While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every industry and person in the world, one of the hardest hit has undoubtedly been the travel industry. It was a very tough pill for Sean, 44, and Crystal, 35, Foote, an Atlanta-based couple who appeared in Bravo’s âBelow Deck Mediterraneanâ.
âWe had planned to go to South Africa,â Sean said. “It was a bummer, the pandemic ruined it.”
Passionate about travel, the couple, married for four years, make several trips a year to foreign destinations, sometimes with family, sometimes with friends.
Crystal is an advertising director and event coach, while Sean is a former Grammy-nominated music producer who switched to wealth management in the early 2000s.
âWe’re such passionate travelers that on my birthday I probably only had four people here and did a Hawaiian luau because I missed traveling so much,â Crystal said.
Many people have recently been able to take advantage of travel opportunities, with prices being cheaper and the only additional cost being a mask, which must be worn at all times at airports and during entire flights.
Travel is so important to Sean and Crystal that it was one of the main topics of their first date seven years ago.
âThe first date, I was like what you love to do. And Sean told me he loves traveling and that’s my passion too,â Crystal said.
Together they were able to reach many places on the map, their favorites being the Turks and Caicos Islands, Bora Bora, Italy and Australia.
âIt is our goal to travel to all countries before we die,â said Sean.
Before becoming anchored with the rest of the world, the Footes managed to mark the opportunity of a lifetime as cast members in season five of âBelow Deck Mediterraneanâ.
Bravo captures the lives of crew members on a yacht as charter guests board to enjoy the ship. The main cast members are the crew and their captain, with the guests being the guest stars of the series.
Accordion in Crystal, the opportunity presented itself through one of his clients.
âIn 2019 my client passed my information on to a casting director for ‘Below Deck Mediterranean’ and said I would be a perfect fit for the series,â Crystal said. âSean and I were like ‘no we’re not really reality TV people.’ But this show was more in our alley because it is not really focused on us.
âIt’s more about their crew. We went through the interview process with the casting directors, the production team and the network. And that’s how we ended up on the show.
With Mallorca, Spain as their destination, the Footes were able to take on board three other couples, friends of their own with whom they travel regularly. The couples were Richard and Karen Bramwell, Corey and Barbara Graham, and Chris and My Lowe.
âThe whole experience was beyond what we even thought about from a protest standpoint,â Sean said. âFor us being on the yacht was phenomenal, the service was amazing but for me the highlight was every time we got out of the yacht for an excursion or in the town on the Spanish coast that we had the chance to explore . â
Although the group only spent four days on the yacht, the trip lasted a week in total. They were invited aboard the Wellington, a 184-foot mega yacht and the largest production yacht ever chartered for the show.
âThe trip each day was amazing. It was a bigger meaning for me to be on the yacht, this specific charter, because it was going to be televised and it was a very diverse yacht. The majority of people on board were African American, âsaid Crystal.
With the world returning to some normalcy during the pandemic, travel has resumed and the Footes could not be happier. Their first trip on the books was back to one of their favorite destinations, Turks and Caicos.