The New Travel Thread: Now with write ups in the OP

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  1. PJP3

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    i did one day and felt that was sufficient but only saw argentina side.
     
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  2. ohhaithur

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    Arrive one night, leave the next. You only need 24 hours but want the morning imo (only did Argentina)
     
  3. BamaNug

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    This is what I did. Both sides are dope, I did one that evening and the next one the following morning.

    Only other thing to really do is go to the river where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay all meet. I think it's on the Arg side.
     
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  4. AptosDuck

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    Just bought tickets for the family to fly to Maui in late April. A bit of a risk, but at $266 round trip it was too hard to pass up
     
  5. enjj

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    Wife and I are booked for end of April to go to Mexico. 50/50 we can go. Unless we have the vaccine we will have to postpone. Any idea if an immunity passport will be necessary to travel in the future? Maybe not Mexico or DR but other islands or Europe??
     
  6. tjosu

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    We’re back to being optimistic that we’ll be able to do a honeymoon in August. Still assuming international is unlikely but Hawaii was our back up this year and will probably be the case again next
     
  7. Where Eagles Dare

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    Yup. I flew in one morning, did Argentina side/crossed into Brazil, stayed the night, did Brazil the next day and flew out that evening
     
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  8. Lyrtch

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    had a japan trip last march, postponed for obvious reasons

    rebooked to like October since in March that seemed reasonable

    now its moved to May, which now is still very ???

    LET ME OUTTTT
     
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  9. AptosDuck

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    We compared flight/lodging prices between April/May and early August, and the price difference for the exact same things was $1800. Wife said she was willing to risk it, and she doesn't want to wait until August. I suggested that touristy things would be more likely to be open in August, and she replied that all she wants to do is snorkel and drink mai tais on the lanai anyway. Hard to argue with that
     
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  10. PJP3

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    We booked flights to Ireland in August so keeping fingers crossed international is back open by then. I think it will be. Everyones spring trips I think are more on the edge.
     
  11. BamaNug

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    What are thoughts on the vaccine? I can see a lot of international travel requiring proof of vaccination. I think I saw Qantas airlines already said they will require it.
     
  12. ohhaithur

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  13. mc415

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    my friend took a trial vaccine Monday and he is feeling like shit he said like a bad flu, he said the second booster supposed to make u feel worse .....but I’m gonna take it ASAP
     
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  14. Where Eagles Dare

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    I definitely see places requiring it and hopefully so will airlines or gov't placing that requirement on airlines.

    It's just going to depend how quickly you can get the vaccination. I've seen the numbers all over the place, but I've seen somethings that Moderna and Pfizer plan to have 30mm or so Each, per month. Evenly, assuming that 60mm only goes to the US (doubtful since it'll be manufactured around the world). So let's say it is 40? That'll take 9-10 months to churn through the entire population in the US. We'd need to get to 70% for some sort of herd immunity, which would be like 6 months.

    I really want to take a trip in late spring and hope to have a vaccine by then. :pray:
     
  15. Lyrtch

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    wife will get the vaccine in ~2 weeks

    i can't imagine i'll be able to get it before my May trip so unless we're just in a different world where community spread is way way down world wide I'll be a little surprised if we can go
     
  16. PJP3

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    I'm assuming I'll be able to get the vaccine pretty early being I'm a dentist and I'm also on staff at our main hospital, so I plan on getting it asap. Question will be how long it takes my wife to get it as well, but I have 2 good friends who are primary care drs here so when they have access to distribute vaccines maybe she can get friend bumped a little up the list. Still feel pretty good about our August trip but have made sure to only book refundable hotels, and flight on points in case.
     
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  17. Spontaneous Cumbustion

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    By the middle to end of summer is when vaccines should be readily available for the general public. There will likely be 5+ vaccines available by then and not just these first two. Booking international before then I would consider risky, unless that country is just letting all people in.

    Even after the summer I wouldn't be shocked if some of the more conservative countries like Australia/NZ or some in western Europe might not let foreigners or Americans in for a longer period. Hopefully proof of getting the vaccine is enough to get in. Had a trip to Australia this fall already cancelled and I really don't want to wait until 2022.
     
  18. Pasta88

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    I haven’t looked in detail so correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought I read that some of the vaccines make it so that you have less chance of getting sick but still can catch the virus and spread it?
     
  19. PJP3

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    That's going to be the case with any vaccine. None are 100%. When you get it you can still get sick just much less likely but if enough people get the vaccine or have had covid already, herd immunity kicks in.
     
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  20. BamaNug

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    I'm going to try and get the vaccine as soon as possible. Hoping this is my last year working 40-50 hours weeks in the US.

    Trying to get on that DuffandMuff lyfe
     
  21. Pasta88

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    Wouldn’t that make the host country’s vaccination campaign the most important thing here then? I guess I’m struggling to see why individual unvaccinated tourists entering is such a big risk for a country in the grand scheme of reaching herd immunity via vaccine?

    but I will try to read more about it
     
  22. PJP3

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    Well assuming a country could get the majority of their country vaccinated before allowing anyone in, sure an unvaccinated person coming in shouldn't be much of an issue, but I think that's unlikely for any country till at least 2022 so in the mean time I'd think most countries will start to allow tourism but only vaccinated people in to limit the risk. We may never get enough vaccinated people in the US since we are so stupid but I'd imagine the smarter countries in the world will get there eventually.
     
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  23. Room 15

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    It will greatly decrease the chance of getting sick but not 100%. Also both trials have shown 0 serious illness in the vaccinated population which is what truly matters. We just need it to stop clogging our hospitals and killing people.
     
  24. DuffandMuff

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    Not sure if this is a good time to say I just returned from French Polynesia. Did Tahiti for one day and Moorea for six.

    I had to get a COVID test within 72 days of departure and the country also provides you with one upon landing to perform a self administered test on the fourth day. Bunch of hoops to jump through. They were very specific with which test you had to take prior to departure. Couldn’t just do a quick one at CVS.

    I got hit with an awful case of food poisoning on the last night. Still feeling some lingering effects.
     
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  25. The Banks

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    CNN said that anyone who wants a vaccine in the US will be able to get one by June.
     
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  26. pianoman

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    Any US Virgin Island recs? American Airlines had a mistake fare out of my home airport for only $99 round trip to St. Thomas so we're headed down last week of April.
     
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  27. enjj

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    Was told by a travel agent that having a vaccine passport allows a country to open it's tourism industry quicker. Countries are concerned about importing the virus so this would be a way of almost guaranteeing you won't be bringing Covid with you. Some areas will currently make you quarantine for 14 days post so by having been vaccinated so this will allow more people to travel. In theory.
     
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  28. RJF-GUMP

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    I have to use my Italy vouchers at the hotels by the end of 2021. I think I'll be able to pull that off but it could be a close call.
     
  29. RJF-GUMP

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    what are the chances that Chase will give me a refund on my Italy hotels? I bought them like a month before the pandemic. It's like $2,000-$3,000 worth of hotels IIRC. Did I wait too long? The hotels are offering vouchers until the end of 2021.
     
  30. Pasta88

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    Based on the studies, it seems that some of the vaccines may not prevent you from transmitting the virus, while others do (e.g. AstraZeneca)? So the passport would have to be vaccine specific so a country knows which one you received and when?
     
  31. BP

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    TBH, going forward, it'd be a good idea to have vaccine records on a PP.
     
  32. enjj

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    Good point. Tourism has ground to a halt but once most get inoculated my guess is people will be travelling like never before. Only so many home projects to do.
     
  33. Room 15

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    I hate you

    never mind
     
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  34. BayouMafia

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    damn were you guys planning to be there for a month or do you just like going big on hotels when on vacation?
     
  35. AptosDuck

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    We've got flight vouchers from British Airways that need to be used by May 2022. The bad news is that flights will probably be over twice what they cost when we booked the flights originally

    This has nothing to do with Italian hotel vouchers, just vouchers in general
     
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  36. DuffandMuff

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    Update: Day 3 of diarrhea. Not cool. Not cool at all.

    In all of my travels I've been very fortunate to never really experience a bad stomach bug or anything. Had a scare in Nicaragua once.
     
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  37. Room 15

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    Got a bad bug coming back from Austin once. Thank God in Heaven that it didn’t hit til I got home from the airport.
     
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  38. BamaNug

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    Got sick in India twice, pretty inevitable.

    My first day in Mexico City, I did a street food tour and ate my weight in tacos. Then went out that night and drank about 20 Tecates. That next morning was absolutely brutal.
     
  39. southside

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    Got sick for about 3 weeks in Colombia. Nearly shit on me and the guide while parasailing in the air above Medellin.
     
  40. DuffandMuff

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    I had a nice indoor/outdoor bathroom with an outdoor bathtub and rain shower head. I was curled up in the fetal position in that tub with hot water beating on me while I simultaneously shit and vomited. Unbelievably awful.
     
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  41. RJF-GUMP

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    It was like 7 days or so but had top tier hotels in Rome and Florence. Yah I like eating very well and staying in nice hotels when I'm traveling.
     
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  42. RJF-GUMP

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    :roll:
     
  43. RJF-GUMP

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    The airlines gave me my money back-compete refund. Which is cool and everything but I spent that money again on lord knows what months ago so I'm just going to have to pay that money again. I have like $2500 in chase points so I can pretty much fly anywhere in the world for free right now.
     
  44. CoastalOrange

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    Welp, this plan was scrapped and she decided on Costa Rica because she already had drafted an itinerary. Booked the flights last night. Fly into SJO on Dec. 27 and then fly back from LIR on Jan. 7. Now we need to find places to stay.

    Told her any and all travel is done for a while after this as my bank account needs to recuperate a bit.
     
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  45. Where Eagles Dare

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    Fly to STT and immediately take the ferry to St John and stay there. St John has been a top 2 trip for me and been 3 times.

    Stay near the harbor, rent a jeep/snorkel equipment, pack a cooler of beer and hit 2-3 beaches each day for 3-5 days. It's quiet, low key, no massive hotels, and relaxing
     
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  46. Where Eagles Dare

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    Take a small plane ride to Santa Tereasa.
     
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  47. BamaNug

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    I'm putting all my energy and effort into making this my last year in the rat race. Saving everything I can this year, then try and put into motion my plan of living in the PNW during the summer and somewhere else during the winter. Going to try and stay in a similar time zone for my first attempt, South America seems to be the most logical decision -- Medellin is the leader ATM.

    Also going to take another sabbatical after next Christmas, going to head back to India for 4-6 weeks, maybe Sri Lanka as well.

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  48. HuskerInMiami

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    My wife has a weird obsession w California and I was thinking about buying tickets to fly there from the Saturday the 19- Wednesday 23rd. December.

    Don’t know where to go or what to do. Any suggestions? I’d love to see Yosemite, but now isn’t the time.
     
  49. DuffandMuff

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    Well I can tell you San Diego (and I believe all of Southern California) was placed under a new stay at home order yesterday. It's supposed to last at least three weeks. Restaurants are only available for takeout now. Many other places are either shut down or have had to severely reduce capacity.
     
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  50. PJP3

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    Yeah, now is not really the time to come.