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!
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.
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.)
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