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‘Staycations’ becoming a holiday option for residents

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In the current economic climate, travelling abroad can seem like an unnecessary luxury, so

The Royal Gazette took to the streets to discover locals’ summer plans.

A casual poll around Reid Street found some Bermudians staying home this summer in order to save money. Though many people look forward to taking some time off during the hot summer months, the economy has made it difficult for some to leave the Island at all. “It’s rough times,” said Bonnie Tweed, “I’ve got a son here in college.”

Though Ms Tweed once regularly went on a summer vacation she has not been able to do so for the past five years. She did travel to New York this past winter and plans to travel next summer.

Her sister Kimberly Rose Tweed said she can’t afford to pay all of her bills, let alone go on a vacation. Though she maintains steady employment at a grocery store, travelling just isn’t in the cards.

Linda Trott, however, said that she stayed home this summer for different reasons.

Her daughter has just finished university and she chose to stay on the Island because it is such a beautiful place to live.

This summer she said she took her “own Bermuda vacation”. Ms Trott works at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH).

Chris Burville, a freelance photographer, usually opts to stay home. “Summer is the best season in Bermuda,” he said.

However, this summer Mr Burville will travel to Cornwall in the UK to visit his girlfriend’s parents. Mr Burville added that he always goes abroad in the winter.

Other locals said they chose to travel overseas for some shopping. Courtney Anderson went to Toronto to go shopping with her sister, but has spent the rest of the summer working at Flying Colours.

Chineza Augustus visited Los Angeles for the first time to go shopping with her uncle for his store, Connections, where she also works.

Linda Trott
Vox Pop Left: Ms Bonnie Tweed and Kimberly Rose Tweed (Photo By Akil Simmons) August 5,2011
Courtney Anderson and Chineza Augustus
Chris Burville

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Published August 08, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 08, 2011 at 9:54 am)

‘Staycations’ becoming a holiday option for residents

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