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When Colombians elected their first leftist president ever on Sunday, they also elected the country’s first Black vice president: Francia Marquez, a single mother who worked as a maid before challenging international mining interests as a fiery environmentalist. Her victory marks a turning point in a country plagued by social inequalities and historically governed by conservative elites.

“It’s time to move from resistance to power,” the 40-year-old candidate would chant, raising her fist – with a smile.

Cachaça is to Brazil as tequila is to Mexico. Cachaça (pronounced Ka- sha-sa) was first produced in the early 1500s by Enslaved Africans working in sugar mills who created the cocktail by adding fruits such as lime to cachaça (a Brazilian rum made up of raw sugar cane) during their festivities shortly after the Portuguese had introduced cane, the crop that was central to the early development of their new colony.

Western Air, the longstanding Bahamas- based commercial airline, known for daily scheduled flights throughout the islands, announces the start of its Nassau – Fort Lauderdale route on May 19th, 2022.


Nassau, Bahamas: Western Air, the longstanding Bahamas- based commercial airline, known for daily scheduled flights throughout the islands, announces the start of its Nassau – Fort Lauderdale route on May 19th, 2022.

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Operating a growing fleet of Embraer ERJ145LR Jets (50-Seater), the airline will fly between Lynden Pindling International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with an all-jet, daily schedule.


Focusing on the quick, easy getaways and the active business & leisure travellers, the airline will offer all open tickets valid for six (6) months, with no change or cancellation fees. Giving passengers on the NAS-FLL route unprecedented flexibility to travel on their own time, with no fear of losing their ticket. The same flexible ticket format Western Air’s frequent flyers have grown accustomed to over the last 20+ years thus far. The airline believes the shorter flight time on the EMB145 Jet will also be a welcome bonus to new passengers.


Additionally, Western Air’s Private Charter Division expanded its charter offering to Florida and the other 47 contiguous US states, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.


The airline was granted the required approvals and licenses to conduct commercial flights between the United States and The Bahamas in 2021. With the acquisition of additional jet aircrafts and increasing travel demand, Western Air is enthusiastic about jetting into the Fort Lauderdale market.

About Western Air Limited: Founded in 2001, Western Air is the largest, privately owned airline in The Bahamas, operating a fleet of EMB145LR Jets on daily, scheduled routes between Nassau and Fort Lauderdale- Florida, Freeport- Grand Bahama, Marsh Harbour – Abaco, Georgetown- Exuma, New Bight-Cat Island, Bimini, San Andros & Congo Town- Andros. Western Air also offers on demand charters throughout the Caribbean, Central & South America and the United States. The company has over 190 employees with facilities located in San Andros and Freeport, Grand Bahama


From beaches in the Caribbean, breathtaking gardens in South America, and stunning architecture in Europe, there are a ton of places you can visit in May  no matter your budget.

For the month of May, we are focusing our flight deals on the Caribbean since June 1 marks the start of Hurricane season.

Here’s where you can travel in May for less than $250 round-trip.

Editor’s Note: Please check all updated travel advisories and adhere to all testing requirements and mask mandates, if you decide to travel this fall.

1. San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico will always be a favorite location of ours because it’s an easy destination where there’s no passport needed.

It’s the perfect destination for a quick getaway when you need a break, but you don’t want to travel too far.

May is also a good time to go because, over the last few years, the island has seen a pretty active hurricane season.

Right now, you can travel to Puerto Rico for less than $200 round-trip from New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, according to Skyscanner.

May 2022 Flight Deal Round Up

The cheapest option leaves Miami on May 7 and returns on May 14 for just $82 round-trip.

May 2022 Flight Deal Round Up


2. St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Another gem of the Caribbean location is St. Thomas.  Like Puerto Rico, it’s the perfect destination to unwind and getaway.  Even better?  This is the second destination on our list where a passport is not needed.

May is also a great time to go because the U.S. Virgin Islands has seen its share of destruction from mother nature.

However, as we pointed out in our guide to explore the islands, there’s still a lot to indulge in from the beaches, nightlife, and excursions.

You can explore St. Thomas this May for less than $250 if you’re departing New York City, Orlando, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Fort Lauderdale.

May 2022 Flight Deal Round Up

Miami is the cheapest departure city on Skyscanner. Plug-in May 7 through May 9 as your travel dates for a round-trip ticket priced at $185.

May 2022 Flight Deal Round Up

3. Phillipsburg, Sint Maarten

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Now, here’s a deal you don’t see every day, let alone for the second month in a row.  If you’ve been following our monthly flight deal roundups, then you’re probably just as surprised as we are that round-trip flights to Sint Maarten’s capital city are going for less than $250 round-trip …again.

May 2022 Flight Deal Round Up

It’s the Dutch side of the island that’s shared with the French (Saint Martin) and there’s a lot to do. From art galleries, Great Bay Beach, and chilling on the boardwalk— Phillipsburg will not disappoint.

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Great Bay Beach is great for relaxing, while Little Bay Beach is perfect for snorkeling. If you’re traveling solo, the boardwalk is where you can meet people if you’re feeling social as it’s full of a ton of bars, restaurants, and stores.

Departing from Miami is the cheapest way. Use May 14 through May 21 as your travel dates in Skyscanner to get there for as low as $174 round-trip.

May 2022 Flight Deal Round Up


4. Saint John’s, Antigua and Barbuda

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A trip to Antigua and Barbuda’s capital city means beaches, adventure, food, and art.

What could possibly be better than that? Our answer is nothing, too. Even though it’s a Caribbean destination where most travelers are seeking the beach, it’s one of those destinations that offers a lot both on and off the water.

You can choose from hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding, and zip-lining opportunities to explore.

Another cool experience? Dune buggies. You can rent them from 268 Buggies for an exciting off-the-road tour.

Traveling from Miami, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta will get you to Saint John’s for the cheapest, according to Skyscanner.


Orlando is the cheapest option, though. Use May 14 through May 21 as your travel dates for a round-trip ticket for $183.

May 2022 Flight Deal Round Up


5. Belize City, Belize

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If you’re traveling from Denver or Orlando, then this nonstop flight deal to Belize City is for you.

During your stay, you can shop with the locals, dive into Caye Caulker Marine Reserve or go swimming with sharks at HOL CHAN CUT.

What we love about the Caribbean is the food.  Very few destinations in the world offer the spice combos, flavors, and fresh seafood the Caribbean has to offer.

At the top of your list should be Elvi’s Kitchen, known for its Mayan-Caribbean fusion cuisine that locals say is one of the best in the city.

Also, The Truck Stop and Hurricane’s Ceviche Barare favorites among tourists and locals alike.

Leaving Denver will get you there the cheapest. Use May 14 through May 21 as your travel dates for a flight deal for $170 round-trip.

May 2022 Flight Deal Round Up


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Ghana is now requiring visitors to prove they’re fully vaccinated, officials recently announced.

As of Dec. 12, travelers 18 years and older will have to provide proof of being fully vaccinated from Ghana’s approved list, which includes AstraZeneca’s, Sputnik V, Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer, and Moderna.

This comes after health officials noticed a more than 40 percent increase in cases when comparing the numbers from November 2020 to November 2021. Data shows that a majority of new cases in Ghana are from the unvaccinated, who are three times more likely to test positive for COVID-19, health officials stated.

Ghana is cracking down as it gears up for a busy and festive season as the world simultaneously deals with the new Omicron variant, which scientists believe to be more transmissible.

“The new variant, Omicron, which is said to be more transmissible has been detected at our airport,” a statement from Ghana’s Health Service, reads. “Of the 34 cases detected, 75% of them were unvaccinated. Over the last weeks, cases from the airport account for about 60% of the total cases recorded in the country.”

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There is an exception for unvaccinated Ghanaians and residents living outside out of Ghana, as they will be exempted from providing proof until Dec. 26. Health leaders, however, say they will be vaccinated on arrival at the airport.

Other arrival requirements that are still in effect include a 72-hour negative PCR test before departure and completion of the health declaration form three days before arrival.

The form asks travelers more about the countries they visited before landing in Ghana, including any layovers. Other questions include your reason for traveling to Ghana, if you’ve been around anyone who recently tested positive for COVIV-19, and if you’re currently experiencing any symptoms.

Ghana also requires all visitors to undergo Antigen testing.

The country has recorded just over 131,000 cases and 1,200 deaths since the start of the pandemic.