Travel to The Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic (referred to as the DR) is an easy trip from the US for lots of travelers. Try local culture by taking a guagua (bus) or taking a carrito (car). Eat at a local comedor (cafeteria), where you’ll learn to crave fried plantains, and learn some Dominican Spanish slang.
Don’t forget to talk some ‘beisbol’ (baseball) with the locals, who love the American teams like the Yankees. Explore nearby beaches and water sports, from kite-surfing to snorkeling.