I was inspired by a friend who posted this travel questionnaire to Facebook after a trip to Europe, so I thought I would be fun to answer a few questions about our most recent trip to Turks & Caicos. So, let's jump right in (pun intended):
See above. We ventured out to Grace Bay on one of our last days and it was incredible. The bluest water I've ever seen (sorry Hawaii).
I read this quote the first day of our trip and I couldn't agree more -- "Live your life with intention and attention". Boom!
Providenciales. Well, that's the only island we went to. So we're going with that.
Grace Bay (pictured above).
Favorite aspect of Caribbean Travel:
How simple everything is. There is one security line and only a few gates at the airport.
Proudest moment as an American:
Reading our guidebook to understand the tipping customs so we didn't totally miss the boat. I'm proud to say that we tipped 20% on our free breakfast each morning.
Most shameful moment as an American:
Not asking questions and trying to understand the locals and their culture better.
Driving on the left but in an American car.
Choosing the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos as our home away from home. I cannot recommend it enough. We booked a package through Orbitz and I'm sure that saved us several hundred dollars.
Not bringing or using bugspray. See 'Not looking forward to' below.
Conch (as in: trying a fresh conch salad on a boat ride that we took on Thanksgiving day).
Most startling discovery:
Turks and Caicos isn't actually in the Caribbean. It's in the Atlantic. Who knew?
The day we visited Grace Bay.
On our first full day, there was a huge rainstorm and it basically poured all day. Per the guidebook, there are 350 sunny days per year. So we just drank our sorrows all day.
An unassuming restaurant called Magnolias wine bar where we ate Thanksgiving dinner. I had the lobster and Jake had the tuna steak. It was simple but very well done. They even had a Pumpkin Pie dessert for us.
We didn't have a bad meal per se, but the food was a lot more expensive than we anticipated. So, keep that in mind if you decide to take a trip here. I would definitely go back, but maybe just adjust my budget accordingly.
Still excited for:
Doing my blog post recaps and editing my photos -- duh!
Not looking forward to:
Scratching my bug bites. They still haven't fully healed yet.
Most looking forward to:
Jake and I sitting down and going through all 479 of our photos together.
Most thankful for:
The ability to travel. I sometimes take it for granted, but it's pretty cool to go from wanting to visit a place, researching it and then actually making it happen. It's pretty magical in my eyes!