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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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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Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Ultimate Guide to Puerto Rico in Three Days

With its diverse tropical terrain, Coconut Tree line beaches and daunting history, Puerto Rico is a Caribbean gem waiting to be explored. After three days on the Enchanting Island, I got to experience a lot of what the island had to offer, and I was very impressed! Even after Hurricane Maria this beauty is still flawless.

Here is my ultimate guide to Puerto Rico in three days!

 

 Stay at an Air BnB

Book your stay at an Air BnB or Hostel, in any location of your choice weather in San Juan such as Isla Verde, Condado, or Old San Juan for a really great and affordable price, you can live like a local or stay in the tourist district. I stayed in San Juan and highly recommend this Vacation Rental as our host Yessy made us feel right at home. 

We had the entire Apartment to ourselves with include two bedrooms, a bathroom a kitchenette, dining area and living room. There was everything you need down to feminine products, flash lights and bug spray, and it was only $35 a night what a steal.

Our place was in walking distance from restaurants, 24 hour supermarket, pharmacy and a lot more. Haven’t try airbnb.com to book a vacation rental before? try it out today you can use my code deandras159 to save $25 on your  booking.

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 Spend the Afternoon at Luquillo Beach

No need to leave the island to enjoy the amazing beach views and water activities Puerto Rico has to offer. Luquillo Beach is located in Playa Fortuna, with miles of beautiful sandy shores to walk along, colorful life guard huts, interesting vivid green seaweed that I swear is mermaid hair and coconut trees every where. Luquillo is a must! and the surf, oh yes it’s pretty impressive; Playa Fortuna is a forty-five minute drive east of San Juan

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Tip: walk eastward along the beach around the bend and you will find a nice little reading nook naturally made from trees and vines creating a little hut.

 

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Have Breakfast or Lunch at Pinky’s

Spend your first Brunch taking in the deliciousness of flavors that explodes in your mouth and makes you want to stand up and do your happy dance at Pinky’s. Located in Ocean Park just a ten minutes drive from San Juan, this restaurant receives consistently rave reviews due to its great service, mouth-watering dishes and amazing coffee.

The place is small and charming they also serve vegan and gluten-free dishes. I’m not just raving about this place because my nickname is Pinky; but because its name is Pinky’s I flew to Puerto Rico just to eat here.

Also if you are in Puerto Rico and go to the local restaurants you must try the mofongo this is a highly recommended dish, which are fried green plantains, perfectly sautéed vegetables and the white pineapple sangrias. Unfortunately I’m allergic to pineapples so I could not eat this.

 

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Come hungry and early—People are waiting out the door just to get in; Pinky’s is very popular!

 

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Explore the Colorful Streets of Old San Juan

Nothing beats a peaceful walk around Old San Juan. In just seven square blocks, the old city packs a kaleidoscope of cobblestones and nearly 400 colorful Spanish-colonial buildings. Just wander around and see what amazing gems you will find!

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There is just something about walking through old colonial streets that gives you that feeling of walking back through time, its one of my favorite things to do.

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Visit El Morro

The Castillo San Felipe del Morro, aka El Morro, is a 400-year-old fort in the old colonial town. Built from 1539 to 1787, this majestic Spanish colonial fort defense served as Spain’s control point over most of the Caribbean and is quite impressive.

Over the centuries, it’s suffered attacks from the English, Dutch and America—but still stands as a symbol of pride for Puerto Rico.

To truly explore this beautiful fortress I would recommend a few hours— the lighthouse, the many garitas (wall-mounted turrets or sentry boxes), the Cannon Water Battery, and the Old Tower— all are perfect settings for a fun photo shoot. ( you know for the Gram)

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Hike El Yunque Rainforest

El Yunque is a beautiful tropical rain forest about half-hour from San Juan. This national reserve is a haven for hikers, home to rare trees, birds, and a variety of hiking trails to choose from. Unfortunately some of the trails are closed down from damages after Hurricane Maria, but there is still a lot to see and I still recommend to come here.

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Hike past mountain waterfalls, catch sight of the coqui frog, and check out Taíno petroglyphs!

 

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Street Party at La Placita De Santurce

Santurce’s famous market – La Placita – is known as a local hub of San Juan’s hottest nightlife scenes. Going for a girls night out? this is the place to be. The historic market plaza and its surrounding streets host what becomes a veritable street party: people meeting up, drinking, eating and, and club hopping, dancing until dawn or when your feet starts to hurt. (This place was recommended by our Air BnB host Yessy)

 

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Helpful Tip: Rent a Car

We rented a car from Target Rent a Car for the length of our stay, and were extremely glad that we did. In order to get around the island and experience all these sights, you would either have to pay for a taxi or set up day-trips and transportation which can be very expensive.

Believe me, it is worth renting a car to get around at your leisure and more budget friendly! On our last day we drop the car back to Target and they Dropped us off to the Airport no extra charge.

 

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