10 Rules For Traveling The World

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

10 Ways to Enjoy: The Longest Flight

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.

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15 International Travel Tips

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Pack some dry snacks -granola, chips, w/e fits in your carry-on.
  4. 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.
  5. If you are traveling with a buddy bring some games – sodoku, crosswords, audio books and shared headphones jacks…
  6. 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.
  7. Check with your phone carrier about roaming charges!
  8. 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.
  9. Try not to check any luggage. Traveling lite is a delight! Traveling heavy could be messy.
  10. Use packing cubes and ziploc bags to get the most out of your luggage space.
  11. Ladies: pack smaller purses inside your carry on or personal item.
  12. Bring a just in case pill box: aspirin, alka-seltzer, sinus meds, imodium…..
  13. 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…
  14. Bring some wet wipes. They have soo many uses.
  15. 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!

FAQs for Travel to the Dominican Republic

Frequently Asked Questions about traveling to the Dominican Republic

Most questions and answers were pulled from hispanola.com; follow the link for additional Q&As.

  1. Do I need a passport to go to the Dominican Republic?
    • Yes
  2. Are there any fees I need to pay on arrival/departure?
    • There is a US $10 Tourist Card fee you will have to pay on entry and a US $20 Departure Tax that must be paid before leaving the Dominican Republic. Please see our Entry/Exit Requirements section for more detailed information on this. The $10 tourist fee was a surprise to us but we did not have to pay a departure tax. Whenever traveling though, it’s best to have cash and change on hand. We recommend you travel with at least $50 on hand.
  3. What is the weather like?
    • The Dominican Republic is in the Caribbean, so temperatures are generally quite warm throughout the country all year round. Some have even called the weather here ‘the endless summer’.
  4. What type of currency should I bring?
    • US dollars are the most easily exchangeable foreign currency into the local Dominican Republic currency, Pesos, or RD. You can exchange currency in the airport but local banks and ATMs (cajero automatico) usually have the best rates. We know of 2 ATMs within 3miles of where we’re staying.
  5. Do I need any vaccinations before visiting?
    • At the present time no special vaccinations are required before visiting the Dominican Republic.
  6. Is if safe to drink water in the D.R.?
    • Drinking purified bottled water is definitely recommended and is available everywhere in the Dominican Republic. Hotels and restaurants use purified water to clean and cook their food, and purified water is used to make all ice. It is not recommended that you drink tap water. For those with a sensitive stomach, it is not recommended to even use tap water to brush your teeth.
  7. To flush or not to flush [the toilet paper]?
    • Do not flush the toilet paper. Plumbing isn’t efficient enough to flush paper without blockage – so don’t do it. Instead, use the bin provided to dispose of whatever paper you use. You get use to it…just wrap that paper up with more toilet paper and place it into the bin next to the toilet.