COVID-19

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: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAJA0cvALlm/ According to CNN, violating the […]

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 […]

Airbnb Taking a Beating During Coronavirus Pandemic

The travel industry is getting hammered by the coronavirus crisis.  Business and leisure travel have both declined considerably.  And, due to the lack of clarity when things will improve, future bookings are being impacted at an alarming rate.  United is flying nearly empty planes, even after grounding a large part of their fleet.  They’re not alone, with literally dozens of airlines grounding their entire fleet.  The damage isn’t limited to airlines.  Marriott has already furloughed 2/3 of their corporate staff.  And, Airbnb is nowhere near immune, taking a healthy beating […]