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As Carnival season nears I can tell you right now that understanding the concept of pace will become increasingly important.

Right now many of you have been sharing The Carnival Doctor's Tips on facebook and emailing them to your friends and some of you have even taken the right step and purchased the Ultimate Road Ready Guide from Amazon.  And for that I want to say thank you, BUT what I will be more happy about than anything is if you have the experience of your life in Trinidad in 2015 and every carnival that you attend from here on out.

And that is only possible if you pay attention, pace yourself and ready yourself properly.

Today's tip is in harmony with pacing yourself. To date, I HOPE, that you all have followed instructions and stayed on pace in terms of creating your fete line up (schedule) and getting your fete tickets.  I provided you some advice before this on making sure that you listen to a carnival veteran or find yourself in a crew because I  already know a few people who have NOT purchased a ticket for a certain fete because they are "waiting to see what meh friends dem wan do." Well.... while yuh waiting allyuh goh stick and be outside de fete wit de long face because you fall off pace!! 

Doh Stick!!  Maintain yuh pace!

How To Travel Back Home
With Your Head Piece

Today, I want to talk about something that is specific to the women and that is... making sure that you have a way to return with your headpiece that you have paid for. 

First, I want to say this -- you may take this post for granted if you are a virgin but trust me, you are going to want to bring your headpiece home. The headpiece is part of the experience of playing mas.

Most of the women who return from Trinidad after playing mas, return on the their flight with their head pieces from Tuesday.  The issue with this is that.... EVERY woman in the airport is carrying a head piece.  There's not enough space on the flight for all of the head pieces. So the airlines capitalize on this. The airline will try to charge you to fly back with the headpiece. Therefore, here's an option that you can utilize.

Bring an extra bag with you when you travel just for the headpiece (like a big shoulder bag) so you won't have any problems. This goes for those of you who have registered to play mas and have selected a costume with wings as well and want to bring your wings back home.

So, when you fly to Trinidad, you should have 1 carry-on suitcase and a BIG empty bag that has only a few things in it. There should be nuff space left so you can fit a HUGE headpiece and your wing in it (if need be) when you fly back home. I've heard of some masqueraders being charged $50 by their airline and some that have not been charged at all. But, when you pay anywhere from $600.00 to $1800.00 on a costume, the last thing that you are trying to do is add an extra cost to it.

For the first time international traveler, you may want to look and see what the baggage limitations are rules are per your airline.

Trust me when I tell you that it's the "little things" that make a big difference.

And most importantly, make sure that you listen to the wise counsel of the many Carnival Veterans and Carnival Experts out there. They can most certainly help you.

Blessings From Here To There,

Rhadi Ferguson, PhD
"The Carnival Doctor"

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