my client or myself. […]

Gaining Knowledge in Travel

How do travel agents gain all their knowledge about the travel products that they offer? A popular avenue to gain knowledge in our travel specialties is with FAM (Familiarization) tours.  These are the trips that the general public think that travel agents go on all the time for FREE. These trips give travel agents the opportunity […]

All-inclusive vacations versus Cruising

There are slight differences between an all-inclusive island vacation and a cruise vacation. There is, of course, the obvious difference of one is on land and the other is at sea.  Also, please know that I am not a cruise expert as I have only had the chance to go on one cruise.  My husband […]

Beaches in the Dominican Republic

The reason I love the Dominican Republic  is because of their beaches.  There are 250 miles of coastline, so lots of beach.  I have traveled and stayed around most of the island and each  beach has its own personality. In La Romana, their main beach on the south side of the island is Bayahibe.  The […]

MLB 2013 World Series – Dominican Republic Players

It’s October baseball and my team, the Boston Red Sox, are in the World Series.  Of course I’m hoping they sweep the St Louis Cardinals again like they did in 2004, but we will see how it goes.  Last nights game was an awesome start. There are only two players in the World Series that […]

Cirque du Soleil

Have you ever seen a Cirque du Soleil show?  For those who do not know what this is, let me tell you.  In a nutshell; it’s a French circus with a twist.  The twist is that is does not have your typical circus acts like the high wire or the trapeze or the lion taming. […]

Entertainment teams

Each resort that you go to in the Dominican Republic or in most of the Caribbean has a team of energetic, funny and very personable staff.  The main purpose of this staff is to make sure that you have fun and are entertained. 

Travel Agent Training Conferences

How do travel agents obtain all their knowledge about the travel products that they offer? There are many, many ways. Travel agents work very hard at keeping up to date with every change happening in the travel industry and also in their specialized fields. A good travel agent specializes usually in only one or two […]

Weather in the Dominican Republic

Who can predict the weather? Certainly not me, nor can the forecasters on television. They can give you an idea on the range of the temperatures and the chances of precipitation but Mother Nature will do as she pleases. I live in New England and she really likes to play with us.

Casinos and Gambling in the Dominican Republic

What would be better than going on vacation and getting lucky in the casino?  Just how perfect would it be to win enough money to pay for your vacation?  Even better, for your next two or three?  These are my dreams whenever I enter a casino.

Is the Dominican Republic for you?

As a travel agent, I am always on the internet researching locations, resorts, excursions etc to find information that I need to make sure the vacation that I am planning for my client is everything that they want it to be. As much as I love the Dominican; I have found that it is not […]