My family and I have been to Scotland before as tourists and enjoyed it very much. That was before Covid and a time when a flight and a hotel reservation meant relaxation and fun, however that is not the case at present. I now have a situation to deal with and must make some decisions with a safe and careful as possible approach. Before I mention anything further some background to fill in any of you who are willing to help with info and advice: US passport holders, from the northeast of the US, will be flying out of and back into an east coast airport, aware and educated about the quarantine requirements there and here, we will not be traveling as tourists and just to be absolutely clear not traveling as tourists and have no interest in seeing sights or any of the fun stuff Scotland has to offer during this trip, plan to travel in the near(ish) future or as soon as plans can be confirmed. Will have to stay near Edinburgh, but it’s not necessary to book lodging in the popular tourist destination areas as we will not be seeing anything, just need access to public transportation after the quarantine time is completed. As of right now looking to stay in one or possibly two apartments for a duration of a couple of months with the option to extend if needed, staying put in one accommodation would be ideal if allowed.
Please understand that this possible trip does not come lightly and I do not feel the need to justify it or violate anyone’s privacy by explaining anything that is immaterial to the inquiry. I have been reading on this site for a few years now and have gained a lot of knowledge, thank you! Lately I cannot help but notice that some have been less than kind when responding to questions about travel prior to vaccine availability or an end to covid. I am painfully aware of the current travel situation and am really simply asking for some advice and insight to help carefully plan in a way I’ve never had to before. Feedback regarding my stupidity or recklessness is not helpful and not what I believe this forum is about.
If anyone has traveled to the UK or knows someone who has (or who lives there) since this most trying time appeared, my questions are as follows: (1) how did you get groceries or other essentials during quarantine; (2) are Americans treated okay or should we expect harsh treatment; (3) with only a US bank issued card are there options to get a visa type gift card with £ loaded on it as I have read here that grocery delivery options are sparse with a US card (love food and would really like to have access to nourishment, haha); and (4) would really appreciate any advice for things that I have not thought of.
Thanks in advance for any information or advice provided, I truly appreciate it. Hopefully someday I will be able to answer some travel related questions for someone else, until then I will rely on the wisdom and experience of forum posters here. I hope you all have a wonderful day, stay safe out there!