The Temperature is dropping, The End of the Year is Near, and You still have not used your Vacation Time 🙁 Are you looking to go somewhere Warmer? Somewhere Exotic? A Vacation Where You can sit on the Beach in December? But, still not had time to go to the United States Postal Office and get a New Passport or maybe your Vacation time is up with no chance of roll over in the next 4-6 weeks(which is standard shipping time for a US Passport) No Worries according to the U.S. Customer & Border Protection here are the Top 5 Exotic places you can travel to from the United States Without a Passport.
United States Virgin Islands
Wake up to the Drop Dead Natural Gorgeous Scenery of the lovingly persevered U.S. Virgin Islands. Sure, you could lie on a beach for a couple of days without seeing a thing, but why waste a Vacation? The Virgin Islands has an abundance of historical tours, interesting foods, fairs, parades, and activities; again, each island adds its own special hint of spice to flavor your trip. Did we mention the U.S. Virgin Islands has a $1,600 duty-free shopping limit, which is the highest in the Caribbean? From Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas (be sure to check out Main Street!) to Historic Frederiksted in St. Croix to Wharfside Village in St. John, you can buy everything from artisan goods to luxury products and don’t forget the rum! You can take back up to six bottles of Cruzan Rum or Captain Morgan, duty-free.
Travel the amazing island of Puerto Rico Feel the culture, Hear the history, Experience the beauty. Visit the stunning Beaches rated top 10 by the Travel Channel, Visit El Yunque which is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest system, Exhibit Spanish forts from the 16th and 17th centuries all without having to break the bank on flight and hotel fares. Since Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States they use U.S. dollars and you don’t need a passport to visit. What’s not to love about 80-degree weather in the winter? Puerto Rico’s weather makes it the ideal location for a beach vacation any time of year.
Fall in love with the Underwater World Guam which is one of the longest tunnel-aquariums in the world and the only oceanarium in the United States. Underwater World offers a variety of admission packages, including general admission for 1-day aquarium access, activity packages, and dining options. Guam is a U.S. Territory, so again No Passport Needed just remember “Hafa Adai” is to Guam what “Soon come” is to Jamaica. It’s a Chamorro (Guam’s indigenous people) phrase to be accurate, but it can also be translated “I’m only 5 minutes away.” in New York. This is not because the lines are particularly long, people just move slower. This is an island. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Near the equator. Life is slow. Take a deep breath, it won’t kill you to wait an extra 15 minutes.
American Samoa is a U.S. territory covering 7 South Pacific islands and atolls. Tutuila, the largest island, is home to the capital Pago Pago, whose natural harbor is framed by volcanic peaks including 1,716-ft.-high Rainmaker Mountains. Try lunch at Utulei Beach and enjoy the spectacular view of Pago Pago Harbor and Rainmaker Mountain. Experience some traditional Samoan food like palusami and taro found in some local eateries and at the new marketplace in Fagatogo. Can we not forget the thrill of catching some big game fish like tuna, marlin, and sailfish?
Northern Mariana Islands
Finally, the Northern Mariana Islands known for its beautiful array of Beaches and tropical scenery. History buffs will also find the Northern Mariana Islands a delight of exceptionally preserved World War II buildings and posts, including a Japanese lighthouse, bunkers, jails, and an abandoned airfield. Once you’re on the islands, the only difficult decision you’ll have to make is whether to sunbathe on a beautiful beach, try your luck at a casino, play golf with dazzling views of the Philippine Sea or go scuba diving in a World War II shipwreck.
Whether you’re a Hiker, Beach Bum, Historian, Aqualife lover or Adventurer the U.S. has something exotic for you. Historical landmarks, Exotic foods, Exotic Beaches & Exotic animals all without a passport. Let go of the Continental United States and travel past the 48 states that are combined by land. Trail your first rainforest in December, Tan in January, Eat something American other than Turkey in November. It’s your life don’t let a piece of paper hold you back. Until Next Time Travel Safe.