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Why You Should Plan That Second Vacation

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Well it’s March.  The month when almost every human living in the Northeast starts to go a little stir-crazy.  A majority of your conversations are consumed with weather bashing talk.

It’s also the time of year that many of us flee to warmer parts of the country.  I was quick to jump on that band wagon in February, and planned a last minute getaway with my girlfriends to Puerto Rico.  It was much needed…but it wasn’t enough.

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Andy and I have decided to book another tropical getaway for the month of May!  While I am so excited, I couldn’t help but feel a slight pang of guilt as the idea started becoming more concrete.


I’ve thought a lot about this.  And maybe this is just me justifying my need for a second vacation, but I hope it’s more thought-provoking than that.

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We grow up with the American Dream as the goal.  The conventional path of working hard and saving money to afford the house, a couple of cars, and yes start a family.  That is the responsible thing to do…that’s what we’re supposed to do right?  Vacations come once a year, if we’re lucky.

But does it have to be this way?  Well I hope not.  Soon I’ll be turning the corner on my late twenties.  Am I getting too old to be spending my paychecks on seeing the world?  God, I really hope not.

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Here are my thoughts.  People will spend their money in different ways.  Some may save to have a fairy tale wedding or to buy their dream house.  There’s nothing wrong with that…whatever makes you tick.  All I know is that there is a huge world out there for us to see.  One lyric that has stuck with me recently is from a Lord Huron song, “What good is living the life you’ve been given if all you do is stand in one place?”

Traveling to new places makes you richer.  Whether it’s a U.S. city you’ve never been to, a Caribbean Island, or a far away exotic destination…there is always something  beautiful to gain when traveling.  New experiences, new people, new appreciations for home.


At the end of my life I want to look back and remember two things.  Time spent with my family and friends, and the times discovering new places and adventures.

Alright, vacation number two justified! Can’t wait to reveal where it is.  Hint…it’s on this list.


Take Me Back Tuesday – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Well it might not be too surprising, living in the Northeast right now, that I would bring back Take Me Back Tuesday.  And how fitting that I just got back from San Juan, Puerto Rico last week!  Yes, please Take Me Back, Tuesday. Thanks!

I booked this last-minute trip with my girlfriends.  We were looking for a cheap getaway where we could escape from the snow to the SUN! Puerto Rico was the perfect destination for our Girlcation!

Where We Stayed

El San Juan Resort and Casino

This hotel was great.  It is in the Isla Verde section of San Juan, which has a bunch of hotels and resorts and some great restaurants.  It seems most people stay here or in Condado which is another tourist area not too far.  El San Juan had everything we needed during the day; beach, two pools, swim up bars, a couple of restaurants, and even a Starbucks (yes we went to Starbucks in Puerto Rico…it’s still the US).

Not to mention it was a beautiful hotel.

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They even offered free yoga! I was so happy that the girls wanted to do it with me.  It was such a nice way to start our first day.

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The first day we spent plenty of the time on the beach and of course taking some selfies to make everyone at home in the snow jealous.

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We enjoyed the swim up bar of course.  Our drink of choice on this vacation were Mojitos!  The swim up bar had the best pineapple mojito.  Oh what I would do to jump back in this picture right now!

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Packing For a Caribbean Getaway

Happy Friday from  Puerto Rico!  I’ll try no to rub it in too much for those of you in the Northeast.  It’s so nice to be in a warm and sunny place after the past few snowy weeks we’ve had!

I planned this girls getaway with three of my best girlfriends.  Sometimes you just need a girlcation!  Since we are only here for four nights we didn’t want to pack too much and have to check a bag.  This means strategic packing was in order.  I think I pride myself on being a good packer.  Having studied abroad, travelled throughout Europe, and backpacked through Peru, I’ve had a fair share of practice!

Things to think about when packing:

  • How long are you staying?
  • How will you spend your days? Beach? Pool? Sight seeing?
  • How will you spend your nights?  Casual nights out? Fancy dinners?
  • Will you be exercising at all?
  • Will you be doing any excursions / tours /activities?
  • What items do I use on a daily basis when getting ready for a normal day?

These are some questions I think about before packing for a little getaway.  It helps break it down and get your mind wrapped around what you need.

Here’s my packing list for a Caribbean Getaway:


  • 3 bathing suits


  • 2 nice dresses
  • 1 pair of nice shorts
  • 1 pair of pants for going out
  • 1 nice tank top for going out


  • 2 pairs of yoga pants
  • 2 tank tops for working out
  • 2 sports bras


  • 2 pairs of shorts for bed
  • 4 tank tops for bed / lounging around / beach
  • 4 beach cover up / dresses


  • 1 pair of wedge sandals
  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 pair of sandals

Toiletries (All 3oz or under)


  • Sunblock
  • Shampoo / Conditioner (I had some samples I saved)
  • Body Wash
  • Body Lotion
  • Face Wipes
  • Body Splash
  • Q-Tips
  • Contacts
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Razor
  • Small Brush
  • Curling Iron

Annnd….it all fit!


Okay, off to enjoy my vacation!