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    Thoughts and a Few Questions

    With the Covid pandemic some/many of us may be now at our wit's end with the way our lives have revolved around Covid and staying safe.
    We all have our lives to live and travel is a big part of many lives.
    All of us are individuals and if we chose to travel or to stay home it is a very personal choice.
    So my questions are: Just how discouraged are you at this point in time......about 22 months into this pandemic? If you could travel to Aruba tomorrow, would you? Is the return testing and the thought of isolating in Aruba something that is playing on and guiding your decision to travel there?

    PS. there is no wrong answer

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    OK, I’ll start. For us, in this moment, we would not travel to Aruba. We don’t want to deal with the testing, the changing requirements that leave you scrambling and the possibility of the hospital being at capacity. Part of our reasons for feeling this way are Tom’s health challanges and the communications from the Transplant team warning against travel.

    All that said, I have hope that since the Omicron variant is so widely spread and fortunately milder than other variants, we will reach herd immunity. Of course, we do not have a crystal ball. So for this year we have decided any travel will be spontaneous, depending on conditions. Normally by now I would have made reservations for May but that is not happening. If we get close and things are better than I may book.

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    My wife and I traveled to Florida over the holidays for 8 days to visit my wife's mom, who lives in a 55+ retirement community. To be honest, if you stayed away from the TV and internet, you would hardly know there is a pandemic going on. I'm sure I will get scolded for this, but after we left the Tampa airport, we did not wear masks or really social distance for 8 days until our return to the airport. People here are living their lives, not in fear. They had Christmas parties, play cards, and socialized. I had Christmas dinner with 3 widowers, all of have lost their husbands in the last 2 years - NONE of them to covid.They understand the meaning of life is too short, seize the moment. My wife and I had to take her Mom into the ER the Tuesday after Christmas. Was NOT covid related, she's back home a couple days later, doing fine. While my wife was in the hospital, she ask doctors and nurses how the new variant was effecting them. They said things were much worse back when Delta was at its peak, and so far they are not in crisis mode. It's a shame what's going on in Aruba, they are obviously being overwhelmed. But is it Omicron that is causing the crisis , 0r the response to it? I know Aruba has no choice but to test and quarantine people trying to get back to the US. But I ask at this point - is it really making any difference? Florida and Aruba are a lot alike because they depend on tourism. But Aruba is getting crushed while Florida's tourism is flourishing because people can travel freely. I have been triple vacinated, and at this point have no fear of getting Omicron. Our Family is supposed to be traveling to Kauai in 2 weeks , our daughter is getting married there. As long as our flights are not canceled and Hawaii lets us in, we are not changing our plans. We are going to live our lives and enjoy every moment. Good health to all.
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    I can handle the testing at each end and the prospect of quarantine in Aruba only gives me minor pause. I fully believe that Covid will morph into something like the flu with recommendations for an annual shot.
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    I'm extremely discouraged, but it comes from my place in the tourism industry, not travel itself. The past 22 months have been absolutely horrible work wise, and really the only bright spot in regards to tourism was my ability to travel last year and feel relatively safe in each destination I visited.

    With how the current numbers are looking, I would not travel right this minute. I had the opportunity to go back to Jamaica at the end of the month and turned it down. I do have my trip to Aruba planned for June and I'm also supposed to head to Mexico for a conference in April, but am waiting just a bit to purchase my plane ticket. So many people have become very lax on safety measures, even if the destination itself is somewhat strict. I saw this in Aruba back in October, as well as in Jamaica over the summer. No social distancing, no mask wearing, hotels/resorts not enforcing their rules, etc.

    I have witnessed so many people over the past year act as if they cannot get sick while on vacation, and then what do you know... they end up sick. With how transmissible the new variant is, I don't trust others to not "act a fool" and possibly spread it all over.
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    We were booked to Aruba March 2020 to celebrate my husband’s birthday. I had been many times with girlfriends but it was his first trip. We canceled 2 days before we were to leave when Aruba had it first cases. We basically have gone nowhere ( just grocery, takeout, etc ) for 2 years. I said we’d re-book when testing wasn’t necessary. Now I realize that’s here to stay for the near future. We have a credit from United for our first class tickets ( now will only get a ticket and a 1/4 ) to be booked by 03/31. We’ve decided to book for March, same plan to stay at Manchebo. We’ve lost 2 years of enjoying life so we plan on being careful and enjoy Aruba!
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    As you know like others , we have been going through out the pandemic. Im scheduled for Jan 28 .I think Im gonna bank my flight and rebook the week at costa linda for the fall. We are not afraid of the virus , its the uncertainty of the return test being positive and all the red tape involved. I feel safe in Aruba even with that much virus in the air. CT is as bad as any state right now , Honestly if the trip was now I couldnt find a test to go.
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    Good post Andrea - at this moment I would not do any traveling, Aruba or domestic - numbers are up all over and for me it's too annoying to travel with all of the requirements and stress. Travel for me is relaxing and enjoying my trip so with that said, no I would not travel to Aruba at this moment. I do have my trip to Aruba set up for 4-18 through 4-28 and will wait and see how things pan out. I went in September and had no issues with testing, etc. and we did social distancing, etc. and our trip was great, we were so happy we went! If numbers come down I will for sure go in April and enjoy myself. Take care folks, be safe.
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    Q: Just how discouraged are you at this point in time......about 22 months into this pandemic?

    A: Not terribly discouraged. In fact, after getting the Covid booster, shingles shot, flu shot and p
    neumonia shot, plus platinum travel insurance policy we're somewhat encouraged. I mean, we don't know of anything more that we can do to protect ourselves.

    Q: If you could travel to
    Aruba tomorrow, would you?

    A: Oh yes, we'd be packing right now.

    Q: Is the return testing and the thought of isolating in Aruba something that is playing on and guiding your decision to travel there?

    A: Being retired, and semi-retired, we're in a position to not let this eventuality guide our decision. Inconvenient, yes. Soul crushing, maybe. Visit ruination, no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan r View Post
    My wife and I traveled to Florida over the holidays for 8 days to visit my wife's mom, who lives in a 55+ retirement community. To be honest, if you stayed away from the TV and internet, you would hardly know there is a pandemic going on. I'm sure I will get scolded for this, but after we left the Tampa airport, we did not wear masks or really social distance for 8 days until our return to the airport. People here are living their lives, not in fear. They had Christmas parties, play cards, and socialized. I had Christmas dinner with 3 widowers, all of have lost their husbands in the last 2 years - NONE of them to covid.They understand the meaning of life is too short, seize the moment. My wife and I had to take her Mom into the ER the Tuesday after Christmas. Was NOT covid related, she's back home a couple days later, doing fine. While my wife was in the hospital, she ask doctors and nurses how the new variant was effecting them. They said things were much worse back when Delta was at its peak, and so far they are not in crisis mode. It's a shame what's going on in Aruba, they are obviously being overwhelmed. But is it Omicron that is causing the crisis , 0r the response to it? I know Aruba has no choice but to test and quarantine people trying to get back to the US. But I ask at this point - is it really making any difference? Florida and Aruba are a lot alike because they depend on tourism. But Aruba is getting crushed while Florida's tourism is flourishing because people can travel freely. I have been triple vacinated, and at this point have no fear of getting Omicron. Our Family is supposed to be traveling to Kauai in 2 weeks , our daughter is getting married there. As long as our flights are not canceled and Hawaii lets us in, we are not changing our plans. We are going to live our lives and enjoy every moment. Good health to all.
    Add us to the list of travelers. We just got back from a week in Nashville. Agreed if you weren't glued to a TV set or other media you wouldn't think there was anything going on. Of course we complied with the federal mandate of wearing masks while in airports and on planes, but we seldom wore a mask any other time unless it was specifically required. Most people didn't. Folks were living like normal, sitting at bars (gasp!) and wait for it... DANCING! Folks gave a little space where they could, and nobody was on top of you. On the way home we had to overnight in NYC due to missing our connection. American put us up and gave us food vouchers. At the hotel yesterday morning we were required to show our vaccine cards to be allowed to eat in the restaurant. We made our plates off of the buffet (while wearing masks) and took it back to our room... no big deal. We had our vaccine cards with us, but not in our pockets when we went down for breakfast, so we just ate in our room. I liked that because it was quieter. I would travel to Aruba tomorrow without hesitation, we have no issues with the testing requirements.
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