Author Archive: npeterson

Beyond the chain – thoughts on getting the most from your trip!

the real deal in Jamaica During a recent road trip, my daughter and I were talking (ok, lamenting) the fact that everywhere we went we saw the same thing.  Literally, the same thing!  Chain restaurants, chain hotels, chain stores – if you closed your eyes in Minnesota and opened them in Kentucky, you might not know... read more »


Happily Ever After

The Ultimate Proposal – Part One I’ll leave the ring decision to you, your jeweler and your financial advisor.  What I can help you with is the logistics for possibly the most romantic occasion of your life!  No pressure of course, but this is your big chance to create a great memory! Here’s the story of one man,... read more »


It’s never too early!

I ran across this bit of news today, and I thought it nicely backed up what I’ve been telling my clients for a long time.  (Reuters) – Major U.S. airlines announced further 2011 capacity reductions on Tuesday to cope with increasing fuel prices.  The article went on to say “Delta currently estimates its fuel... read more »


First stop – Sandals Negril!

yes, I said the lobby! The first impression of Sandals Negril was the cool, comfortable lobby.  The lobby? Seriously, it was great with comfy furniture, cool lighting and the prospect of a great stay right in front of you! Straight through, I could see it– a slice of Seven Mile Beach in Negril!   People were power... read more »


In case of emergency…

This post is inspired by the very grim news of the earthquake in Japan this week.  As you may have seen,  I don’t normally like to write in  a totally factual and serious manner.  My job is planning vacation travel, which is a pretty cheery topic and I like to indulge my inner child!  I advise my clients to... read more »


Share the joy!

Let’s start by admitting that I am not a man.   That said, I do know quite a few, most of whom are successful professionals out there in the workforce.  You go to work every day, where you manage complex projects and accounts, interact with people, and just generally perform adult tasks.  Most of us agree that men... read more »


Sandals, Sandals everywhere – and me with my boots back on!

My mission was to explore every Sandals property in Jamaica – no small feat (pun intended!)  I went, I saw, I returned home to another foot of snow!  Oh well! This post will start my inspection report, with the question I heard from guests at every single property I visited – “Which is the best?”  There is no... read more »


The snow is coming, the snow is coming!

My long awaited trip to Jamaica is finally here – we leave at the crack of o’dark-hundred tomorrow morning.  I’m mostly packed (that’s another story), my son will be here to take care of the dogs and the house, and we have transportation to the airport all set.  Everything is in order.  Then, the weather man... read more »