Do You Need A Passport To Travel to St. Thomas?

Do You Need A Passport To Travel to St. Thomas?I’ve been to St. Thomas a few times, and I always get asked the same question whenever I talk about my trips to the beautiful island.

Do you need a passport to travel to St. Thomas or the U.S. Virgin Islands?

In some instances you may not need a passport. Others may need a passport. Continue reading to find out if you need one.

If you live in the United States…

I really, really love the U.S. Virgin Islands. One great thing about it is that you do not need a passport to travel there if you are a United States citizen. You can visit some amazingly beautiful islands in the Caribbean and you can save money by not needing to pay for a passport.

We have passports now, but we didn’t before. We were on a budget, so traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands without having to pay for a passport really appealed to us.

Anyway, no, you do not need a passport. It might speed up the security process when you are at the airport, but you technically do not need it.

However, if you do not bring your passport, you will NEED to bring your birth certificate. It cannot be a copy either, they want the real thing. So, do not make a copy of your birth certificate and leave the real one at home. That will not work.

Also, I should mention that if you plan on traveling to the British Virgin Islands, that you will 100% need a passport. So, even if you are just stopping by the B.V.I. for just a few hours, you will need your passport with you.

If you do not live in the United States.

If you do not live in the United States, then you will need a passport to visit the St. Thomas or any of the other United States Virgin Islands.

I should say that if you have a passport, then I would just bring it regardless. It really makes life easier to have one, so why not? Also, remember that if you have your passport with you, then you can travel to some of the other nearby islands in the Caribbean with ease. Many people who travel to St. Croix, St. Thomas, or St. John tend to visit an island in the British Virgin Islands, so it is a good idea to have your passport on you.

Have you ever traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands?

What’s your favorite place in the Caribbean?


6 Free Things To Do In New York City

bridge-748616_640New York is America’s #1 busiest city and can also be the most expensive. A studio in the city can easily cost you $1,000+.

So, while you are visiting New York City, where are the best places to visit to get the most out of your stay? I came up with a list of the best places to visit while on a budget.

1. Visit the New York Public Library for free.

While you are where, browse at the large selections of books and if you’re in need of wifi, you will be able to use it here for free as well. The library is also filled with art work and architecture that will amaze your eyes. If you’re not into reading, at least take appreciation of your surrounding and if you’re only coming for wifi, at least pretend you are looking at books.

2. If you love animals and zoos, visit the Bronx Zoo for free on Wednesdays.

Obviously, donations are accepted as it is with all zoos. The Bronx zoo has thousands of animals to browse at and it’s also a great place to take your camera along for pictures. This zoo is 265+ acres so get prepared for plenty of walking. Look at it as getting a free workout along with your free admission to this very large zoo.

3. Working out can be quite expensive in the city.

Luckily, there are free workout classes all over and better yet, they are outside. Shape Up NYC offers free fitness classes during the week, so depending on your schedule while you’re in NYC, it might be a good idea to check ahead of time to see what time classes are.

4. If you’re in the Bronx area, check out their free concert listings online.

These free concerts are usually only in the summer, so if you plan on visiting during June-August, give this list a check before you arrive in the city. No matter what city you’re in, there is usually a free concerts listing online, so be sure to give yours a check on Google.

5. If art is your forte, visit the Queens’ Socrates Sculpture Park and browse at the amazing sculptures and art work close to the water.

This place is open year round and is great for the art seekers out there. You’ll browse at different sculptures that will be unlike you’ve never seen anything before.

6. The New York Aquarium is also free after 3PM on Fridays.

Same with the Bronx Zoo, donations are also accepted. Bring along your camera and snap pictures of all the water creatures that you might have not ever seen before. I am in love with underwater mammals, so aquariums are definitely my favorite place to visit every time I go to a new city.

What else would you recommend doing while in New York City? What other free things have you done during your visit?


Tips For A Long Distance Road Trip

Tips For A Long Distance Road TripLately, we’ve been going on a lot of road trips.

It’s been a lot of fun exploring the United States, but it can be tiring at times. Sometimes we drive right through, and the longest we’ve gone without stopping overnight is 15 hours.

That’s a lot of driving, and there are things that we do to make our road trips a little bit easier.

Below are my tips for a long distance road trip.

Be prepared to go the night before.

The night before we leave for a road trip is usually the night where we completely pack the car. This way, we can just wake up in the morning and head out. It can save anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour of time in the morning, and you won’t have to run around frantically and wonder what you might have forgotten.

Get enough sleep the night before.

If you only pay attention to one of my tips in this post, please make it this one. No matter what you do, always make sure to get enough sleep the night before. This way you can be completely refreshed for your trip and not fall asleep. Road hypnosis is a real thing, so make sure you get enough sleep and that you are awake enough to drive.

I understand this can be hard. It is often hard to get any sleep the night before a vacation. At least, I know that’s how it is for me.

Bring snacks and drinks.

I always make sure to bring a lot of snacks and drinks on a road trip. It can help keep me awake to actually be doing something in the car, especially if I am by myself, and it can be a nice little refresher. It also makes it easy because you won’t have to be searching around for a place to eat.

Take breaks when needed.

Another important tip is to always make sure to take any needed breaks. Stretch your legs everyone now and then, pull over at a rest stop, and do whatever else you need to do. Breaks are helpful!

Make sure your car is ready to go.

Before you leave for your trip, you should make sure that your car is in good driving condition. This may include changing the oil, replacing the tires, rotating the tires, refilling any windshield washer fluid, and more. Having your car prepared for your road trip will make it that much easier.

Don’t fret.

Things may go wrong on your road trip, especially when on a long road trip. Try not to get worked up about them though as that may ruin your trip.

If something does happen, it’s probably an easy fix. Around 1.5 years ago, I broke my cell phone screen on a long road trip. If fact, I broke it on the very first day. I freaked out the rest of the trip when I probably should have just brought an iPhone screen replacement kit with me. Instead of dealing with a broken phone for a few weeks, I could have just cheaply done it myself in probably like 15 minutes.

Do you enjoy going on road trips? Why or why not?