#TBT Dominican Republic - I fly to Iceland this weekend so I wanted to get sandy beaches and palm trees out of my system before leaving. I’m a very active traveler and while I don’t always seek a sunny escape to a near perfect beach like this one in Punta Cana, once in a while the urge hits and all I want in the world is a shady place to relax under the warm sun. Shockingly easy to reach from the DC metro area, I still wonder why it took me so very long for my first visit to this tropical getaway, but I’m so glad I corrected that oversight just a couple of months ago. Enjoying great food, laughs with new friends and plenty of time relaxing, it was just what I needed after a busy year. This is in my rearview mirror though. It’s time to start a new year properly and to hit the road, looking for new experiences and special moments to share. Next stop - Akureyri, Iceland!