Are you all set for the 2018 ISAPS Congress?
With the Congress happening in just a few short months, it’s vitally important that attendees begin to solidify their plans to arrive in Miami Beach. If you’ve never visited the United States before, you’re in for quite an adventure. Miami Beach is one of the most beautiful spots in the world, so you can be sure that this will be a Congress to be remembered.
For many people, travel is inherently stressful. You have so much to do, just to get ready. You need to buy the tickets, book the reservations, pack, make sure you have local currency… Here are some of the things you may want to think about to make your arrival in Miami as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Things to Remember Before You Leave
First, make sure that your accommodations are booked and confirmed. Arriving in Miami Beach without knowing where you are staying would be a huge mistake. We recommend staying at our host hotel, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, as it is in perfect walking distance to the Miami Convention Center, where the 2018 Congress will be held. Staying there, you will also be surrounded by your colleagues, giving you the opportunity to form personal relationships with some of the finest ISAPS Plastic Surgeons in the world.
Make sure that you have your money situation figured out. Although not quite a fully cashless society, the United States (and especially a tourist destination like Miami Beach) allows you to use credit or debit cards to pay for nearly everything. Some credit cards charge foreign transaction fees for use outside of your home country, though, so look into whether yours do. It can be a great idea to get some local currency, either before you leave your country or when you arrive in Miami. Word of warning, the exchange rate at the airport may not be the best available, but there are any number of currency exchanges in Miami Beach. A quick browser search will help you find the best rate to save money.
Something that goes without saying (but we will anyway) is to make absolutely sure that you have your passport and official photo ID with you. The last thing you want is to get to your local airport and suddenly discover that you can’t get through customs. A great idea is to make a packing checklist long before you plan on leaving. That way, you will have lots of time to add things that you may inevitably forget (Remember, passport!)
Looking at maps can give you an idea of where you are going, but nothing beats actually walking through the streets of Miami Beach to get a feel for the city. If you want to “explore” Miami Beach before you even get there, you can use a map application with a “street view” to get a sense of the area. Don’t worry, it won’t ruin the amazing feeling you will get when you actually arrive, but it will give you a certain amount of familiarity.
Arriving in Miami
Chances are, if you are flying directly to Miami Beach, you will be arriving at the Miami International Airport. This is only five miles (8 km) north of downtown Miami and 13 miles (21km) from Miami Beach.
This world-class airport will provide you with numerous options to get to Miami Beach and your hotel, ranging from public transportation, to taxi, to limo, to even renting your own car. Remember, if you are driving for the first time in the US, keep your driver’s license handy, and stay on the right-hand side of the road!
Exploring Miami Beach
Now it’s time to experience the real thing for yourself!
Once you are settled into your hotel, the temptation of checking out Miami Beach is likely to be irresistible. So don’t resist, go! Even in October, the weather in Florida is beautiful, so don’t forget to pack appropriate clothes. You may also want to bring an umbrella because, though the “rainy season” is pretty much over by September, there will still be an occasional shower.
It might be a good idea to take a walk or ride from your hotel to the Miami Convention Center, just so you know where you will be going the first day of the Congress (you don’t want to be late because you got lost!) If there are any tourist spots you want to check out, this might also be a good time. Scoping out some great restaurants around the Convention Center might make you popular with your colleagues around lunchtime. Just load up your favorite map application, and enjoy exploring the city! If you do find yourself really hopelessly lost, just flag down a cab and ask to be brought back to your hotel. This is another good reason to keep some cash on you, just in case.
Take Jet Lag into Account
If you’re experienced in international travel, then you know the curse of jet lag. Traveling from one coast of the US to another can be hard enough, but flying in from Europe or Asia can really throw your body for a loop. If possible, it might be a good idea to arrive in Miami Beach a day or two before the Congress, to give your body some time to recuperate and adjust to a new time zone. We aren’t going to lie, jet lag can be a beast, so be sure to take care of yourself throughout the Congress. If you need a nap, take one. If you need coffee, drink it (although, try to avoid it at night so you can get a good night’s rest). One of the best remedies for jet lag is thought to be sunshine, which can help your body’s circadian rhythm adapt. So unpack the sunscreen, take a light walk along the beach, and soak up those Sunshine State rays!
Really, all of these steps are precautions you should take whenever you travel internationally (or nationally, if you are already in the US). With the 2018 ISAPS Congress rapidly approaching, time is winding down for you to solidify your plans of what exactly you will be doing once you arrive at the Miami International Airport. Of course, some things are more important than others. If you haven’t yet booked your spot at the Congress, we recommend to do that right away. Be sure that you have your accommodations completely figured out, too, for example at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. In just a few more weeks, the biggest global aesthetics conference will be here! Will you be prepared?