Ahhhh, traveling abroad. You get images of pristine beaches, rich cultures and exotic getaways swirling in your head. But along with the beautiful imagery can come stress, anxiety and even fear.
For those of you who haven’t yet been bitten by the wanderlust bug, let me introduce you to Belize, one of the easiest countries to travel to from the United States. It’s the perfect international destination for those who are fearful of the complications that come with traveling abroad but want to veer away from North America.
- It’s close: Belize is less than a 2.5-hour flight from Houston, Texas. You’ll be basking in the sun in no time.
- The official language is English: though many locals speak Spanish
- Currency: a lot of places in Belize accept U.S. currency; no need to stress about converting money
- Conversion: trying to figure out how much something costs has never been easier. For the most part, the conversion rate is $.50 to $1 so it’s easy to do the math when shopping.
- You don’t need a visa: I don’t mean like the credit card. A visa is basically a small document that grants you permission to enter/exit a country. Belize doesn’t require a visa making it even easier to visit. But don’t forget your passport as you will need that!
- Your US$1 goes a long way: things are reasonably priced
- It’s BEAUTIFUL: with so many things to do from visiting ruins to diving/snorkeling to walks on the beach there’s a lot of things to do!
And to think that 64% of people in the U.S. don’t have a passport1! Make sure to get yours, you never know when the travel bug will strike.
I discovered Belize after getting my scuba diving certification. I had my eyes set on diving The Blue Hole! Alas, it’s an all-day trip and charters only go out if they get a minimum number of people to go. We checked every single day but not enough people signed up for the dive. The Blue Hole still eludes me to this day and I can’t wait to go to back to Belize to try again. After all, traveling to Belize has been my easiest trip abroad yet. Mission (not quite) accomplished yet.
Hugs & Gratitude,