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Passport-Free Travel: Puerto Rico
Sunny Puerto Rico is wasting no time pimping the no-passport-required angle. Besides the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam, it's one of the few places left you can hitch a plane too without a passport. It's also probably the easiest passport-free destination to reach from the United States, making it truly conducive to a hassle-free vacation. Lower-cost airlines (including JetBlue, of course) fly there, as do legacies like American.
They've also got a bit of a sense of humor over at the Puerto Rico tourism board, as evidenced by the website's list of travel tips:
5. Pack your favorite travel guidebook but don't show it off in public because you don't want to look like a tourist!'Course, the rest are all boring and about pleasing the TSA, but that was fun while it lasted.
7. Bring your favorite MP3 player so you can block out your travel companion after continuous days of traveling together.
Our latest Puerto Rico fantasy involves a stay at Tamarindo Estates on secluded Culebra, and perhaps sharing a meal with Tony Bourdain (if you saw his Puerto Rico episode of No Reservations). But that part's kind of a whole separate story.
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