If you're anything like me, or any other normal person, preparing and coming home from a vacation can be quite stressful. Sometimes I feel like I need 3 vacations at once: one to prepare, one for the actual vacation, and one to recover from said vacation. Sound like you too? Hopefully, I can help you fix that problem! I've put together a few tips of my top to do's to prevent & relieve vacation stress. These are just a few simple things you can do before and after your vacation to keep the vacation high going.
Like I said these simple things to do before and after your vacation, yet they make all of the difference! I try to do all of these things when it comes to vacationing, but even just taking care of a couple helps tremendously.
Tips for Preventing Vacation Stress
1) Laundry. Sounds simple enough right? Sometimes it's not always feasible, but I try to get every stitch of laundry done, folded, and put away before departing for our vacation. Knowing I'll come home to only the dirty clothes in my suit case takes away tons of stress ahead of time!
2) Bedding. What's one of the best parts of vacationing? That comfy hotel bed if you ask me! And the best part of coming home? Sleeping in your own bed! Put on fresh sheets and a comforter before you head out. Knowing you're coming home to a soft, clean bed will feel like vacation got an extension!
3) Kitchen. A no brainer right? But we often times forget about those left overs in the fridge or dishes in the dish washer. Throw out all the left overs and anything that can spoil ahead of time. While your at it, make sure your trash cans are emptied. Also empty your sink and put away those clean dishes in the dish washer. I once left clean dishes in the dish washer during a 10 day vacation, and came home to a molded wooden spoon. Yikes! I threw out all of our wooden utensils after that! But locking those dishes in with moisture that can't escape is a sure fire disaster.
4) Luggage. Start emptying your luggage right away. Put away shoes, toiletries, and other extras immediately. Then sort your laundry to get it washed as soon as you get home. You'll thank me later in the week when you don't have mountains of sandy beach clothes overtaking your laundry room!
5) Relax. Take an extra day or two off of work when you return home. Devote half a day to laundry, then take the rest to relax and catch up on your favorite shows! My trick? For a week long trip, I like to fly out on Friday night after work or early Saturday morning, then return home the following Friday or Saturday, leaving me with a day or two until the Monday morning blues.
I know these sound too good to be true, but I can really tell the biggest difference when I don't take care of these things before and after a trip. It takes a bit of work before leaving, but it is ALWAYS worth it when I return home. Besides, who wants to come home to mounds of housework after a week long stay at the beach? Not this girl!
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed these tips, and hope they will help you with that vacation stress. If you have more tips, I'd love to hear them! Thanks so much for checking in today. I'll be back later this week with more from our Dallas weekend. See you then!
Monday again!!? Can't say I am too excited about it, but I did have a great weekend! I hope yours was good as well. We had a fine time in a sweet little town full of boutiques, antique shops, and B&Bs. Our weekend in Salado was spent shopping, spending quality time together, and making blown glass pumpkins which was the star of the weekend. I'll be sharing more details on our weekend early next week, but, in the meantime, I still have a bit to share from our time in Dallas. Today, I'm sharing one of my favorite stops, Thanksgiving Square in Downtown Dallas.
This breathtakingly beautiful spot is a garden and chapel located right in the middle of the concrete jungle, and is a place for all people of all walks of life of all religions to come to reflect and find solace. The grounds features a tranquil garden with a reflection pool and stone waterfall, as well as beautiful stone work with various quotes and scriptures carved throughout. Another beautiful part are windows etched with lovely quotes from various religions, leaders, and nationalities.
The star of the square is the stunning, stunning Thanksgiving Chapel. It is a spiraled chapel, with a sidewalk that wraps up and around the chapel to the entrance. Once inside, prepare to have your breath taken away! You'll be greeted by an absolutely beautiful stained glass ceiling, that is spiraled itself. It is one of the most beautiful stained glass works I've ever seen! Truly breathtaking! I think what makes this spot the most beautiful is that it is for everyone. How wonderful would the world be if there were more places like that?! Amazing to imagine!
I hope you'll enjoy my photos of Thanksgiving Square, and I hope you'll visit if you have the chance. It's truly a stunning and peaceful place to visit. Until tomorrow.
Yippee!! It's Friday! This has seriously been the. longest. week. ever! So I am super excited to see the work week come to a close! Though I could use a little relaxation time, we have another fun weekend planned. We are heading to Salado tomorrow morning, mainly to blow our own glass pumpkins at a glass shop there. It is a fun little town with tons of cool shops and bed & breakfasts, so I'm looking forward to that. In the meantime, I need to get a few things done, and get our house and laundry put together so I won't have to worry about it on Sunday. Here's hoping I can get it all done! Anyway, let's get to some fun! Continuing on with our jam packed Dallas weekend of fun, today I'm sharing our visit to the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Lovefield.
This was stop number two on our weekend away in Dallas, and it was a good one! There are several flight/airplane museums in the Dallas area, and this was a our first to visit. I think it was a great one to see! I was impressed with the variety of flight exhibits they had from high school class made planes to military aircraft to hot air ballooning and on to space flight! Lots to see and learn! They didn't focus just on commercial flying or just on military, it was truly frontiers of all flying!
I enjoyed seeing the various flight suits from wars past, as well as flight attendant uniforms. It is amazing to see how much has changed. Speaking of change, there was even a case showing a plane's ashtray from the seventies. Huge change in flying there! I was also impressed by their children's play area. They have an indoor play area, as well as places for birthday parties! How fun would that be for a little boy's birthday! One of the party areas was even set up to look like an airplane hangar. Who wouldn't love that?
I do have to say one of my favorite bits of the museum was on the upper level. It wasn't a huge display, just a small case, but it focused on the early successful flights from Europe to New York. It was so cool to see original news clippings of such an important part of flying history! Can you imagine if man had never accomplished that? We'd still be Titanic-ing across the Atlantic--no thanks!
Hi there! I hope your Thursday is going well. I'm just ready for Friday. Ha! It has been quite a long week, and I am definitely itching for the weekend. Anyway, like I mentioned yesterday, we had a fun weekend away in Dallas a couple of weeks ago. I booked us a fine room in a fancy Downtown hotel, and we couldn't have been more pleased! So, did you know if you need a hotel, I can help book those as well? No more worrying about where to stay! Let me do all of the searching, just click the Book Travel link above. Anyway, my searching paid off, because I don't think we could have picked a better spot! The Hotel Adolphus was as fine as they come!
So fine in fact, Queen Elizabeth once enjoyed a stay here during a visit to Dallas. Well, if it is grand enough for her, it's probably way too fancy for me! Ha! :) Truly, we enjoyed it! The building is stunning with a beautiful copper canopy at the entrance, stunning stonework, and once boasted the title of the tallest building in Dallas! How's that for grandeur? Then you walk in, and you're blown away once again! From stunning carpets, to golden elevators and escalator, the lobby is stunning!
Our room did not disappoint either! The room was an eclectic mix of elegant, rustic, and industrial. Most important to me, the bed was super soft, with the fluffiest comforter! Don't you just love to sink into a hotel bed?! Our room's shower was pretty snazzy as well, and was perfect inspiration for our new build someday. My favorite bit of the room was the beautiful views, a stunning courtyard below! I love to see parks and trees in the middle of big cities.
All in all, we love The Adolphus, and would love to stay another time there. If you are in need of a hotel stay, I'd love for you to contact me, and we'll work together to find the perfect place for you!
Oh it is one of those weeks where the weight of the world is falling on me, and I just can't keep afloat! I just binged on way too much candy, rid my to do list of things that just don't matter, and am looking forward to heading home for a shower & jammies. I really need to work on homework, I'm taking a Photoshop class this semester, and, though I am loving it, I'm a bit behind on homework. BUT relaxation & nothingness is really what I need right now. Our time in Dallas was just two weekends ago, yet seems like it was forever ago. Perhaps digging in to sharing our fun time there will help me relax a bit. #traveldreaming I'm also excited to share my own Dallas Bucket List with y'all!
We sat out early on a Saturday morning to get to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden when they opened to see the pumpkins! We arrived at just the right time, because by the time we left the entrance line was a mile long! Anyway, this spot was super high on my list, mainly in the Fall when there are some 90-ish THOUSAND pumpkins on display. It was pure magic!
From there we headed to Dallas-Lovefield to the Frontiers of Flight Museum. We hope to hit all of the flight museums in the DFW area someday, but this was a great start! The museum houses exhibitions on all types of flight including planes, military, space flight, and even hot air balloons. Coolest bit? They even offer areas for children's birthday parties!
Our next stop was Downtown Dallas to a spot called Thanksgiving Square. It is a STUNNING chapel and gardens right among a sea of skyscrapers. This tranquil spot is for all people, of all walks of life, of all religions. Can you think of a more beautiful place?
After Thanksgiving Square, we headed to lunch in the West End at Ellen's Southern Kitchen, a very yummy spot, and featured as one of the top 100 restaurants in Dallas. From lunch, we walked a couple of blocks up to the 6th Floor Museum in hopes of learning more about John F. Kennedy and his assassination. However, the line was exceptionally long, so we opted for a stroll around Dealey Plaza, the infamous spot where JFK was shot.
By then we were ready for a bit of a break, and drove on to check into our hotel, The Adolphus Hotel downtown. Let me just say this hotel is gorgeous! From the outside to the lobby to the rooms, grandeur is everywhere, so much so Queen Elizabeth once stayed here during a stay in Dallas. After oogling over the lobby, we rested a bit in our room.
After a quick nap, we took a quick walk 2 blocks up to the original Neiman Marcus. Although the building was not as glamorous as I'd envisioned, it was still fun to say we'd been. I didn't find anything I couldn't live without, though it was difficult to keep walking past all of the Christmas lovlies, my favorite of course.
For dinner, we cleaned up
Sunday morning, we headed to brunch to one of our favorite spots in the city, Bolsa in the Oak Cliff district. The menu is ever changing with a few staples sticking around. This time I enjoyed the chilaquiles, a Tex-Mex breakfast staple, and they were delicious! After brunch with friends, we wrapped up our weekend with a stroll through the Bishop Arts District, just a block or two down from Bolsa. This trendy area is home to popular restaurants, boutiques, and antique shops. It's just the sweetest little area, dreamy for a Sunday stroll!
We had such a great time that weekend, and marked off so much on our Dallas Bucket List. We still have more to see though, but that will be another time. Check out some of my favorite places in Dallas, some we have yet to see & do! Check back later for more details on the spots we visited during our Dallas weekend.
Four Seasons Las Colinas
Music Hall at Fair Park
Bass Hall Fort Worth
Winspear Opera House
6th Floor Museum
Frontiers of Flight Museum
Cavanaugh Flight Museum
Aquariums, Gardens, & Parks
Dallas World Aquarium
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden
Kylde Warren Park
Bishop Arts District
Southlake Town Square
State Fair of Texas
Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
The Theodore at Northpark Center
Spaghetti Warehouse in The West End
Friendly Manatee at Dallas World Aquarium
Views of Reunion Tower from Dealey Plaza
Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
Midway at the State Fair of Texas
Bolsa Restaurant Courtyard
The Angels at Bass Hall in Fort Worth
Hello again! Yahoo for Friday! I'm hoping today will be a smooth sailing work day, so I can get home and start tackling that to do list. I'm excited to be back today to wrap things up with my Jamaica trip. This post will be a bit different than my typical trip wrap up posts with ideas on where to stay, eat, see, and do since this was a business trip. Instead, I'll be sharing my favorite bits from the Sandals & Beaches resorts I visited, along with my favorite rooms and beaches. Now remember all of this info is just on the resorts I visited, but there are really so many options, even within the Sandals & Beaches brand.
Sandals Royal Plantation Beachfront Villa Plantana
Sandals Ochi Butler Village Honeymoon Romeo & Juliet Villa Suite with Private Pool
Sandals Royal Caribbean Swimup Crystal Lagoon Honeymoon Butler Suite
Sandals Royal Caribbean Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Villas with Infinity Pool
Sandals Montego Bay Beachfront Honeymoon Walkout Junior Suite with Tranquility Soaking Tub
Beaches Ocho Rios Resort Greek Honeymoon Walkout Concierge Suite
Sandals Inn [formerly known as Sandals Carlyle]
Sandals Golf Course and Country Club
Beaches Ocho Rios Resort
Sandals Royal Plantation
Sandals Montego Bay
Sandals Royal Caribbean
Quaint & Quiet
Private & SexySandals Royal Caribbean
If you are interested in a stay at a Sandals or Beaches resort, you can get a bit more info on my Sandals & Beaches site, and you can book your own trip there. But if you would like more one-on-one care, I'd love for you to contact me, and we'll work together to create your dream trip
Thank you so much for traveling to Jamaica with me!
I'll be back next week for a trip a little closer to home. See you then!
Jamaica Travel Tips
Sandals Ochi Part 1
Sandals Ochi Part 2: Rooms and Villas
Sandals Ochi Part 3: Pools and Beaches
Sandals Inn [formerly known as Sandals Carlyle]
Sandals Golf Course and Country Club
Beaches Ocho Rios Resort
Sandals Royal Plantation
Sandals Montego Bay
Sandals Royal Caribbean
Wowzers, it is already Thursday! Don't get me wrong, that is a great thing! It's just, I have this mile long to do list, and I was hoping to knock out a bit more before the week was up. But luckily, I have a nearly free weekend (yahoo! those are few & far between). Anyway, I'm spending my lunch break learning more from Carnival Cruises Lines, and I can't wait to bring that knowledge here to you, my clients, but, for today, let's begin wrapping up my adventures in Jamaica exploring Sandals Resorts.
I've totally saved the best for last, my favorite anyway, Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica. This amazinggg resort has stunning ocean walkout rooms, stunning rooms with crystal lagoon walkouts, it's own fully stocked private island with a private clothing optional beach (totes sexy!), AND private over-the-water villas. Along with all of that beauty, the resort has decadent restaurants and trendy bars, nightly entertainment, and seven, that's right 7, pools, two of which have fun swim-up bars.
You can also take advantage of even more with your stay at Sandals Royal Caribbean with exchange privileges with Sandals Inn & Sandals Montego Bay. With complimentary shuttle service between these resorts, you can enjoy more restaurants, Sandals Inn's close proximity to Montego Bay's Hip Strip, and Sandals Montego Bay's STUNNING beaches! This area with Sandals Resorts is really an amazing option! If you are interested in Sandals Royal Caribbean, you can get a bit more info on my Sandals site, and you can book your own trip there. But if you would like more one-on-one care, I'd love for you to contact me, and we'll work together to create your dream trip! For now, enjoy a peek of this amazing property!
Hello! I hope your week is going well. I'm so happy we are at least half way through, but still a ways to go and lots to do. I'm excited to share another Sandals resort that I visited with you back in late August. This time we are headed back to Montego Bay. [Let me preface by saying, there was a rain drop on my camera lens, and I didn't realize it :( so ignore that blurred dot.]
I shared about Sandals Inn, formerly known as Sandals Carlyle, but Sandals Montego Bay is a whole other ball game! Sandals Montego Bay is located right near the airport, so close in fact they have a fun little airplane tradition there. The resort is located on a beautiful, long sandy beach, which was probably the most beautiful of all the resorts we visited. This resort has recently been renovated, and it is truly stunning! From the modern lounge areas and restaurants to the sleek & sexy bathrooms to the beautiful beach cabanas, no detail was left untouched. My favorite of all the rooms offers an outdoor patio tranquility soaking tub--so fancy! This gorgeous resort boasts one of the most beautiful pools I've been with a stunning wall of greenery. Along with pools, they have whirlpools, saunas, and steamrooms--something for everyone.
As if the added water and land sports aren't enough, you can take advantage of even more with your stay at Sandals Montego Bay with exchange privileges with Sandals Inn & Sandals Royal Caribbean. With complimentary shuttle service between these resorts, you can enjoy more restaurants, Sandals Inn's close proximity to Montego Bay's Hip Strip, and Sandals Royal Caribbean private island! This area with Sandals Resorts is really an amazing option! If you are interested in Sandals Montego Bay, you can get a bit more info on my Sandals site, and you can book your own trip there. But if you would like more one-on-one care, I'd love for you to contact me, and we'll work together to create your dream trip! For now, enjoy a peek of this amazing property!
Here I am again! The week has certainly gotten away from me especially after such a fun weekend away! We strolled around the Big D having a grand ole time, and already making notes of things to do and see for another trip. I often forget how much these is to see and do right under my nose. I try to keep on top of exploring home and what is around me, but there is even more to be seen not too far away. I bet the same goes for you as well. Just pop in the car one morning, and see what you find, I'll bet you'll be surprised of the beauty and bounty of attractions nearby! Though I don't have things quite gathered together for recaps of our Dallas trip (soon though!), I do have just a couple more bits of my Sandals & Beaches Resorts site tours in Jamaica to share. Today I want to talk about one of my FAVE resorts we toured there, Sandals Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios.
This beauty is just that, royal! I was dazzled by this quaint resort's 1950's old world charm, rich & warm decor, and stunning grounds. This small resort features all butler and ocean view rooms, meaning each and every room, suite, and villa receives butler service AND stunning ocean views--talk about feeling like royalty! Sandals Royal Plantation boasts two private beaches complete with beach swings, beds, and cabanas. This royal resort has been featured on The Bachelor (with Ben & Lauren--these two canoodled in the Villa Plantana) and the gazebo over looking the ocean is seen the film License to Wed, as well as others.
Though the resort has just about anything you could want, you do have the option of visiting a nearby resort, Sandals Ochi, during the day with complimentary shuttle service. You can take advantage of their beaches, bars, restaurants, and activities. But don't worry, Sandals Ochi vacationers, can't come to Royal Plantation, making it that much more exclusive & royal! If you are interested in Sandals Royal Plantation, Villa Plantana please!, you can get a bit more info on my Sandals site, and you can book your own trip there. But if you would like more one-on-one care, I'd love for you to contact me, and we'll work together to create your dream trip! For now, enjoy these views of this stunning resort! Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hello again. Can you believe it is already Friday?! I'm looking forward to the weekend. We are planning a much needed little getaway to Dallas. I booked us a room at a swanky downtown hotel, and I'm excited to explore more of this great city, see new sights, and hopefully come back with lots more to share with you here. Speaking of booking hotel rooms, did you know that I can take care of those plans for you as well? Yep, just click the "Book Travel" button above, and I can get you started! Anyway, back to the task at hand! I'm excited to share more from Jamaica with you, and even more excited for today's particular resort, Beaches Ocho Rios. Sandals Resorts have amazing spots for couples in love, but Beaches is tailored for families. They have the most amazing amenities for all ages of the family! Let's take a look.
Beaches Ocho Rios is located on the most beautiful beach, I think my favorite out of all the ones I saw during my visit (although now I've added Negril, Jamaica's Seven Mile Beach to my bucket list)! This is a family friendly resort, perfect for any generation, including babies! Yes, babes are welcome, and day care with international licensed nannies is even offered, including services for special needs children! Seriously, when I learned that bit, I totally teared up! Who does that!? So awesome! With a kids camp, water park, craft studio, XBox room, arcade, and Seasame Street characters, including night-night tuck ins from the characters, Beaches Ocho Rios is perfect for any child, any age! Don't worry there's plenty for adults too, namely the swim up pool bar! What's not to love?! The resort offers multiple room types ranging anywhere from large family friendly to rooms for honeymooners--there's truly something for everyone! Along with the things above, Beaches also offers access to the golf course I mentioned earlier this week, non-motorized water sports, and other all inclusive amenities. By the time we left the resort, I was aching to have kids JUST so I could bring them to a Beaches Resort, that's huge! I've got the photo overload for this resort, and I hope you'll enjoy them!
You can view more information on my Sandals & Beaches Resorts sites, and you can book your own trip there. But if you would like more one-on-one care, I'd love for you to contact me, and we'll work together to create your dream trip! I'll be back next week with more Sandals Resorts! Have a great weekend! P.S. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to follow along on our weekend adventure!
Welcome back! I hope you had a fab weekend! Mine was super busy, but I got to see my sweet nephews, spend time with family, and "treasure hunt" while packing up my grandmother's home for her to make a big move! It's amazing the things we found while packing and cleaning up. I brought home quite a few things I can't wait to decorate with! I even got a few trips booked this weekend for clients, and gathered up more photos to share even more on Sandals with you. Today I want to take you for a ride on a golf cart around Sandals Golf Course & Country Club in Ocho Rios.
This fun spot is complimentary to guests staying at Sandals & Beaches Resorts in Jamaica, and is the perfect addition to any vacation. You can even get complimentary shuttle service from the Sandals & Beaches in the Ocho Rios area. This Par 71 course features 18 holes, fully stocked beverage carts, and an onsite restaurant & pro shop in the beautiful clubhouse. I didn't think a golf course could really wow me, but wow, is it gorgeous! From the lush landscaping to the stunning clubhouse, no detail is left untouched. The course is a must for any golf lover's, young or old, vacation! You can view more information on my Sandals & Beaches Resorts sites, and you can book your own trip there. But if you would like more one-on-one care, please contact me. I would love to help with your dream trip! I'll see you back later this week with more!