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AandA2VI
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Uh..... long shot but does anyone know where I can apply and get a IDP on island? I can only imagine the looks I would get at the BMV here. Never have needed this before on our travels so new to me.

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Topic starter Posted : February 15, 2017 4:53 pm
Alana33
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Call BMV. Call the STT location and ask for Mr. Olive (pronounced oleeve)
If that fails, call Delegate Plaskette's office.

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Posted : February 15, 2017 5:00 pm
AandA2VI
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Cool thanks babe..... will someone actually answer at BMV? lol.

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Topic starter Posted : February 15, 2017 5:03 pm
Alana33
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Always have for me!
(Unlike the Sugar Estate P.O.!)

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Posted : February 15, 2017 5:30 pm
Oldie1
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If that does not work go online; that's what we did for a IDP

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Posted : February 15, 2017 5:44 pm
vicanuck
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Why would you need one? What is the purpose of an International Driving Permit?

Just wondering...

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Posted : February 15, 2017 6:25 pm
AandA2VI
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Some countries require it to rent a car. In our case, for Santorini, Greece. It's like a passsport but for driving. Weird for sure, we've traveled to a lot of places and never needed one so it's all new to me. I can do it online through AAA but wondering about the VI not being the "states".... can't find info on territories so that's why I wanted to try it locally.

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Topic starter Posted : February 15, 2017 6:38 pm
vicanuck
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Thanks for sharing! One of my recent AirBNB guests from Denmark said the rental car agency made them pay $25 for some sort if IDP since they only had a Danish drivers license.

I thought it was just another money grab.

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Posted : February 15, 2017 6:46 pm
East Ender
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You have to apply through AAA. https://www.aaa.com/vacation/idpf.html. We had to have one for Italy. And the rental comapny did look at it.

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Posted : February 16, 2017 11:03 am
East Ender
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Couldn't edit because of the time factor, but... I just looked at the page I linked. I followed the "already overseas" rules last year. It was via regular mail, but now they say it has to go FedEx! It might be cheaper to go to San Juan!

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Posted : February 16, 2017 11:55 am
Afriend
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Why would you need one? What is the purpose of an International Driving Permit?

Just wondering...

Just so you know an IDP is a document that translate the information on your driver's license into several different languages. It must be accompanied by your "official" license to so local officials can confirm you have a valid license.

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Posted : February 16, 2017 12:57 pm
AandA2VI
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You have to apply through AAA. https://www.aaa.com/vacation/idpf.html. We had to have one for Italy. And the rental comapny did look at it.

Most of the trip is in Italy but we didn't think about renting a car... usually we just take trains everywhere in EU since it's so easy there. Did you find it useful to have your own car? I wouldn't mind having a car when we get around to the Tuscany region.... would be nice to stay at a small farm for a couple nights and explore some vineyards. Excited for the Prosecco region! :@) I hear that's the thing to do is stay in an old farm called a agriturismo where you get fresh foods and meats from the farm itself and just relax and drink the wine they make on property. We start with a day and night in Morocco so I can get my spice fix and then starting in Milan, to Verona, to Venice, down to Naples, up to Rome / Tuscany with several day trips from there and then popping over Santorini for a few days and back to Milan. It'll be a fun trip. I'm currently dieting and working out every day to loose 20lbs - so I can eat everything in sight lol! I'm sure I'll gain it all back but that's OK! This is more of a foodie trip for us but I always have wanted to see the Cistine Chapel and the statue of David... his face looks a lot like my fiancé face lol. Rome should be cool but not looking to the crowds in all these places. We typically find that it "feels" less crowded than the articles we read say it is. I love travel ticket hacking! Got RT for $650 - BOOM. Hell its more to fly to AZ to see my family which is absurd!

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Topic starter Posted : February 16, 2017 3:02 pm
Alana33
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Let us know how getting the IDP works out.

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Posted : February 16, 2017 5:53 pm
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L-O-V-E-D Italy! We rented on the outskirts of Rome and drove to Umbria. Loved Umbria!! Like Tuscany only less traveled. And they have a great local red wine. And all sorts of pig products, truffles, saltless bread... Don't get me started. Then to Ravenna for the mosaics. Then to Lake Como. Didn't need the car there, just parked it for 4 days. Then drove to Milan to turn the car in and fly out. Driving is easy except for small towns. You just have to pay attention to the signs.

Try some Franciacorta if you can- methode champenoise instead of the proseco method.I am envious...

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Posted : February 16, 2017 9:11 pm
AandA2VI
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So... for a laugh.... I called the BMV in STT. They DID answer which I was shocked but the lady could not for the life of her understand that I needed the permit to drive OUTSIDE of the VI. I explained it for ta lats 5 minutes that I am a VI resident and I have a VI DL but I need it for renting a car OUT of the VI/USA. She just kept saying "you no need dat here" and then finally she just couldn't comprehend it and say nope we don't do that. LMFAO. Oh well. AAA it is.

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Topic starter Posted : February 19, 2017 1:32 am
AandA2VI
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L-O-V-E-D Italy! We rented on the outskirts of Rome and drove to Umbria. Loved Umbria!! Like Tuscany only less traveled. And they have a great local red wine. And all sorts of pig products, truffles, saltless bread... Don't get me started. Then to Ravenna for the mosaics. Then to Lake Como. Didn't need the car there, just parked it for 4 days. Then drove to Milan to turn the car in and fly out. Driving is easy except for small towns. You just have to pay attention to the signs.

Try some Franciacorta if you can- methode champenoise instead of the proseco method.I am envious...

Sounds awesome! Thanks for the tips! Looking forward to the food! Will have to get to Umbria, that sounds amazing.

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Topic starter Posted : February 19, 2017 2:42 am
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L-O-V-E-D Italy! We rented on the outskirts of Rome and drove to Umbria. Loved Umbria!! Like Tuscany only less traveled. And they have a great local red wine. And all sorts of pig products, truffles, saltless bread... Don't get me started. Then to Ravenna for the mosaics. Then to Lake Como. Didn't need the car there, just parked it for 4 days. Then drove to Milan to turn the car in and fly out. Driving is easy except for small towns. You just have to pay attention to the signs.

Try some Franciacorta if you can- methode champenoise instead of the proseco method.I am envious...

Sounds awesome! Thanks for the tips! Looking forward to the food! Will have to get to Umbria, that sounds amazing.

Try the spa and restaurant at the top of the little mountain just outside Città di Castello right on the border overlooking Tuscany.

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Posted : February 19, 2017 6:58 am
Alana33
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So... for a laugh.... I called the BMV in STT. They DID answer which I was shocked but the lady could not for the life of her understand that I needed the permit to drive OUTSIDE of the VI. I explained it for ta lats 5 minutes that I am a VI resident and I have a VI DL but I need it for renting a car OUT of the VI/USA. She just kept saying "you no need dat here" and then finally she just couldn't comprehend it and say nope we don't do that. LMFAO. Oh well. AAA it is.

That's why I told you to ask for Mr. Olive. (Pronounced OLEEVE)
He's always there in the STT BMV.
He's the head of BMV. Very helpful.

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Posted : February 19, 2017 3:40 pm
Walt66
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I'm a US citizen and have a Florida Driver's Permit, Will I need an I.D.P if I move there to live. Thanks Anyone

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Posted : February 25, 2017 9:01 pm
Alana33
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No.

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Posted : February 25, 2017 10:07 pm
lc98
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Hey AandA, did you have success in getting your IDP online through AAA? I'm thinking about traveling to Iceland and would need to get one myself.

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Posted : March 22, 2017 7:36 pm
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I am so jealous. First basics, I had to get my internatioal driver's licence for last year's trip to Italy. I was still stateside, so got it at AAA. Damn I miss AAA. But that aside. The main reason for an IDL is the translations of your license into local language.

So jealous. I loved Tuscany. We stayed at an awesome farmhouse. It was so pretty. Wine on the porch watching sunset. I'm sure I can find the name if you are looking for a place there. It was outside Montepuciano, which was one of our favorite places. The food there was amazing. I want to go back just for some more butter sage ravioli.

Are you going to Cinque Terre? When you are traveling with 3 20 somethings, and they each say it's the most beautiful place they have ever been...you have to believe them.

And Santorini? Are you staying in Oia? A lot like here with the spectacular cliffs and views. Steep hills.

I have some great books on Italy/Greece including a Best Driving Tours of Tuscany. You're welcome to borrow them if you'd like. I usually research my trips to death, the planning and anticipation is half the fun.

Very different plans this summer, Utah and Nevada for some National Park visits. PM me if you'd like the books or more info on where I stayed/ate.

I found driving in Italy very easy. Wouldn't hesitate to do it again.

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Posted : March 22, 2017 10:56 pm
AandA2VI
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Well we've decided to skip Greece because there's just too much to see in Italy and doing three days in Greece just isn't enough. We will do a three weeker in Greece at some point but it's not top 10 list for me. I do wish we would have gone to Iceland as planned but the cheap Copenhagen tickets didn't align with fiancés time off so was too expensive any other way and with the cost of food and lodging ther being so high. Plus we got a KILLER deal to Italy.

We still haven't sent the paperwork lol! Will be sending it out tomorrow. If it doesn't come in time it's ok because without Greece, we were only renting a Fiat Abarth for fun for my fiancé in Tuscany for one day to explore outside of town.

We ARE going to Cinque Terra! Looks amazing and of course I'm going there for the photos! Stunnng. We're staying in Vernazza but will try to see a couple of them. Also staying on Capri a couple nights as well as well as Milan, Venice, Naples, Tuscany and two other small on the way places I forget right now lol, Rome, and we get a 48 hr layover in Casablanca... because I am almost out of Moroccan spices 😉 I joke with newbies that's it's cheaper to fly to Morocco than buy spices here!

We haven't even gone and I'm already planning South Pacific tour Fiji, Moorea and BBora next year HAHAH! Seriously addicted to traveling. That trip requires some serious saving.

I agree planning is half the fun! I'm so OCD and I love getting great deals and "travel hacking" my way to an affordable vacation. I use trip it and LOVVVVEEE IT! I have every detail planned out in there, direction, reservations, offline maps and all the best thing to do see and EAT. I hunt for locals reviews and Pinterest a lot and try to find the smaller places vs the flocks of tourists. Rome is already giving me anxiety with all the people. I do get up before sunset and stay out late for photos so usually less crowds at those times. For this trip we booked the tickets, three long trains, one inter Italy flight and 10 hotel rooms for less than you would normally buy two RT tickets to Italy for which is good after the financial hit from the stolen car.

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Topic starter Posted : March 23, 2017 2:09 am
lc98
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Sounds fun. Thanks for mentioning TripIt; I just tried it out to organize all my reservations for my next stateside trip. So nice to have all the info in one place instead of having to hunt through a dozen emails for flights, hotel reservations, car rental, etc. Even though I put everything in a folder before, this is way nicer.

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Posted : March 26, 2017 10:58 am
AandA2VI
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It's awesome. Also as long as it's hooked up to the same email address you can just forward the itenterary to plans@tripit.com and it'll automatically create the plans in trip it. It's soooo great!

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Topic starter Posted : March 26, 2017 12:29 pm
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