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If I Went to Puerto Rico, This is What I Would Want

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I’ve been to Puerto Rico when I was 12 during a school break. I had a good time. I also considered going back there in 2017… until they experienced a hurricane.

Of course, now that we’re living in a pandemic, I won’t plan any trips as of now. I probably won’t even go to New York City, which is about an hour away from where I live, until we’re back to typical life. 

But this is just a game of make-believe (sort of). Maybe I will think about visiting Puerto Rico again when it’s safe. For now, though, I will just list the things I would want to do if I traveled there. I’m basically just using my imagination.

Let’s get brainstorming!

Duration: a week

How to get there? Obviously, I would take a plane to Puerto Rico. I would likely want a flight in the morning on the way there and an afternoon one on the way back to New York. I would want a comfortable seat and a plane where they serve food. Sadly, many flights have removed food service, but some brought them back in recent years.

Where would I stay? in a hotel! Hands down. I would never consider a hostel or even a motel in Puerto Rico. One, I am a little bit spoiled with places to stay. Two, cleanliness and quality may make the place safer. 

That being said, I would not mind an apartment-like suite or even an Airbnb. As long as they have enough amenities, are comfortable, and clean, I would be happy.

What would I do? Go to the beach, kayak, hike, zip-line, snorkel, swim, ride horses, watch wildlife, maybe raft (if it’s an option there), and visit a cave (if they exist there). 

I know that when you are older, trips shouldn’t necessarily be all about fun. I understand that. However, I wouldn’t go on any educational tours in Puerto Rico. I would save that for places in Europe or Asia. Plus, I strongly prefer active vacations more.

Where would I eat? If I stayed at an all-inclusive resort, probably the restaurants within the place. Otherwise, I would go to different places, depending on what I craved. I might not necessarily pick somewhere fancy, though, unless I was with others.

How would I get around? Walking or car service. I wouldn’t feel comfortable renting a car. I would also stay somewhere where I could walk around easily and safely. I like to go out a lot.

What would I pack? Summer clothes, of course. Puerto Rico usually does not get hotter than 80’s, though, due to their winds. Maybe I would also pack cardigans and long pants, like if it gets cold at night or if I go to a fancy restaurant for dinner.

So, that is my ideal plan for if I went to Puerto Rico.

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How I Packed for Traveling in Recent Years

Okay, okay, I can assume what you’re thinking. Traveling is probably not the best option now. And I have no plans to go anywhere outside Long Island, New York, any time soon.

However, when it does become safe and normal again, these tips can apply. They also could apply if you’re driving somewhere local and have to stay there overnight. For example, when Tropical Storm Isais hit, I lost power and my parents had to leave town for business purposes. So, I stayed with a family friend not far from me until my electricity restored.

Anyway, here are some suggestions for packing, whether you must travel or not. I will exclude anything related to the pandemic as they are currently mandatory, but won’t be for the rest of time.

1: Airing out and rolling clothes instead of folding them

This saves a lot of room in bags, especially if you have to fly on a plane. But even if you don’t, whether you take a train where restrictions might be more relaxed, or drive and have pretty much no regulations other than your own, this technique still comes in handy. You will be less likely to receive muscle aches and exhaustion from taking it around.

2: Pack only what you know you’ll use.

I emphasized the word, “know”, because I truly mean it. When I was younger, I would pack lots of things I ended up not using like magazines, books, and other items. Now I would pack less and only include things I am a hundred percent certain I’ll use. And I did.

Although this time is not exactly the ideal time to travel, unless you absolutely have to, these tips can still be used once it is. Even if you are staying at someone’s house overnight and they reside within minutes from you, it’s still a good idea to consider these packing methods. Less can be more at any time. Hopefully within less than a year, the part about the pandemic and travel restrictions will no longer be relevant.