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Living during this pandemic sure has its highs and lows. One day, I am super optimistic about the virus going away and vaccines becoming available in a few months. The next day, I am very pessimistic after reading articles about how we will be dealing with this stuff through 2021.
More college classes are moving online. High school, middle school and elementary school students are quarantining after being exposed to the virus at school. Yet our number of new cases per day is slowing down. It’s good news, then it’s bad news. Repeat.
All of this uncertainty makes me nervous about our spring break trip in early March 2021. We had already canceled our original plans of going on a Royal Caribbean cruise in favor of a social distancing beach vacation in Florida. But now I wonder: Do I need a backup plan for my backup plan?
Brainstorming Another Backup Plan
Our current Florida beach plan is already our backup plan. We are renting a house on North Captiva Island. There are only 300 houses on the island, and we will for sure be able to social distance on the beach.
However, the trip still involves flying. There is no way we would do the 20-hour drive. If the virus numbers are somehow worse, we won’t fly.
So what’s our backup plan?
We have to get to a beach. Our backup plan #2 will likely include a home rental near Galveston. Not in the heart of Galveston, which is subject to closing during high numbers like it did over July 4th weekend. I have my sights set on Pointe West on the south side of Galveston Island.
We could still rent a house (not just a condo) at Pointe West. The location is more isolated and less crowded than Galveston proper.
To be honest, I’m not thrilled with the idea. The houses don’t have private pools. Depending on the crowds and the virus, we may not be able to enjoy the shared pool/lazy river. The beaches in Texas are nowhere near as nice as other places.
But, I hate the thought of not going anywhere for spring break after a lackluster travel year in 2020. So if my choices are staying home or going to Galveston, we’re going to Galveston.
Do you have a backup plan (or two) for your next vacation?
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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.