St. Thomas, V.I. Beaches

St. Thomas, V.I. BeachesI’ve been to St. Thomas three times now, and it just never seems to get old.

It’s very easy to travel to. It’s only about 2 hours away from Miami by plane, and you can usually get there quite early in the day if you fly and still have the day to have fun on the island.

There are also many cruises that visit St. Thomas, so you may even be able to make it there on a port day.

St. Thomas isn’t just nice because it’s easy to get to, it’s amazing because of how beautiful it is as well. It has some of the clearest water I have ever seen. I remember being out in 10 feet of water and it was so incredibly clear that you could see anything and everything beneath you. I’ve seen turtles, fish, and huge shells all in the water there.

There are also beautiful sunsets, nice people, great music, beautiful sailboats, and more.

Here are three of the amazingly beautiful beaches on the island of St. Thomas:

Coki Point Beach

Coki Point Beach is one of my favorites. It is located right next to Coral World. This beach can be crowded, but it’s usually not too bad. The water is clean and usually very calm.

Magens Bay

Magens Bay is said to have some of the whitest sand in the world. There is beautiful blue water here and many people tend to flock to this beach. That being said, many people go to this beach so if you want to go to a secluded beach, then it is probably not it. At Magens Bay, there are rentals available (such as kayaks, snorkeling equipment), a place to change, and more.

There is a fee to go to this beach. It is $1 for each car and then $1 again for each person who visits.

Lindquist Beach

Lindquist Beach is a popular beach spot. It is located near Sugar Bay Resort and Spa (an all-inclusive resort on the island). It is usually not crowded at all. There have been movies and commercials filmed here on this beach as well.

Have you ever been to St. Thomas? What did you think of it?

 

What To Pack When Going On A Vacation

What To Pack When Going On A VacationI love going on trips, and I especially love planning them. I don’t really know why, but I love actually packing my bags for a vacation.

It can sometimes be hard to pack everything I need, but I have never forgotten anything on a trip so I consider myself pretty successful when it comes to the laughable task of packing my bags.

Below are some of the items you may need when going on a vacation:

Documents.

There are several documents you may want to bring. These include:

  • Your license.
  • Your passport.
  • Transportation tickets such as a train, bus, or airfare ticket.
  • Hotel confirmation proof just in case something goes wrong with their computer.

Clothing and shoes.

I usually bring way too much clothing when I go on a trip. I usually throw everything into a pile on my kitchen table, and then I go through it all again and take as many items as I can take out without having to go naked on a vacation.

You might need:

  • Formal outfits. If you are going on a cruise, make sure you find out how many formal nights there are. You might need a long dress, a suit, and more.
  • Dresses, shorts, tank tops, and other warm weather items.
  • If you are visiting colder areas, you might need a jacket, wool socks, thick coats, gloves, hats, and more.
  • Shoes. I always pack too many shoes!
  • Underwear.
  • Swimsuits.

Money. 

I always bring a few forms on money with me. I will bring a few different credit cards, and some cash just in case I come across a toll or a restaurant that only takes cash.

Everything you need to get ready.

I always seem to bring a lot of stuff to get ready. That’s fine by me though as I don’t want to have to worry about messing up my daily routine because I can’t find what I need in a new town. Some of the items you may need include:

  • Medication.
  • Makeup.
  • Hair brush.
  • Hair styling items such as LYNX hairstyling.
  • Tooth brush, floss, and toothpaste.
  • Face wash.
  • Lotion.

What do you always make sure you pack when going on vacation?

How You Could Be Flying First Class

How You Could Be Flying First ClassFlying first class does not always have to be just for the rich.

There are many ways for the rest of us “regular” fliers to fly comfortably to our vacation destination without completely breaking the bank.

Below are my tips to fly first class affordably:

Use credit card rewards.

Credit card rewards are one of my absolute favorite things in life. If you regularly use credit cards, then you might as well use a credit card that has a rewards system so that you can earn free travel such as free airfare and free hotel stays.

It’s really not even that hard to earn free travel. Just sign up for credit cards that have great rewards systems in place and high sign up bonuses, then continue using these credit cards for your everyday expenses.

It’s really not that hard to rack up credit card travel rewards once you add everything up. You have to think about all of the expenses you may come across:

  • Food.
  • Gas.
  • Utility bills.
  • Cable.
  • Cell phone.
  • Clothing.
  • And more!

The key is to only buy things with your credit card that you can fully pay for each month. You never want to carry a balance over to the next credit card billing month because then you may have to pay interest fees and/or late charges.

Expand your search.

Surprisingly, there are times when a first class ticket may actually be cheaper than a coach ticket. We paid for my husband’s parents to have a vacation at a Caribbean resort a few years ago, and when searching for tickets I actually found first class tickets that were cheaper than coach. It’s not something you see often, but you better bet that I jumped on that ticket as quick as I could.

This means that you should never just search for “coach” when buying airfare. Usually that is pre-checked for you on bargain travel websites like Expedia, but you might want to try every now and then to search all available flights instead.

Work at an airline.

This is a task that might take you months or years before you can earn flights, and this does mean that you will have to work full-time at an airlines most likely.

However, if you enjoy airports then this may be the job for you. You can earn free or heavily discounted airfare. Also, if there are extra first class seats, you may be able to sit in first class for a very minimal price.

Do you often fly first class?

 

Image via Flickr by Richard Moross