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    2020 Trip-Still Planning to go...

    So 8 of the 10 couples I call my Vacation Family have already canceled their trips for weeks 37-39. I am still planning to go as of right now 38 & 39. Supposed to fly out on 9/20. As long as I can get negative test results in time, I will most likely go. I don't want to chance an AUA test. There is no reason whatsoever that I should test positive (you wouldn't believe how strict we've been in my household), but I can't take a chance on being put in isolation for an unknown amount of time.

    I booked my flights in early March before everything shut down and got changed. About 5 weeks ago, Jet Blue moved my departure flight to leave 1.5 hours later than my booked flight-no biggie. I had booked Mint Class (JB first class) for my return and they cancelled that the other day. My flight now has no Mint Class and leaves about 3 hours later. They did compensate me a bit for that change, so as long as the flight is on time, I should be ok. If it's late, I could miss my bus from Boston to NH and that would really be a bummer.

    I bought flight insurance when I booked so if I have to cancel, I should be made whole. Divi isn't offering much to owners who cancel while the borders are open, so hopefully, I won't have to go down that road.

    I think I found a place close by that can do the correct PCR test with a quick turn-around, so I'll call them Monday to make sure. I've heard of other places in NH, but it would be nice if I could drive 5 minutes up the street as opposed to over an hour to get the giant Q-tip up the nose

    The past two years I have shared a rental car with another couple, but they aren't going this year. I'm considering renting by myself, but I honestly don't drive to too many places (which made sharing ideal). Hmmm still thinking on that one. I'll have to add up estimated cab fare and see if it would be cheaper to rent.

    It will be strange without all of my VF there, but I'll take what I can get.

    Stay tuned...
    ​Laura from NH/Divi Village
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    will you have a problem if you are the only one of your travel family to go?
    I know there are numerous folks that travel alone and they seem to do exceptionally well.

    please post where in NH that you get your quick turnaround PCR test.


    Quote Originally Posted by Laura in NH View Post
    So 8 of the 10 couples I call my Vacation Family have already canceled their trips for weeks 37-39. I am still planning to go as of right now 38 & 39. Supposed to fly out on 9/20. As long as I can get negative test results in time, I will most likely go. I don't want to chance an AUA test. There is no reason whatsoever that I should test positive (you wouldn't believe how strict we've been in my household), but I can't take a chance on being put in isolation for an unknown amount of time.

    I booked my flights in early March before everything shut down and got changed. About 5 weeks ago, Jet Blue moved my departure flight to leave 1.5 hours later than my booked flight-no biggie. I had booked Mint Class (JB first class) for my return and they cancelled that the other day. My flight now has no Mint Class and leaves about 3 hours later. They did compensate me a bit for that change, so as long as the flight is on time, I should be ok. If it's late, I could miss my bus from Boston to NH and that would really be a bummer.

    I bought flight insurance when I booked so if I have to cancel, I should be made whole. Divi isn't offering much to owners who cancel while the borders are open, so hopefully, I won't have to go down that road.

    I think I found a place close by that can do the correct PCR test with a quick turn-around, so I'll call them Monday to make sure. I've heard of other places in NH, but it would be nice if I could drive 5 minutes up the street as opposed to over an hour to get the giant Q-tip up the nose

    The past two years I have shared a rental car with another couple, but they aren't going this year. I'm considering renting by myself, but I honestly don't drive to too many places (which made sharing ideal). Hmmm still thinking on that one. I'll have to add up estimated cab fare and see if it would be cheaper to rent.

    It will be strange without all of my VF there, but I'll take what I can get.

    Stay tuned...
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    Good luck Laura..... hoping it all works out for you.....
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    Even if this has to be a solo trip, don’t be intimidated. I hope your plans work
    out!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    will you have a problem if you are the only one of your travel family to go?
    I know there are numerous folks that travel alone and they seem to do exceptionally well.

    please post where in NH that you get your quick turnaround PCR test.
    I've gone without my husband since 2011. Until this year, I always had my whole VF to hang with if I wanted company. I don't mind being solo. I am solo more often than not in NH as well. The SU is a big time homebody. It works for us, but I know it wouldn't work for everyone. The only thing I don't care for is driving in Aruba. My friends Susan and Marsha like to do a lot of the same things as me and we would share a car. I could go food shopping when I needed, but any new ventures or going to Baby Beach - stuff like that - Susan always did the driving.

    I won't venture far this year. I don't mind taking a cab here and there. I just like the convenience of my own car but not sure I can justify the cost if I won't be using it often enough.

    I'm going to check Convenient MD near my house. One of the links for testing shows them, but I'll call Monday and see what they say. I'll also try my local Hosp. I heard Exeter Hosp will do it, but that's about 45 minutes away, not too bad. A couple places in Manchester and Nashua, but those are even farther. I'll share anything I find out.
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    Laura ...my daughter in law said to also give York Hospital a call for PCR rapid read testing.

    FWIW Baby beach driving is a whole 'nuther thing with the new road and the 8 + roundabouts...or maybe it is 12+. hahaha
    It is an easy ride from Divi to Baby Beach.
    40 minutes tops and if you go on the weekday morning, you will be sharing the beach and the swimming area with the local school swimming lesson classes.
    They are well behaved and it is fun to watch.



    Quote Originally Posted by Laura in NH View Post
    I've gone without my husband since 2011. Until this year, I always had my whole VF to hang with if I wanted company. I don't mind being solo. I am solo more often than not in NH as well. The SU is a big time homebody. It works for us, but I know it wouldn't work for everyone. The only thing I don't care for is driving in Aruba. My friends Susan and Marsha like to do a lot of the same things as me and we would share a car. I could go food shopping when I needed, but any new ventures or going to Baby Beach - stuff like that - Susan always did the driving.

    I won't venture far this year. I don't mind taking a cab here and there. I just like the convenience of my own car but not sure I can justify the cost if I won't be using it often enough.

    I'm going to check Convenient MD near my house. One of the links for testing shows them, but I'll call Monday and see what they say. I'll also try my local Hosp. I heard Exeter Hosp will do it, but that's about 45 minutes away, not too bad. A couple places in Manchester and Nashua, but those are even farther. I'll share anything I find out.
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    I hope your trip goes well. Its a really nice time to be in Aruba right now. Nice a peaceful!!!
    As far as a rental car, till you figure going from the airport when you get there. Going back at the end. Grocery shopping and evenings. Also if you do Baby Beach and or Light House, you might as well rent a car because the taxi fees really add up. Get a map and just remember. If you ever get lost in Aruba, just keep driving and you will come out somewhere! Because its a small Island.Good luck and I wish you a great and safe trip. AB
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    Testing within the 72 hours seems to be the biggest challenge to travel. I hope all goes well with that and you enjoy your trip.

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    Hi Laura in NH,
    My husband and are traveling to Aruba this Thursday, Sept 10 and we'll be on the island through Sept 20th. We are getting tested in advance, however, we've learned that FedEx doesn't transport samples on Labor day (Monday, the day we will be tested) so we don't have high hopes of receiving our test results back by 12 hours prior to our direct flight departure at the airport. So, we expect we'll need to get tested at the Aruba airport. I plan to post a trip report to share our experience.
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    Good luck and enjoy your trip. Like Kent said, it's a great time to be on the island. It is so very peaceful and easy to social distance!
    Loving Aruba from NJ
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