COVID-19

My First Travel In 5 Months Shows Why Details Matter Right Now

I boarded a plane in New Zealand in early March, bound for the United States. While I sat on the tarmac the US announced they were closing the borders to pretty much all travelers arriving from Europe.  At the time, it seemed surreal.  When I landed in the US, I spent a few days working in Las Vegas.  While I was there, school was cancelled for two weeks at our home in Virginia.  I finished my work and headed home.  At the time, I expected to stay home for a […]

Europe Is Closed To Americans, Canada Too. What’s The Human Side?

Aside from all of the fear over the past 90 days (wow, has it really only been a few months?) while the COVID-19 pandemic ramped up in the US, there have been so many interesting things to watch in the world of travel.  How does an airline go from full planes to virtually empty, with hundreds of planes grounded?  If you’re a government agency, how do you effectively enforce a quarantine?  These are very, very different issues than what we normally deal with.  And, now that people are starting to […]

What Does A Complimentary Hotel Breakfast Look Like During COVID-19?

There are so many things I wonder about in the post-COVID world.  I still haven’t gotten on an airplane since March and don’t have any tickets booked.  My friend Mike who writes the Coworkaholic blog took a road trip from Chicago to Orlando this week.  He stopped at two different Hyatt Place properties on the way.  Here’s what he found. It took me a while to get comfortable with the idea of traveling in a post-COVID world. And almost as long to put my thoughts together on my first experience. For over […]

Hawaii Not Messing Around: Jails Man Over Breaking Quarantine

The COVID-19 crisis has lead to lots of different reactions by government agencies.  Hawaii, for one, is not messing around. Yesterday they announced that they had jailed a man who violated the mandatory 14-day quarantine for visitors. They made a point to put out a press release, which has been widely covered in the news.  It clearly states the crime, and that the individual, Tarique Peters, had posted pictures of his actions on Instagram.  I believe I found the correct Tarique Peters on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAJA0cvALlm/ According to CNN, violating the […]

United Airlines Is Flying 84% Of Their Seats Empty Today

United Airlines has a load factor of only 16% today with 40,000 passengers booked worldwide.  This is according to a source at United with knowledge of the daily operations. There are tons of airlines who have grounded significant portions of their fleet due to the current crisis surrounding coronavirus.  Some friends of mine are tracking cancelations around the world and you can view their work here.  United currently appears to have 68% of their fleet of 786 airplanes grounded right now, spurred by lack of demand due to COVID-19. United […]

How Many Airlines Have Stopped Flying Completely in the Coronavirus Crisis?

It’s amazing how quickly things have escalated in the coronavirus crisis.  Things that were seemingly impossible are happening left and right.  I’ve been largely absent from blogging for the past few months dealing with professional and personal challenges.  The current crisis has consumed a great deal of my time for work-related items. But, I really want to write.  It’s somewhat cathartic for me.  So far, I’ve written about: Should You Travel During the Coronavirus Crisis? Marriott Furloughs Two-Thirds of Their Corporate Employees I’ve continued to watch the announcements about reductions […]