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Summer 2016 | Urban Hangover Presents…5 Yr Anniversary in Punta Cana, DR

As much as I love and enjoy creating my own travel adventures and experiences, I must admit there is something so exciting about traveling with a bunch of random strangers especially when there are white sandy beaches involved.

So sitting here, daydreaming in between meetings about where to go next (<–always thinking about this…nearly as much as I think about what to eat *sigh*) and as luck would have it I came across Urban Hangover’s instagram post about their 5 Year Anniversary in Punta Cana.

IMMEDIATELY I said to self:  “Self, lookuh here…..

Now you knooooooooow (if you’ve been following my journey and musings) that I’m all about a beach….see the majority of my pics.  So although I’ve been to Punta Cana before, I believe summer 2014, and even had the pleasure of partaking in the Hard Rock Hotel for an evening which is where this event is taking place, I immediately perked up.

I had to investigate further and so I was led to this…..check it out!

Not that I needed convincing but immediately I checked to see if they had a “single” option as I initially was of the mindset of a solo journey which I love.  BUT…….the level of good time shenanigans sure to ensue made me reconsider so I started my outreach to see who would be interested (knowing that I was already sold).  I mean after all, sharing is caring and I am too often asked about opportunities to wander with me so why not wander with others as part of Urban Hangover.

Soooooo, if you too are interested, just log onto urbanhangover.com for more info and tell ’em GODIVAWORLDTRAVELS sent you.

In case you need more convincing, Raheem DeVaughn will be the guest performer.

See you in the DR!!
Urban Hangover 2016

~Godivaworldtravels

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Travel (back) Thursday – Independence Day 2014 | Dominican Republic

As I sit here watching all the 2015 Independence Day events and commercials, my mind wanders back to last year when I had the pleasure of spending the 4th of July in the Dominican Republic *big sigh*! Continue reading “Travel (back) Thursday – Independence Day 2014 | Dominican Republic”

Godivaworld Travels, The Caribbean

What’s in a name in St. Lucia

A few months ago during an “Island Hopping Milestone Birthday celebration” for a good friend of mine, we stopped on the beautiful island St. Lucia.   The extent of our shenanigans and comedy show-worthy antics needed to be televised because it was a day of never-ending laughs.

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Ziplining in Barbados (March 2015)

I admit this was my first time Ziplining but most likely won’t be my last.  The folks at Aerial Trek were fantastic so if you’re ever in Barbados, check them out!!!

Although I wouldn’t necessarily call myself an adrenaline junkie, I do enjoy living on the edge a tad bit within reason – keeps life spicy lol!  I honestly haven’t done much thrill seeking although I’ve been parasailing (in Playa del Carmen) and fly fishing (in Bali – no not as in with a rod and actual fish but on a raft being pulled by a speed boat) so it was only a matter of time before I went Ziplining somewhere.  Now if only this Georgia weather would get itself together so I can schedule my skydiving session.

~ Travel Well ~

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Antics in ANTIGUA

I can’t begin to tell you about the excitement I felt at the thought of all the shenanigans my friend and I would encounter as we embarked upon the beautiful island of Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) this past March.  map of antigua and barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda are located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, roughly 17 degrees north of the equator. To the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadaloupe, and to the north and west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, and St. Martin.  The current population for the nation is approximately 68,000 and its capital is St. John’s on Antigua.

So the day began with our arrival into Antigua as part of our 5 day island hopping adventures.  The big event of the day was our Catamaran Lobster Lunch adventure which was sorta kinda a birthday treat for my friend that almost didn’t happen because it was apparently a very popular activity.  Nevertheless we almost didn’t make the cut due to scheduling and space availability but in the end Godivaworld wins!!!

Oh to wandering aimlessly along the beaches of Antigua……

Anyhoo, our destination was Jolly Beach which appeared to be pretty isolated and definitely NOT saturated with tourists.  I can’t say enough about non-tourist areas even when I’m being a tourist lol.  I prefer to wander the path less taken and get lost in the streets the locals travel more often than not as that’s where you really find the jewels of any city.

Upon reaching the beautiful Jolly Beach (after sailing the seas around Antigua feasting on grilled lobster, beans n rice, a vegetable medley and rumvodkajack) the comedy and shenanigans really took center stage.  We disembarked from the Catamaran to a cozy little spot on the beach so the luxuriating could begin and shortly thereafter laughter ensued.  Just taking in the scene my partner in crime for this adventure, Norman, spotted what he called his (make-believe) cliff-side property being renovated just in time for him to approve the current progress.

As if this wasn’t enough comedy, we just so happen to catch a glimpse of a lady with very colorful scarves/wraps approaching our “friends” from the Catamaran for a sale (who were attempting to lounge and luxuriate on the beach).  Luckily we were already basking in the warm water of the sea to miss this “pop-up” beach sale.  However, since my “look away” reflex is a little sluggish I made eye contact with “JjAHkeey” <–said just like that.  Please check out the video below to see how Norman adds color and comedy to this scene.  Ms. Jackie just wanted to know if I were interested in her wears to which I kindly responded – “I don’t have any cash on me” (my go-to response).  Well honey, Ms. Jackie told me  to let her know if I change my mind (she throwing shade?)!

See why this is titled “Antics in Antigua”……are you still hollering because I was there and STILL can’t watch this without cracking up.  Gotta love your friends I tell you!

Needless to say, after our Jolly Beach shenanigans and Norman’s comedy show, the rest of the afternoon was filled with basking in the glow of the aftermath.

Although I didn’t see much of St. John’s (capital of Antigua), I know without question that I WILL be making a return visit with atleast 5 days of leisure, wandering, and luxuriating to satisfy my wanderlust soul.  Honestly what more does one need to be convinced to see this beautiful island?

~ Travel Well ~

Godivaworld Travels, The Caribbean

Curious in Curacao

Curaçao is the main island of the Netherlands Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea, northwest  of the Venezuelan coast (173 sq. mi./ 448 sq. km)., that forms part of the Dutch Caribbean.  It makes up the ABC Islands which includes Aruba and Bonaire.
Capital: Willemstad.

If I had a passport stamp for each time I was asked “where IS Cur-ah-co” *blank stare* I would have 2 50-page passport books full of stamps lol!

Curaçao Pronounced Koo r-uh-sou, soh; kyoo r-

Anyhoooo, if I told you I’d been waiting most of my adult life to visit Curacao it would be an understatement.  Although I can’t recall the first time I decided that it was a must-see destination, I do know that from whensonever that moment was I knew the very FIRST opportunity to present itself to explore Curacao I would give up a limb to do it.

True story:  Soooooo while going through my inbox for the day (anal about the # of unread emails in my inbox), I opened the CheapCaribbean.com email and voila there was Curacao for a superfantastical deal so of COURSE I had to snag it!  Found out it was such a good deal because the hotel at the time was having their grand opening and because of it there doing a number of promotions.  In any case, I did a lil outreach to see who would be down for a quick getaway (I think we had about 7 days til departure) just taking care of their initial flight to MIA and the trip was BOOKED!!! (See my upcoming commentary on my travel process, resources, and such).

 

The hotel was a brand spanking new Hyatt property which meant – not very many guests – but we didn’t care lol!  Our accommodations were wonderful, the staff was super attentive and service was great.  We had a nice selection of restaurants at our exposure and given the newness of the staff, no request was out of the question.  Because the hotel was somewhat isolated (with a private beach) I even rented a car to get around and reaaaaaallly explore which we did as much as possible.   We even stumbled upon a dance party on Mambo beach where we stomped and popped well into the night. It was EVERYTHING for me!

Curacao has a little bit of everything for a little bit of everybody.  There’s the casino, scuba diving and snorkeling, dolphin academy, flyboard, ATV, caves, etc. As you can see there’s no short of things to get into or nothing at all if you prefer to just wander around the island.

All in all it was a great adventure and satisfied my curiosity and lust for Curacao.  Need more convincing….see below.

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Now you know HOW to pronounce Curacao (if you didn’t already), perhaps you will also add it to you list of must-see destinations.

~ Travel Well ~

Godivaworld Travels, The Caribbean

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

It’s no secret this gal here loves herself a beach and will always find a way to squeeze in a destination that is on, near, or within distance to one.  Sometimes though I luck up and get invited to an invite that happens to be near some body of water which suits me just fine.  This was one such time.

Punta Cana was solely to celebrate another year of life for a friend and it was a grand ole’ time.  If you have pinned the Dominican Republic and specifically Punta Cana as one of your destinations you will not be disappointed.

Macao Beach, Dominican Republic

Be it lounging at your resort or venturing out solo dolo (like I prefer doing), you will find your groove….

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My days were spent luxuriating by the sea, watching the waves if not being totally consumed by them while lying in the sand as the tide rolled in.  On a dune buggy adventure, we rolled up on Macao Beach which is by far one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve seen up close and personal.

Getting there is easy from most major U.S. cities.  Once there, transportation is readily available as well if you’re like me – one who wanders off to explore.

So what are you waiting for, the Dominican Republic is calling!  I will be answering the call again!

Happy Travels!