Is "around" necessary in this sentence? Can I just say "to get here" to deliver the same meaning?
Yes, "around" is necessary for this sentence. This is because she is talking about the commuting and traveling between the islands. If she just said "to get here," then the meaning changes; the meaning changes to getting to those islands from an unknown location instead of meaning to travel and commute from island-to-island. "Around" adds specificity to the sentence. Here are some sentences with and without "around" in them. Ex: She likes to travel around Europe. Ex: She likes to travel to Europe. Ex: He likes to drive around his block for fun. Ex: He likes to drive for fun.
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