Boston On A Budget

Taking a trip to Boston has always been on my bucket list knowing, there is so much history in the state of Massachusetts. Boston is heavily influenced by the European explorers that colonized it in the early 1600 and knowing that this is going to be the closest I will be getting to any kind of European influence, as Europe is a little far; at the moment Boston will do. Luckily for me I met a friend through YouTube and have known her for 2 years now; recently she visited me in the Turks and Caicos and is now returning the favor as she told me that I can visit her in Boston and stay with her, by doing this I was shown around the beautiful city with a local point of view.

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Here’s a little back story; I’ve always wanted to travel but I always thought of it being super expensive which was true on my part, while living in a luxury country and only having one airline carrier. So I never really got into it until recently, by doing a lot of research I came up with a few different tricks and I’ve decide to share them with you guys in my blogs. Always living between the United States and the Turks and Caicos, traveling back and forth from here to Miami the tickets were always ridiculously expensive when American Airlines was the only available flight carrier. Tickets used to be over $600 round trip, it just made it very expensive and a hassle when it came to traveling. But now that they’re more airline carriers meaning more choices, I decided to try my hand at finding ways to travel cheaper. The first one I stumbled upon when I was going to Florida was that typically on a Wednesday or Thursday was not highly favored in traveling, so the tickets were a little bit cheaper as the airlines was trying to fill up empty seats so you booked at a cheaper price, this was my first discovery to flying and traveling more affordably. As I got the hang of finding deals on websites and apps I got a little bit better and was able to find my tickets either 300 dollars or under for most of my trips and recently you guys know I went to Puerto Rico and that trip was only $300 round trip.

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Now back to the original story; Boston and how I was able to find a ticket at a whopping price of $277 round trip! The downside about it is I had a lot of connecting flights and a long layover, but I did not mind because hey; I only spent $277 dollars is that a win or is that a win?! When you are trying to fly at a cheaper rate you have to be flexible with your flying time, as for my accommodation I stay with my friend Christina which means I did not have to pay for a hotel or Airbnb which saved me even more. So I highly recommend it, if you have friends in different countries or states you should ask if you can couch surf or stay in an extra room, this would help you to save lots of money. The most money I spent was at Buffalo Exchange and Primark, I was not prepared for the awesomeness at all! Take heed guys take as little money as possible and keep your eyes close lol. I did need a few things and got way to many new swimsuits (Salt Water Life) Island girl problems; but otherwise I just spent money on food and transportation.

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Transportation on the train for a week is about $27 using a Charlie Card and you basically can go anywhere you want on the train, bus transportation is also very cheap if you decide to do that or you can get an über, but there are very cheap ways to get around Boston as well as walking. Mostly everything in Boston is in walking distance and walking is always good, if not you can just hop on the train; It’s very easy to navigate your way around the city.

As for eating out,  we ate out a few times and the prices were reasonable; most of the meals we cooked at home as I was staying with someone. I was also shown the local spots that had great food and even better prices, the Clam Box clam chowder and lobster roll was delicious you must definitely go there.

Usually when I travel anywhere I look for things that you can do for free or that’s for a cheaper price depending on the time of the day you go. Most of the places that we went were free and just showed the beauty of Boston. I saw bunnies, geese and lots of beautiful flowers, some I’ve never seen before. I got to have a few “Mama I’ve made it” moments while walking around Harvard, walked on the green at the stadium, went to the Common, this park is so amazing. I’ve also wonder around Acorn Street, prance around barefoot in the Boston Library (don’t let the staff catch you taking professional pictures as they do charge you to take them.) went to Chinatown and even got the chance to work with a few amazing photographers. Most of these pictures was taken by my friend Christina Cassi and a few by Riju, Sangeeta Kumar and Matt Tieuli. We took photos at the Quincy Quarries Reservation, this place is freaking awesome all the self-expression graffiti everywhere, people just hanging out with friends, couples rock climbing and of course someone was flying a drone, I’m most certain I am in his shot or video because it was right on top of me.

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RK1_4554_6Spending the day at the Quarry was really fun and I showed a little of my rock climbing skills; I didn’t get too far as I was in a dress and boots after all lol. I am so happy I got to stay with a friend and meet local photographers that I was able to see these amazing places, that I might have missed by following the guide-book and doing all the tourist things. I believe when you go anywhere its best to talk and make local friends, because they are the ones who can really show you around and you will see the places that are often overlooked or not mention in your guide-book. I speak from experience as loads of tourist comes to the Turks and Caicos but never really see it, because they only stay at the hotels or follow whats on the tourism website. My Favorite place I visit while in Boston was the beach of course; after the quarry we went to Wollaston Beach Playground to shoot a few sunset photos, we even mess around with fairy lights but that story will be for another blog so stay tune. Snapseed (1)I can say for my first time visiting Boston my overall stay was perfect; a word I’ve come to learn is a very popular word used here. I will definitely be back but when its warmer as Boston spring weather is very much winter for me lol. Plus Christina promise me a road trip to Maine and I’m super excited for that. Sorry for the long blog but I just had a lot to say and share with you, hope you’ll enjoyed this read and if you have any questions leave me a comment I will love to chat and answer any of them.

Until Next Time.

Deandra xoxo 

 

 

 

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Things to know|Turks & Caicos

Getting ready to take a trip to sunny Turks and Caicos to get away from cold winter? By now its suppose to be Spring but the Ground hog has rudely been lying to us and unfortunately quite a few of you are still left in the cold. To help you get ready for your trip here are a few tips to know before coming here.

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First of the country of the Turks and Caicos is made up of more than 40 small islands and cays, with 8 inhabited islands separated into two groups. To the east of the Turks Island Passage are the Turks Islands Grand Turk (nations Capital) and Salt Cay and to the west the Caicos Islands, South Caicos, Middle Caicos, North Caicos, Providenciales, Pine Cay and Parrot Cay.

• ONE MAJOR AIRPORT (PLS) PROVIDENCIALES

• CURRENCY

– US Dollar

• THREE WAYS OF TRANSPORTATION

– Taxi (most expensive)
– Car Rental (most convenient and useful)
– Jitneys (good from A to B only)

• CELL PHONE

– unlock phones can work with local phone companies Flow or Digicel. Phone isn’t unlock? No worries there are cheap cell phones for $20 to $30 but can only be use for calls.

– Sim card cost only $5 and comes with a $5 plan, (Flow) Digicel may vary in price.

– Get $10 plan and you can install 3 day data plan. (Good for using Google map to explore and not get lost)

Steps to take when adding plans to your phone with Flow. Digicel is the same process but you will have to ask what codes they use.

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• GROCERY STORE

– Groceries stores in the Downtown area is the cheapest
– Can not buy alcohol beverages on Sundays
– Restaurants Downtown are closed on Sundays
– All major credits cards can be used, some stores don’t accept American Express
– Coming from the beach?
Ladies please wear a cover up and gentlemen a shirt when coming into a store. No need to strut your stuff in the grocery store.

• ISLAND HOPPING

– To go to North & Middle Caicos; you can first catch the TCI Ferry Caribbean Crusin to North Caicos (takes 30 minutes) once there you can drive straight to Middle Caicos. ($50 round-trip)

– Car rental starting at $75 per day

– To go to Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos you have to fly. There are two local airlines InterCaribbean and Caicos Express. Different flights to Grand Turk and South Caicos; once you reach to Grand Turk you can take a boat to Salt Cay. ($80 round-trip for flight)

These are definitely things we all should know when visiting the Turks and Caicos and I hope this information was very helpful.

Now that you are all good to go to come here you might be wondering what to do? Check out Exploring Middle Caicos  I also have a whole series on “thing to do for little to no Money in the Turks and Caicos” on my YouTube channel.

Safe travels

Deandra xoxo 

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SAVANNAH, GA PHOTO DIARY

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Hey guys! So, I’m just sharing some photos from my Savannah trip with my family we did last summer. It was a short, yet fun trip we always drove through the state but never stopped to take a look. We spent time in Jekyll Island and Savannah Georgia Historic District.  We did a lot of driving, but we really enjoyed the breathtaking scenery at every turn. I was in awe and left with my mouth hanging open many times. Several times I put my camera down and just enjoyed the stunning views, because the photos didn’t come close to capturing what we were truly witnessing.

 I’d return to Savannah in a heartbeat! There is just so much to see and do. Next time I visit, I’m hoping for a longer trip where we can do some hiking, try some more delicious food and true adventuring.

At Wormsloe Plantation – Look at those Trees! Can you guys Tell me, how did they get the trees so perfectly in line with one another to form this beautiful drive way? It’s so magical to drive through. How crazy is it to be in awe of trees! Plus if you are a Forrest Gump fan this is the place to be!

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A little history about the plantation, what was grown there, and the family the land was being passed down through the generations.

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Forsyth Park; one of the most beautiful fountains I’ve seen. it was very refreshing to have the cool mist of water on my skin. Savannah is HOT!!

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I saw a Squirrel 🙂

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Savannah Homes are so Beautiful I love the Southern Charm.

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Wormsloe Plantation again, the gate entrance.

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This cute cabin is the office where you purchase your tickets before you go any further onto the grounds.

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I believe this is the owner final resting place.
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The beautiful marshland you see in all those southern romantic movies, like A Walk to Remember, Last Song and The Notebook to name a few.

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Black Smith station

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We renting a car as we did a lot of driving, but I really enjoyed the car ride as it’s a great way to spend with family, and the time goes by when there is good conversation, great music and scenery.

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Jekyll Island is Daunting; we even got to see a Deer and her baby, as Jekyll Island is known for Deer spotting.

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“Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get.” – Forrest Gump

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There is so many more beautiful places to see in Savannah Georgia, and I will definitely be returning to see what else she has to offer!

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Exploring Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Weekend Getaway

Taking a trip to the Turks and Caicos? Do you love Secluded beaches and more of a laid back style to Island Living? Well taking a Day Trip or Weekend Getaway to the largest Island in the Turks and Caicos nearly three times the size of Providenciales is the ideal location for you. Take a trip and get away from reality for a few days, relax and be at ease.

Things to Know pre-Travel:

  • Familiarize yourself with the country “Providenciales” is not the Turks and Caicos, it is just one Island in the many forty Islands and Cays chain.
  • The people are called Locals not Natives
  • Currency: USD
  • Passport Needed (Island hopping in the Country no Passport needed.)
  • Unlock Sim Cards work in all Cellphones
  • Language: English
  • Drive on the Left side of the Road
  • Must try: Conch Salad ( try any Conch dish really)
  • Cheaper to get a Car rental

 

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Mudjin Harbor and Dragon Cay

Need a more adventurous Beach Day? head to Mudjin Harbor, with its breath-taking views of cliffs kissing the most beautiful hue of blue an Ocean can be. Hiked up the trails or wander about the secluded beach caves, my favorite time of day are in the mornings, especially at sunrise; it’s the most magical way to start your day. Want to have a picnic or relax on your own little Island? Have over to Dragon Cay which is only a few feet from the main land. On a calm day when its low tide a small trail will be shown where you can walk over to the Cay, and if you go to the very top of the Cay you will be able to see a sleeping Dragon which I believe how it got its name. It gets really hot here so remember to wear sunscreen and to stay hydrated and drink lots of water, here is the water bottle I use.

 

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Indian Cave

Did you know that Middle Caicos has Bat Caves? In fact we have the largest above ground cave system in the Bahamas chain link; how about those apples. The main caves are the Conch Bar Caves located in Conch Bar Middle Caicos, which required an entrance fee and a tour guide. But for those of us who still want to explore for free while learning about the history of the natives that lived here before us hence why we call ourselves locals. Then this little Cavern cave called the Indian Cave is where to get your feet wet if you have never been in a cave before. Also pro tip come prepared with bug spray to avoid getting bitten.

 

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Indian Trail

Crossing Path Trail is for you if your into a long trek and some one of a kind scenery, but you will need a tour guide as this trail is hard to find on your own. But have no fear the Indian Trail is easy to find and no tour guide needed, just a pair of good trainers, light clothing, sunscreen, bug spray and bottle water. This trail is located near the beach so views are not a problem, you can find this trail junction by Daniel’s Cafe Restaurant.

 

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Bambarra Beach

The name Bambarra sounds interesting enough, and its rightfully so, many of the residents on Middle Caicos and North Caicos are descendants of the Trouvadore, a Spanish slave ship that was shipwrecked in 1841. The western coast of Africa. Mali is home to a large ethnic group called the Bambara (with a single ‘r’) people, and it’s quite possible the slaves were from this group of people. Most likely this is where the name Bambarra originated from.

Bambarra Beach is a long coast an extensive and shallow bay, so the water here is calm, clear, and a little warmer than surrounding coasts. This beach is great for snorkeling and for families with small children.

 

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Eats

Places to dine in Middle Caicos is very few, so I would recommend to pack small picnic, if you must eat somewhere you have the Mudjin Harbor Restaurant. There is also Daniel’s Cafe but Unfortunately it is close down; I will update you guys on when it re-opens. If you want a bit more choices there are loads of local restaurants to choose from in North Caicos, so stay tone for that upcoming blog post.

 

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If you want a few more tips on what to do in Middle Caicos or when Events and Festivals are all the rage check out this video Seven Things to do for Free in Middle Caicos! You guys enjoy the rest of your day, Later.

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