I wrote a blog recently about the challenge of things you might not be able to “un-see” if you visit 3rd world countries. In thinking more about that, I felt I should also share the story of THE place to go for a unique experience that pretty much guarantees you will be spared any sad sightings – Bermuda.

A few years ago, I did a cruise from the east coast to Bermuda. I am not big on cruises as they don’t provide a lot of time to really explore the countries you visit, but it was a fun way to do a weekend trip to Bermuda without the trouble of flying. The best part was it stayed in port overnight, which cruises rarely do.

After getting into port, we rented scooters and hopped around the island. Being the nerd that I am, I wanted to go visit the local animal shelter and learn about animal welfare on the island. I have visited countless shelters all over the world, and I have never seen anything like it.

There were 7 cats and 3 dogs for adoption, and 80% of the shelter was empty. I learned they have mandatory spay/neuter on island. Therefore they simply don’t have an overpopulation crisis. Also, we did not see one stray dog or cat the entire time we were driving all over the island. This is vastly different from any other normal island experience. It was animal-loving tourist heaven!

The vegan scene wasn’t anything to write about, but we managed to find decent meals.

The moral of the story is: if you are looking for a tropical place to go where you won’t spend your week feeding strays and wishing you could take them all home, Bermuda is the place for you.

P.S. If you do the cruise, see if the spa is located on the front of the ship. If it is, be sure to book a massage and ask for a room that faces the very front. My favorite memory was getting a massage in a room with solid glass windows to the floor which enabled me to look down and see dolphins swimming alongside the ship. That was amazing!