Aliyah Shamsher on what it was like to shoot our first video story at Ka­malame Cay in the Ba­hamas.

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It’s one thing to write a travel story; it’s some­thing else en­tirely to shoot a video and have two cam­era guys and two pro­duc­ers (and, at times, even a drone!) fol­low you and film your ev­ery move.

I ar­rived at Ka­malame Cay, just off the coast of An­dros Is­land in the Ba­hamas, by sea­plane on a very hot af­ter­noon. It all felt so glam­orous—right up un­til the pi­lot turned around and said with a chuckle, “You’re go­ing to have to swim to shore.” I laughed be­cause I thought he was jok­ing. But he was def­i­nitely not jok­ing. He clearly did not get the memo that I was go­ing to be on film and that I was in no po­si­tion to swim to shore. (To be clear, I was wear­ing a blazer.) When I fi­nally got off the plane, the first thing I did was drop my shoe—which pro­ceeded to float away.

I did even­tu­ally make it to shore (you’ll have to watch the video to find out how), and I was able to com­plete the shoot. And while there were times when I was very (very) aware of the cam­eras—like while I was pad­dle board­ing in my bikini (thank God for Pi­lates) or try­ing to take a med­i­ta­tive beach walk with a drone hov­er­ing be­hind me—by the end of the long week­end, I barely no­ticed they were there. (But they were def­i­nitely there.) And the end re­sult? You’ll just have to watch the video to:

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