Member Monday: Traveling is Member Claudia’s No. 1 Hobby

Global Discovery Vacations member Claudia K. has traveled quite a distance with the membership, but there is always somewhere new to go. And her love for travel recently brought her to Tranquility Bay resort on Antigua. Read about her Caribbean getaway in this week’s Member Monday!

Where would you recommend a fellow member to go to…
Eat

Behind the Tranquility Bay Resort is a marina and several restaurants. We only went out one time to the Greek restaurant, Akropolis. It was excellent. I have been to Greece and I know authentic Greek food. Very recommendable.

We did not go out for dinner much, because I enjoy cooking myself. Plus, during vacation I have time, which is not always the case at home. The supermarket right behind the resort is very international and I was excited to find many products from Europe. I am German and grew up in Europe.

Shop
We did our shopping for souvenirs with the vendors at the beach. We went one day with the bus to St. John’s. There are wonderful shops. But shopping was not on my list of things to do while in Antigua.

Vendor prices at the beach are the same as in St. John’s. You can bargain a little. Usually, the more you buy, the better discounts you get. The vendors were very friendly and not too pushy, like in many other destinations I have been. If you said “No,” they took no for an answer and moved on.

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Hobbie Cat from the Jolly Beach Resort Wadadli Catamaran Tour.

Have fun/attractions
We took the Wadadli Catamaran Circumnavigation Tour around the island. They pick you up and drop you off right at the Jolly Beach Resort. That was a fun day, very well organized. The crew was awesome while the food and service were also very good.

What was your favorite…
Resort/Condo Amenity

I really enjoyed that we had privileges at the Jolly Beach Resort. We used their Hobie Cats and paddle boats. It’s great that there is the Jolly Dive right there as well. My son is a diver and I intend to bring him to Antigua one day, hopefully February 2018.

Place to go in the destination
We took the bus for $3.50 per person to St. John’s (a taxi would have cost us $25). I don’t mind public transportation. The bus stops right outside the resort and drops you off at the bus terminal in St. John’s (bus No. 20 and 22). There is a fish market and we bought fresh seafood there.

"Very skilled vendor who made baskets, hats and beach bags from palm leaves."

“Very skilled vendor who made baskets, hats and beach bags from palm leaves.”

Why did you choose this destination? Were you traveling for a special occasion?
We chose Antigua because I have been to many Caribbean islands already but not there. And I love it!

Any tips for a traveler to this resort or destination? Anything you think they should bring?
I know the next time I would bring an ice chest with wheels from home and a foldable cart in order to bring the groceries back to the resort from the supermarket. Other than that, the condo kitchen was well-stocked. I had to buy a garlic press, so next time I will bring some of my favorite cooking utensils from home to make cooking even more convenient.

There was a microwave oven but no real oven, just a little toaster oven. When we made fresh lobsters (we bought them from a guy at the beach), we had to make one after another because only half of each fit in the toaster oven. Not a big deal. But also a regular size pizza would not fit in.

About you

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How long have you been a Global Discovery Vacations member?
Since November 2007.

Why did you join the club?
I like the concept with the Star Credits and the flexibility the club offers.

How many trips have you taken using your membership?
Six trips to Austria, Greece, Ohio (Lake Erie), twice to Costa Rica and Antigua. We are going on two more trips his year (April Rome, Italy and August Puerto del Carmen, Mexico).

Why do you think traveling is important?
I have been traveling since I was one. My parents always took trips and I enjoy leaving my home for a little while and seeing other countries, cultures, etc. I live in Michigan and winters are too cold for me here, so we use the club to get away. Travel is my number one hobby.

Photos courtesy of Claudia P.

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.

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