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Just when I think that my family has done all of the cancelling we needed to for 2020/2021, there could be more cancellations on the horizon. I’m talking about our upcoming holiday travel plans to visit family.
Before I go any further, I’m not a doctor or epidemiologist. I’m just a blogger who is keeping up with the pandemic news and watching the current rise of Covid case counts.
Current Travel Plans and Virus Trends
Covid cases are on the rise in many parts of the U.S. In Texas, we still have required masks inside businesses. But, I’ve noticed that people are starting to become lax at wearing them. The county of Denver, near my family, just announced a restriction on gatherings of more than five people.
My family plans to stay home for Thanksgiving. Over the past few years, we’ve chosen not to travel on this holiday. Instead, we’ve dined out at local restaurants and hotels. Two years ago, we went to a phenomenal Thanksgiving buffet at a local Marriott hotel. My kids still talk about it.
Obviously, we won’t be going to the buffet this year. We plan to just eat at home.
Christmas is the holiday we always travel to see family. Usually, we travel to see my husband’s family. The drive is about 6 hours, and we stay at my in-laws’ house. The problem is that there are usually 12+ people staying at their house from 3-4 different households. If even one person has Covid, it could spread to all of us.
I actually think our spring break plans that include flying are safer than this potential Christmas trip. On spring break, we will have our own isolated rental house near a beach.
Our biggest upcoming decision is whether or not to cancel our Christmas travel plans. Thankfully, we can postpone this decision until just a few days before departure since we are driving. My kids will be so disappointed if we don’t make the trip to their grandparents.
Looking even further ahead, I have to make a decision on spring break plans by early January since that’s when our rental house payment is due. I REALLY don’t want to cancel this trip. I think my family needs time at the beach for our mental health. We really need to get away from it all.
Are you thinking about your holiday and winter travel plans in relation to the latest virus trends?
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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.