In Count Down Mode – Vacation On the Way!

Greetings Gems!

It’s been a minute since I’ve written a blog but I promise I will get better with this.

In the meantime, I’m at work and it’s 3:00 am.  I am waiting for what I call “the bell to ring” at 5:00 am.  I am excited and anxious at the same time because DH and I are leaving for a long awaited vacation to Punta Cana in 2 more days!  The last official vacation we went on was a 7 day cruise to the Bahamas in 2012.  In 2015 we drove to PA and spent the weekend.  Last year we visited Georgia but it was to witness a family member graduate from college.  So in 2 days it will be all about DH and I and we will be gone for 6 days.

We booked our vacation through a site called  They had some great package deals.  The one we choose included the hotel, travel, and we added some activities to our deal.  I also found a promo code from and made my Bookit purchase through Ebates.  Using those methods enabled us to save $150.00 on top of the savings for the package deal.  Every little bit counts right?

Spirit is the airline that Bookit used for our travel.  Prior to making the reservation, we had never heard of Spirit.  Apparently that was the cheapest flight for our trip so we took it.  It wasn’t till after I received my confirmation that I realized it was the cheapest for good reason.  Spirit Airline is completely basic.  They allow you to bring one item on board and that’s it.  If you wish to bring a carry on bag or check any bags, you have to pay for each of them.  You also have to purchase your bags in advance or be charged a higher fee at the airport.  They also do not feed or give you any drinks.  They have something on board but you would have to purchase it.  I was slightly discouraged of the news about the airline but reservations were made and we intend on enjoying our trip so we will do what we have to do.  I’ll let you know when we get back how everything turned out.

We will be staying at Barcelo Bavaro Beach-Adults Only.  BBB-AO is 1 of the 4 properties of Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort.  There’s also Barcelo Bavaro Palace, Premium Level at Barcelo Bavaro Palace and the Family Club at Barcelo Bavaro Palace.  We are able to use the facilities of each as far as the daily activities, cuisine, sports, and more.

DH and I have been super busy wearing a few hats.  He wears twice as many as I do. This is definitely a needed break for both of us.  This break is needed so much that I already have big plans when I come back.  I expect to be rejuvenated.  I intend on putting into action several unfinished plans and projects that I’ve procrastinated on.   I already feel like I am going to hit the ground running when we land back here in our hometown…from my DH and my photography business, my blog, my FB group and pages to planning my 50th celebration and next vacation (hopefully to Hawaii).  Maybe I’ll even start my book…at least get the outline started.

“Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.”  ~Douglas Pagels

When was your last vacation and do you feel as though it made an impact on your life?


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