Category Archives: Travel

Music Monday – “South of the border, down Mexico way/That’s where I fell in love, when the stars above came out to play/And now as I wander, my thoughts ever stray/South of the border, down Mexico way” (And Our Wedding Slideshow!)

Shea likes to joke that I was the “best bride ever” when we were planning our destination wedding in the Mayan Riviera back in 2002. And it’s true – my natural “anal retentive” librarian personality shone through as I pretty much handled all the arrangements from flowers to writing the entire script for the ceremony […]

10 Unique All-Inclusive Ideas

As I mentioned in a recent post, as fun as they are, most all-inclusives basically feature the same type of amenities at their core – a handful of buffet and a la carte restaurants, pools and beaches, bars and night clubs, poolside games and nighttime shows. That made me think about what some resorts have […]

.@SandosCaracol – One Week From Today!

I can’t remember how we ended up deciding on the Sandos Caracol resort when we booked last fall but I have to say this is the first time in all our various resort holidays over the years that I’m regretting that we’re only going for a week instead of two. Beyond the things pretty much […]

10 Random Memories From My First All-Inclusive Vacation, Oceano Palace, Mazatlan, Mexico

I’m a fairly obsessive journal keeper (less so since I’ve become an obsessive blogger) ­čśë so, as we get closer to another all-inclusive adventure, it was fun to go back and re-read my entries from when Shea and I went to our first all-inclusive – the Oceano Palace in Mazatlan in 2000. (I’m also an […]

Music Monday – “I don’t know much about Cinco de Mayo/I’m never sure what it’s all about/But I say I want you/And you don’t believe me/You say you want me/But I’ve got my doubts”

Less than ten days to go… “Mexico” – Cake

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds – Three Concerts on the Beach @davetimmexico

It was about a week before we left for the Dominican Republic in February 2015 that I stumbled upon the news that Ringo Starr was performing at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, not far from the resort we’d be at. After some quick discussion, I ended up buying tickets for my parents, Shea and […]

Throwback Thursday – #tbt – Another Use For a Multi-Purpose Tool? (July 2016)

Shea demonstrates another use for the multi-purpose tool she got me for my birthday last year…

Sandos Caracol! Two Weeks From Today!! (And A Bit About How To “Know Before You Go”)

Because the Internet – everything from YouTube to Instagram, TripAdvisor to Twitter, mommy bloggers to┬átravel bloggers and much┬ámuch┬ámore┬á– allows you to get a sense of travel destinations before you go, I sometimes think the anticipation of a trip is (almost) as good as the trip itself. Okay, maybe not… ­čśë (Oh, and if you find […]

Throwback Thursday – #tbt – Our Mexican Wedding (March 2003)

We leave for Playa Del Carmen┬áin three weeks. Over the past few years, we’ve had a handful of tropical trips, we’ve been back to Mexico once but haven’t been back to near where we were married in fourteen years (this time, we’re at a resort just north of Playa Del Carmen, last time we were […]

Saturday Snap – Rub-A-Dub-Dub