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Who on this board has tickets and will be at the Sky Blue Sky festival in January 2022? (Wow that date seems futuristic!)

I'm wondering about trip insurance...I'm too late for the resort's "any excuse" policy which had a very short enrollment time, but wondering, especially given the fluctuating covid situation, if I shouldn't grab some sort of trip insurance. Help! Have some of the rest of you dealt with this? Any advice?

 

Let's talk about this festival! Those of you who managed to attend the inaugural event, please pass along anything helpful to us who are absolute festival newbies! Help us enjoy it to the fullest, and thank you in advance! :wub

 

 

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I didn’t buy trip insurance, but now I’m wondering if I should. I think if the event gets canceled outright we will get our money back so it might not be necessary. And most airlines are still waiving change fees. 

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9 minutes ago, Sandy in SFCA said:

I didn’t buy trip insurance, but now I’m wondering if I should. I think if the event gets canceled outright we will get our money back so it might not be necessary. And most airlines are still waiving change fees. 

 

That's good to know that the airlines are doing that. :thumbup

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My wife and I are booked.  We got cancel for any reason insurance, because our dog was diagnosed with lymphoma right after we booked this trip.  Depending on how she's doing at the beginning of January we may decide not to go.  Or depending on what the Covid situation is we may decide not to go.

 

Surely it's possible to buy cancel for any reason insurance through a third party insurer.  And probably for cheaper than SBS offered.  We paid something like $200+ each for the insurance.  For the sake of comparison, my wife has been looking into a solo trip to Spain through Gate 1 Travel, and they offered an insurance add-on to the trip package for $109.

 

Hoping everything goes according to plan.  At this point, the idea that we would get to go to Mexico and see Wilco and a bunch of other great music and have a healthy dog waiting at home for us is a pure fantasy.

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We didn't buy the trip insurance, it looks like should the event be cancelled we will be refunded. We had the conversation yesterday about the possibility of it not happening and it was too much of a bummer.

We attended the first one and it was hands down the best vacation we have ever been on. Things to bring:

• Refillable Water Bottle

• Yeti Style drink cup with lid

• Pool Float
• Your favorite hoodie it gets breezy and cool at night and you feel it after being in the scorching sun all day.

• Portable speaker to jam to while getting ready in your room or for the hammock on your balcony.

• Plenty of small demonization bills to tip your servers

• Set of decent clothes to eat at the nicer restaurants

 

Lets hope this all starts looking better and we are in Mexico in January with WILCO!

 

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^ Nice list @DragAssSnag... thanks for that.

 

Donna, we didn't take the trip insurance; just not something I ever do. 

But yes, Dana and I are going.  She's a reluctant attendee for Wilco shows at best, and not a fan of festivals at all.  But when I said "hey honey, would you be interested in going to a beach resort in Mexico this January where people bring you little umbrella drinks all day while I go see Wilco?" there was no hesitation.... so now we're going!! :lol

 

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3 hours ago, DragAssSnag said:


• Refillable Water Bottle

 

 

What is the drinking water situation like at the resort?  There is a reluctance among US citizens to drink tap water in Mexico.

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I brought a large bottle and filled it with the water from my room each morning. I had heard the water was filtered but brushed my teeth with bottled water and only drank bottled. The ice in the drinks was fine, never felt a sour stomach throughout the week. Also this is not your traditional all-inclusive resort food. There is some really good food and great accessible snacks (fresh guac, wood fired pizzas to order, tacos). The French restaurant is also really really good. 

We are pescatarians and we wanted for nothing!

 

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17 hours ago, DragAssSnag said:

• Plenty of small demonization bills to tip your servers

 

Yes, go to the bank before and bring like $100 in dollar bills if you can for tipping. They don't have to be demonic, though! :devil :devil :devil

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On 8/10/2021 at 1:41 AM, bböp said:

 

Yes, go to the bank before and bring like $100 in dollar bills if you can for tipping. They don't have to be demonic, though! :devil :devil :devil

 

But they'll still accept the demonic ones, right? Because I already went and got some and had them specially cursed for this.

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For reasons forgotten, I chose not to purchase the trip insurance.  I normally do and I'm regretting my decision.  We went in 2020 and had a fantastic time.  Aside from the shows, my favorite thing about the festival was meeting so many knowledgeable music fans.  Wearing t-shirts from bands other than Wilco was a great way to spark some great conversations.  We are really looking forward to V2.0 and hope to meet some other VC'ers.  

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On 8/12/2021 at 6:17 AM, Chez said:

For reasons forgotten, I chose not to purchase the trip insurance.  I normally do and I'm regretting my decision.  We went in 2020 and had a fantastic time.  Aside from the shows, my favorite thing about the festival was meeting so many knowledgeable music fans.  Wearing t-shirts from bands other than Wilco was a great way to spark some great conversations.  We are really looking forward to V2.0 and hope to meet some other VC'ers.  

I look forward to meeting up with you and any other VC attendees, Chez! You make this sound amazing enough to  excuse the expense. Thank you for that.😂

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Random (non music) thoughts from dagwave:

 

transpo to resort was kinda long and dry. Prepare accordingly. Might have been bad time of day. Transpo to airport- great

- check in pain free

- don’t fail to be aggressive with room service - delicious and quick

- many walk up options throughout the day and night with easy bites as well as multiple serve yourself mini buffets ( pre COVID) 

- convenient bar locations and quick service. Multiple non- alcohol options too!

- size of resort great- big enough to get a little lost, close enough to any and all events moderate.

- background tunes throughout resort are always primo - it IS the Hard Rock

- solid dining options - probably good to reserve (never did) for the prime time appetites.

- kind, attentive, and friendly staff throughout- like Paul said bring lots of those beezlebub bucks.

- hope to excurt myself this time at least once.

- Clean, bug (biting bug) free experience - some interaction with very large lizard (like) reptiles and monkey (?) sightings. Really. I’m pretty sure.

 

 

 

 

 

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