Valentine’s Day was indeed a day of Love, pride and genuine happiness for the Vincentians on the island and in the wider diaspora worldwide. We all tuned in to witness the significant occasion when our long awaited International Airport had its first International flight and opened its doors to travellers of the world.
It was a joyous occasion for everyone as the day was declared a National Holiday on the island and persons went to the airport dressed from head to foot in red just like my beloved mother (cringe) in support of both Valentine’s Day celebration and to support their political party that was responsible for the infrastructure on the island.
I am especially happy for this facility as it means the development of our tourism industry on the island and opening our tiny island to the rest of the world to enjoy. I love the fact that our island is tiny, it has its own unique charm and very much less developed compared to many other Caribbean islands surrounding us. I love the fact that it’s a hideaway with beautiful beaches, waterfalls and many more natural attractions but I also want it to be easily accessible to visitors and to welcome the world (in small doses) to our shores. This airport would bring wider development to the country as well; Socially, Economically and Financially. I’m so very excited to fly back home direct from my destination for the first time EVER. Be on the lookout for direct flights to SVD from your own destination soon.
ON FEBRUARY 14TH, 2017; I WAS A PROUD VINCENTIAN!!!!!!
I know it’s a bit late but I would like to wish you and your family a Happy and prosperous 2017, filled with happiness and all the blessings that God has for you this year. I know everyone is speaking about New Years resolutions and what they have planned going forward for the year. But honestly I wanted my first email to be informative for your travels for this New Year. That is why I wanted to show you how to get multiple trips from your vacation and its 2 simple ways:
1. Make use of transit destinations and layovers- When I plan my vacations I usually like to see where else I can squeeze in while I am on that tip. I love to travel but I hate the process of travelling if that makes sense. I wish I could close my eyes and arrive at my destinations because I hate all the airport hassles and the sitting on a long flight, cramped with people for ages. That’s why when I travel especially to far destinations I love to squeeze in another place while I’m already there. I did exactly that on my Caribbean vacation. Currently St. Vincent and the Grenadines has an International airport that is due to open on 14th February 2017. Until then to get there we need to transit into one of the other Caribbean islands nearby. I have never been to Puerto Rico for any length of time although I transited through there going to New York a couple years ago. Therefore, I decided that we would spend 2 days there then connect with our regional flight onwards to SVG.
In order to do this you need to ensure you have done proper research to ensure that you have correct documentation that is needed for the layover, ensure that you are not overreaching and blowing your travel budget for this layover country and that you have sufficient time to enjoy the destination. DO NOT FORGET YOUR VISAS. Some passports require visas to travel to other countries so before you travel please ensure you have checked if you need a visa and ensure you have sufficient time to apply and obtain it if going forward. For example myself holding a Vincentian passport I need a US Visa to pass through or visit any American territory, Puerto Rico being one I needed to ensure my visa was intact and had sufficient time on it for the return as well. I did have a scare before my travels when I couldn't find my old passport that has the visa in it, I literally had to turn my house upside down and I finally found it and I was extremely happy and grateful when I did!
Another thing is that I am the type of traveller who loves to have long days at my destination, seeing multiple sites all day and getting back to my hotel room dog tired, excited to start the next day. My International flight from London got into Puerto Rico around 4 in the afternoon. The plan was to check in and explore the surrounding areas as we booked a hotel near to the beach that was also near to the airport luckily. We could view the beach early in the morning before it got too crowded and then visit the Old San Juan town. I also planned a gorgeous tour of the bioluminescent water but wasn’t able to take photos as it was in a kayak at night. The final day was an early start to the airport to get our connection on wards to SVG. It was short but I got all I wanted to do as the area was very busy and buzzing we had multiple choices for meals and we enjoyed the short stay while staying within budget. That was the plan but always remember that not everything will work out as planned, it is part of life be aware and act accordingly lol.
2. My second advice is to look for a long weekend and book flights to a nearby destination. Remember most of the time when you book your flights early you usually get a cheaper price than waiting last minute. Look for nearby destinations that you also wanted to travel and either book it for a long weekend or do another stop over on your way back home. I really wanted to take my husband to Barbados to visit my family and explore the beautiful island and we also chose to welcome the New Years there. It was an amazing getaway trip, the weather was amazing, the beaches were brilliant, which we went to everyday as it was right across the road from where we were staying. We visited the Harrisons natural limestone cave and did a tour around the island. As always the 3 days were packed with activities and when we got home we felt like those days were well spent and enjoyed. We got back into SVG with treasured memories and wanted to spend even more time with our family and friends.
When traveling to long haul destinations it's usually extremely tiring and it can be such a drag. I usually look for ways to break up the long time and ensure we enjoy the trip to the fullest. The next time you plan to travel to a far destination look into doing short stopovers or booking a long weekend within that trip to other destinations nearby that you would love to explore. If you need assistance in any way for your next adventure feel free to send me an email and I would be happy to assist or give some practical advice. Over the next couple of weeks I would like to share as much information as I can on traveling while giving practical tips and advise. Please send me your thoughts and ideas of what you would like me to share more of or need me to clarify some more. I would be happy to know how I can assist you more and encourage your travels for 2017.
Have a blessed week.