Regional Travel Planning

The Caribbean

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Traveling to the Caribbean has become easier by the day as an increasing number of large airlines have routes there: Delta, American, Continental & Caribbean Airlines. Caribbean Airlines features the most number of routes and most are direct to the islands of Trinidad & Barbados.

If you want to island hop while you are in the West Indies (a derivative of the early mistake by Columbus as he thought he had reached India in the East in search of rare spices.. ), then I would highly suggest looking into inter-island boat/ferry options and the local small airline Liat.

  • The US Virgin Islands (USVI) and The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are well connected to each other, as well as to their local island communities. Ferry companies, Smiths and Speedy’s connect Tortola to Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and other smaller isles in the BVI. You can travel from the US side to the British side easily. Check out BVI vacations for more information.
  • There is scheduled service connecting all of St. Vincent’s Grenadine island chain from Kingstown in St. Vincent through the islands of Bequia, Canouan, Mayreau, and Union Island. However, the most southerly island Carriacou, belonging to Grenada, can be reached through the mainland of Grenada (www.ospreylines.com).
  • Ferries regularly ply the short distance between Marigot in St. Martin to Anguilla (www.link.ai), It is also possible to get over to St. Bart’s from St. Martin (www.st-barths.com/guidepgs/public_sea.html).
  • Brudy Brothers Ferry (www.brudey-freres.fr) offers scheduled ferry service that connects Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique and St. Lucia.
  • The Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra (also referred to as the Spanish Virgins) (www.elenas-vieques.com/ferry.html#vferry) are well connected to the port of Fajardo on the eastern coast of Puerto Rico.
  • The Bahamas is also well serviced by fast ferry from Nassau to a variety of out islands: Eleuthera, Spanish Wells, Harbour Island, Abacos, Cat Island and more. It is a 2 1/2 hour journey from Nassau to Harbour Island.
  • The island of Tobago has a car ferry from Trinidad (my country of birth). It’s about $10 US for a round trip ticket (per adult/no car) and the scenery between the two islands is breathtaking. (I’m biased!)

Europe

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Getting around Europe is tres facile and really hassle free. We would advise a mix of flights and train rides depending on where you’re flying and how much time you have. Eurail.com provides a detailed rail map of Europe to help you plan your travels.

  • The Eurostar train will get you from London to Paris in a little under 3 hours. The trains are prompt and depending on the time of year, you definitely want to book even weeks in advance. It can also take you from England to France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
  • Eurail is the resource for train travel across all of Europe.
  • TrenItalia is a national rail service within Italy and is a great way to city hop within the country. Again, depending on when you will be in Italy, you may want to book your train rides in advance as the cheaper (economy class) rides sell out quickly.
  • EasyJet is a local airline service that can get you from country to country in 1-2 hours. I highly recommend looking into this service. The one drawback is, they have very strict rules regarding both carry-on and checked-in luggage size/weight. Therefore, you have to pack LIGHT unless you want to pay a hefty fee for checked-in luggage. Read their luggage instructions very closely! Also, Easyjet not only flies within Europe, but also offers select service to Egypt, Greece and North Africa. Not bad!

We will be adding more regions to this page soon. Keep posted. Thanks!

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