As many of you know our yacht trip to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) was set for this month (July 2020), well I am sure you know it was canceled based on COVID-19. We have been monitoring the activities in the BVI and it appears to be going downhill. The latest information we received is the BVI is still Closed – No Reopening Date Announced British Virgin Islands (Tentative September 1st – Not Official). We understand the reluctance to any Country to have another outbreak of COVID-19, therefore we have watched all the updates relating to a new date to schedule our vacation.
We already had plans to obtain various musical groups to provide our yachting entertainment during this lavish trip. Well, the planning of the new trip is now on hold based on the restriction in place around the world. I have an advantage with many of my friends being Doctors and working in the medical field, however, I have obtained some frightening news. During a conversation last week, I was asked if I were ready for a three-peat. Being a person that inquiring minds want to know, I asked what that means. “The response shocked me, COVID-19, the Flu and Hurricane season all hitting September thru November of 2020.” (Dr. P Fagan) Who outside of the medical field would ever think of that?
Now 2021 has a BIG question mark! We had some first-timers traveling with us and putting things off was bad enough, now how do you even plan for the out-year?
Please be aware that many Companies/vendors become difficult with the return of the monies provided when something like this occurs. We had sent all deposits to the yacht company and the return of the funds was a task, to say the least, they felt “this to shall pass. Well instead of passing it appears to be getting worst. Visitors to BVI who show symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to quarantine at a government or alternate site for 14 days. Can you imagine landing in the U.S. Virgin Islands ready to catch the ferry and being told you must quarantine 14 days, that would be a total disaster? All I can think of is the hassle it took to get a refund and encountering a stay in place after almost getting there, or getting to the BVI, disembarking and then being told you have to stay 14 days.
We are looking at 2021, however, we will make sure any/all contracts are reviewed by some legal minds to avoid any problems. We have started looking at contracts in a different light. Companies have no problem taking your money however returning it tends to be a whole new story. Even though I/we are retired we have plans that are in place and they do not include delays such as a 14-day quarantine.
Many of you that are retired are subject to SCAMS or being deceived in some manner and some people may not be retired and you are still vulnerable to people that may not be honorable.
As you noticed I did not mention the yacht company that has been such a problem, however, stay tuned I will tell you as soon as Dr. Fagan receives her refund which is still pending and has been pending for 5 months.
It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
It is up to all of us to slow the spread of COVID-19. Everyone, including young and healthy people, should avoid large gatherings during this time. Stay up to date with public health guidelines
Mr. Free Spirit Out!!!