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Is Staying At An All-Inclusive Worth It?

I’ve often had people ask me about all-inclusive hotels and resorts.  Are they worth it?  Should we stay in them?  Up until recently, I had no real point of view on all-inclusives because I knew that if we stayed in one, we would feel like we should eat at the resort every day since all the meals are included (hello, free food?! Uh, YES!). But, that would conflict with my desire to explore other dining options outside of the hotel so alas, we always booked room only deals.  … Read more >>

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Fran Henry - August 1, 2017 - 5:29 am

Hello: Loved the honesty of your posts ! I feel the same as you. Last year I went on my “dream” vacation to Bali and was sooooo disappointed. We stayed at a few All Inclusive Hotels and like you mentioned after the second day the thought of having the same mediocre breakfast was disheartening. I think All Inclusives may be a good deal when travelling with pre teens or teenage kids who are known to be hungry every hour on the hour. I am planning our familv vacation to Cabo with a 13 year old whose appetite is huge so I am torn between going the all inclusive route or room only. Thank you for your posts. I really enjoyed reading your thoughts.

mike - March 3, 2018 - 10:31 pm

with the amount of hotels and vacation rentals and the cheap airfares ..the AI is not really a good deal..and most hotels have free breakfast so with the AI you are paying extra to eat the same lunch and dinner and drink enough for alcohol poison….you get more for your money not doing the all inclusive and you get more memories trying different restaurants and much better airplane ticket prices…

Guest Post: Why A Motorcycle Adds Instant Adventure To Your Travel Plan

(You can tour all of Australia on a bike!)

When it comes to exploring the world, there are so many different ways to go about it. However, we say that there’s only one way to travel, and that’s on the back of a motorcycle with your Dunlop tires on the pavement. Sure, you could rent a car or take a bus, but riding a hog makes the journey so much more memorable and adventurous. Don’t believe us? Here are four reasons why:… Read more >>

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29 Surprising Things About Life In Cuba

As eye-opening as it was to travel to Cuba, it was even more interesting to learn about life there.  Did you know that lobster smuggling is a “thing” there?  Or that they have better maternity benefits than we do in the U.S.?  Read on for the 28 surprising things I learned about life in Cuba:… Read more >>
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Agness of eTramping - February 16, 2017 - 9:36 pm

A lot of them surprised me, especially the part about how married women don’t take their husband’s surname. This is an informative post, justwanderlustblog.

The Easy Hack To Save 6% On All Southwest Airline Tickets

Given all the nickel and diming the legacy US airlines are notorious for, I’ve been quite the fan of Southwest Airlines in the last few years. Sure, you feel like cattle when you’re boarding, but it’s a small price to pay considering the advantages you get with your ticket:… Read more >>

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What To See And Do In Cuba: Our 8 Day Cuba Itinerary

While visitors can spend as much time in Cuba learning every facet of the interesting country, I wanted to share our experience for those who have limited time to visit.  Read on for our itinerary, what’s really worth your time, and how much time to allocate to those cities.… Read more >>

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amanda - February 11, 2017 - 12:13 am

hi, i will be visiting Cuba this Dec. If you don’t mind, could you share how did you engage the private driver? thanks!

JustWanderlust - February 11, 2017 - 8:47 pm

Hi Amanda – I signed up for a private tour by looking at recommendations on TripAdvisor. Try looking at reviews and then just emailing the tour companies to see if they can put a private itinerary together for you. I’m pretty sure most would do that. 🙂

Stylekooky - July 4, 2017 - 4:05 pm

So glad I found your blog!
Very informative and useful!! 😀

I’m planning to visit Cuba in September, will defo look for a private tour guide, it seems save a lot of trouble!