Hawaii is proceeding with plans to implement “resort bubbles,” a “geo-fencing concept … required to stay in clearly defined geographical areas and ensure limited contact with those not subject to self-quarantine,” Maui Now explains.
So once you’re at your resort, you’re there to stay for the entire trip (at least, as far as I understand it).
Resort bubble guests are still required to wear masks. Their whereabouts are tracking with an electronic monitoring device — and resorts are allowed to charge guests for the associated costs. So it’s kind of like being on “resort arrest,” if you will.
But what if the practice expands to other areas? Would you stay in a resort bubble just to travel again?
Trapped at a Resort?
It may sound claustrophobic in a sense because you can’t leave a resort’s property. That means there’s no running to an offsite store to stock up on snacks, booze, and other supplies for prices cheaper than what you’ll pay at a resort’s gift shop or restaurants.
It also depends on how much your resort is and what kind of amenities are available. When my wife and I attended her friends’ wedding in Punta Cana a few years ago, we stayed at the all-inclusive Majestic Resort. There was no need to venture outside the resort grounds. Everything we needed was right there. There were pools, bars, restaurants, beaches, and plenty of ocean activities available.
But if I visited, say, Las Vegas and was limited to New York-New York, the Golden Nugget, or The D for my entire stay, that would get old. Quickly.
Plus, people who take transoceanic cruises are pretty much in a bubble anyway. There aren’t exactly a bunch of excursions to enjoy when you’re sailing from Miami to Lisbon.
Burst a Bubble
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