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48 HOURS IN BARBADOS

Quick getaways may be short in duration, but the memories made are everlasting. And that's why we don't mind traveling for several hours to quench our travel thirst and experience new adventures, even if it’s only for a 48-hour rendezvous. Two nights on a Caribbean island may seem like a fleeting amount of time to spend on vacation, especially with a five hour flight each way, but the warmth of the Barbados sun still brings about a glow on our cheeks when reminiscing over its amazing beaches.

Several winters ago, we traveled from JFK to Barbados, where we had two nights booked at the Hilton Barbados Resort. The JetBlue flights were booked with TrueBlue points, as the airline was having a good award sale. The hotel was booked one night with HiltonHonors points, and the other the standard rate.

DAY 1:

Our flight departed early in the morning, and arrived long before the hotel's official check-in time. Like true travel junkies, we stored our backpacks with the front desk and snoozed on the couches in the lounge until the Caribbean sun awoke from its slumber.

Though we usually like to explore the places we travel to, this trip was all about R&R. (At the time, Sasha was working full-time, and Melissa had just finished some final exams, so a warm beach destination was the craving on our minds). We spent the full amount of sunshine that day tanning on the white sand beach and washing away our worries in the tropical, turquoise waters. We also enjoyed the pool bar's sips: pina coladas and rum punch.

Fortunately, we got in a little culture and history exploring the cannons at the British base, Charles Fort, located on the Hilton Resort property.