COVID-19

I’m Probably Not Getting On Another Plane In 2020

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 […]

From Our Daughter: Hersheypark During a Pandemic With Anxiety

Earlier this week our family took a socially distanced visit to Hersheypark.  There was general nervousness as parents.  The risk was really low that someone in our family would contract COVID-19. But, we didn’t have to go to a theme park.  We took lots of precautions and came up with strategies to help manage our daughter’s anxiety.  The more we talk to folks about her anxiety, the more we hear from other families who deal with something similar.  To that end, a friend asked if our daughter would share what she […]

Is It Safe To Visit Hersheypark? Here’s What To Expect When Hersheypark Opens This Week

For those of you that follow our families travels on a regular basis, you can usually find pictures of us in a theme park somewhere.  We’re equal opportunity people, hitting up popular parks like Disney World and Universal Studios, while also visiting Legoland and Hersheypark multiple times a year.  My friend Richard Kerr asked this week, “Does the Pizza family have season passes to every theme park in the country?”  The answer is no, but we do have season passes to more than one.  After a one-year hiatus, we decided […]

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 […]

Why I’m Not Sweating Being “Stuck” At Home

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 […]

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: According to CNN, violating the quarantine […]

A United Airlines Employee Details Why Taxpayers Should Demand Changes From The Airline

A management employee at United Airlines reached out to me in regards to recent articles I published reflecting how United is reacting to the COVID-19 scare. Through those conversations, we agreed to have them provide their thoughts on the current state of the management culture.  In light of the current bailout of the airlines and their performance over the past two decades, the thoughts shared here seem relevant for us, the taxpayer. These thoughts are not my own.  I summarize my thoughts at the bottom of the article. The bailout has been […]