As a couple who has lived abroad for the last 2 years and has traveled internationally for 7, we’ve learned several cost saving tips and tricks to snag great and budget friendly flight deals. We are by no means rich, and although travel is important to us, so is budgeting, quality of life, and liquidating debt. If you’re budget travelers, budget-minded, or haven’t yet built up enough treasured flight miles to score a deeply discounted or free flight…read on my friend. Read more
We have used squatty potties in bathrooms where you can barely inhale. We have stayed in hotel rooms that made us want to cry but there is nothing … Nothing(!); not a damn thing that makes my skin crawl more than hearing or seeing one of my countymen misrepresenting. Lets just be honest on this page, you are representing your country when you travel. Right, Wrong or Indifferent – people will judge other Americans that they meet after you, based on your interactions with them. While you are traveling the world you are representing America, yo momma, your family, and your friends whether you like it or not. Deal with it. So, for the sake of travel etiquette here are some of Nomadic Wander’s Rules for Traveling The World: Read more
We have been abroad for almost 18 months (infant talk :-)). We are just babies in this game but we have matured as travelers…….A LOT! We learned some good and some expensive lessons about living on the road. Lessons like, wtf is onward travel, how to find and use secure ATMs, “budget” Airbnb traps ….and we will share all of them with you through our blogs.
The thought of moving and living abroad can be daunting or exhilarating! Whether you want to explore more of the world, seek a change of pace, or you simply have the travel bug…it’s possible, it’s do-able, and there is a smart way to make it happen.
There’s so much to be done! Here are some actionable steps can you take to get the party started. We’ve always envisioned a life abroad, so once we made the decision to set our course (and a date!), it became too real to back out of. Really, that was our number 1.
There are plenty of blogs with a wealth of information about long term travel. This is not one of them. This is an Oops Blog. The 5 Things we wish we would have done before we hit the road. We have transitioned from novice travelers to a full time travelers and now we are transitioning to professional travelers. So retrospectively speaking we have about 5 things we would do differently so we flipped those 5 short sights into 5 tips for the future you.
Our 5 Missed Steps
Hello all, we are just a little shy of 2 weeks away from our bon voyage and this happy little couple wants to help keep everyone’s anxiety levels low. Below are more traveling tidbits and some important travel information. In the videos we selected you will see our tidbits in action. We searched high and low for videos that illustrated what we actually, since neither one of us is packed yet we were unable to shoot one for you guys.
- DR Tourist Card: Each person in your party will need to attain a 30 Day Tourist Card. The DR does not issue visas, instead they require visitors to purchase Tourist Cards. You can purchase one for $10 at customs after you land OR you can purchase your card in advance online by clicking this link Tourist Card print your receipt and bring it with you and you can skip one of the two lines in customs.
- Currency Exchange: The US Dollar is widely accepted in the D.R. If you want to use a foreign currency (like me) use the ATM machines. We have two that are within 2 miles of our residence. Exchanging your money at the airport is convenient but you pay for that convenience.
- Luggage: We try our best to never check luggage. We have upgraded our luggage game but we still pretty much travel with efficiently stuffed backpacks. We searched for videos that were actual depictions of what and how we pack. I would upload a video of us packing but….we still haven’t packed for our wedding.
- Travel Docs: We have scanned our passports and emailed them to ourselves and we also pack a xeroxed copy in our luggage along with our travel accommodations (the addresses and contact information). I will spare you the details but this is a very necessary practice. Know where you are going! We also check-in online and print our boarding passes at home to avoid the airport lines.
- Arrival: (If you are renting a car please disregard) Upon exiting customs, look for a driver with an “ Apryl and Rondel’s Wedding” name card and they will bring you to our location. Please enjoy the scenery and take plenty of pictures and videos. More to follow…
Soo, it’s time to roll and you don’t wanna look like an airport newbie? You want to fly the friendly Skies with style and travel-swag (gotta get a swagalicious travel bag fellas)? We wanted to share some of our traveling tips to help make your way to our wedding as comfortable and as fun as possible. Here are our tried and true traveling tips.
- Get a theme song and download it (so I guess you know who is writing this post now :D). My song is Mos Def’s version of Traveling Man.
- Pack an empty water bottle. Water costs $5-$7 at the airport and you cannot bring any more than 3oz sized containers of liquid with you. Bring an empty water bottle and fill up when you get through TSA (security).
- Pack some dry snacks -granola, chips, w/e fits in your carry-on.
- Download an application call “Mobile Passport“(click on the hyper link to download the app) on your cell phone. When you enter back into the U.S. you get to come in VIP and avoid the customs lines.
- If you are traveling with a buddy bring some games – sodoku, crosswords, audio books and shared headphones jacks…
- Bring a portable cell phone charger or extra phone battery because you never know when you will have time to charge up and will always need your cell phone camera at the ready.
- Check with your phone carrier about roaming charges!
- Don’t wear tight shoes on long flights. Your feet will swell especially if you consume alcohol. This is not a sign of diabetes (a.k.a. the sugah). Your feet will adjust when you land.
- Try not to check any luggage. Traveling lite is a delight! Traveling heavy could be messy.
- Use packing cubes and ziploc bags to get the most out of your luggage space.
- Ladies: pack smaller purses inside your carry on or personal item.
- Bring a just in case pill box: aspirin, alka-seltzer, sinus meds, imodium…..
- Arrive to all departures early at least 2 hrs. The airport can be chaotic so be ready to chillax. When time is on your side you are not stressed by long lines or being in the wrong line…
- Bring some wet wipes. They have soo many uses.
- You are officially living that #JetLife, buy some shades and enjoy some people watching, if you’re a creeper or enjoy being watched by the people if you are a diva/o either way -Enjoy your getaway!
Memories don’t live live like people do. They always come back to you. We’re looking forward to making some great ones with you!