Tell Me Something Good – Flexible Travel
i should be sipping on a virgin margarita right now in tulum, mexico celebrating our friends’ wedding but i am not. thanks to the zika outbreak, we had to cancel our trip to mexico for our good friends cassie and lyn’s wedding.
we saved up money and booked our trip back in january – literally 5 days before the zika outbreak became worldwide news. then we started receiving emails and phone calls from our family members about how pregnant women shouldn’t travel to a long list of places. then i remembered, “oh yeah, i’m pregnant, that means me!”
then i cried. then i got very angry and disappointed and sad and all the emotions. our friend cassie is also our fantastic photographer and we have been friends with her for over a decade. plus, we share so many friends in common that we were very sad not to be able to play on the beach with everyone. we really wanted to be there to celebrate her commitment and love to the amazing lyn but of course – our baby’s health had to come first.
then we learned how important travel insurance can be in a very small amount of cases. the travel agency we booked with initially wouldn’t refund any of our money (almost $2,000, which took us a while to save up) which made me furious. even after my husband explained our situation with zika, newly pregnant, etc… the woman straight up said, “oh we don’t even refund people when their spouse dies and won’t be making the trip.” can you believe that?!
i promise the something good is coming…
thankfully i’m married to a calm and level-headed man (unless you kick him in the shin, then he gets real mad) and he continued the fight to get our money back. after a few weeks of going back and forth with the travel agency, getting letters from my midwife saying i was indeed pregnant and they do not recommend me traveling there – we finally got 3/4 of the money back so yay!
our flights were another story. we used some hefty vouchers we got after taking a trip to see my in-laws. we figured that we wouldn’t be able to get the vouchers back since the trip was booked, we had no travel insurance and blah blah blah. turns out delta airlines was incredibly helpful and understanding! they immediately reissued our vouchers for future travel and wished me a happy pregnancy. how awesome is that?!
we were planning to use half of the mexico trip as our ‘babymoon,’ which is like a honeymoon but it’s before your family of two becomes a family of three once you’re knocked up. i reaaalllly wanted the beach but everywhere is infested with zika, which immediately made me think of all those women who live in those places and just have to do their best to protect themselves and their babies.
then we decided – HAWAII! we were able to use our delta vouchers on two tickets to hawaii (heeeyo!) and i partnered with some fun hotels out there (more details soon) and the people at delta helped us book upgraded seats (all the virgin cocktails i can get my hands on – so soda). we leave on sunday and get back on friday!
so many good things are happening, even if it initially felt like a super crappy situation. we still feel lots of sadness about missing our friends’ wedding but of course they understand and promised to do lots of dancing and cookie eating on our behalf. i am feeling incredibly grateful that we are still able to take a tropical trip together to celebrate, walk on the beach and imagine our evolving future!
we plan to attempt recreate this photo while there (and also note that i absolutely put my husband’s nipple on our christmas card that year):
also, i haven’t been on a plane this year (!) so feeling extra grateful for that.
oh and to follow up last week’s ‘tell me something good‘ – look what our neighbor delivered! i can now host a party for 50 people and everyone will have their own cloth napkin!
now it’s your turn – throw some goodness my way about what’s happening around you!