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After initially banning American tourists, the Bahamas reversed course and created a process for travelers from the U.S. to quarantine for 14 days and a covid test before they can enjoy the island nation. Also, airlines are starting to take drastic measures to enforce mask rules. A Delta turned around mid-flight because of two non-compliant passengers, and other airlines have started to remove passengers before taking off.
Travel Talk: Trips with people you know and people you don’t
Traveling with friends, family, or even strangers can enhance your trip experience, or it can leave you feeling frustrated. Ben recently took a trip to Lake Tahoe with some people he knew and some he didn’t. Because they didn’t communicate much beforehand, there were a lot of challenging moments.
Tippe talks about a weeklong trip to Morocco with a friend and a fellow traveler she met the year before at a hostel in South Africa. They communicated well throughout the trip and it went perfectly. They spent some time in Marrakesh, took the overnight train to Tangier, and visited Chefchaouen, Fez, and Casablanca.
Travel Tips: How to create an excellent trip experience with others
Ben and Tippe share their advice based on good and bad experiences they’ve had:
Make communication a priority before and throughout the trip. Get a feel of everyone’s travel style, so you’ll have fewer tense situations.
Create a plan together, but don’t be too rigid.
Don’t be afraid to separate, so everyone can enjoy the experience at their own pace.
Be patient and understanding.
Plan for jet lag and downtime, so people can stay relaxed.
Set an expectation for food. Everyone has a different budget, and it’s important to be considerate.
Talk about who pays for what and how to keep track of everyone’s spending, so you’re all on the same page.