Tunes & Travels

by Jennifer Matthews


traveling:dominican republic

In the dead of winter the Dominican is a good, affordable place to get away to. My favorite part about being there was swimming in the light blue ocean first thing in the morning and on and off all day. Basically if you are heading to vacation in the Dominican you need to pick a resort and plan to stay on it for the most part of your trip. They offer all inclusive trips where all meals and drinks are included as part of a package deal.

The downfalls of the resort deal is that you can end up feeling stuck there sort of like the song from the Eagles ‘Hotel California’. I say this because as the days go by you realize you have everything you need at the tip of your fingers in terms of food, drinks, music, beach, swimming… but if you want to leave it gets a bit complicated. The Dominican is reputed not to be the safest island to wander and explore thru and it is recommend that you get a guide to take you or you need to book day trips that go off the resort grounds into the heartland of the Dominican. One day we did book an outing and it was probably the most interesting day we had. However, we were stuck on that bus forever due to the fact that they stop and pick up other people from every resort along the way!!

If you are looking for an island getaway that is cheap and has great water, the Dominican is a good place to go. However, I recommend booking only the amount of days you see yourself being a beach and blue water bum. The drinks were flowing and the local people were friendly and happy to have you there.

Tips: I recommend going thru a travel agent to book a Dominican trip. They get the best deals and it is no charge to you. I went thru Joylinks out of the Boston area and she was really great. She helped us out, was very upbeat and she even wrote us a check to buy a bottle of champagne there on her. Joylinks website is She really is the one to call!! As she is thorough, joyful and jolly.


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I have been a professional singer for over twenty years and teaching voice lessons for over ten years. I received my vocal training at the University of Colorado School of Music at Boulder and Denver and at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in NJ. Singers who influenced me greatly in my early years were Linda Rondstadt, Anne Wilson from Heart, Robert Plant, Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull, Judy Garland & Aretha Franklin.