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September service resuming at TPA (and what you need to know before you go)

As we near the end of this tumultuous year, many would-be travelers are debating whether to return to the sky and take that long overdue vacation.

In response, airlines are steadily beginning to bring back service to some of Tampa's top destinantions.

This month, Southwest Airlines is resuming service to Las Vegas while Silver Airways is restoring flights to Nassau, Bahamas. Both airlines - and the destinations - are taking numerous steps to ensure the health and safety of vacationers.

Here's what you can expect to see if you make the trek:

To enter Nassau, Bahamas, travelers must have a valid health visa and a negative molecular swab COVID-19 test taken within five days of the travel date, and are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Travelers will be denied a boarding pass if they do not present the necessary items upon check-in. That being said, yes, you may quarantine on a private boat, in a hotel room or AirBnB. Find more information here.

As for Las Vegas, the tourism-driven city has launched their "Vegas Smart" campaign in an effort to welcome visitors back in a "smart and healthy" manner. This includes the City's partnership with a number of resorts, casinos and other facilities. Visitors and residents are required to wear face coverings in public, keep a 6-foot social distance from others when possible and the City asks that travelers seek medical attention before traveling if they are feeling unwell.

There are plenty of fun or relaxing ventures to enjoy in both of these destinations.

Las Vegas, Nevada

What happens there, stays there, but you don't have to stay indoors when you visit this West Coast city. Situated conveniently between California and Arizona, Nevada boasts 300+ days of sunshine, beautiful national parks and plenty of things to do. "Vegas" typically connotates resorts, fine dining, nightlife and yes, casinos, but the city is just a 3 hour drive from one of the natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon. Besides for those steep spectacles, visitors can also take on water sports like tubing, wake boarding or water skiing at Lake Mead or even get a taste of some red rocks closer to town at the Valley of Fire state park. With flights as low as $84 roundtrip in October, book now and enjoy later.

Get there nonstop on Spirit or Southwest Airlines.

Nassau, Bahamas

Clear blue water, Bahamian culture and, uhh, snorkeling masks count as face coverings, right? Nassau has served as a vacation destination for well, forever. Its beautiful oceans grant access to boating, snorkelling, diving, fishing, relaxing and all things beach-side. The island doesn't dissapoint in its culture either, with pirate museums, rum distilleries and the well-known Queen's Staircase. Remember to submit your health visa and negative COVID swab before your date of travel.

Get there nonstop on Silver Airways.