Posts Tagged With: caribbean

Honeymooning in Mexican Paradise

I can’t believe I have not published this yet- I guess I’m a bit of a blog slacker…!

This article is from the Fall/Winter issue of Beautiful Bride; it features one of the most popular destinations for my honeymooners, destination weddings and family vacations- MEXICO!

Over the summer I had the good fortune of spending nearly two weeks in the Riviera Maya region (I know, tough job, but someone has to do it!). I truly love this region of Mexico.  The resorts are top notch, the food is to die for and the people are so friendly.

I am based in the ATL, so many of my clients are based in the Southeast.  Traveling to Mexico is not only a short and easy flight, it is also an affordable getaway. This article features some of my favorite resorts and activities in this region of Mexico.

Thank you for reading and HAPPY TRAVELS!

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No Passport? No Problem! A Tropical Vacation without a Passport is Possible!

photo 4When Beautiful Bride asks me to write an article for their publication, I tend to focus on some of my honeymoon hotspots such as Mexico, Jamaica, Europe, Hawaii, etc.  This time, they asked if I could focus on a new destination that didn’t require a passport.  The US Virgin Islands is the perfect fit!  Here is the article I wrote for the Winter/Spring 2015 issue.  Enjoy 🙂 and be sure to let me know how I can help you with your next vacation! Here is the link 🙂 Pages from BB Winter Spring 2014-15

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Saint Lucia- Simply Beautiful, Simply Perfect

I feel so proud and very fortunate to have another article published in Beautiful Bride magazine. This issues focuses on honeymoons on the stunning island of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean.

Thank you to all the resorts that provided me friendly tours and wonderful hospitality during my stays. I would also like to thank my Editor. English is his second language, but his grasp of the English language is far superior to most native speakers. Grazie mille 🙂

I hope you enjoy the words I’ve written as well as the imagery that showcases some of Saint Lucia’s highlights.

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Saint Lucia PDF

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Getting to La Romana Just Got Easier

The opening of a new road may not be the most exciting announcement in the world of travel; however, in this instance it is very good news! The 90 minute drive from the Punta Cana airport to the La Romana area is now cut in half! Dreams La Romana


I had the great pleasure (or displeasure) of traveling via motor coach from Punta Cana to La Romana, before the new road opened. I think everyone on the bus was feeling the effects of the bumpy, winding roads. Needless to say, no one was excited to get back on the bus to head back to Punta Cana; we knew we had to endure the car-sickness inducing roads. But, no more! The new highway with smooth roadways in now open and, the commute is cut in half to just 40 minutes!

This is wonderful, as now more people can enjoy the wonderful area of La Romana and glorious resorts,; such as Dreams La Romana, which is one of my favorites for family vacations and destination weddings.

Bon Voyage!


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Champagne Flights from Atlanta, Cincinnati & Nashville to the Caribbean!

Ask Melissa at My Traveling Panda about Champagne Flights to the Caribbean on Sunwing.

End of the school year is upon us and summer holiday time is quickly approaching.  For those of you who live in Atlanta, Cincinnati or Nashville, you are in luck!  What better way to start your vacation than with a Bon Voyage glass of Champagne.

Sunwing Airlines offers non-stop Champagne Service flights from Atlanta, Cincinnati and Nashville to Cancun, Jamaica and Punta Cana and also include fabulous amenities such as a hot meal or snack on-board and up to 44lbs of checked luggage per person!  I am going to experience this airline in June from Atlanta to Cancun, so I will report back on the service firsthand. 

If you would like more details and pricing on Sunwing air for your summer vacation, contact me at

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Hello Fellow Travelers-

I recenlty started dabbling in Videos. I have a few posted to YouTube. Enjoy the videos and subscribe to my channel for future travel videos. Enjoy and Happy Travels

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Press Release from WeddingWire for My Traveling Panda


Melissa Dutton of My Traveling Panda

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding Marketplace, is excited to announce Melissa Dutton of My Traveling Panda has been selected to receive the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012 for Honeymoon and Travel Planning!

The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry. While many industry awards are selected by the organization, My Traveling Panda was selected based on its stellar reviews from past newlywed clients.

My Traveling Panda is recognized as part of the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire local vendor community, comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States and Canada. The Bride’s Choice Award recognizes the best local wedding vendors across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is thrilled to honor the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Since the launch of the Bride’s Choice Awards™ program four years ago, thousands of outstanding wedding professionals have been recognized by the bridal community for their supreme service and dedication to the wedding industry. It is with great pleasure that we congratulate My Traveling Panda  for their continued professionalism and commitment to enriching the wedding planning experience for engaged couples.”

We are happy to announce that My Traveling Panda is one of the very best Honeymoon and Travel Planning companies within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Project Wedding,, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. Thanks to their positive feedback we were able to receive the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ for 2012.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at and click on the Honeymoon tab.

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Honeymoons and Destination Weddings in The Dominican Republic

Recently, I had the good fortune of traveling to the Dominican Republic. I knew it would be beautiful there, but I must say, the destination exceeded my expectations. Each reosrt I visited was more beautiful that the last. The crystal clear water of the Caribbean was stunning and the destination wedding locations were breathtaking. Take a look at the article I wrote for the Winter 2011 issue of Beautiful Bride and Las Vegas Bride to learn more about what the Dominican Republic has to offer both brides and honeymooners.

Honeymoon and Destination Weddings in The Dominican Republic

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My Traveling Panda is published in Beautiful Bride Magazine- Summer 2011 – Las Vegas & Orlando

Bridal magazines are a wonderful thing. I think I had a stack about 3 feet tall by the time my wedding date came. I do not buy as many wedding magazines now that I am married, but this one is special, I have an article published on Page 80 of the Summer issue of Beautiful Bride. It is published nationally (Las Vegas and Orlando), so pick-up a copy if you can. Here is a link to the website:

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Off to the Bahamas

I am getting Excited. This time tomorrow, we will be in Charleston, getting ready to board our cruise ship. My husband and I are going on a five day cruise to the Bahamas with some of our friends. We plan to relax, go horseback riding and take a powerboat to Exuma. I will post some pics and more details once we start our journey!

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