**I originally wrote this article in 2016, following an incredible trip to Turks & Caicos in the British West Indies. Since I haven’t yet returned to Turks & Caicos, I am not sure if the content, namely the businesses, are all still around, or if the prices have changed a bit, but I am reposting this article here at Wanderschool.com because I believe it is still practical for families looking to try out a lovely Caribbean destination; specifically, Turks & Caicos is doable on a budget. I have also noticed lately family travel interest in Turks & Caicos on travel discussion boards. While Turks & Caicos may not be the least expensive destination, it is in many ways spectacular and worth it. If you’ve traveled to Turks & Caicos more recently, I’d love to hear from you about your experience. Please drop a line in the comments below.

I can’t decide if I want to nap or write over the lull of the plane’s white noise. My four children quietly play on their iPads–three take up the full row left of the aisle, the fourth, my baby, only he’s now six, sits pressed against me to my right, mesmerized by Minecraft. The nap would be the sensible choice for a homeschooling mom who spends 24/7 with her children and travels with them in tow, despite the peacefulness so conducive to writing.

I close my eyes and try to drift into sleep, but my thoughts take me to the last six days spent exploring Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Located east of the Bahamas and surrounded by gorgeous, Hollywood-esque turquoise waters, English-speaking Turks and Caicos is comprised of forty islands, eight of which are inhabited, including the small, island of Providenciales. Known locally as Provo, Providenciales, the most developed island, covers only 38 miles, and has a population just over 23,000.

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