8 Lessons Learned from my Trip to Jamaica
Here’s the podcast version.
I recently returned from a two-day trip to Jamaica. Since I started getting into the Dancehall scene over a decade ago, I’ve wanted to visit J-A. I would watch DVDs which would film the street parties there. Passa Passa, Weddy Weddy Wednesdays where some of the names I remember. Parties where street dancers would dance till the breaking dawn.
Attending a couple of these parties, was one of my goals on this trip.
Mission accomplished. Scratch that off my bucket list.
I want to go back, take some dancehall classes, go to even more street parties.
I went with a couple who’ve traveled to Jamaica, numerous times. This made the trip much more enjoyable.
These are 8 lessons learned from my trip to Jamaica(which I will apply on the return visit):
- Get a Digicel(local cell phone provider)cell phone. Buy a used, unlocked phone here in the states(on eBay). On the return visit, I will buy a chip and put money on the phone.
- Jamaica is a hot place. Comfortable, regular wear t-shirt, shorts, sandals. Jeans, for night time, not during the day time.
- Call the bank your debit/credit card is issued from. Tell them you’re traveling. So as to not block your card from use, while overseas.
- Make a connection with a driver who can show you around town. These drivers are often readily available 24 hours a day(more or less). Especially overnights when you want to attend a street party and need transportation to/from your destination.
- Uber (and Lyft) are super cheap compared to traditional taxi services. The night I met up with friends(whom I’d taken the trip with)I used Uber for the first time. I called a local car service first, from my location to where my friends live the price was $35. With Uber, it was $12.56. Incredible(this was in the states not in Jamaica).
- Air BNB is the way to go! The money saved on food is substantial. By going to a local supermarket, buying groceries, going back to the apartment and cooking your own food. The healthier option as well. The place we stayed in even had a pool, wi-fi, and a balcony. A three bedroom apartment in the middle of Kingston. $85-90 per night.
- Jamaican Jerk Chicken, from the pan, after a night of dancing, is delicious.
- Keep practicing your dance. I learned that I’m not so bad after all. Other people at parties were following my friend and I. I was dumbfounded by this.
I can’t wait to go back!
Here’s the YouTube version.
See the related links below to see a video from my trip to Jamaica.