The Poetry Journal

Inspirational quotes and short stories on romance and travel


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She’s Gotta Travel

~I travel just to see another side of myself. Who can I be outside of my country?

~ Daring

~ Independent

~ Freedom

~ Exhilarating

~ Exhalations

I have traveled to domestic destinations on someone else’s dime. Even my first time traveling internationally to the Dominican Republic, was not on my dime.

But when I got a taste of the beauty and that bliss, I could not hardly contain myself. Like what have I been missing? Attention like this? I just could not resist.

I evolved into another person it seemed. Dreaming of fantasies I had once dreamed. Connecting with someone who fell in love with me. Not knowing the consequences of giving him all of me.

Places I would not go, I went.

Things I would not do, I did.

People I would not see, I saw.

A love I would not normally love, Yes, I loved.

I travel just the way I want to. My rules, my money, my time. Just the way I want it.

And I damn sure ain’t nobody’s property.

#shesgottatravel 😝 #thepoetryjournal

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True Story

The Poetry Journal wants to connect with you to identify the insecurities in your relationships. Fear, self-doubt, or jealousy. These feelings can occur. We all may experience some level of vulnerability when we choose to love, but you can work through them to achieve your level of confidence.

My book, “The Love Experience” is based on a love affair overseas and I write about identifying the many insecurities I faced and how they affect us psychologically. This Love Experience is based on a true story and is now available on Amazon.com. You can click here to buy your paperback

My Henna Artist @domsol has her copy!

My sister’s friend read her copy on vacation in St. Lucia.

My hair stylist just gave birth to her beautiful new born baby girl and she also has her copy.

This is a blessing to see my work in the hands of the ones I love. I know that I have more work to do to continue to reach you! Thank you Lord for my destiny. God is Glorious all the time.

Author | Blogger | Poet

Raquél Helm


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We Are for Each Other

Chapter Seven ~ (edited) Although his love was not perfect, I realized that neither was mine. I believed there was a victory in being so vulnerable, after I had gone through a major loss, but I made a conscious effort on being confident and decided to love again. We have more work to do, but I knew one day he would come for me and it would be true that he was the one. I discovered that the perfect gift he had to give to me was his heart. Somos unos para el otro #author #blogger #poet #theloveexperience #helmwomentakedr #thepoetryjournal #emav❤️🇩🇴


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Reward Yourself

Hello to you all! I am just getting back from a summer vacation to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Celebrating good friendships, birthdays and my new book release. Take the time to rewards yourself, even if it's a small success.

This photo of myself with these books stacked in crates on the streets in San Juan shouted out to me. My beloved friend, took the picture. To her it was just a bunch of books, but I saw something different. A perfect opportunity to use this photo as a marketing piece. I love it!

I'm sharing my creative writing content on romance, travel and fantasy all wrapped up in my new book called
"The Love Experience" ~ Blog Edition.

Get all the tea on a mysterious love overseas and a lesson or two about loving you!

Now available on Kindle! Specifically priced for $7.25 or paperback for $17.25.
Thank you for supporting self published authors like me.

Photo credit: Ché Allen

Raquél H. 💕

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Now available on Kindle


More great news! 

I’ve expanded the distribution of my new book, “The Love Experience” because I know the hopeless romantics need instant gratification; in which we know is not always a good decision.  However, in this case, now you can sit back, relax and enjoy this good tea over the summer. 

Creative writing content on romance, travel and fantasy, all wrapped up in “The Love Experience” now available on Kindle! 

Specifically priced for $7.25! 

Click here for your free sample!

So go ahead and judge a book by its cover. 💕🇩🇴😝

Thank you for supporting self publishing authors! 

#mybusiness #mydestiny #selfpublishing #theloveexperience #thepoetryjournal


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Living on a Prayer!


When I say I pieced this upcoming mini vacation together, I really did. Bit by bit.

My last trip to the Dominican Republic 🇩🇴 was in August 2016.  I was significantly blessed to accompany a friend on her trip by an impromptu invite!  She told me, girl you done prayed my husband out of this trip!  Hehehe Let’s  Go!!!!

I’m so grateful for the friends I have in my circle of life.

We spent seven whole days in Bavaro, experiencing the resort life, but because I had been to the Dominican Republic 🇩🇴 five trips prior, I kinda knew my way around the local areas and wanted her to explore the same beauty of this country.

My slice of paradise.  Punta Cana ~ Paridisus ~ Macoa Beach ~ Tortuga Bay ~ Six Senses Spa

Thank you Jesus!



Oh how I miss that place. In January 2017, I was planning to go back to the DR just because I have developed a soft love for the culture and the mystery that takes place during each visit.  I started looking at flights for February and what I discovered were long layovers, flying out of inconvenient airports.

I have my own preference of airports and airline carriers I like to use. I try to make it as simple and accessible as possible. But I couldn’t find anything. Therefore I was forced to moved my trip out further into a later date.

I prayed about it. Like Lord, how can I work this out?  When? How?  Maybe I shouldn’t go.  But I didn’t give up. I kept searching.

I used a few great apps such as Hopper to predict airline price changes and searched Southwest for their Wanna get Away fares! Those are the best!

But I got lucky!  Or maybe I am just blessed! This is a very rare thing to find an AA flight out of PUJ ✈️ HOU for only 12.5K miles!  👀 The cost to book this flight? $80.00! Sold!!!


But wait girl!  (I’m talking to my inner self!) You know you just booked a return flight to HOU right!  You have not even booked your departure silly! Yeah, I know!  Hehehehe


I knew I didn’t want to stay on the resort, so I began to search for exotic, but cheap room accommodations with another favorite app, AirBnB.  My desire is to be on the beach. I kept waiting, watching, searching and waiting. I was determined to get it done.


This trendy app lets you choose the entire house or a private room; you can filter your price range and it also has many other features to help you search, but I only used two.  I need my own space, entire house, thank you and on the beach.  I’m kinda private. Lol

My inner me said, use your miles for your room!  I said what?  No!  I use my miles to fly, not using them for my room!  No.

I began to search rooms through the AADVANTAGE website, and low and behold they were having a sale!  I said, lookie lookie! I found a two night stay on the beach in Los Corales for only 21K miles!  My cost?  $0.00!

This place renovated in November 2016, should be equivalent to my heart’s desire.


So now that you have a flight back to HOU, and your room is booked, how are you going to get there girlie?  (My inner me)

Easy, Southwest has flights out to PUJ all the time for only $238!  No problem!  I’ll just book it soon!

I was reading someone’s blog on travel, I can’t remember his name, but he suggested another great app called Skyscanner!  Of course I downloaded it to find out how beneficial it could be to finish this mini vacation!  Type in flights from HOU ✈️ PUJ….


NO!!!!! This can’t be true!  A one way flight for $168?  No way!  That’s cheaper than Southwest and SW usually have the best fares!

This sounds like Skyscammer!  Lol 😆

Let’s see what my Mezi app says!


Hi Mezi, can you find me a one way flight from HOU ✈️ PUJ?  …………

Yes, we found you a one way flight for $164.


SOLD!!!!!

Thus far I booked both flights for under $250!  My room accommodations were no charge because I used my AADVANTAGE miles!  Whew!!!

Now, I only have one small thing on my wishlist!  I need room accommodations for two more nights!

(Y’all know this blog is too long!)

Last but not least, I found this Sexy Villa in Cap Cana, Punta Cana. Very close to the airport because I have an early flight out of PUJ!  Remember I had a few places with Air BnB that I was watching in my wishlist but most of them had large deposits!  😩 Such as $250 – $300 deposits!  I’m thinking oh no!  I can’t have my funds tied up in a deposit Lord!  I need to eat every two hours!

So I waited and watched and waited and watched…. and I decided to refine my search by clearing out all my filters in the app and just starting over fresh.  My search preferences, very simple…

  1. Entire home (2 nights)
  2. Under $150/night

Glory! Found this nice villa with no deposit!

$224.00!


Now I’m no saint, but I do love the Lord. If he allows me to experience this with fun, relaxation and protection, the Heavemly Father gets all the glory!  I’m humbly grateful. I could not have done it without HIS guidance and authority.


If you really want to travel, use your miles.  If you don’t have any miles, get you some!

Follow me on this journey. I will be posting here on VACATION!!!

Love you all!  Pray for me!

#airbnb #skyscanner #metzi #delta #americanairlines #aadvantagemiles #loscorales #capcana #puntacana #dominicanrepublic

#nutcase #traveladdict #blogger #poet #romancetourism #adventurous #thepoeyryjournal #love


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Super Vacay tips✈️


Have you planned your next vacation?  My next series will share some super tips to help you along the way.  Not that I’m an expert on traveling, but I have been blessed to travel a little so I thought I would share my super vacay tips! 😝✈️🇩🇴

If you haven’t planned your trip, just start with that dream vacation that keeps popping up in your mind, in your thoughts or in your DNA.  Write it down in a journal or use your notes app and begin to build on your next vacation.

I wanna hear from you!  Where are you going now?  ✈️🙏🏼✨😎


Photo credit: Anjelita H.D. ~Dominican Republic 2016

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#Author #Creativewriter #Blogger #Wanderlust #Traveler #poetryjournal