People often ask me, what are the most important things to know about vacationing in another country?
Well, the first thing to know is that you are not in Kansas anymore! The U.S. is very different from Mexico, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic! The best thing to do is to keep an open mind! You just don’t realize how many rules and regulations govern our country, until you visit another one.
For instance, the physically handicapped (and those traveling with them) should remember, while we in the U.S. have the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) looking out for you, there is no such equivalent in many countries. Does this mean you won’t be able to get around at all? Of course not, but it does mean that you need to remember that while not everything may be accessible to you (i.e. that roof top pool, that cool underground wine cellar, etc), in most countries the resident employees will do everything they can to try to help you, even though there are no laws forcing them to do so. The best thing you can do is be understanding, open minded and remember that your Apple Representative will do everything they can to help. It is also a good idea to make sure you alert Apple Vacations to your limitations prior to traveling.
Another important thing to remember is you will find not everyone speaks English! When I am tempted to get frustrated over this, I take a deep breath and remember that I don’t learn Japanese to accommodate the folks from Japan visiting the U.S., why do I expect everyone in another country to speak my language? The good news is that all Apple Vacations representatives speak English, and are happy to help interpret on day to day issues!
All in all, an open mind is the key to a successful vacation, no matter where you go! If you can laugh at the issues out of anyone’s control (it rained 5 out of 7 days!) and decide to make the best of it and just have fun, then you will be sure to have a great experience that you will remember for a lifetime!
Next blog, I’ll be talking about the importance of AVOK Trip Protection (aka insurance by some people), why to take it and what the benefits are …until then, safe travels!