When I was little, I would get incomprehensibly excited about special occasions and travel. I would spend all day during the Fourth of July cutting out paper fireworks because I couldn’t wait for our block party and neighborhood fireworks to start. As a kid—whether because my parents were good planners or because that’s the nature of being a child—the special occasions and trips never disappointed. Well, we’re all grown-ups here now, and we know that things aren’t always as shiny and good as they seem.
So this blog post is going to serve as a record of my pre-cruise expectations I have of Fathom, so we can compare them to my real cruise experiences in my next blog post: the bad as well as the good.
I started with the Bad because I didn’t want to leave you with a negative impression of Fathom, because I’m actually really excited about the product!
Last night I purposely ingested typhoid.
Now if that sentence doesn’t strike you as bizarre, then you’re probably a pretty accomplished traveler! If you’re an avid reader, you know I’m heading to the Dominican Republic with Fathom in less than two weeks (!!!), so last week I went to a travel doctor to make sure I’m all set in terms of vaccines, anti-malarials, and other preventatives. (So, don’t worry, the typhoid I ingested was just a vaccine!) This week I’ll just be discussing the basics—the health and safety concerns you should be planning for before you travel, but probably aren’t.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, and you should always consult with your doctor or a healthcare professional before you make any decisions about your healthcare—even your travel healthcare.
Two weeks ago I wrote a post about getting your first passport or renewing your passport. But those rules only work for us travelers 18 years old and up! This blog post is about getting/renewing a passport for those 0-17 years old. If you’ve got little ones, not-so-little ones, or know someone who can benefit from this info—keep your brain primed to learn! We’ll start with children who are under 16 years old and getting a passport for the first time.