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Last weekend, my daughter and I enjoyed an empty outdoor pool at a nearby hotel. It was the perfect simple staycation!
Unbeknownst to her and my other kids, I had also scheduled an upcoming summer staycation at the Gaylord Texan hotel. We stayed there in the summer a few years ago, and we all had a blast! The hotel has a large water park with a lazy river, water zip lines and more.
Several weeks ago, I booked the room at the Gaylord Texan for early July. I had a Marriott gift card burning a hole in my pocket that I got for Christmas.
I figured as long as we went on a week day, we could have a relatively uncrowded, low-risk getaway.
The Covid-19 numbers changed. Texas used to have around 1000 new coronavirus cases a day. Now, that number is over 5000 a day. Texas is turning into one of the new hotspot states.
While I have no doubt that the crowds at the hotel and water park will be less than years prior, I have no confidence that the crowds will be low enough for me to feel comfortable going. Our weeknight stay was to happen during July 4th week, which also increases the likelihood of additional vacationing families.
The bottom line is that if Im not comfortable with the risk, I won’t enjoy the getaway. And then, wha’s the point? I don’t want to go somewhere that causes me to worry.
The good thing is that I never told my kids about this potential getaway. I knew there was a chance I would cancel, and it’s better for them not to be disappointed.
We still have a vrbo getaway to look forward to this summer. Hopefully the owners don’t cancel on us due to Covid-19!
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.