How did it get to be September? I’m sure many of you have gone through something similar. Time seems to be crawling along, and yet it’s September. The last time I got on a plane was in mid-March. I haven’t checked my records, but it’s been at least 10 years since I’ve been home this long. I’m guessing another month or so will be my longest streak since I was in college.
You probably think I’m desperate to get back on a plane. While I do love to travel, I’ve been surprised by my lack of desire to hop on a plane. I miss exploring new destinations, as well as revisiting old favorites. We canceled some pretty awesome trips this summer, including a trip to Bermuda I was really looking forward to. And, I’ve got family in Nova Scotia that I wish I could spend time with. And yet, I’m still not ready to hop on an airplane.
The restrictions on travel make it a bit easier to stay at home. I can’t easily visit my family in Canada right now. Two weeks of quarantine to go many other places dull my enthusiasm to travel abroad. And, I’m really enjoying the time I’ve gotten to spend with my family over the past 6 months.
I’ve traveled extensively for work over the past 15 years. I oversee a team of folks around the country, some of whom are required to travel for their jobs. We haven’t begun allowing employees to travel by plane for work yet. When the self-quarantine first started in March, I determined at that time that I wouldn’t ask employees to get on an airplane until I was comfortable doing so myself.
When Will I Fly Again?
It’s taken me a while to come to the realization that I’m unlikely to get back on a plane this year. I have capable managers taking care of the businesses that I’m responsible for across the country. There’s no specific need to fly. And, regardless of how serious you think COVID-19 is, I think we can all agree there’s more risk traveling than staying inside your home.
Each of us has a specific risk tolerance. Right now, I’m not willing to take the extra risk associated with airplane travel. I do think the risk is low. But, I don’t like the lack of control over others for a long period of time.
I do want to get back to traveling. And, our family has already done a bit of that. We rented a motorhome. We also visited Hersheypark, albeit on a day with reduced capacity. And, I have two other RV experiences I still need to share with you folks.
Heck, there’s even a great story about me buying a pickup truck and messing it up in epic fashion.
Where Does That Leave Us?
I see some of my friends venturing out on airplanes. I absolutely love seeing them heading to favorite destinations like Disney World and further away to places like Germany and Greece. There are plenty of stories about travel shaming popping up on a daily basis. I’ll be honest, it’s not a mentality I really understand. While I don’t feel comfortable on a plane, I’m excited for those who do. Sure, I’m a bit nervous a friend might catch COVID-19. But, travel has always had risks. Some of those risks are more acute right now. But, a sound, safe strategy can reduce those risks. Instead of spending my time frowning at other people traveling, I’d prefer to celebrate their happiness (and hope that those travel dollars will help so many communities that rely heavily on tourism).
The next page in our family’s travel diary will involve a really big pickup truck and a trailer. We can’t wait to share those memories with all of you as we create them.
In the interim, I encourage you to think of travel in a new light. We’re looking to explore national parks and other fun places in the US, but I’d love to hear about your adventures.
Where are you traveling? What does travel mean to you right now?
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