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5 Reasons Why Living in Puerto Rico Would Rock

If you’re unfamiliar with Puerto Rico you’re probably missing out. This US territory in the Caribbean has pretty much everything you could want without all the commercialism of a typical tourist destination.

  • Moving there from the states isn’t difficult! They use the USD and everyone there is an English speaking citizen of America. As a bonus, you can use your license from whatever state you’re from without additional tests if you only plan to be there for 3 months or less. That means, just enough for us in the Northeast to escape the winter.
  • Endless natural beauty. It’s an island with nothing but beaches, so of course there are places to surf, scuba, snorkel, and swim. That’s just the tip of the iceberg though. The mountains are beautiful and hide numerous waterfalls, there are caves everywhere you can tour or explore on your own, and best of all, there are parts of their coast that contain bioluminescent algae! You have to see it for yourself, but it’s one of the more magical experiences I have had.
  • No daylight savings nonsense. That’s right. The clocks stay the same time all the time so there is no need to go adjusting them twice a year.
  • It’s cheap as hell. I like to compare the cost of living in Rochester, NY to other places since I know what it feels like to live in this economic climate. That being said, Rochester rent is 54.74% higher than my favorite beach-city in Puerto Rico. Oh yeah, and meals are 26.86% higher in Rochester. For some perspective, that means average rent is about $575 in Puerto Rico and $860 in Rochester. Why have I not moved yet?!
  • Crime rates are pretty low. Maybe it’s because I live in Rochester, one of the most dangerous cities in NY, but Puerto Rico is a pretty safe place when you use common sense. The worst crimes revolve around drugs, theft, and bribes.

Okay so if this is the cheap island of paradise (and it is) what is the catch? Why isn’t everyone living there already?

  • Lack of jobs. This is certainly a Bring-Your-Own-Job party. Those of us who can work remote can obviously move wherever, but not everyone is so lucky. Most people are tied down to locations because of work or family.
  • A simple lifestyle is required. If you’re into seeing the latest and greatest live shows you might be out of luck. That’s not to say that you can’t travel out to see stuff like that, but the lifestyle here is laid back and more in tune with nature than anything.
  • Retired people everywhere. For whatever reason, young people are a bit stupid about travel and haven’t figured out this place is amazing. So what you end up seeing is a lot of old people, and tourism around old people. Don’t expect to drive anywhere too fast.

Avoidable Airline Delays & How to Solve Them

The more I fly, the more I realize many of the delays that airplanes have are preventable and in fact caused by people just being too self-centered. For example, when airlines started charging to check bags, there was an influx of people who started packing everything in a carry-on bag.

I don’t blame those people at all. Who wants to pay for their luggage to be rummaged though and lost? For the most part, it’s just all-around better if we are only packing what we need on a trip anyway. It means you’re less likely to lose things and you don’t have so much stuff to lug around from place to place. Where it does become a problem is when people don’t realize how to pack their bags on the plane itself.

No, I’m sorry, nobody cares that you are tall and you want extra legroom. If you bring two bags one of them needs to go under your seat. I see too many people stuff a rolling luggage bag, their laptop bag or purse, as well as their heavy winter coat up in the overhead bin. What that means is you have taken the space from someone else who paid to put their bag there. It is after all part of the ticket.

Beyond that, this behavior leads to delays, and everyone hates that. When one person can’t find a place to put their bags it means they walk up and down the plane looking for a spot, and the plane doors can’t close till everyone is seated. That means the plane can’t get their paperwork ready for take off.

I think everyone understands this point for the most part. It’s not that difficult, but what we need are solutions to the problem. So here are a few that would help airlines get more flights off the ground on time.

  • Ask passengers to tag bags that are going in the overhead compartment. This would require airline employees to check and enforce that only one tagged item per passenger is in the overhead bin. It would be rough at first, but once customers got used to this idea they would start packing accordingly or checking extra bags.
  • Have passengers take their seats with their luggage. In this case you could ask that all passengers take their seats and hold on to their bags. An airline employee could then offer to put one item in the overhead bin for each person. This would get people seated quickly, but also help to ensure people are close to their belongings when it’s time to get off the plane leaving more time to clean the plane and prep for the next flight!
  • Section off space in the overhead bins for each seat. While this is not an ideal solution it would take the least amount of effort from the staff. Even something as simple as color-coding sections of each overhead bin with seat labels would make people more aware that they are taking more than they are entitled to. The downside here is that you are relying on people caring which is somewhat risky.
  • Some airlines do this but how about boarding passengers from the back of the plane first? We have this notion that getting on the plane first makes you special, but I would argue the opposite. A good marketing team could convince people that the more time they are out stretching their legs instead of crammed in an airline seat the better. This would keep people from blocking the aisles so that more people could be taking seats instead of waiting in line.
  • Speaking of boarding order, how about going one step further and boarding window seats before aisle seats? For a big plane that could make a difference. It’s always difficult when people need to get out of their seat to let someone else in.
  • Seating order optimizations of course don’t matter if the airline workers are letting anyone on the plane in any order. I appreciate when people get turned away at the gate for trying to board outside of their boarding group. It means that the employees take their job seriously and want that plane off the ground on time like the rest of us.

 

Just think, in a perfect world where flights leave and arrive on time you could book those 45 min layovers and not have to worry!

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