Cancel those travel plans to the Dominican Republic


Fab4Runner Tits McGee
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Mon, Jun 10, 2019 3:56 PM

I'm part of a wedding planning and resale group on Facebook and a lot of ladies are nervous about honeymoons that have already been booked. I'm definitely glad I'm not in their shoes. 

On the other hand, a friend of mine was just in Punta Cana two weeks ago and had an excellent trip. I was in Amber Cove for a day back in February and we thought it was great. 🤷🏼‍♀️

like_that 1st Team All-PWN
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Mon, Jun 10, 2019 4:30 PM

So many better and cheaper places to vacation.  

cat_lover Senior Member
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Mon, Jun 10, 2019 4:59 PM

David Ortiz agrees.

 

Automatik Senior Member
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Tue, Jun 11, 2019 12:32 AM

I went with my family in high school. It was great, but I won't be going back...ever.

geeblock Member
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Tue, Jun 11, 2019 6:30 AM

I’m going July 2-9 🤦‍♀️

j_crazy 7 gram rocks. how i roll.
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Tue, Jun 11, 2019 7:27 AM
posted by gut

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/06/10/dominican-republic-american-tourist-death-mystery/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a59b46173406

I haven't followed this all that closely, but 4 Americans have died recently in the Dominican Republic.  Still waiting for toxicology results, but sure seems to me like they were all poisoned.

friend of mine went about 2 months ago, just got over a bad fungal infection last week. was in the hospital for like 2-3 days before they figured it out.

gut Senior Member
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Wed, Jun 12, 2019 11:24 PM

6 Americans no identified as related deaths.  Seems most involved taking a drink from the hotel mini-bar.

 

But just saw where 6 people have been arrested in a PLOT TO KILL David Ortiz?  wtf?!?!?

like_that 1st Team All-PWN
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Thu, Jun 13, 2019 7:45 AM
posted by geeblock

I’m going July 2-9 🤦‍♀️

Cancel.

geeblock Member
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Thu, Jun 13, 2019 8:56 AM
posted by like_that

Cancel.

Meh. As many people get killed in Columbus each weekend. 

kizer permanente Senior Member
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Thu, Jun 13, 2019 9:03 AM
posted by like_that

So many better and cheaper places to vacation.  

what are some? (not doubting you.. would really like to know)

like_that 1st Team All-PWN
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Thu, Jun 13, 2019 10:24 AM
posted by kizer permanente

what are some? (not doubting you.. would really like to know)

Southeast Asia is the best bang for your buck,  but most countries in Europe too is better than an inclusive type of vacation.  If you budget properly and find the right flight, they are cheaper.  

QuakerOats Senior Member
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Thu, Jun 13, 2019 10:42 AM

 

Similar incidences have been occurring in Mexico as well.  People are given one drink at the pool bar and mysteriously pass out, get robbed, get hospitalized (with immediate payment demands of $$$$$ for treatment), and sometimes die.  I wouldn’t go to either country, ever. 

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Thu, Jun 13, 2019 10:46 AM
posted by QuakerOats

 

Similar incidences have been occurring in Mexico as well.  People are given one drink at the pool bar and mysteriously pass out, get robbed, get hospitalized (with immediate payment demands of $$$$$ for treatment), and sometimes die.  I wouldn’t go to either country, ever. 

Well, I wouldn't go that far. I've had friends that travel to Mexico and Mexico City several times a year and have no problems. I've had a buddy travel in various areas on a Mezcal tour and had no problems. 

But, to the orirginal post, yeah I would not travel to the DR. I'd just head to say Puerto Rico. 

like_that 1st Team All-PWN
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Thu, Jun 13, 2019 11:23 AM
posted by ptown_trojans_1

Well, I wouldn't go that far. I've had friends that travel to Mexico and Mexico City several times a year and have no problem. I've had a buddy travel in various areas on a Mezcal tour and had no problems. 

But, to the orirginal post, yeah I would not travel to the DR. I'd just head to say Puerto Rico. 

Mexico City is great, I did get sick though smh.  It's very hard to avoid if you want to enjoy the food.

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Thu, Jun 13, 2019 12:01 PM
posted by like_that

Southeast Asia is the best bang for your buck,  but most countries in Europe too is better than an inclusive type of vacation.  If you budget properly and find the right flight, they are cheaper.  

I’m 100% in agreement. But I would also never go to those places for a quick 4 night trip. I’d go to the Caribbean or Mexico. Even some of the Central America countries for that amount of time though.

 

kizer permanente Senior Member
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Thu, Jun 13, 2019 12:07 PM
posted by like_that

Southeast Asia is the best bang for your buck,  but most countries in Europe too is better than an inclusive type of vacation.  If you budget properly and find the right flight, they are cheaper.  

Ive heard Thailand is a cheap place to vacation outside of the flight.

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Thu, Jun 13, 2019 1:55 PM
posted by Laley23

I’m 100% in agreement. But I would also never go to those places for a quick 4 night trip. I’d go to the Caribbean or Mexico. Even some of the Central America countries for that amount of time though.

 

For a quick 4 night trip there are plenty of places in the states you can go to, especially if your plan is just to sit by a beach and get drunk.    Also depending on where you live, you could go to Europe for a quick 4 night trip.  I have done it for Dublin (threw in a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher) and Amsterdam flying from DC.  The flight is not that much longer than flying to LA.

posted by kizer permanente

Ive heard Thailand is a cheap place to vacation outside of the flight.

I haven't been, but everyone I have spoken to said it is dirt cheap.  Depending on where/when you are flying from you can find good flight deals.  A lot of people like to do their vacations during the summer time, but If you don't have kids in school I would highly recommend the fall.  It's normally cheaper, less congested, and the weather is perfect.

I was in Vietnam last October and it was play money.  Most of the meals between my wife and I were under $7.  We "splurged" on high end airbnbs that were $30/night.    Our flight there was $640 each, so that was a good deal too.  

 

Curly J Self Pwner in Training.
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Thu, Jun 20, 2019 9:30 PM

Saw an article the other day that several people got sick from a Jimmy Buffet Concert that was held there. I'm guessing it wasn't from the music, or maybe. I'm thinking it was a couple of months ago the way the article was written, but came to light.

Tom Member
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Fri, Jun 21, 2019 8:02 AM
posted by gut

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/06/10/dominican-republic-american-tourist-death-mystery/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a59b46173406

I haven't followed this all that closely, but 4 Americans have died recently in the Dominican Republic.  Still waiting for toxicology results, but sure seems to me like they were all poisoned.

Went there with two kidneys, came back with one!  I won't be going back!

 

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Fri, Jun 21, 2019 9:53 AM
posted by like_that

I was in Vietnam last October and it was play money.  Most of the meals between my wife and I were under $7.  We "splurged" on high end airbnbs that were $30/night.    Our flight there was $640 each, so that was a good deal too.  

Is it true that travel days are roughly 24 hours each way? What city did you fly into?

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