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I Won A Trip To Jamaica And I Am Not Going


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#1 paw

 
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Posted 31 October 2005 - 11:16 AM

Today I got a phone call and I won a trip for two to Jamaica -- everything paid, worth $3000. This was a legitimate contest, not a scam and I entered before I thought I had any problems with wheat. Of course, I did not expect to win it! I thought about it for a while, talked to my husband and then I called the lady back and said no thank you. Island Outposts I put this in the coping with forum, because it was a new experience for me to deal with (VERY NEW, LOL).

She had NO idea of if they were able to deal with food allergies when I asked her before making my choice, there were several resorts to choose from. She wanted to know if I would "get better" later in the year and wanted a different date to travel. She was very nice, but I could tell she did not understand at all. She asked me to send an email to formally give up the trip and I did for their records, and I did. They will select a new first prize winner now.

I don't know if I could handle being out of the country and not knowing if there was any safe food to eat. I am sure the food at the Goldeneye Resort would be wonderful, just not safe for people with food issues. I am just at the start of all of this and I don't have experience like many of you do. Maybe after I learn all about this I will feel like travel. I am just not there right now.

I am wondering now, would you take the trip or say no?
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Posted 31 October 2005 - 11:32 AM

I'm not on the diet (biopsy to come soon) yet but I went to a support group meeting recently where the topic was traveling/eating out gluten-free. If I were you, I would have taken the trip and packed lots of my own food (nuts, gluten-free snacks and so forth) and buy and take the dinging cards that you can get on this site and others. If you contact the resort ahead of time, they should be willing to work with you on your diet restrictions. From what I understand, it is actually easier to eat in Europe than in US as servers are more knowledgeble abroad than in the US. That's why I didn't cancel my own vacation for next spring. I can't give up my life to celiac disease.
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Posted 31 October 2005 - 11:38 AM

I would have contacted the resort directly. If it's a decent place they would be able to take care of you.

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Posted 31 October 2005 - 11:51 AM

Chances are, they could have taken care of you just fine, even if all they could provide was boring fair and you had to bring some of your own food. I do understand not wanting to undertake this so soon, but don't let the diet restrict your travel in the future, once you get the hang of it. (I'm going to Vail in January, and will be staying in a condo. Could be no problem, only I won't have a car... we'll see what happens, but I'll come up with something.)
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Posted 31 October 2005 - 01:19 PM

Today I got a phone call and I won a trip for two to Jamaica -- everything paid, worth $3000.  This was a legitimate contest, not a scam and I entered before I thought I had any problems with wheat.  Of course, I did not expect to win it!  I thought about it for a while, talked to my husband and then I called the lady back and said no thank you.  Island Outposts  I put this in the coping with forum, because it was a new experience for me to deal with (VERY NEW, LOL).

She had NO idea of if they were able to deal with food allergies when I asked her before making my choice, there were several resorts to choose from.  She wanted to know if I would "get better" later in the year and wanted a different date to travel.  She was very nice, but I could tell she did not understand at all.  She asked me to send an email to formally give up the trip and I did for their records, and I did.  They will select a new first prize winner now.

I don't know if I could handle being out of the country and not knowing if there was any safe food to eat.  I am sure the food at the Goldeneye Resort would be wonderful, just not safe for people with food issues.  I am just at the start of all of this and I don't have experience like many of you do.  Maybe after I learn all about this I will feel like travel.  I am just not there right now.

I am wondering now, would you take the trip or say no?

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I've had celiac disease for 9 years and still don't like to travel like I used to. I even talked my boss out of sending me to San Diego for a seminar. I don't like letting celiac disease control me, but I'm so tired of cross contamination issues that I don't enjoy myself like I used to. Maybe later on as you get used to the diet and learn what to look for you can get a trip someplace. My problem is that would items in Jamacia have the labeling laws we do here in the U.S.? BTW, for future dining reference, the Triumph dining cards are a godsend - I highly recommend them.
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Posted 31 October 2005 - 03:01 PM

I'd go! But then I go to the Caribbean a couple of times a year and have been twice to Jamaica. The entire area is known for fresh fish and fruits. Of course I travel a lot and I feel fairly confident that I can get simple foods in just about any city (not any restaurant but in any city). Grilled fish, plain.... fruit, salad, steamed or grilled veggies.

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Posted 02 November 2005 - 11:52 AM

I'd go on the trip if I were you!!!

If push comes to shove, you could just put tons of your own bread, crackers and such in a food saver pack. Then you could just fruit, eggs, milk (unless you have trouble with lactose), potatoes, and other dishes that look pretty safe. Also don't forget the chocolate and peanut butter and other goodies, where you don't even have to worry about cross contamination.

My advice is not to even let this thing stop you from enjoying your life.
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Posted 03 November 2005 - 05:54 PM

Today I got a phone call and I won a trip for two to Jamaica -- everything paid, worth $3000.  This was a legitimate contest, not a scam and I entered before I thought I had any problems with wheat.  Of course, I did not expect to win it!  I thought about it for a while, talked to my husband and then I called the lady back and said no thank you.  Island Outposts  I put this in the coping with forum, because it was a new experience for me to deal with (VERY NEW, LOL).

She had NO idea of if they were able to deal with food allergies when I asked her before making my choice, there were several resorts to choose from.  She wanted to know if I would "get better" later in the year and wanted a different date to travel.  She was very nice, but I could tell she did not understand at all.  She asked me to send an email to formally give up the trip and I did for their records, and I did.  They will select a new first prize winner now.

I don't know if I could handle being out of the country and not knowing if there was any safe food to eat.  I am sure the food at the Goldeneye Resort would be wonderful, just not safe for people with food issues.  I am just at the start of all of this and I don't have experience like many of you do.  Maybe after I learn all about this I will feel like travel.  I am just not there right now.

I am wondering now, would you take the trip or say no?

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I would have taken the trip. On the Caribbean Islands a lot of their main staples are black beans and rice, seafood and chicken. I would never give up the trip. They have plenty of fruit too.
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Posted 03 November 2005 - 08:52 PM

Go on the trip and eat as the others have suggested......steak, fish, grilled chicken, fresh fruits and veggies and take along some of your favorite things. Go directly to the chef at your resort and tell him/her of your needs and I will bet they will accomodate you the best they can. You are not going to be the first person that has special needs that has come to that resort. Life is too short to sit home and not enjoy what is out there for you and for sure not to pass up something as wonderful as a FREE trip. Have a great time. Barbara
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Posted 04 November 2005 - 04:02 AM

Don't beat yourself up about it, you've already given it up, I assume that you can't get it back at this point. I have a different outlook, just think how happy you've made someone else!!
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Posted 04 November 2005 - 05:41 PM

Don't beat yourself up about it, you've already given it up, I assume that you can't get it back at this point. I have a different outlook, just think how happy you've  made someone else!!

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I am fine with not going. I am not feeling healthy right now and it would be more of a hassle than a pleasure. I need to take care of myself and get more stable before I travel. I would not want to be on a plane or a 2 1/2 hour car trip (some of the resorts are that far from airport, depends which one you choose) with digestive problems (ok, D). That just is not my idea of a fun trip! I hope the newly chosen winner is happy and has a great time.

Also, I saved about $1,000 in taxes on my win! (Trip is free, but it counts as taxable income.) :)
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