Dominican Republic: Part 1

So a trip to the Dominican Republic will be my next trip. My mom has a trip planned for ten that will consist of myself, my two cousins, my sister, my aunt, both my parents, and some other relatives. I’m particularly excited for this trip now that I’ve look at attractions.

First is Punta Cana which is a beautiful and the top rated beach in the DR. There are plenty of resorts and many golf courses for my dad to play and enjoy as well as the waves, sand, and sun for the ladies.

Next up is Jarabacoa. Jarabacoa is in the mountains and is home to the best river rafting and hikes as well as paragliding, mountain biking, and canyoning.

I’ve also read that Samana Peninsula and Bay are also beautiful areas. The water here is unbelievably clear and the marine and bird life are unimaginably beautiful. Here, there are also many caves, coves, bays, and waterfalls to discover. Wale watching is also a great and abundant activity to do here as well as trekking and body boarding.

The last place I’ve read up on is Dudu Lagoon Park. The place is an absolute beauty and is man made but has an all natural feel. It’s a big attraction in the Dominican Republic to swim and hike in.

Looks like I’m going to spend most of my time in the water and sun this trip. Will update when I get back!

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Life Lesson Learned

I never realized how much there is to do while travelling or how many places there are to go. There are plenty of places to eat, things to see, and ways to travel. There are 196 countries to visit. People tend to be creatures of habit and they visit only a couple of places in their life. I want to go backpacking through Europe and South America. Then my cruise, Costa Rica, and Los Cabos trips happened and my perspective have changed. Those were new experiences and places I visited other than my annual trip back to Hawaii. Now, my next trip is planned, again, for some place other than Hawaii. It’s the Dominican Republic. I have to admit that I’m a little skeptical about how it’s going to go, but better mind, better life. I’m working through my skepticism to prepare for this trip in order to have a great trip. So now I’ve come to realize that there are many more options than just Hawaii. Many more options, 196 to be exact. Even more cities to visit, hundred of thousands of places to tour and sites to see. So now I try to keep an eye out for new adventures and that seems to open up doors to new places I never thought I would see.  This is a life lesson that I’m still learning and am excited to keep experiencing through my life.

 

 

California

California is home to me. I’ve lived here most of my life, with an exception of a few years in Nevada. I was born in Anaheim, California, and spent most of my life in Orange County area. Today, I’m going to cover things that I love to do here, sites to see, and places that I used to go to.

When I was younger, we spent a lot of time in downtown LA. Downtown LA consists of many different streets and little ally ways, all containing places to shop. In elementary, we used to go to this area to buy valentine grams for all the kids in my sister’s class and my own. Most things, at the right shops, are fairly priced and that way I always gave out the best toy grams while the kids gave out two or three pieces of chocolate. I remember I bought water toys, water games, color changing throw balls, rubix cubes, really cool jumpropes, and quite a few other things to give to my classmates. They also see things like food, fabric, clothings, beddings, and accessories in downtown LA. The street food is pretty amazing and the clothing places are cheap yet produce items that match department store quality. The people are usually pretty open to bargaining their prices if you make the right moves. Phone cases are pretty abundant here and one should have absolutely no problem finding a good place to purchase one that pleases you very much and at a price that does the same.

Obiously as Californians, we (stereotypically) love the beach. Hungtington Beach is probably the most common, but Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, and Newport Beach are also great beaches. Some other places to go include Big Sur down the 101, which is one of my favorites, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransico, Big Bear, Disneyland, Hollywood, Catalina Island, Mammoth, and Carlsbad.

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This is a picture of me and my younger sister quite a while ago at a flower field in Carlsbad.

Personally, I love to go shopping in California, go on road trips around the state, and go to the beach. South Coast Plaza is a popular place to shop in Socal, and we do have some good food down here too. North Cal has all the wine and cheeses though. Travelling through the state, you’ll get more than one experience, we’re two pretty different plaes that, I do believe, anyone cann enjoy. So come on over, and travel through our state.

Welcome!

Welcome,

Hi! My name is Kaitlyn and this is my blog. The title “A Red Map” first came along as I covered my map with red pins as I traveled and covering my map with so many red pins I have referred to it as my “red map” ever since. A Red Map is meant to be as full-coverage as the red on my own maps. Covering each continent and the majorities of countries I’ll give you advice on places to eat, places to see, and activities to do. These locations will come from either where I have been, or where I want to go. I will be giving you extensive research on each of these places, restaurants, and activities along with some personal feedback if I have visited that location for myself. Each place will be posted in their own individual blogs, with their various information and pictures. As you go along be sure to cover your map with red pins over all the places you’ve been and make it a red map. Enjoy!