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I Admit It: I Canceled Trips and Now Wear a Mask!

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During February and early March, I wrote a couple of posts about why coronavirus wouldn’t stop me from traveling and why I wouldn’t wear a mask on flights.

This while my good friend and fellow blogger René was taking, what was at the time, considered the OVER THE TOP (and then much criticized) extreme step of canceling all his flights, trips and cruises for all of 2020.

Please understand those posts weren’t written for shock value. I sincerely intended on following through with my plans. I wasn’t out to prove anyone wrong or upset people.

But I wrote them based on information available at the time. Reports initially indicated that most coronavirus cases were affecting senior citizens and people with underlying conditions.

I don’t fall into either of those categories and maybe you don’t either.

Plus, the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) doctor said wearing masks spreads more bugs than it squashes. So why would I wear something making me more susceptible to a virus?

Honestly, that’s why I planned to travel and without a mask.

Clearly, times changed (as we all well know). And quickly!

Scores of airline employees have COVID-19. Dozens of professional athletes — people in significantly better shape than I — contracted the virus.

Since then, three business trips were canceled. A good portion of my family’s income actually depends on me traveling and I am grounded like so many who read the blog each day.

This makes me sad…

My wife and I voluntarily canceled a family vacation for this past weekend. We plan on 86ing another next month. 

We have a list of trips we plan to book — but everything’s in limbo at the moment.

Most importantly we only leave the house for essentials: groceries and walks, though I occasionally support my local wine shop (or order for deliver due to deals)  🙂 .

And when we do, we wear masks, like just about everyone else. Heck, what once was an “eye roll event” is now the “new normal” (much as I hate that cliched term).

How whacked is that?

My wife’s parents live with us and my (almost) three-year-old, and me. The traveling risk is not worth the reward.

So, yes: in light of everything, I’ve suspended traveling. (But not earning points and cashback. 😉 . We’ll spend some time covering that in the coming days.)

— Chris

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8 Comments

  1. Jane Kramer Reply

    Wow! You JUST canceled some things? And JUST started wearing a mask? Living in NY, that freaks me out! Not sure where you live but you are in for a big surprise in the coming weeks. I’m not admonishing just very surprised. Please stay safe! @Rene was spot on!

    • @Jane Kramer: I didn’t “JUST” start wearing masks and canceling trips. I’ve been doing it for over a month. I live in Los Angeles and rarely venture out of the house. Take care and stay safe in NY!

  2. Americans need to stop being so stubborn and work as a big United family. The Western idea is all about”me”. That’s why the USA is having a difficult time with this virus.

  3. Alohadavekennedy Reply

    For several years it has been airlines and banks who wore masks as they robbed customers by devaluing frequent flyer programs and clawing back points and miles. Funny how times have changed with passengers and bank customers now wearing the masks.

  4. Marilyn Bamford Reply

    Better a bit later, than never, friend…..We came out to LA from MN in early March on a long planned VRBO sojourn near our daughter, to escape winter. Having had a dad who had flu in 1918,( and who suffered long term neurological damage because of it- he was a 23 year old army recruit)I had read books like “The Great Influenza” years ago and so was on board with handwashing etc from the start . Had brought masks from MN pre trip, just to be safe- and glad that for once my anxiety was warranted! No matter where we live this virus is a threat, but the curve is slowly bending, thanks to local public officials who cheer us on and admonish us.

  5. Barry Graham Reply

    No issue with masks as long as they help and are not in short supply. I certainly don’t intend to be wearing one once the danger from COVID-19 has gone.

  6. JB SanDiego Reply

    I enjoy your post, Chris! This is truly a very sad situation the world is going through, no matter how you look at it. We are all victims, but grateful to be alive. Surreal!!

    FYI – I was just informed today that my Rick Steve Europe tour for June was just canceled. I was holding out until it was out of my control.

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