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Girl struggling with overflowing suitcase
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As a Dominican with a lot of family still living on the island, thinking long and hard about a visit is a common occurrence. On the one hand you miss everyone, but the process of getting ready for the trip is enough to make you want to scrap your plans, put on a disguise, and escape to a resort instead. The uninitiated may think you’re crazy to consider paying for a place to stay, but that’s because they don’t know you’d actually be saving money (and will have greater peace of mind) with this alternate plan. From sending a tanque to buying a new wardrobe to prepping for a one-person war against mosquitos, heading to your family’s pueblo may be more trouble than it’s worth.