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Global Entry in Six Easy Steps

Mariella Molestina Noboa Mariella loves to write about her adventures in traveling and continues to explore new places. – Learn more.  I’ve been traveling the world for four years now, and getting my Global Entry status was always on my mind. I kept procrastinating this until one day I put my foot down and decided to do this once and for all. Little did I know what the entire process was quick and easy. Follow the detailed instructions listed below and, before you know it, you’ll be a Global Entry passenger with access to multiple perks when traveling around the world.  Getting thru customs made easy thanks to Global Entry! Here’s how to get started:   Go to the Global Entry GOES official website and create an account: https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov/goes/index.jsp Fill out the application online – At the end, review that all the information is correct. You’ll need two billing address proofs – Print it out. Make a copy of your passport and driver’s license – Print it out. Once you’ve gather all the documentation above, …

What To Pack For Machu Picchu

Simplicity is the answer. To successfully pack for your Machu Picchu adventure you only need one thing: activewear. Hiking, hiking and more hiking! That’s all you’ll be doing through the length of your trip. Here’s a quick guide of the things you need to take to Machu Picchu:   CLOTHES Day Clothing – Activewear outfits throughout the length of the trip. Footwear – Athletic shoes and hiking boots. Pajamas Accessories: Hats, Gloves, Scarves etc. Raincoat Sweaters BASICS Toiletries – Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, perfume, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap etc. Brush Lip Balm Make up & make-up remover Hair accessories – bobby pins and hair ties. Laundry Kit Hand Wipes   MUST HAVE NEEDS Refillable Water Bottle – Keep your hydration levels up! Sunglasses Backpack – Choose a backpack, not big but not too small, to carry all your belongings throughout the day. Sunscreen and Insect Repellent First Aid Medication Kit   ELECTRONICS + ENTERTAINMENT IPad Camera + Tripod – Don’t forget your SD card! Kindle Headphones PS – don’t forget to pack the device’s chargers! via GIPHY …

Car Pick-Up Service Is Always a Yes!

            After traveling for several hours, you finally make it to your destination. All you want to do is get to your hotel, maybe take a shower, brush your teeth and even lay down in bed for a little.             Every airport is different. There’s no denying it! Some of them are chaotic, other extremely luxurious and some should hardly considered an airport (more like a small  living room with chairs)             For this reason, I always make sure to book a car-pick up service to fetch me upon arrival. Many airports around the world offer bus rides to the center of the city, metro, taxi rides and even Ubers. All of these are an option, but the fact is that the “unknown” is my top concern.   Scenario # 1: What if I take the underground metro and get lost? What if I don’t speak the language? How am I going to ask for directions?   Scenario # 2: …

What To Pack For The Galapagos Islands

In this trip you’ll climb mountains, explore underground lava caves, go snorkeling, hike to the beach, swim in the ocean, jump off a cliff and much more. The Galapagos Islands is every adventurer’s dream come true. For this reason it’s best to bring your own equipment to use throughout the length of your stay.   Here’s a list of items you must bring on your trip to the Enchanted Islands:     Bathing Suit – Bring one per each day you stay in the islands. Expect to spend most of your day wearing a swimsuit. Also, the majority of activities are water oriented. Snorkeling Set – You can rent your snorkeling set while on your trip, however, if you already own a snorkeling set its best of you bring it with you. The equipment the tour guides provide might not be the best suit for your needs. UV Shirts – You can actually feel the sun rays on your skin! Avoid getting insolation by wearing a UV shirt. Sunblock – Very expensive item to get …

Flight is Overbooked. Now What?

About five years ago, my mom booked me a flight from Miami to Guayaquil (home) for Christmas break. Little did I know this could happen. This is my story:   Flights for December (aka holiday season) are crazy expensive. For this reason, my mom wanted to purchase my plane ticket months in advance. It was August (the semester hasn’t even started yet) and I already had a return ticket home. The semester passed, and it was time to go home. I get my suitcases ready and head to the airport to catch my flight.   I arrived three hours early, with a lot of time to spare. I got myself distracted with magazines at the classic Hudson News pop-up store. At MIA (Miami International Airport) there’s one in every corner.   Already at the gate (bored our of my mind), the crew announced the flight is delayed. Ugh. Ok. I mean there’s nothing I can do, so I waited for three more hours. THREE HOURS.   Time passed so slow that I could feel the …