It was february of 2009, when I was getting a reading week off from the university and my husband had not used any holidays from that year. I asked my supervisor from the placement, if it was okay to take a week off from the placement and she said that's fine. So, then I started planning the trip. We were looking for a destination where we haven't been before, something that wasn't too far away and had enough things to keep us busy for a week. We decided to visit one of the carribean islands where english was widely spoken. So, after a bit of research we decided to visit Jamaica. Since it was reading week at many other places, the prices everywhere was on the high side.
We were looking for a resort/hotel where the room had a kitchen, because my husband was a special diet and I wanted a place where I could cook. We pointed out a package but due to some glitches couldn't book it, so we headed down to a travel agent. We came to know that the package was sold out and was still showing online. So, then I came home again and started my research again and this time I designed a package of my own and was able to actually save $1000 on the grand total for the three of us.
We booked the flight to montego bay or as locals call mo-bay via skyservice which was the most reasonable option available. Now skyservice, is out of service. Then I booked the seven day accommodation at El-Greco Resort after searching at the jamaican official tourism website. After booking the room, I found another deal elsewhere where El-Greco seven day deal was available for the price of six days, so I cancelled my booking (paid the cancellation fees, and still got the deal for cheap). The deal also included free breakfast everyday (not just the continental ones...but the ones with eggs and everything). Then, I looked around and booked the transportation from the airport to the hotel and back.
Next we went for shopping summer clothes, as it was winter in toronto (with snow) and bought some food related items like biscuits, noodles and staple stuff to save money while on vacation.
Finally we sat down on the plane, and when we were arriving in mo-bay, the water looked beautiful from the air. After arriving at the airport, we looked for the counter for the transportation company. Soon, we realized that in jamaica people prefer you to tell them things verbally instead of them reading the papers you are passing on to them. Anyhow, we reached the resort. It was morning time when we reached there. After settling down, our whole family started sleeping and slept until the evening time. For some reason, we all felt so peaceful and were sleeping at odd hours. My son found this favourite channel and program even in jamaica on the cable tv. He was extremely happy and didn't wanted to go anywhere outside.
In the evening we went out for a walk along the shores of the public beaches where was even free for the locals. We saw lots of teenagers busy playing soccer and people on the roads appeared very friendly. They said hi and hello and asked where we were from.
The next day we went to the dr. beach club...which is a paid beach area, that was included free with our resort. That day we also went to some tour agencies to book some tours around. We booked tours for negril and also for kingston for upcoming days.