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Earlier this year, it seemed like this pandemic was about over. When my family traveled to Florida in late May, Covid cases in the U.S. were way down. Biden said Americans would be able to travel and gather freely by July 4th. I made a bunch of travel plans for this fall.
Well, now look where we are with Covid. Cases are out of control in Texas and Florida as well as in other parts of the U.S. Our once-certain travel plans now in jeopardy due to event cancellations and local outbreaks.
Evaluating our Fall Trips
I know that some people think that tourists have no business traveling right now (again). Others think we should be going about with our business as usual. I don’t think travel is a black and white issue. There is a lot of gray area depending on many factors.
Later this fall, I have a cruise booked. Disney Cruise Line just announced that all passengers over the age of 12 must now be vaccinated in order to sail (based on rules coming from The Bahamas). That gives me more confidence that a Covid breakout will be less likely on board. We still have time to decide if we want to reschedule.
Another trip this fall involves seeing the musical Hamilton. The show isn’t cancelled, but it does require all attendees to be vaccinated and masked.
But one trip I decided to cancel is a trip to my hometown for my high school reunion. The first event is being held in a smallish bar. Going there with a mask seems to defeat the purpose of a reunion, and going to a crowded bar without a mask doesn’t seem like a good idea to me.
Unglamorous Safety Precautions
With the trips we do keep, I want to make sure we are keeping ourselves safe and not unknowingly spreading Covid around. Even though we are vaccinated (except for my youngest), we could still get Covid.
Since the pandemic took a turn for the worse, we are now masking up indoors again. For travel, we’re back to using KN-95 masks.
We are also testing ourselves for Covid even when it’s not required just to make sure. I just got the all clear from another test today.
Yes, it costs extra and it can be a pain. But if these extra hoops can keep us traveling safely, I’m all for it. I expect these types of tests and vaccination attestations will become the norm for awhile, and I’m counting on it for our trip to Europe next summer.
Honestly, my kids have a much greater chance of getting Covid from school than they do from traveling. Our school district in Texas has no masks or Covid safety precautions at all.
Did you make any fall travel plans that you are now reconsidering?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.