With internationals rules constantly changing, it is hard to know exactly what kinds of Caribbean travel documents you need when leaving on vacation. Ever country has specific rules and regulations, so you should check ahead by calling the airport, but in general, you’ll need ID and a passport at the very least to fly into a foreign country or foreign territory.

For most Caribbean countries, you will need a passport to travel from the United States into the country.

passportThe Caribbean is not a country on its own—the region is actually made up for number of small island countries and European territories. Therefore, every time you enter a new country, you will need to present your passport to be stamped. Regardless of if you need a passport by the island’s law or not, you will need a passport to reenter the United States. If you lose your passport or otherwise find yourself without a passport in a foreign country, contact the airlines immediately to find out what to do.

In some Caribbean countries, you will also need to present your airplane ticket showing that you have a ticket to return home or a ticket to fly on to another country. Immigration is a problem, and if you have not figured out when you’re going to leave, some countries will not let you leave the airport at all. Make sure you have a return or forward flight, regardless of where you go.

When traveling, keep your documentation, tickets, and identification in a safe place that is quickly accessible. Remember that your luggage may arrive long after you actually get to the Caribbean, so keep everything on your person instead. It is a good idea to use a small outside pocket to carry this or to have one person from the family in charge of all of the information in order to prevent it from getting lost.

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Beaches in Barbados


The Caribbean holds many great treasures when it comes to island destinations. Barbados is just one of these great places. This single island is its own independent country and is located close to South America, a bit over 250 miles from the coast of Venezuela. It is east of Saint Lucia and north of Trinidad and Tobago. The island itself is only about 165 square miles of low-lying land, but the tropical trade winds, beautiful rainforests, and, of course, lovely sandy beaches make it popular for tourist travel. You too can enjoy a vacation in Barbados.

According to the United Nations, Barbados is the fourth most developed of all the developing countries in the entire world. It may be small, but almost every resident of this island nation enjoys a very high standard of living, and this extends to the tourists who visit the country every year, so you can expect your travel in Barbados to be nothing short of fantastic.

Some of the best things to do while you are in Barbados are centered on the beach. Surfing is very popular because the waters here are perfect for it, with the Soup Bowl, located near the town of Bathsheba, being a popular surfing destination. The western and southern coasts are most popular, and you’re sure to be able to enjoy a number of sunny days lying on the pink sand if you like to sunbathe.

However, if the beach isn’t your thing, you can also enjoy the shopping in the duty-free tourist centers. You can also check out the fun and exciting night life, the wildlife reserves, and the festivals that take part all over the island in July and August. Popular tourist destinations include Farley Hill National Park, Animal Flower Cave, Hackleton’s Cliff, Sharon Moravian Church, Orchid World, Gun Hill Signal Station, Garrison Savannah, and Barbados Historical Museum. Large towns that in Barbados in which you can stay include Bridgetown, Speightstown, Holetown, and Oistins. You can also stay in any one of the small local towns dotting the island while visiting this beautiful country.

According to US NEWS- Travel; The best time to visit Barbados is July to November. Hurricanes, schmurricanes — they rarely hit the island, and you could attend one of the lively festivals if you vacation at that time of year. Temperatures stay between the mid 70s and mid 80s year-round, so there’s really very little reason to travel during the peak season from December to April.

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Savings Experiment: Fly Around Pesky Airline Fees
Barbara Thau
Apr 5th 2011 at 10:00AM
Flying the friendly skies doesn’t feel so friendly these days.

What seems like a mounting list of hidden and not-so-hidden airline fees can make travelers feel like they’re being taken for more than just one kind of ride.

And you’re not just imagining that flight-related fees seem to be buzzing through more and more of your travel budget. It’s a sign of the times.

The airline industry has been hit hard by both high fuel prices and the recession, Rick Seaney, chief executive officer of FareCompare.com, told WalletPop. As a result, it failed to turn a profit in 2009. But that changed last year as consumers started to help foot the bill for the airlines’ woes, “mostly on the back of fees,” Seaney says.
Fees to check baggage and change a ticket have hit consumers the hardest, he says. But that doesn’t mean travelers have no recourse.

Here’s a primer on how you can avoid a number of these fees or at least keep them to a minimum.

Bag Checking Fees

First-checked-bag fees started to become widespread in 2008, “coinciding to some degree with the run-up in oil prices,” Seaney says.

In July 2008, gas prices peaked at a whopping $140 a barrel.

So on most domestic flights the major carriers now charge about $25 each way for the first checked bag and between $30 and $35 for the second. Prices can really take off if you’re traveling as a family.

To avoid that cost, a simple answer is to fly airlines that don’t charge for luggage — and the only ones that don’t are Southwest and JetBlue, Seaney says.

But if that’s not an option and you fly often, find out which airlines offer special membership rewards and frequent flier programs that waive baggage-check fees.

For example, Continental and Delta will waive some baggage fees if you book your flight using their branded credit cards. And while those airlines’ credit cards come with an annual membership fee, using it once a year to avoid the bag charge can cover that easily, Seaney says.

What’s more, members of frequent flier programs such as Continental’s OnePass Silver Elite aren’t charged to check a first or second bag.

Consider Shipping vs. Schlepping

In some cases, if you plan to travel with a lot of heavy bags, shipping luggage four or five days ahead can save you money.

Airlines will tack on an additional fee for luggage over 50 pounds. So it might work out cheaper to ship your luggage in advance via FedEx or UPS Ground, says George Hobica, president and founder of Airfarewatchdog.com.

For example, “You can ship 55 pounds of stuff via FedEx from Chicago to Orlando for under $40 each way,” he says. “On most airlines, a suitcase that weight would cost $115 each way.”

“The savings really kick in when you’re going shorter distances with heavy bags.” Just think of what you can save when flying your kid and his stuff off to college, he says.

A big added bonus of shipping vs. schlepping is that the shipping companies will track your bags much more closely and your luggage will be infinitely more secure in their hands, Hobica says. Consult Airfare watchdog’s “Shipping Versus Checking” chart for a side-by-side cost comparison of checking your luggage at the airport vs. having it shipped.

Changing Your Ticket

Most major airlines charge a $150 fee to change a domestic flight (and as much as $250 for an international flight). There’s little way to get around this.

But if you are the type of flier whose trips often are subject to change, fly Southwest, which is currently the only airline that does not charge for a flight change. The airline will, however, charge you the price difference if the fare goes up.

It sounds simple, but in general don’t pay for a ticket until you are as certain as possible that you won’t need to make a change.

This is especially true for most leisure flights under $200, Seaney says. “If you change your mind, you are in essence throwing that ticket in the garbage.”

Frequent Flier Programs

Read the fine print when you’re signing up for airlines’ frequent flier programs. They might end up costing you more than they’re worth, Hobica says.

Although you’re earning bonus miles with these cards as a way to qualify for free flights, you’re likely paying an annual fee — usually $75 to $100, he says.

Airlines also add fees for cashing in your frequent flier miles, cashing in miles close to your departure date, and upgrading to business class from economy class. So what’s an alternative?

Consider earning cash for your flight with cash-back-rewards credit cards, Hobica says.

With cards such as American Express’s Blue Cash Card — which has no annual fee — and the Discover Cash Back Bonus Card, you’re earning 5% back in cash rewards for everyday purchases like groceries and gas, as well as clothing, restaurants, hotel stays and car rentals.

The benefit of these cards is that you’re not beholden to airlines’ fees, capacity controls and blackout dates, he says. Instead, “You can take the cash and buy a ticket.”

Choosing a Seat

You’ve already paid for your ticket, but there’s another fee to pick a seat on the plane? Come on. Still, some airlines now charge travelers to accommodate their window, aisle or legroom requests.

American Airlines charges for its Express Seats in the first few rows of the coach cabin. The price varies by mileage.

While these charges aren’t yet common and usually are between $5 and $10, they can be as much as $20 for an exit row seat.

“Consumers can get around the fees by not choosing the premium options, letting the airline select their seats and by flying an airline that allows you to choose your seat for free,” says Anne Banas, executive editor of SmarterTravel.com.

Check out Smartertravel.com’s Ultimate Guide to Airline Fees, which has a reference chart of seat selection fees, as well as other fees from all the major domestic carriers.