Depart: Dominican Dreams

School is out in Loudoun County, Virginia and it is time to think about a summer getaway!  What better way to kick off summer than planning a trip to the Caribbean…the Dominican Republic to be exact. 

According to Travelzoo: 
For the next 96 hours or for the first 99 bookings — whichever comes first — is slashing the cost of an all-inclusive Dominican Republic beach vacation from Washington, D.C.,  to $759 per person, including taxes.

The offer includes:

·         Roundtrip flights to the Dominican Republic from D.C.

·         Six nights at the Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa

·         All meals and drinks, including alcohol

·         Exclusive access to the private VIP beach — featuring premium drinks, wait service and a sushi restaurant — as well as twice-weekly private parties

·         Trip insurance in case of bad weather (a $45 value)


The mac-daddy deal is available for departures on most dates Sept. 1 – Nov. 10, however summer travel is discounted as well.  Book your trip now as this sale ends Friday, June 15. Bon voyage:)

Read: Washington Post article goes hand in hand with one of my favorite books…The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner


Not sure I am thrilled with the federal government spending money we don’t have on measuring how happy and content the citizens are, but this article did remind me of one of my favorite and most interesting books.  The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner!  It is a compelling and thought provoking look at places around the world that claim to be the happiest on the planet.  Eric Weiner’s portrayal of the people he encounters, food he eats, beverages he samples and the all around nature of these different cities is an absolutely hysterical page turner.  Perfect Spring Break or summer vacay read.  Who knows, maybe you will be reading it in one of the blissful locales featured in Eric’s book.

Depart: Spring Break 2012

 Aerial Pool View


Do you have plans for a Spring Break getaway yet?  The first installment of Depart is just what you have been looking for if you need a little help deciding where to take the fam on a vacation that won’t break the bank.  Here are a few carefully chosen options by VerumVita from the amazing travel gurus at Travelzoo.  Safe Travels!


San Antonio, Texas: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, voted Travel + Leisure’s 2011 World’s Best Family Resort, is offering rooms for $129 per night with an option to upgrade to a 1 bedroom suite, perfect for families, for an additional $70 per night.   There is plenty to do on property with a water park, golf course, tennis courts, spa and kids club!  if you want to do a bit of exploring Sea World is close by as is San Antonio’s famous River Walk.  Mention TravelZoo code TVL569  to receive the 45% off discount rate.


New York City: Hotel rooms in NYC are astronomically priced but you can get a room at TRYP New York City Times Square South for $165-195 per night with discounts on larger rooms for families as well.  This is in a prime location close to the subway, shopping, shows and, of course, Times Square!  Mention Travelzoo when booking for discount.


Miami, Florida: Yearning for some fun in the sun? Look no further than The Shelborne South Beach!  Set in the idyllic South Beach Art Deco District, this oceanfront hotel is close to shopping, dining and local attractions!  You can snag a room here for $129-179 a night.  Click here for the discounted rate.

San Diego, California: If a west coast destination is your target, Loews Coronado Bay is a bull’s eye with three pools, basketball and tennis courts, and private marina.  This resort was listed in Parents Magazine’s 2010 “10 Best Beach Vacations in the U.S. & Caribbean”, has easy beach access to Silver Strand State Park, and rates of $119.25-141.75 per night. Mention Travelzoo when booking.

Mexico (Cancun, Riviera Maya, Isla Mujeres): The Palace Resorts are offering $185 per night rates for several of their all inclusive properties on select dates!  Check out Beach Palace, Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, & Sun Palace in Cancun. The Riviera Maya and Isla Mujeres locations include Aventura Cove Palace, Aventura Spa Palace and Playacar Palace and Isla Mujeres Palace.  An additional $1500 resort credit will be applied for a stay of 5 nights or more.