Te Mando Saludos de Puerto Rico: ¿Que Maleta Uso? (What kind of luggage do I use.)

Happy ALMOST Friday ! Today is our last day in Puerto Rico. [:'(] We’re at the airport now, having our last meal before boarding the airplane. Today’s tip is about luggage.

Tip 0 & 8: When picking out your luggage purchase brightly colored or uniquely printed suitcases. It will make your life much easier at the carousel to retrieve your luggage. Bright colors or unique prints allow you to see it as soon as it hits the belt. Having mass produced luggage may give you a bit of issues as your try and identify if the suitcase on the belt in front of you is yours or not. This can be avoided if you place a unique identifier on your luggage. When I first started traveling I had a generic looking black duffel bag suitcase. My friend, who I had been traveling with made a huge thick braid out of this bright green yarn. It made locating my bag a cinch. Unique luggage sets can be expensive but I found my set at a fraction of the cost on Ideeli. It’s bright, of a light weight durable material and it has four wheels. These three items are features you should look for if you are in the market for luggage.

What tips do you have about luggage?

Until then,

Te Mando Saludos de Puerto Rico: ¿Que hago cuando hay lluvia? (When it’s raining…)

Finally getting to enjoy some afternoon sun!

Happy Hump day! Today is the last full day that Daniel and I have on our vacation here in Puerto Rico. We planned on relaxing on the beach and getting our tan on but it’s been raining coquis y gatos (Coquis and cats). Today I am sharing a tip on what to do when it decides to rain on your vacation.

 Tip 7: Remember to do research on things to do indoors on days that it is raining. Also it is a good idea to pack an umbrella or one of those travel plastic ponchos. Either one will not take up a lot of room in your suitcase. Relaxing in your hotel room and learning how to play BlackJack at the casino is one idea that comes to mind, but there are so may others!

What do you do on rainy days on your vacation?

Until then,

Te Mando Saludos de Puerto Rico: Cincuenta Tonos de Rojo (50 Shades of Red)

Happy Tuesday! I bring you Tip 6 as I ride the city bus from Old San Juan back to the hotel Daniel and I are staying at. It was another beautiful day! Make sure you check out the pictures on the Facebook Page. Today Tip 6 is about sunblock.


Tip 6: Remember to REAPPLY your sunblock. I know I don’t have to tell you if you’re planning a day in the sun to apply sunblock. This is a must, to protect your skin from the harmful sun’s rays. It is easy to forget, because of all the fun being had, to reapply the sunblock. Yesterday Daniel and I spent the day at Flamenco Beach at Culebra Island, PR. We forgot to reapply and we paid the price. Do NOT forget to reapply your sunblock!!

Seven more days until the holiday, did you pick up my gift yet?

Until then,

Te Mando Saludos de Puerto Rico: Requerda a dejar un tip. (Remember to leave a tip.)

Mallorca – Ham and cheese on a sweet bread. YUM!

Buenas Noches! It’s been a beautiful day here in Puerto Rico. Daniel and I have been blessed with great weather. Today is Day 3 of the travel tips in the series Te Mando Saludos de Puerto Rico.


Tip 3: Remember to tip. If you are staying in a hotel, it is recommended to leave a few dollars for the person who will tidy up your room.  When you’re eating out, you should leave a tip based upon the service provided and the deliciousness of the food eaten. If your tour guide is professional and does a great job throughout the tour, you guessed it, give them a tip. If you take a taxi and they drive you to your location safe and sound, a few dollars or a small percentage should be given. Anyone who is providing you a service and does so well, should get a tip. Tips can add up so make sure you keep that in mind when you are budgeting!

Who do you tip when you’re on vacation? If you’ve missed any of the tips hit Home in the top menu!

Until then,

Te Mando Saludos de Puerto Rico: ¿Donde como? (Where to eat in PR)

Happy Almost Friday! Today My Pocketful of Thoughts comes to you LIVE from Carolina, Puerto Rico.  If you read my prescription post on
Vacation you’ll recall that this year for Christmas, Daniel and I gave each other the gift of spending quality time. How is your holiday shopping going? Well I hope!

While we’re here I thought I’d share some tips!

Tip 1: Your hotel may have great places to eat within its walls, however, the price for convenience may bust your budget! DO RESEARCH! Or you can take a quick walk around the area of your hotel to see what’s in the vicinity for options. Also check to see when restaurants are open. Some are open for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Our local favorite so far is Mi Casita located on Isla Verde. Great staff and authentic Puerto Rican dishes like Mami makes! Who can ask for more?

Until then,

Vacation, Take two of these and Call me in the morning.

photo credit: Emilio Santacoloma via photopin cc

It’s Therapeutic Thursday here on My Pocketful of Thoughts today!  Therapeutic Thursdays are reserved for all things that give you a sense of well being potential Holiday gift ideas.  Today I’m sharing with you what my boyfriend, Daniel, and I are doing for this holiday season.  Perhaps it will inspire you to think of a potential Holiday Gift for someone on YOUR list.

Throughout the year we can get extremely busy.  It’s like the saying, “If it’s not one thing it is another.”  It is great to be super busy, whether its work, pursing dreams, playing bowling, and volunteering at our church.  Sometimes I think having all these spinning plates though can be hazardous to our health.  It is important to know your body’s limit.  Daniel and myself are still learning and pushing the body’s limits to just help one more person.  It’s our gift and our curse. 

The time we do spend together is precious.  Which is why this holiday season we are giving the gift of doing absolutely nothing in a beautiful destinationIf I were a doctor I would prescribe to most of my patients a VACATION;  Take two of these and call me in the morning.  While we do need to keep moving to STAY active, we also need to drop everything regularly to make sure that the body can heal itself properly and rest.  If our cell phone is about to die, we do not try to make just one more call, right?  Ok…maybe I do but only because it guarantees a short phone call. :)   Our mind automatically starts looking for the charger as soon as the light starts flashing red.  So why not treat our bodies like we do our cell phones.  We can get a replacement if the cell stops working but we can’t trade-in for a new body if our batteries die.

What better gift is there to get, than spending quality time with our loved ones, right?  Cue in the music … why spend the money on gifts when you could spend the money on a trip that will build memories to last a lifetime. You can avoid the rush at the mall and save time from having to track down the item that seems to be on everyone’s list?  In the past, that has been my favorite gift, the gift of an activity.  We have built some great memories over the past years with those kind of gifts.  I always look back on them with love in my heart. 

One year Daniel surprised me with Broadway tickets to In the Heights during our stay in NYC.  The play was amazing, a definitely must see.  This January we used one of his Christmas gifts from me, a photography shoot class in Grand Central Station with Sundays in NY, read all about it when you’re finished here.  This year we both know what we’re getting, as we planned it early on, a vacation to Puerto Rico.  We will be doing a combination of absolutely nothing, eating, lying on the beach, sipping yummy drinks, sightseeing, and eating some more.  We owe it to our bodies to just have a time out, heal and rest.  Time outs are not just for kids you know!  If this sounds great for one of the people on your list check out the Travel Discount Page in the menu above, its full of my favorite sites on where to get deals from activities to traveling.
If you’ve done something similar in the past, drop a line in the comments section, I’m always looking for inspiration on my next gift.

Until then,
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