Planning the Bahamas

March 9, 2011

Not many people know that I consider the Bahamas to be my second home.  Growing up, my parents were completely enchanted with the country and we would visit sometimes three times a year.  At first, we would always stay in Nassau, however as Paradise Island began to develop, we crossed the bridge to the other side and never looked back.  It was really fascinating to see Paradise Island go from being just another tropical island to a dream destination for many people (thanks to the Atlantis of course)!

Once traveling became an obsession for me, I stopped going to Paradise Island with my family.  I missed it, but I wanted to see the rest of the world.  Over the years, she would quietly call out to me to return, but I refused her for other ports of call.  That is until this past New Year’s Eve, she called out loudly and in quite a seductive tone, thus there was no refusing her now.

Because I had been consumed with planning my upcoming wedding, I had put off planning my annual New Year’s Eve trip.  Five years ago, I started a tradition where I would travel somewhere fabulous for the holiday, since it is my favorite.  As the end of 2010 approached and I was without a trip, I asked my family if they wanted to go somewhere with me.  My Dad said yes immediately and asked me to give him a couple of days to come up with a plan.  And what a plan he came up with!  To say I was impressed is the understatement of the year.

Three weeks later this was the view from the plane:

I was not sure if anything could top my New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil the previous year, but in that moment I did not care, I was home.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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29 thoughts on “Planning the Bahamas

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Haha, I’m glad that my photos inspire wanderlust in people! I know, I know I MUST come to Paris. My soon-to-be hubby loves Paris, so maybe we’ll make our 1st trip together there SOON. And of course you’ll be the 1st person that I tell.

  1. Camels & Chocolate

    Ahhh THAT WATER. Can’t wait to get back myself! Luckily, little sis’ boyfriend’s family has a house there, so hopefully I’ll get to spend a lot of time there in the future. I’m with you: LOVE the Bahamas.

  2. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    I so want to visit the Bahamas… it seems like the most relaxing tropical place ever. We’ve been realizing that we do a lot of adventure travel and backpacking type stuff, but never really travel to relax. Dammit, I just want to drink a margarita on the beach!! 😛

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I think most travelers rarely take vacations, if you know what I mean? The Bahamas is definitely a place you go for a vacation NOT for a trip. Ummm margaritas on the beach, I could totally go for that right now. Let’s say we meet in Paradise Island in about 2 hours??? 😉

  3. Elle

    I’m actually not a fan of The Bahamas. I’ve been a few times and it’s probably my least favorite place in the Caribbean (Grand Cayman is a close second). I think that it’s overrated, there are so many more beautiful places to explore down there.

      1. Elle

        Paradise Island and Nassau as well. I’m heading back in the fall, any suggestions of places to go that may change my mind? 🙂

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Normally it’s very warm, but for the first time in history it got so cold it almost snowed! Thankfully, that was the week before we came and it was back into the high 70’s when we arrived.

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