Welcome to Belize Travel! We are here to help you with some basics for traveling to Belize including information about mainland and offshore Belize, the Belize Barrier Reef, the Blue Hole, Belize Maps and Charities active in Belize which help promote education and the environment.
You will need the following when visiting Belize:
- A current, valid passport
- Cool clothing – it is ALWAYS hot, Belizeans say it is cold when they have to put on long pants.
- Plenty of sunscreen
- Plenty of bug repellent – there are ALWAYS bugs
- Patience – the country works at a very relaxed pace. When someone tells you they will meet you at a particular time, it will normally be Belizean time meaning plus or minus an hour of the time set.
- The ability to adjust to different standards than your own – Belize is rustic, so if you are used to a beautiful sparkling clean high-rise condo, you will need to accept that other people in the world don’t live the way you do. Always remember to smile and say thank you – no matter what.
- The ability to stop being an American. You are visiting a foreign country. Do NOT expect to have the same things you have in the U.S. Do not whine about not getting what you want. Yes, you may have to go into an outhouse to use the bathroom or bathe in a stream. Be prepared to do things and experience things you don’t do in the U.S. This is the entire point of traveling to any foreign country. Experience life and ENJOY it!
One of the best ways to record your travel experiences is to bring along a journal. During the day or each evening take the time to write for 15-20 minutes about your experiences of the day. Describe the transportation, the people, the food and the places you visited that day. Include people’s names and how to contact them. Also include mementos of the trip in your journal: your airline tickets, stamps, maps or trinkets. The completed journal will be a wonderful tool to help you reflect upon your experiences and how YOU changed as a result of the trip.