4 of the Best Kid-Free Resort Vacations

Kid Free Resort Vacations

We all love our kids. We all do as much as we can for our kids, but at some point it’s time to treat ourselves, get away from our kids, rewind, recharge and relax. When we get that opportunity, the last thing we want is to be at a location with other people’s kids! Here are 5 of the best kid-free spots to take that vacation!

Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa – Ocho Rios, Jamaica

No one under the age of 18 is allowed! Sitting quietly amid tropical gardens alongside a white-sand beach, Jewel Dunn‘s all-inclusive haven boasts six bars, six restaurants, two pools and a spa. If you plan to spend your vacation drinking pool or beach side, the all-inclusive rates include premium top-shelf liquor. Part of the Hilton properties, this resort offers many on-site activities, and is convenient to attractions on the northern coast of Jamaica and also offers complimentary shuttle to and from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

Kid Free Resort Vacations
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The Excellence at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

18 years and older are the only age groups you will find at this swank, all-suite, all-inclusive resort overlooking the Caribbean and white-sand beach. The Excellence offers two massive pools that wind through the colonial-style grounds, and is also home to nine restaurants, ten bars and a spa. For those seeking a little more adventure, activities such as horseback riding, SCUBA diving and archery are available.

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts – Aruba

This adults-only oasis resides on the soft white sands of Eagle Beach. A contrast to the bigger chains that dominate Aruba’s beaches, Bucuti & Tara is an intimate resort of 104 rooms that caters to couples and solo travelers with a sophisticated, low-key vibe. The resort does not allow groups or weddings, and doesn’t offer a ton of “activities” since the focus is on tranquility. The perfect location for that relax and recharge vacation. The resort offers world class dining and a private romantic dinner served by moonlight on the beach will have anyone feeling relaxed.

Kid Free Resort Vacations
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The House by Elegant Hotels – Barbados

This is a beautiful and chic resort that is ideal for couples and friend getaways. It is tucked into the ritzy west coast of Barbados. The House offers intimate grounds boasting ponds, gardens and waterfalls. Champagne breakfast, private dining and afternoon tea will leave you fully relaxed and just a little pit spoiled! With only 34 rooms, it often feels like you have the place to yourself. A complimentary “jet lag revival” massage upon arrival will start your vacation off on the right foot for sure.




Lose Yourself in the Music with Chromecast Audio

Lose yourself in the music!

Dance like no one is watching!

Turn up the volume, close your eyes, and let the music take over your soul!

Make your speakers smart(er)

Chromecast Audio is an affordable way to enjoy the music you love on your existing speakers. Connect the tunes from your phone to your speakers and still be able to answer your phone! The Chromecast Audio devices are available at Best Buy and are truly inexpensive ($30).

What is Chromecast Audio?

Chromecast Audio is a small device that plugs into your speakers for streaming music through WiFi. Once set up, simply use your iPhone®, iPad®, Android phone and tablet, Mac® and Windows® laptop, or Chromebook to stream your favorite tunes to the best speakers in the house. By using your phone, it’s easy to play, pause, or change the volume from anywhere in the home. And while streaming, you can still text or call without interrupting what’s playing or draining your battery.

Easily stream music, without the hassle of pairing

Tap the Cast button from music apps to send the music instantly to your speakers. Search, play, pause, queue songs and change the volume right from your phone—anywhere in the house.

Listen to your favorites, anytime

Enjoy over 30 million songs from music services like Pandora, Google Play Music, Spotify, and iHeartRadio. We’re constantly adding new apps, so there’s no end to the music, radio stations and podcasts you can enjoy.

Plus, stream any audio from your Android phone or your laptop

For apps that are not yet Cast-enabled or music stored on your device, you can stream audio from your Android phone or tablet to the speaker. Or, use your laptop to stream music and audio streaming websites from the Chrome browser.

  • Streaming music over wifi instead of bluetooth gives you a higher quality of sound. Chromecast Audio uses WiFi to stream lossless high resolution audio to your speakers, so you get better than CD quality sound. With Bluetooth, audio is re-compressed and limited to standard resolution.
  • With WiFi streaming, your music keeps playing without disruption, even if you get a phone call or a text notification. With Bluetooth, phone calls and notifications are heard over the speakers.
  • Control music from anywhere in the house. Chromecast Audio streams music over WiFi, which means you can control the music from anywhere within your WiFi network. With Bluetooth, your phone needs to be near the speaker or the music will stop playing.
  • Streaming music over WiFi doesn’t drain your battery, while pairing from Bluetooth does.
  • Easily share music from multiple devices. With WiFi every mobile device on the network can connect and control your speakers. Chromecast’s guest mode makes it even easier for guests to connect to your speakers without connecting to your WiFi network. With Bluetooth, pairing devices can be tedious and requires disconnecting one device before another can connect.
  • Play same music across multiple speakers. Chromecast Audio lets you group multiple speakers together to play the same song everywhere.

Chromecast Audio Best Buy

This is one of the coolest gadgets I have used in a long time! It was in place within seconds and we’ve been dancing around the house for days!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

 




How to Stay in Shape While Traveling

Stay Shape Traveling

According to the U.S. Travel Association, Americans took close to 1.7 billion personal and business related trips during the 2015 calendar year. Considering that more and more of us are trying to live healthier lifestyles, the fact that we travel so much can cause problems if certain steps are not taken to make sure that healthy habits are maintained while traveling.

One critically important aspect of staying in shape while traveling is planning. It is vital that you plan ahead when you know you are going to be hitting the road or taking to the sky for a trip. If you know you will be staying in a hotel and get to choose which one it will be, then do your research and find a place that offers at least a basic workout facility. If you do not have the option of making your own lodging arrangements and will not have access to an onsite gym, there are other ways to get in a workout. One suggestion is to bring your own equipment with you. Resistance bands easily fit into a suitcase and provide a great workout for arms, legs, and core.

Of course, what you eat plays a huge role in your ability to stay in shape while you are away from home. Knowing this, there are some simple steps you can take to increase the chances that you make the best dietary choices possible while traveling. Forbes Magazine suggests that you take advantage of some of the amenities your hotel provides, such as the coffee maker. This handy device can be a lifesaver when it comes to preparing healthy snacks. For instance, it can be used for hot water that is mixed in oatmeal in the morning. This makes for a quick and hearty breakfast that will help you avoid some other less healthy options found in vending machines and hotel breakfast buffets. You could also use the hot water to make a nice chamomile tea that will help you rest since getting enough sleep is critical to staying healthy.

The final step to staying in shape while traveling is to take it easy on yourself. It is perfectly alright if you have a quick fast food meal or indulge in a great restaurant in the area. You are on vacation or perhaps busy with meetings all day. It is understandable that one mealtime could get away from you. The important thing is that you pick yourself back up and not let that one meal ruin your entire healthy regimen.

Whether you are taking the family on vacation or shuttling from one city to another for business, there is no reason that your health and your body should have to suffer. By following some simple steps and making some wise decisions, you can continue to live a healthy lifestyle while traveling near and far.


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NeatPack Bags ~ Ideal Travel Accessories

This is a sponsored post. I have been provided with product for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

NeatPack Bags Travel Accessories

Created by travelers for travelers is the company motto and I can tell you that they have definitely done a great job. As someone who travels often, I am always on the look out for the perfect bag that will keep me organized, is easy to carry, holds everything I need and is comfortable to take along. NeatPack offers several different packing cubes, backpacks and toiletry bags – just to name a few.

NeatPack Bags Travel AccessoriesI am using their sling backpack and I am thrilled at how much the bag holds. I particularly love the location of the cell phone pouch – on the strap – right in front. No searching through your bag for your phone. No taking  your bag off to get to your phone. The location of this pouch is brilliant! The bag is extremely comfortable, even when full, because of the design. Whether rushing through an airport, hiking or walking around a theme park – the bag holds everything you need. Even an iPad or smaller laptop. Next, the bag is so light weight! The things we need to carry around are heavy enough without the bag they are in adding extra weight. Overall, this bag is the best I have found for my travels and is my new travel necessity! 

NeatPack Bags Travel Accessories

The products are high quality and better yet – very affordable! Who wants to spend lots of money on accessories? I would rather spend the money on my travels!

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About NeatPack Travel Accessories

The company was formed by two sisters who share a passion for travel and organization. They live on opposite sides of the world which means they don’t always get to see each other. When they do, they always make sure to make the most out of their time together. One way to do this is by travelling. Travelling is rewarding, but the headache of packing can sometimes take away from

Their philosophy – Spend time travelling not packing! They started NeatPack to offer affordable, quality products to help travelers stay organized on their trips and to reduce the stress of packing. 

The company is constantly developing innovative solutions to enhance your travel experience by making packing as simple as possible! Whether you’re going on a camping trip with the family, backpacking around Europe, or travelling for work, NeatPack has the solution for you.

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5 Things to Include in Your Resume If You Plan to Work Abroad

Many travel writers are choosing to work abroad these days as a way to see the world. In order to do that, it’s absolutely essential to have everything needed to secure a position. Here are a few helpful tips if working abroad is something you plan to do.

Resume Work Abroad

The resume writing rules can be very different depending on where you wish to work. It’s very common for many people to somehow assume that how we do things is the only right way to do things. Many also assume that the way they do things is the same way that people all over the world do the same things too.

But that doesn’t apply to resume building. If you’re in the US, you’re going to be astonished at how different your resume must be if you plan to work abroad. You will have to include some items that you would never think to include in your resume for a job in the US.

So here are some of the things you may have to include:

  1. Nationality. Since you’re going to work abroad, you will have to specify exactly where you’re coming from. This much is obvious. So you have to specify your citizenship, and you may also want to include your native language and other languages you speak.
  2. Photo. This is perhaps one of the more surprising differences between a resume for US jobs and a resume for working abroad. In the US, requiring a photo for resumes isn’t standard practice because it can lead to accusations of discrimination.

But non-discrimination laws aren’t universal, and many countries around the world require a professional head shot. For some, it’s because your appearance may actually be part of your job (such as if you’re in sales). For others, it’s a clue as to your personality. Many people tend to judge a book by their cover.

  1. Secondary education. This isn’t SOP resume info in the US because it’s not really relevant if the applicant already has at least a Bachelor’s degree. But in many parts of the world, you still need to put this in. You should also include any special awards or honors you may have received in high school, such as if you were valedictorian.

This doesn’t have to be a long section in your resume. A couple of lines should do.

  1. Age, gender, and marital status. Some people may be wondering how these 3 related details pertain to your ability to perform a particular job. Also, these details can also go against non-discriminatory rules. But that’s in the US.

Again, in many countries around the world these details are standard info that must be included in your resume. Many companies abroad want to know who you are, as opposed to just knowing what you can do. Not many companies employ foreigners, and those who do want to find out if you can work seamlessly with their company.

  1. Company keywords. Foreign companies prefer applicants who are prepared to work in a very different environment, so you need to showcase that preparation. You have to check their website and use the keywords they emphasize back in your resume. You need to show them that you understand, and share, the same values they hold.

Each country may have their specific set of rules, so you will have to do your homework. Ask a friend from that country about their resume writing rules. You have to understand that they’re not about to change their company culture for you. It’s you who will have to adjust your own way of looking at things.