• Stephanie Olson

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

Updated: Feb 4

Planning for our stay in the Bahamas has been a little more stressful than I’d like. I wanted to get a post together detailing the excursions we plan to take, as well as giving some information on what’s available and why I do or don’t recommend certain activities. Between the knowledge we’ve gained while living on the road and the things I’ve learned in my Travel Advisor training, I think I will have a lot of great information for everyone. I wouldn’t be doing myself justice however, if I didn’t talk about what planning this particular trip has been like. I can sum it up in one simple word: HEADACHE.

Don’t get me wrong, I love challenges and obstacles when planning because the feeling of working through them is extremely rewarding. This time is a little different however, because there is SO much more to work around.

First of all, this is the first time we are leaving the country since Covid hit. Being prepared for what that means in and of itself has been very overwhelming. As of now, November 13, the rules for our trip will be:

Take a Covid test within 5 days of arrival to the Bahamas. Then, upload the negative test to your Travel Health Visa, 72 hours prior to departure (They can take up to 72 hours to process). So what that alone means is that we will need our results very quickly (by the end of the day following our test). As if that isn’t difficult enough, we leave Milwaukee the day after Christmas, so there is a chance we lose at least a day in there for the processing of everything.

The next requirement, when we do submit the Health Visa is to purchase their insurance which will help with any related health care costs if we have to be treated at all while in the Bahamas, as well as the next required test.

This is step… something or another…. On day 5 of being in the Bahamas, another rapid test is required. This is part of the reason we’ve decided to stay in Nassau for the first week.

The last thing that’s been harder than anything else is the fact that we will be in Milwaukee prior to leaving, so of course we want to see our family and friends. This is causing a great deal of heartache, which I personally don’t handle so well. We need to be sure we are being safe, for ourselves, of course, but also need to take Zach’s aging grandmother into consideration, as well as his higher risk parents. They’ve been home and safe almost exclusively since everything started. Then there are my parents, who we also very much want to see, but need to space our visits out so as not to infect the other group, especially since my mom still has to go into the office every day. The last concern, aside from potentially exposing any person we care about is the scenario where we get infected and can’t make this trip as planned. Of course, we could always just push everything back, but that means a lot for the time taken off of jobs and other things that are more difficult to arrange around.

Now that I’ve spent my time writing about all of the negative and stressful things we’ve been dealing with, I’d like to finish by saying that I do know how lucky we are to be able to live the life that we do. Many people don’t get to travel at all, or not until they are retired. The fact that we have the opportunity to be wherever we want to be is worth any and all stress that comes along with it. At some point, we will all look back on what an impact this year has had on us, and use it as a lesson. A lesson in appreciating the time we have with our families and friends, a lesson about courtesy and understanding for others. This year will no doubt shape very large changes in our country, and hopefully in the long run we will be stronger and smarter.

I do plan to highlight the activities we plan to participate in, especially while in Nassau, so stay tuned for that. Of course, I’ll come back and let everyone know what we thought of them after the fact as well. Next week’s update should have a great deal of information on Alaska planning as well as wrapping up some details about Nassau.

Thanks for reading!

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