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Travel Tips

  • Book your trip as early as possible. The earlier you book your flight and accommodations, the easier it is to do. Always look for non-stop flights when at all possible.
  • Be sure to have your travel documents in order.
  • Keep copies of your travel information in a safe place.
  • Map your trip as much as possible before you leaving for the island.
  • Budget your expenses and a day by day or week by week schedule.
  • Carry all essentials in your hand luggage.
  • Travel light. Cleaning and laundry services are available everywhere and replacements can be purchased for most items at a reasonable cost. Try to pack everything into one suitcase and a carry-on bag. Remember that there may not be a porter available and new purchases will add to the original weight.
  • Take travel-size toiletries instead of full bottles.
  • A suitcase with wheels or a baggage trolley is essential.
  • Put your name, address, and telephone number on the inside as well as the outside of every piece of luggage.
  • Make sure you have enough money to cover emergencies. Always include extra money in your budget for unforeseen circumstances.
  • Carry only as much money as you need for the day, when at all possible use travelers checks.
  • Write down charge-card numbers and phone numbers for reporting any loss of cards. The same goes for traveler's checks and your airline ticket.
  • Choose luggage that is lightweight, roomy, easy to carry, yet durable enough to withstand rough treatment.
  • Avoid traveling during peak holiday periods. (Fares are higher during holiday seasons).
  • Dress comfortably.
  • Keep keys to your home and vehicle separate.

Health

  • Check the immunization requirements of the country you are visiting.
  • Always carry copies of your health records.
  • Carry a simple first aid kit with you (pain killers, antiseptic, anti-diarrhea medication, and insect repellent.)
  • To avoid jet lag syndrome, try to maintain a normal routine.

Traveling with Kids

  • Take several toys and games with you.
  • Always carry snacks and drinks with you.
  • Carry a spare change of clothes for the baby and yourself.
  • Teach your children how to find the proper authorities should they wander away from you.

Senior Citizens

  • Always remember to ask if there is a senior discount.
  • Carry a full supply of all your medicines and any medication you might need.
  • Carry copies of your prescription with you.

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Did You Know?

Enrique A. Laguerre was nominated for the Nobel Price for Literature in 1999. He is considered the most important Puerto Rican novelist.