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The Sunday Check In, 7/18

For this Sunday Check In, I am at Secrets Wild Orchid Resort, an “adults only” property in Montego Bay, Jamaica. It was a last second press trip confirmation that brought me to the Caribbean on Thursday. While the “adults only” property’s name may inspire curious fantasy images, and a bristle from my fiance, it just means no kids allowed. So visitors, most appear to be couples from the U.S., will find a quieter resort experience without running, screaming, or water fights from the missing kiddie pool. There is also no gold-painted macaroni glued to cardboard either. While I have a great ten-year-old, who does all of the above, I do not miss the noise. There are also a variety of restaurant options, a pleasant spa, idyllic beaches and 24-hour room service on the property — all of which fits under the all-inclusive banner.

Due to travel, scrambling schedules, and an Internet connection that was MIA for my first two days on the island, I did not get much accomplished. Wednesday was a total wash.

And now my plans to a more productive week in servicing travel.


Much of my upcoming week will be about commentary on Jamaica for ITKT. However, I have some catch up on my “Blogging Nuts and Bolts” project, thoughts on using “you” voice in a travel narrative, and a new “Books to Live By installment. I will also offer a night life article about Montego Bay after dark and my personal experience of American Airlines customer service on TWL. One is a good thing. One is a dud. Both articles need to be read.


Because this Jamaica visit is described as a “Bloggers Meet Up,” I have been doing a fair bit of talking about social networking with some smart travel bloggers. I now plan a new “links” page on both ITKT and TWL in an effort to share the love with new friends and media partners I have met along the way. I know I don’t need yet another project, but I think more linking out from ITKT is something of value and part of my commitment to building a better connected travel community.


With the video phase almost complete, I hope to get one more quality NTO on board and on camera so writers can learn about travel industry know-how and how to become a better travel industry partner.


  1. So stoked we had an opportunity to meet up in Jamaica! Would love to get in on your links page.
    JoAnna recently posted..Hicksville Trailer Palace

  2. It was great meeting you.
    Corve DaCosta recently posted..Day 3- Best Day – Bloggers Meet Up at Secrets Resorts

  3. Hi JoAnna,
    I will keep you posted. I will try to get something live in the next few days — and nice meeting you as well.

    Hi Corve,
    I am sorry we didn’t have more time to chat. Really good meeting you, too.


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