I was surprised when my good friend René told me he canceled all his booked trips for 2020.
For gosh sakes, here’s a guy who would take a cruise to his neighborhood Walmart if there were a viable waterway that could handle a ship. He’d mileage run (business class, of course!) to the corner grocer.
I could see him laying off travel for a few months. But I was downright shocked when he said 2020’s off the table because of coronavirus unless things dramatically improve.
I, on the other hand, last week booked two trips.
Why I Won’t Stop Traveling (At Least Not Yet)
I’m not part of a vulnerable population. I’m well under 60 and in good health. (Although my sanity has been questioned from time to time 🙂 ) I wash my hands regularly. When traveling, I use Clorox Wipes to clean my tray table, IFE screen, armrests, air vent, light switch, etc. I keep hotel room TV remote controls in plastic bags.
I went to London last weekend — and wasn’t too worried about catching coronavirus. Frankly, I had a better chance of being stabbed than catching COVID-19. (And one’s chances of being stabbed are fairly low.)
But I’m examining each trip on a case-by-case basis. Most of my travels are work-related. Aside from that, my wife, daughter, and I have a pair of trips to see family.
Plus, if so few people are traveling, then exposure to COVID-19 would seem even less likely.
If the coronavirus outbreak gets significantly worse, then we’ll postpone vacations. Some of the work trips might be decided for me.
Where I Won’t Travel
All this said, I don’t have any international trip planned for the rest of 2020. I’d love to take a China Eastern mileage run. Or visit Tokyo because, well, Tokyo’s awesome.
But I don’t know visiting Asia is the best idea right now.
Same with Italy.
However, we’re not even three months into the year. Things will change for better or worse before 2021 hits.
So there’s a chance we’ll be safe taking international mileage runs some late summer or somewhere thereabouts. (Though I’m certainly not holding my breath.)
One report suggests COVID-19 will peak sooner than later. Another says that even if things subside soon, another wave could hit just in time for the winter holidays.
And there is no way in hell I’ll get near a cruise ship. Imagine if someone sneezes — because they’re flowers in a centerpiece or maybe sensitive to cleaning products. People will freak out and assume the person has COVID-19. The boat might not come back for several weeks. (That’s one of the reasons René cancelled his cruising plans before forgoing all travel.)
Should You Cancel Travel Plans?
I’m writing about my plans, specifically. Some of my family canceled their trips. I know others who are on the fence.
As for your plans? Do whatever makes you comfortable. If you’re nervous about traveling, don’t take the trip.
What Will You Do?
I know some people who are canceling trips. But others who are full steam ahead with their plans. Where do you fall?
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