August 21, 2018

My friend and I recently stayed here in mid-May '17.


DO NOT put your personal items on lounge chairs near the pool or on the beach to reserve them. The lifeguard walks around collecting items up until approx 9:30AM! We were shocked on our first full day here because...

March 15, 2016

My friend and I stayed here March 2016. First off, we had a butler -- YES a butler! We loved Simeon. He was such a nice guy, always with a smile on his face, and always eager to help us. He did everything from booking our dinner and spa reservations to bringing us lave...

September 15, 2015

My friend and I stayed at The Royal in Playa del Carmen in September '14, an adults-only all-inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. It was unbelievable! They had everything from a jacuzzi in the room to a man walking around the huge pool cleaning your sunglasses...

March 26, 2015

My friend and I went to the Riu Palace for 6 days at the tail end of March '15. 

Weather: We did a lot of research beforehand, and chose this time because it's the "dry season" which means no rain. And it was accurate, because it didn't rain in Guanacaste once. It was...

Please reload

Jen's Judgy Journey

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list

Beaches and boat trips and bar hops, oh my. Who has time to sift through thousands of TripAdvisor reviews from irrelevant people? Come along with me, Jen, on my judgy journey to feel like you're looking out over the Caldera of Santorini, the ruins of Rome, the ski slopes of Vermont and the salty waves of Mexico. I'll tell you what I loved - and didn't love - about my trips, so that you can better plan your own. More of an eater than a traveler? No worries, you'll also find my helpful tips about what to order in your local restaurants! For a more authentic feel, all photos are taken by or of me!

Search by Tags

© 2023 by Going Places. Proudly created with