When I agreed to join a friend’s Bermuda vacation, I was soooo excited to reach country #17 on my race to 30 countries by 30. So excited that I didn’t even stop to think about the fact that I literally knew nothing about this mysterious place.
Well, that’s a lie…I knew there was a golf course and a beach because my stepdad will travel anywhere he can golf, and he knows my mom will tag along if there’s a beach involved. But that was about the extent of my knowledge.
So when my coworker asked me, “Where are you going this month?,” I really started to wonder what I had gotten myself into. “Bermuda!” I replied, and instead of the usual “Wow, I’m so jealous; I want to go!,” I got “Where the hell is Bermuda and why would you want to go there?”
We both laughed, but under her laugh was a sincere look of confusion and concern as she referenced the Bermuda triangle. I reminded her that I would travel anywhere at least once while also admitting that I had no idea where I was going this time.
“Come on! We’ll figure it out together,” she said in her laidback Louisiana drawl. The inner teacher in her came out as she pulled up Google Maps on her computer so we could research my destination together.
And we found it, sort of…
It was very clearly an island because only water was visible around it. She had to zoom out, not once, not twice, but SIX times just to see the closest recognizable land. And it was THE UNITED STATES!
The closest country is the United States. How did we not know?!
And once again I was reminded how big this world is and how much is left to explore.
Upon further investigation, we learned that Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. This basically means that the country is self-governed, but Britain is kind of like a big sister who can swoop in, if needed for an emergency. (Thanks, Wikipedia! 😉)
Tourism is one of their biggest industries, and with English as their official language, it’s an obvious destination choice for residents of both the United Kingdom and the United States. Another fun fact: the US Dollar exchanges 1:1 for Bermudian dollars, so both currencies are accepted.
I didn’t know what to expect when I embarked on this adventure, but believe me when I say that Bermuda is a tiny slice of paradise!
Less than 21 square miles, the island is home to about 65,000 residents. Pink-sand beaches stretch across the coastline and are the perfect place to rejuvenate with time in the sun and the hum of ocean waves in the background.
The locals fed my soul with their hospitality and THE BEST fish sandwich I have ever eaten in my entire life. I drank Rum Swizzles like they were going out of style. I partied on the beach at Horseshoe Bay by day and went skinny dipping in the ocean under a gazillion stars by night (sorry, mom).
I even saw a shooting star for the first time, but my only wish was to always feel as relaxed and happy as I felt during my week there. This tiny island stole my heart and I look forward to future opportunities to get lost in the Bermuda Triangle.
I look forward to future opportunities to get lost in the Bermuda Triangle.
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Bermuda owes me nothing, yet I’m going back for more and this time you can join me! OurBermuda Group Trip (August 1 – 6, 2018) will be the party of the summer as we experience Cup Match, the island’s biggest holiday of the year!
Packages include roundtrip flights from Atlanta, lodging in Bermuda, tickets to all the Cup Match events, daily breakfast, and more. Extended payment plans are available. So what’s your excuse?
Don’t be jealous. Join us!