Curious what international travel is like now? With COVID travel restrictions at the top of the news we decided to see for ourselves what travel is like in 2022. We interviewed The Clymb’s Travel Services Manager, Ashley, about her recent trip to the Dominican Republic. Read on to learn more about her travel experience and why she chose The Clymb’s Dominican Tree House Village adventure as her first international trip in the COVID era.
Why visit the Dominican Republic?
The food and culture is what initially drew me in. The capital city of Santo Domingo was named a Culinary Capital of the Caribbean for a reason. But when I got there, it was so much more. You have the beach, mountains, and the jungle all wrapped into a small island. You also get the bustling city vibe in the capital along with the stunning colonial architecture.
What is it like traveling internationally right now?
It really wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I thought that it was going to be time consuming and confusing. It was the complete opposite. And flying home was just as easy. We had to get a Covid test before we left the country and thankfully the hotel assisted in setting that up. My advice is to check the U.S. Embassy’s website before traveling to another country. That will tell you exactly what to expect and what is required to enter another country and return home.
Check out: US Embassy in the Dominican Republic
What is it like staying at the Dominican Tree House Village?
The Dominican Tree House Village is this amazing grove of trees that has been transformed into a paradise retreat. I have never stayed in anything like it. It’s open air but you have curtains you can close for more privacy. You get to experience the sights and sounds of the jungle right outside your door — it really is picture perfect. I fell asleep to geckos calling and woke up to light rainfall on the leaves.
Tell us about a typical day on the trip.
I would wakeup, have breakfast at the main lodge, and then drink my coffee in one of the hammocks overlooking the jungle. After a relaxing morning, we’d head out for the day’s adventures — snorkeling, zip-lining, scootering, and exploring local beaches and restaurants. We usually ended our day hanging out by the pool before dinner. I may have sneaked a nap or two in there as well.
Any must-do recommendations in the Dominican Republic?
Go explore! Take a scooter ride around the area. While driving in the Dominican Republic is an adventure in itself, it also allows you to see the countryside. We rented scooters for a day and it was absolutely worth it. You also need to try tostones (twice-fried plantains) and if you don’t mind alcohol, a traditional drink called Mama Juana. It’s said to be an all-inclusive healer. Taken in shot form, it’s a fun way to cheers to your upcoming adventures!
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