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    After Hurricane Dorian: Aiding our Friends in the Bahamas

    September 09, 2019 by Staff Writer

    One week after Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas, relief efforts are still underway as nearly 70,000 people are in need of food and shelter. As of today, the death toll is up to 45 and expected to rise as officials continue to comb through miles of debris, mostly on Abaco and Grand Bahama -- the two worst affected islands -- in search of the hundreds still reported missing. 

    As government officials work to evacuate thousands to Nassau, which was largely untouched by the storm, there remains much to do before Bahamians can begin the process of rebuilding. Here’s what’s needed most right now:

    * As natural disasters disrupt normal operations for most businesses, same goes for blood, platelet and other types of donor operations. Disasters create an urgent need for blood donations of all types,… Read More

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    Essential Caribbean Travel Items

    August 30, 2019 by Lisa Banks

        I have heard people say, “All I took on my trip to the Caribbean was a toothbrush and bathing suit." While there are those who can do just that, I am not one of them. I know that I can not be the only one who finds this impossible, so I decided to put together a must-have items list for travel to the Caribbean. When packing, you want all of your needs covered, but you do not want to get stuck lugging a two-ton suitcase around with you either. With the burden of baggage…
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    The History, Culture and Geography of the Bahamas

    August 28, 2019 by Lisa Banks

        The Bahamas is a country consisting of more than 3,000 islands, cays and islets in the Atlantic Ocean. Bahamas is located north of Cuba and Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic and Haiti), to the northwest of Turks and Caicos, the southeast of the US state of Florida, and the east of the Florida Keys. Its capital, located on the island of New Providence, is Nassau. The Bahamas territory encompasses 180,000 square miles of ocean space from the Cay Sal Bank and Cay…
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    Caribbean Rum Punch Recipe

    August 25, 2019 by Desiree Lowe

    It’s pretty impossible to visit the Caribbean and not encounter some form of Rum Punch. It’s a classic Caribbean cocktail that celebrates our rich history as being the birthplace of rum. Many hotels will offer this cocktail as a welcome drink on arrival, and even various excursions will have their own secret recipe that they will offer you as refreshment while you tour the island. The ingredients may vary slightly from island to island, but if you follow the recipe below, you’ll…
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    Traveler's Checklist: Travel Smart. Travel Safe. Travel Well.

    May 22, 2019 by Staff Writer

    * The following post was reproduced from an official notice from the U.S. Department of State.* Before traveling abroad, make sure to:  - GET INFORMED about your destination at Travel Destination Information, and plan for the unexpected at Travel Crisis Alerts.  - GET REQUIRED DOCUMENTS, such as your passport and visas.  - GET ENROLLED in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at step.state.gov to receive security and emergency alerts.  - GET INSURED for…
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    How to Apply for the U.S. Global Entry Program (Part 3)

    May 15, 2019 by Staff Writer

    * The following post was reproduced from an official notice from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).* U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and citizens of certain countries are eligible for Global Entry. We've added a link at the bottom of this post that you can use to check your eligibility for the program. Before you apply, make sure you are eligible for Global Entry. It’s easy. Just follow these steps: 1. Create a Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) account.…
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    Are You Eligible for Global Entry? (Part 2)

    May 08, 2019 by Staff Writer

    * The following post was reproduced from an official notice from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.* U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and citizens of the following countries are eligible for Global Entry membership:  o Citizens of Argentina  o Citizens of India  o Citizens of Colombia  o Citizens of United Kingdom  o Citizens of Germany  o Citizens of Panama  o Citizens of Singapore  o Citizens of South Korea  o Citizens…
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    What is Global Entry? (Part 1)

    May 01, 2019 by Staff Writer

    * The following post was reproduced from an official notice from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.* Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports. At airports, program members proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place…
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    Dominican Republic: Culture in Santo Domingo or Luxury in Punta Cana?

    October 18, 2018 by Brittany Chenelle

      Having traveled to Haiti several times, my fiance and I decided to take a trip east of the border to explore the Dominican Republic (DR). We planned to stay a few days in Santo Domingo, and continue to Punta Cana for the grand finale of our trip. As Santo Domingo and Punta Cana offered such contrasting experiences of DR, I wanted to share to help others travel based on the different cultural aspects each city shares;…
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    Banding Together: How You Can Help Hurricane Recovery

    September 13, 2018 by Katelyn Dramis

    In 2017 alone, we saw multiple devastating hurricanes causing widespread damage and destruction throughout the Caribbean and the United States. First, there was Harvey, which hit the eastern Caribbean as a tropical storm, and then caused catastrophic flooding in Texas and Louisiana. Then came Irma, a Category 5 hurricane that has caused massive destruction to several Caribbean islands. John Obbagy, a villa manager on St. John told CNN, “About 80 percent of all structures,…
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    Undiscovered Caribbean Islands to Visit Now

    August 23, 2017 by Karen Bahri

    Aruba, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are a few amazing islands that are commonly thought about when planning an escape to the Caribbean. The choices are limitless, but sometimes an adventure is found in an area unexpected. The following is a list of islands under the radar that are less touristy and offer experiences that will appeal to those looking for seclusion, adventure or both, which means you will get the ultimate Caribbean vibe! The old Caribbean; safe, friendly…
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