|The Crane Beach|
Bajan planters successfully demanded no taxation without representation from their British overlords. It helped that the small island was then the richest spot in the world, the equal of Amsterdam and London, but Bajans peacefully instituted the policy generations before Americans did. No doubt the Yanks were inspired by their successful example.
Planters' sons colonized the Carolinas, making Barbados the world's only colony to have a colony. They brought with them slaves, the plantation system and architecture. You can see examples today in Charleston.
The slaves brought their culture and patois we know today as Gullah/Geechee.
|Setting up a rum tasting at Mount Gay Distillery|
Like other Caribbean islands, Barbados offers sun, sand and sea with luxurious resorts at which to enjoy it.
|Chef Jason Howard|
Barbados packs a lot into its 21-mile length, 14-mile width. The people are smiling, friendly and welcoming. They may drive on the left but love Americans and their connections with us.
A few no-nos. Don't wear camouflage-patterned clothing. Don't ask me why but it is against the law even for children and you may be sent home. Don't go from beach to town in bathing attire. Look but don't try to touch the monkeys. Leave your good leather shoes, purses, belts at home; mold will quickly find a home on them.
The Bajan dollar is pegged to the U.S. dollar which is also accepted. Current exchange rate is around two Bajan for one American.
|Dawn-Lisa Smith, our Characters guide|
Party like a royalYou can follow in the footsteps of the actors of "Downton Abbey" with a package offered by Friendly Planet. Four nights in London, attendance at the exclusive Downton Abbey Christmas Ball (sans Crawleys) with an optional Paris day trip or Iceland extension.
Original price of $2,899 per person double occupancy reduced to $2,499 through Oct. 11. Includes round trip air from New York to London (JFK or Newark), transfers, daily breakfast, accommodations, Gala Ball at Highclere Castle, three-course meal with wine, caroling around the castle's Christmas tree, half-day bus tour of London with Champagne tea.
Contact Friendly Planet, 800-555-5765.
Go East, Bargain HuntersWorld Spree has done it again. In March 2019, they are offering a 10-day China Delights tour for $1,299. In September 2019, their special is a 13-day tour of Amazing Vietnam for $1,599. Both are per person, double occupancy.
|The Forbidden City|
The trip includes round-trio international airfare, eight nights in deluxe hotels, daily American-style breakfast buffet and one lunch, all transportation within China, sightseeing tours and entrance fees, professional English-speaking guides and baggage handling.
|Shanghai's Bund on a foggy night|
|Statue of Ho Chi Minh in Saigon|
For details, contact worldspree.com or call 1-866-652-5656.
You have until Oct. 31, 2018 to take advantage of the island exploration package. Island Club or Island Cottage accommodations are $169 a night, Ocean Club accommodations are $249 a night and both include a free half day bike rental.