Everyone Deserves An “Easy” Vacation
We all need a vacation. It’s a life necessity and most needed for a chance to relax, relieve stress, have down time, and just get away from our regular daily life activities. Some of us love organized vacations with planning, timeframes, and schedules. Although, some of us love “easy vacations” with nothing planned, “go with the flow”, meals are already prepared without having clean up, cooking, worrying about reservations, and figuring out “where are we going to eat?” “Is it any good?”.
If an easy vacation is what you strive for, this blog is for YOU!
The easiest vacations I’ve come across are cruises and all-inclusive resorts. I recently went on a 7-day cruise with my wife to Dominican Republic (Amber Cove), Grand Turk, and Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas, which it was literally the easiest vacation I could’ve imagined. Your room is clean, the ship is clean, and there are plenty of activities going on around the clock. All of the ships have a casino, pools/hot tubs, some have slides and water parks, various clubs and bars, duty-free shopping, and the best thing: you are literally catered to 24 hours a day! The spa is available for massages, facials, detox products, and general pampering.
A cruise, which I can only vouch for Carnival Cruise Lines. Of course sunbathing on the top deck with a Bahama Mama in my hand is the best breathtaking experience I’ve come across, but the 360-degree ocean view with a gentle warm breeze is the ultimate. The fact I don’t have to get up from the lounge chair is appealing enough for me with my own sectioned “barhop”.
The ship card given to you at the day of cruising allows all purchases during the stay, and bar hops flow the ship for your assistance. I do recommend getting the “beverage program” added on when you purchase especially if you are a drinker (no matter of beer, liquor, or wine). For about $48 bucks a day, it’s a steal (increases in price if you purchase during the cruise), beverages outside of this program can be very pricey averaging $8-$10 per mixed drink, or $25-$35 per “bucket” of beer containing 5 beers.
- Choose the middle of the ship as your cabin, if you stay in the front or back of the ship –> you might get sea sick. The ship tends to rock more in those areas.
- It takes about 2 days to get your “sea legs” that is, feel for the ship, and being accustomed to the sensation of the ocean. Remember, larger ships are better with more activities and less sensation of the ocean. Honestly, most of time, you can’t even tell your on a ship, but if you do get sea sick I recommend:
- Use the natural roll-on motion sickness oil behind
both ears and continue to reapply as needed.
- The ship does have motion sickness medication, mostly meclizine – but beware, it can make you very sleepy!
- Eat a green apple, it helps with nausea.
- Vitamin B-6 also assists with nausea.
- Stay in the middle of the ship, whether at the pool, casino, and the upper decks is best.
- Stay hydrated and take your own cup or purchase one at a duty-free store – you will need it!
- If you’re at port, DO NOT purchase any medications they have in one of the port stores. As the ship crew will confiscate it upon re-entering the ship and you’ve wasted your money. These “med stores” sell prescription products such as lasix, viagra, certain antibiotics, etc. that are required to have a prescription in the U.S. Also, these products are mostly filler and not recommended.
- You can purchase duty-free liquor at ports, but only limit 2 bottles per person. When the cruise is over, U.S. Customs will only allow 2 per person anyway, so don’t waste your money buying more than that. 🙂
- Plan to eat your meals in the dining room vs. the buffets, unless you want something quick and easy at that time. The dining room meals are superb, and you can choose all the appetizers, entrees, and desserts that you want, so you are not limited.
- I also STRONGLY recommend doing a timeframe for the dining room, ie 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm. If you choose a certain timeframe and miss it, your out of luck! Oh, ladies – bring a dress – the dining room offers “elegant night” and “casual night”. Elegant night – literally you can wear a prom dress fit into this category, otherwise, casual night allows you to dress down and be comfortable. Sorry ladies and gents, shorts and flip-flops are not allowed even on casual nights.
An all-inclusive package is another primary choice for vacationing for the relaxed-type personality. Most packages include a resort-type style full of dining options available, while offering add-on’s such as drink packages, and sightseeing events (whale watching, hiking, boat and city tours, etc).
Attempt to find a package that includes flights also, the extra cost of adding on flights especially to other countries can be fairly pricey and time-consuming, sometimes wasting an extra day or two.
If you want to venture out from the resort, for instance, a taxi is necessary and please be careful at night since not knowing the area. Some unknown areas can be dangerous and a lot can change from day to night. One great aspect to all-inclusives is you are in one place for that time being, so take advantage of learning the culture and the area.
The Final Straw
Ultimately, cruises are my favorite, but not for everyone. If you’re looking to find out more about an area, like to stay in one place and venture out, or are prone to motion sickness, then all-inclusive vacations are right for you. Although, if you want to see several destinations to possibly visit in the future for an all-inclusive stay, then I suggest a cruise to see the layout of the area. For the beachgoers like myself, the exquisite 10-layer blue and green colors of the tropical islands is my top destination spot. Since learning the “view” of my recent 3 cruise destinations, soon I will be planning an all-inclusive vacation to one of those paradises!
Relax and take time for a vacation, you deserve it!