Monday, July 15, 2013

No Passport, No Problem

Have you ever just wanted to go somewhere tropical, like Fiji or The Bahamas, but you thought you couldn't because you didn't have a passport? Well think again! For those that don't want to get a passport or who want to travel someplace within the next 6 weeks (the time it could take to get your passport) here are some cool destinations. You can find the original article here

Puerto Rico
The Island of Puerto Rico (officially an unincorporated territory of the United States) has inexpensive airfare from Spirit, Southwest, and JetBlue makes Puerto Rico an economical option for East Coasters. 

One day the USA might welcome the island as the 51st state. But, right now, you can still explore its wonders without a U.S. passport.

United States Virgin IslandsThe U.S.V.I are made up of three main islands—St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John—plus a scattering of smaller isles, the U.S.V.I. see about 2.6 million visitors each year. Tourism and rum make up the majority of the islands' economy. 

Note: Travelers will need to have a passport to visit the neighboring British Virgin Islands.

Northern Mariana IslandsThese Micronesian islands has been governed by the United States since the Battle of Saipan in 1944. The islands rely heavily on tourism from their northern neighbors Japan and Korea as well as the United States. 

History buffs will find much to see in Saipan, that was once governed by Spain and Japan. While the Mariana Islands are relatively remote, several major hotel operators, including Hyatt, run four- and five-star properties on Saipan.

GuamGuam is a big tourist destination for Japanese and U.S. nationals. (Its second-largest source of income is the U.S. military, whose navy, coast guard, and air force bases make up about one-third of Guam's total land area.)

There is much to do on this lush island: the beaches are known for great snorkeling, and Guam's seas have a visibility up to 150 feet, great for divers. While flights to Guam don't come cheap, accommodations do; resorts in Tumon and nearby Tamuning average around $200 per night.

American SamoaThe unincorporated territory of American Samoa is a collection of five volcanic islands and two atolls between Fiji and the Cook Islands, truly off-the-beaten-path destination. 

Find coral-filled waters, craggy coastlines sculpted of lava, and untouched beaches whose only other sunbathers are the seabirds. American tourists can fly into Pago Pago via Hawaiian Airlines.

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