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Vacation Your Way with Niy in Barbados

Barbados! Beautiful beaches. Sunshine. Carnival. What's not to love.

Barbados! You will notice that your cheeks hurt from all the laughing or smiling you'll find yourself doing while on this island. If you've never been to Barbados, you need to go!

Of course we expect beautiful powder soft, white sand beaches because the island has some of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen; but if you look closely, on most of the beaches, you can see specks of pink sand glistening in the sunlight. Stunning! Or, if you are lucky enough, take a day trip over to Crane Hotel and see a true pink sand beach nestled between breathtaking cliffs.

Cropover 2017 was the first year I played mas in Barbados and it exceeded my expectations. If you're planning a trip away,  

  1. #TeamNoSleep

If you think you’ll have time to sleep - think again. If you typically need 8 hours of sleep, try to stock up on sleep now ( don't you wish you could really do that?).

If you think you’re going to sleep during times you don’t have an event planned –think again. Something is bound to come up and you’re going to want to go. Accept it; from the time you arrive to time you leave you will not sleep again. Yes, it will feel like you may never sleep again. Don’t worry you will – it just won't be during crop over if you're doing it right.

2. Keep your wristbands.

Generally, I dislike the feeling of having wristbands on any longer than they need to be. But, it’s common to see people wearing an arm full of wristbands like a badge of honour. It’s a brave display of all the parties they’be been to and the commitment they showed to displaying their worst behaviour during carnival. If these wristbands had street value, then the more you wear, the more respect you earn from other jumpers.

 

3. Foreday is not optional

Do it. It’s freaking awesome. That is all.

4. Hydrate

Water! Yes, we know our good friend Morgan will appear in a cup or two but being in the sun for hours, or walking kilometre after kilometre on long parade routes, to keep yourself in tip- top shape, you'll need to be

5. Visit Oistin's

Oistin's is a must when in Barbados. We loved our dinner at Mo's Grill. If you're up to it, don't pass up on their rum punch.

6. Enjoy carnival

It's fun. My personal favourite was having unlimited food and drinks and "cooling stations" along the way (really just sprinklers hung high on the fence but you begin to look forward to dancing underneath them).

If you jump in the parade, make sure you end off by jumping into Springfield Beach at the end of the parade; yes, with your costume on!

We have an awesome itinerary planned for Cropover 2018. Check out the details on our website or email me if you have any questions: info@vacationyourway.ca

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