24 Tips for Traveling to the Bahamas

24 Tips for Traveling to the Bahamas

This is the place you must explore.

Pull out all your Hawaiian shirts and floral attire out of your closet because it is time to travel to the Bahamas. The Bahamas, some only hear about such a place in movies. The place where Mary-Kate and Ashley starred in Holiday in the Sun. The place where the white sand covers your feet as if it was clay; the beautiful Caribbean Ocean with nearly 50 shades of blue (instead of grey if you get the pun), seems as if a fantasy. The Bahamas may seem like a dream for some; a place where you can escape your daily worries where ever you are from. But if you are one of the lucky souls that gets to walk the Island where Jack Sparrow was chased down from a ton of angry pirates, you should be excited and grateful to be given this experience. If you are planning your Bahamas trip any time soon, here are a few tips I have for you to make your experiences ever the more wild.

1. Wear lots of Sunscreen.

Unless you want a yucky sunburn like this, I suggest wearing sunscreen. The Bahamas is not only hot, but extremely humid. The minute you walk out of the car or walk outside, you are already shvitzing.

2. Wear bug spray with protection against mosquitos.

With the Zika virus, you don't want to be getting any of those mosquito bites.

3. If you are taking a cruise, meet people along the way.

Friends are important. And what a better way to meet friends, especially from all around the world, on a cruise. You can't say no to meeting someone with a different accent than your own.

4. And maybe become friends with those people.

Wow, making friends. Who ever thought you can make those. You are sure to make your mother proud.

5. Maybe even become friends on the social media and exchange phone numbers so you can stay in touch.

Stay in touch with all these people. That way, if you travel to a different state or a different country, you will have someone's house to possibly stay at instead of paying for a hotel or hostel.

6. Maybe you might fall in love.

For the people who have never been in a relationship, just got out of a lousy relationship, or searching for love, here is your time to start fresh. What better way to fall in love than in the Bahamas.

7. Travel with your love.

Bring your boyfriend, girlfriend, wife or husband with you! There is no better way to share these experiences with than them.

8. Try new foods.

You will never know what you will taste or see.

9. See historical sites.

Visit the famous Baths in the Caribbean or see an old church.

10. Read up on the history of the sites you visit.

There is so much history. You must check it out.

11. Meet the locals.

What a better way to learn about the city than from the locals.

12. Find out about their lifestyle.

You might learn that their life is much different than yours, possibly even harder. You might grow to appreciate the things you have in your life more.

13. Try some exotic foods.

What other time can you try fresh sugar cane right in front of you?

14. Be adventurous.

Go on a hike. See the forests, the mountains, the views. You don't get experiences like this everyday.

15. Visit the beaches.

Where else in the world, other than the Caribbean, can you see like four different shades of blue water all in one area.

16. Take lots of pictures.

Save these memories. Show all your friends and family back home the experiences from your travels.

17. Take videos.

Take videos of the songs you sang while traveling, the dances you went to and the things you witnessed.

18. Spend time with your family and friends.

If these are the people you are traveling with, appreciate them for sharing this experience with you.

19. Or if you are traveling solo, meet new folks and find out a little about their lifestyle.

Learn something new about people and their habits everyday.

20. Go out of your comfort zone.

Become friends with someone new; dance in front of 400 people on your cruise ship. Whatever you may do, make your trip worth wild.

21. Sleep in a lot.

Maybe vacation time is the only time you have to rest. Take advantage of it then.

22. Or don't sleep in and explore a lot in the early mornings.

You can sleep when you get home.

23. Bring back foreign currency.

Bring back an exotic treasure from your travels.

24. Love life.

Whatever you see during your travels, whoever you meet, those experiences are wonderful and you should never take them for granted. Life is a wonderful blessing. If you have the opportunity to visit the Bahamas or any place, love it. Appreciate the opportunities you are given to travel because many people can't afford these opportunities. And, of course, love life for these opportunities.

Cover Image Credit: The Fineman-Berns Cruise Experience 2016

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An Open Letter To Every Girl With A Big Heart, Except When It Comes To Herself

Because it's so much easier to love everyone around you before yourself.

They say the key is that you have to "love yourself before you can love anyone else," or before "anyone can love you."

For those who deal with mass amounts of anxiety, or have many insecurities, that can be an extremely hard task. It seems much easier to tell your friend who is doubting herself that she looks great in that top than to look in the mirror and feel the same about yourself. It is much easier to tell your significant other that everything is going to be OK than to believe it will be when something goes wrong in your life. It becomes easier to create excuses for the ones around you than for yourself, and this is because you have such a big heart. You want those that you love to be happy and worry-free, yet you spend nights thinking about everything you have on your plate, about what you did wrong that day, fearing if someone in your life is mad at you, believing that you will never be good enough yet convincing everyone else that they are.

You are the girl with the biggest heart, yet you can't love yourself the way you care for everyone else in your life. There are many reasons that you should love yourself, though, and that's something that everyone around you is willing to tell you.

You're thoughtful.

Before doing anything, you always consider how it is going to affect those around you. You don't want to do anything that could hurt someone, or something that could make someone mad at you. It does not take much to make you happy, just seeing others happy does the job, and it is that simple. Because of this, you remember the little things. Meaningful dates, small details, and asking someone how their day was is important to you, and it makes those around you feel important too. You simply just want the people that you care about to be happy, and that is an amazing trait.

You're appreciative.

You don't need a big, fancy, and expensive date night to make you happy. Whether it's a picnic on the beach or a night in watching a movie, you're happy to just be with the person that you love. You appreciate every "good morning" text, and it truly does mean something when someone asks how you are. You tend to appreciate the person that you're with more than the things that they provide and for that, your sincerity will never go unnoticed.

You have a lot of love in your heart.

Every "I love you" has meant something, just as you remember the smallest moments that have meant the most to you. You remember the look in your significant other's eyes when they told you that for the first time. You remember the smile on your best friend's face when you told them that everything was going to be OK and that you would always be there. You remember the swell of happiness your parents felt when you decided to surprise them with a trip home one day, and you thrive off of all of that love.

You don't give up on the people you love, even if they have given you a reason to.

It is a foreign idea to just drop someone from your life, even if they betrayed you. You try to look at their mistake from every stance, not wanting to provide an excuse for them, but to give them another chance. Not everyone deserves it, and that is something that you learn along the way, but you feel good in the sense that you gave them a chance even if no one else would.

It's OK to not love yourself all the time. It's normal, and natural to stand in the mirror and think about everything wrong. And it's OK to love other people, even when you can't feel the same about yourself. But your big heart is why you should love yourself. There are so many reasons that you are a beautiful person, and the people that you spend all your time caring about feel that you have so much more to offer the world, and yourself.

So, next time you think about what you don't like about yourself, remember what makes you special –– the size of your heart and all of the love in it, and then share that love with yourself.

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Bridging the Gender Gap With An X

States are finally allowing people to have the option to identify as neither male or female, but as X. A nonbinary gender option. And it's about freaking time.


After 17 years of struggle, the New York State Assembly and Senate passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which will provide protections based on their perceived or actual gender identity or status. New York is finally seeing "transgender" and "non-binary" people as equal and deserving of rights, but the "third" or "X" gender is not a new concept when it comes to Transgender rights, New York has finally jumped on the bandwagon.

Gender X is undefined; it is not male, it is not female, it does not even have to land on the scale of gender. X is for each person who feels disconnected to a specific gender, for the person who is disillusioned with the binary.

While New York has created laws protecting against sexual orientation discrimination, they are behind states like Utah and Iowa in the protection of transgender residents, and behind states like Oregon and Minnesota in recognizing the "X" gender.

Early laws made it easy for anyone to discriminate against multiple parts of a transgender person's life. The lack of protection prevented them from job security, getting married, or dying. While some states did protect forms transgender rights, New York did not give this security.

New York is considered the forefront of social rights and freedoms. Though the central hub of abolitionism and the birth of the gay rights movement with Stonewall Inn, the state could not be further from the front of this movement. With most other states (including some southern states) having some sort of protection for transgender residents New York had been dragging its feet.

Early laws made it easy for anyone to discriminate against multiple parts of a transgender person's life. The lack of protection prevented them from job security, getting married, or dying. While some states did protect forms transgender rights, New York did not give this security.

Dating back to 2003 there was a push to outlaw conversion therapy, and yet it didn't happen. The overwhelmingly conservative Senate kept the bill dead in the water until January. As time continued, and the hope of a blue senate grew, these bills changed to include any form of gender discrimination as a hate crime. Now, GENDA has outlawed conversion therapy in the state of New York, regarding it as child abuse.

Many people see the issue of transgender rights as a new concept, but the lack of binary is something that can relate back to the Native Americans, as tribes saw many of these transgendered people as niizh manidoowag or two-spirited. There are even depictions in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Northern Africa of a Goddess referred to as "The Great Mother," an intersex deity who held the highest wisdom. Native American transgender freedoms have been used as a model for legislation, and the rights of androgynous persons have started to become more recognized.

It was not until the Western world and the Church got involved, that transgender people began to conform to what is seen as "classic" gender roles. This discrimination spread all over the world and became ingrained in "modern western culture", even today transgender people are persecuted or killed for attempting to be comfortable in their own skin.

Now that we are beginning to realize that transgender people are human beings, we understand that we have to treat them as such. People bridging the gender gap should have the freedom to be themselves and safety to do so.

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