Exotic Locations You Can Travel To Without A Passport
Don't have a passport yet? That is okay, you can still experience some destinations that will knock your socks off. According to the Travel and U.S. Customs website, there are five destinations sure you won't need a passport for, and it has our wanderlust hearts beating fast.
A small Caribbean island with a variety of lush landscape, mountains, waterfalls and the El Yunque tropical rainforest, your tropic getaway is closer than you think. Flights to Puerto Rico are extremely cost effective, and with hotels averaging $200, you can see why island lovers flock to Puerto Rico.
In San Juan, the capital, and largest city, you can stay in the Isla Verde area. This area is known for its hotel strip, hip beach bars, and eclectic casinos. If you are looking for traditional Puerto Rico, head to Old San Juan neighborhood where you will find gorgeous colorful Spanish colonial buildings and El Morro and La Fortaleza, which are massive centuries-old fortresses. Be sure to immerse yourself in local culture, and don't be surprised if you meet new friends along the way.
United States Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands are a part of a group of Caribbean islands. The U.S. territory is known for awe-inspiring white-sand beaches, clean reefs, and rolling hills. Within the group of Caribbean islands surround the Virgin Islands you'll be able to see St. Thomas and St. John, which you will need a passport to see. The U.S. Virgin Islands have many mainland comforts such as using the US Dollar and nonstop flights (if you are leaving from the East Coast). Also, spoiler alert, If you visit the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2017, they will give you $300 towards historical sites and attraction tours.
Northern Mariana Islands
While the plane ticket may set you back some, it may be worth it. This understated destination isn't on many people's radars, but it is on ours! As a part of the U.S. commonwealth in the Pacific Ocean. Saipan, the largest island, is known for its sandy shores and mountainous landscapes. Crystal clear waters off to the west coast you'll see a tiny, coral-fringed Mañagaha islet. On Saipan's northeast coast, big and small turtles inhabit the Grotto. You will also see numerous memorials marked by Banzai Cliff and Suicide Cliff, sites from WWII's Battle of Saipan.
American Samoa Island
A breathtaking island with jagged peaks, deep blue beaches, American Samoa's is a dream location that can bring some wanderlusts to their knees. Situated on the Pacific Ocean, American Samoa boasts tradition and a truly off-the-beaten-path destination. Travelers can expect coral-filled waters, coastlines sculpted of lava, and untouched beaches waiting to be discovered. There are not many hotels, and your typical US fast food chains are rare. But, highly trafficked Polynesian locations, the native Samoan culture is still undeniably authentic here. For pure wanderlust's, it's a dream come true.
Near the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam is a more well-known location for travelers. Referred to as a snorkelers paradise, Guam host some of the most sought after marine life. While the flight will set you back, accommodations and fresh local cuisine won't. One of the best parts of Guan is the island’s Spanish colonial heritage is evident. There are many activities to immerse yourself in the history Guam has to offer. Two lovers point is a must-see and should be first on your list.
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