Five Travel Apps We Love:

The following are apps that we use ourselves when we travel. They are available from the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. We are not associated with, nor guarantee the use of, these apps.

  • Trip Case – This app can take the stress out of even the most hectic of business trips. Trip Case serves as a personal assistant you can fit in your pocket. It organizes your itinerary, alerts you when it’s time to catch a flight (or a cab) and even lets you know about tips and deals near your location.
  • Google Translate – Google Translate offers text and audio translations as well as real-time translations just by using the camera on your smartphone. Yes, real time. Just select a language, point the camera of your phone to printed words and the translation magically appears on the screen.
  • Mandic Magic – This wifi social network app shows the wifi networks around you, listing not only the free open wireless networks (in green), but also disclosing the password for the free protected ones (in red).
  • Uber – Uber is a convenient, inexpensive and safe taxi service. Hire a private driver to pick you up & take you to your destination with the tap of a button on any smartphone device. A nearby driver often arrives to pick you up within minutes. Not only is this an on-demand car service, but you can even watch as your driver is en-route to come pick you up.
  • Yelp – Yelp is an aggregator of reviews for ALL kind of businesses coming in handy in a whole spectrum of situations.  Just open the app and it shows you the best places around with several photos and insightful reviews. Plus, search filters are highly advanced, allowing you to query by distance, price, opening hours and even outdoor seating!
  • Your Airline App – Whichever airline you plan on taking, make sure you have its app on your phone. You can check in through the app and use an electronic boarding pass to get through security (just don’t forget your ID!). You won’t have to worry about printing your boarding pass the night before or waiting in lines at the airport to have it printed there.

Before Your Trip:

  • When booking your trip check your documents to ensure your names match your passports exactly (First, Middle & Last) and that they aren’t expired
  • Travel Protection has become needed more often than not so consider adding it when you book your trip as there is a lot that can happen that is unforeseen
  • Make a copy of your passports, credit cards, etc. and give them to a trusted family member you can contact while traveling if needed
  • Call your banks and credit cards to let them know your dates of travel
  • If traveling with prescription medicine keep it in your carryon and carry a doctor’s note
  • Call your transfer company the day before you leave to verify pick up time
  • Check with the airline before you head to the airport to ensure they are operating on time
  • Take a look at travel apps that might help you on your trip
    • Mobile Passport –  help you get through customs faster at participating airports
    • Whatsapp –  allows you to communicate with others traveling with you and those at home using the resort’s wifi so you can leave your phone on airplane mode to avoid any extra international fees if they aren’t included in your plan (call and/or text)
    • Google Translate

Packing Tips:

  • Pack a pen in your carryon in case you need to fill out immigration forms
  • Pack some snacks in your carryon as you never know if there will be a delay on the runway
  • Pack earplugs and earbuds for the plane or in case you have noisy neighbors on your trip
  • Bring tissues, hand sanitizer, wet wipes and baggies as you never know when those might come in handy
  • Bring lots of smaller denomination bills with you for tipping or to keep from collecting the country’s foreign currency if they accept US dollars (review your destination’s tipping policies)
  • Bring cold medicines, Imodium (just in case) and headache medicine
  • Bring an insulated cup so your drink stays colder longer (most bartenders will fill it at a resort)
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen, hat and bug spray
  • Line suitcase with plastic bags which will help keep the moisture out if your suitcase ends up on a rainy tarmac and can also be used for your dirty clothes
  • Pack an extra outfit, swimsuit, and undergarments in your carryon just in case your suitcase takes a trip to its own destination
  • Ladies bring a sweater, wrap or scarf you can add to your wardrobe to give you layer options so you can pack lighter
  • Men bring or wear a pair of pants, collared shirt and closed toe shoes in case you go to a restaurant that has a dress code
  • If traveling with a companion put half their clothes in your checked back and half of theirs in yours so if one suitcase doesn’t make it you both have items

While on your trip:

  • Drink lots of water before and during your trip (bottled while traveling in foreign countries)
  • If you decide to leave the resort premises make sure you are traveling with a reputable tour company and don’t go alone
  • Keep items locked up in your room as it may be accessed more than once a day by staff
  • Call your transfer company the day before you leave to verify pick up time
  • Check with the airline before you head to the airport to ensure they are operating on time

Passports, Visas, Forms, & Travel Cards:

  • Travel.State.Gov – The U.S. Dept of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs offers a wealth of information and resources for travelers at Travel.State.Gov. You will find information about visas, passports, international travel safety warnings, and much more, including wonderful information about international adoption.
  • Mexico Immigration Form – If you are traveling to Mexico, you can now complete your Mexico Immigration Form in advance. If your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to enter Mexico, you can now choose to complete your immigration card in advance online rather than on arrival. Click here to get the immigration form.
  • Dominican Republic Tourist Card – The Tourist Card is a tax the Dominican Republic charges its visitors. Its legal base rests on the Law 199-67, which establishes the acquisition of such card as a requirement to enter the national territory, for tourism purposes, without the need of a consular Visa. To obtain the 30-day Tourist Card the only requirements are a Valid Passport and the payment of approx. $10. The Tourist Card is valid for a year from the date of purchase and is only valid for one person, who will only be able to use it once. The Tourist Card can be acquired at point of sale locations in land, air, or seaports in the country; it is also available in Dominican embassies and consulate offices overseas and in Tour operating companies. It may also be purchased through the online portal at www.dgii.gov.do.