Travel What's Your Fancy?: The White Lotus's Alexandra Daddario on Her Hawaiian Travel Essentials
Nothing changes on The White Lotus. That’s the point.
The HBO series paints a bleak picture of humanity. Or does it?The HBO limited series vividly dissects the entrenched systems of power that rule the planet with an iron fist. Yet on some level, it does not believe those systems can be changed — only observed.
The world is finally reopening, and the increasing availability of vaccinations has meant that people have.
, and in many cases even vaccinated people must show proof of a negative test before crossing borders.
American travelers returning to the United States from abroad. That means that if you go to visit family in a reopened country in Europe, or to see friends in the Caribbean, or plan a vacation to a resort in Cancun, and you test positive for COVID-19, you won’t be allowed to come home.
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Instead,. In some places, you may be able to return to your hotel, or a family member’s home (some hotels and resorts even offer discount packages for those who have to quarantine and can’t return home). Other countries may require you to stay in a government-run quarantine facility.
That fact is weighing heavily on my mind as I look forward to my first pandemic-era international trip next month.
I personally traveled very little during the pandemic. Aside from one, I avoided airplanes and public transit until March of this year, after I was fully vaccinated.
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The wealthy vacationers in the HBO series The White Lotus assume that the world revolves around them. The show ultimately proves them right.“This is a lot of pineapple. Not subtle with the theme.
The vaccine has made me comfortable flying, although I still wear a protective mask on board and at the airport (where).
However, as the, I’m fully aware that getting back home may prove to be a problem, even if I use best safety practices throughout my trip. Even though, thanks to the vaccine, the worst that I need to worry about are mild cold-like symptoms, a breakthrough infection and a positive test will mean up to two weeks of quarantining in a room at the resort we’re going to so that we don’t spread the virus to anyone else
So as my wife and I head for our Caribbean getaway in August, we’re hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.
Packing for an unwillingly extended vacation
I polled the TPG team this week to ask people what they would pack for an international vacation in case they’re stranded in quarantine for two weeks.
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For me, the biggest thing is my. At the start of the pandemic, I was in with just my , increasingly worried about being stranded (we managed to get on a before things totally shut down). Although the iPad is more than good enough, with a keyboard case, to write a story, manage e-mail, or do some light multimedia work, I don’t think I could effectively work from just that for two straight weeks. Even though that’s normally all I take with me during personal travel, my laptop will definitely be coming along this time.
Another major thing isn’t actually a physical one:. My destination requires me to have insurance for medical care and transportation in the event that I get COVID during my trip, so this was a no-brainer. I purchased an extensive travel insurance policy that includes a pandemic rider, which means that even though the pandemic is a known risk, it will still be covered. If we have to quarantine, some of our expenses should be covered.
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It cost approximately $180 million to build the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. Situated on a 15-acre property, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is the only resort on the island of Maui to boast both the Forbes Five-Star Award and the AAA Five Diamond Award. And be prepared to spend some serious money if you want to stay here, as room rates range from $845 to a whopping $25,000 per night.The resort includes a range of amenities, including Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant, its own art museum, fitness facilities, two pools, spa services, and three par-72 golf courses.
While many hotels and resorts are offering on-site COVID-19 tests for travelers getting ready to return home, we’re staying at a resort that does not have that. Although it should be easy to find a test elsewhere, I’m not interested in taking chances, or in squandering away precious vacation time searching for an adequate testing site.
Instead, I’ll be bringing Abbott rapid antigen tests, which I ordered through(which has partnered with , the airline I’ll be flying). We can , up to three days before we return, saving the effort of finding testing there. One-day shipping is available, but it’s best to plan ahead anyway.
To me, those are the essentials. The things I would bring on vacation anyway — my iPad, magazines, headphones, some extras of prescription medications — should tide me over otherwise. We’ll bring a few extra sets of clothing but plan to rely on hotel or other local laundry services otherwise.
Still, the TPG team had some good and creative suggestions. In no particular order, here are some other things that team members here would bring on an international trip in case they test positive on the way home and have to quarantine before reentering the U.S.:
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Sweet little parcels delivered to your door in time for Mid-Autumn Festival? Yes, please.Traditionally, a mooncake is a delicate, tender pastry encasing a sweet filling, like red beans, white lotus seed paste, or candied fruits and nuts, usually wrapped around a salted duck egg, which symbolizes the moon. The mooncake, often circular in shape, is pressed into a traditional wood mold, which embosses the pastry with decorative flowers and lucky Chinese words. It’s said (at least by my mom) that mooncakes were made to honor the wife of a tyrant, who sacrificed her life and flew to the moon to escape her abusive, power-hungry, and immortality-obsessed husband.
- Everything you need to work remotely, if possible (laptop, charger, planner, etc.)
- Rapid testing kits that meet U.S. reentry standards
- Travel insurance that covers COVID-19
- N95 or KN95 masks to use while in public indoor areas
- Phone chargers
- Extra medication
- Extra underwear
- Backpacker’s laundry detergent
- A deck of cards
- A pillow in case you get stranded at the airport overnight
- If traveling with children, especially unvaccinated children, anything they’ll need, including activities, clothes, and standard over-the-counter medications
- Snacks and drinks if you’re quarantining in a hotel, to avoid high resort prices (you can get these at a local shop towards the start of your trip, ahead of taking your test)
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