As the world starts to open up again, bit by bit, I see a number of folks begin to travel. I also see a number of folks who are planning travel. And, another group of people who haven’t even begun planning a trip. I’ve been home for almost 90 days now. That’s the longest stretch I’ve been home since our son was born a decade ago. You would think that has me antsy to get back out there. After all, my life has been travel for more than a dozen years. With plenty of time to think about it, I’m surprisingly comfortable at home. There are a few reasons why.
There’s Still Health Risk
The last time I checked the numbers, there were still about a thousand people a day dying in the United States from COVID-19. That’s a pretty sobering number to me. I don’t begrudge anyone who feels comfortable traveling. For me, a big part of staying home has just been about minimizing risk. I could travel, and the chances are really high that I’d be okay. But, the travel, for work or pleasure, wouldn’t be necessary.
This is one of those age-old situations where I’d normally say something like, “Well, I won’t put my family at risk, but I’m willing to travel.” That’s the thing about COVID-19. Me traveling does put my family at risk. I have teams I trust running the business units I’m responsible for elsewhere in the country. No better time to let them lead.
Leisure Travel? 2 Problems (Okay, Maybe 3)
There have been some great travel deals pop up over the past few weeks. A few desirable destinations (Greece, some spots in the Caribbean, Iceland) have started to open up to foreigners. It’s summertime and we canceled all of our trips during the time the stay-at-home order was in place, one-by-one, until they were all gone. Why not book something now?
First, I don’t want to risk my wife or kids getting sick. That’s unlikely, but still not worth it to me.
Second, from what I’ve been reading there are enough restrictions on the places that are open to make it a less enjoyable trip. With greatly reduced tourism counts, many activities are still closed or delayed. Could we have fun somewhere? Probably. But, we’d also likely miss some of the best reasons to visit faraway places.
Lastly, what happens if we get stuck? Again, unlikely. But, what if the US closed the borders again, or if we contracted COVID-19 overseas? I just don’t want to push those boundaries right now. Honestly, I’m perfectly fine with someone else being the guinea pig and sharing their experiences (hopefully not like Nomadic Matt, who ended up contracting COVID-19).
Family does matter. If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you know how important family is to me. Being home with them has been great. But, we’re not talking about those sort of family matters. We had a family matter that ended up getting folded into the pandemic. My wife has had shoulder issues for a while now. Physical therapy wasn’t working. When elective surgery opened up, we decided to get her shoulder taken care of now. Being home for the entire 6 week recovery process would have seemed crazy a few months ago. Now, it just seems like the best timed decision I’ve made in a long time.
I Do Want To Travel
We cancelled a number of great trips so far. There was that room in Mexico with our own private pool on our patio. Oh, and a trip to Bermuda we’ve been looking forward to for years, paid for 100% on points (something that I may never get lucky enough to swing again). Iceland is high on our list and it’s getting closer and closer to being okay to go.
Our family has pivoted to thinking about road trip adventures. Heck, we even contemplated renting an RV. I’m not a camper, that’s for sure. Could I do a few weeks in a souped up RV? We just might find out.
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