travel tuesday: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic


I 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). Work had also been very busy so I was excited to just get some sun, relax and hangout with my friends.

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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.

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Some 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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

Have you been to an all-inclusive resort? What did you think? What are some of your favorite types of trips and do you have any tips for future vacations?

We would love to hear your input!

Thanks again for reading, I hope you like the post and pics!

Tara, xx


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