It is true that the travel industry has taken a nosedive in this pandemic. It would also be true to say that because of the adverse strain placed on travel, many have altered or shelved their vacation plans for an undetermined future date. Those affected in my family circle are no exception. Our annual travels cover distances in North America, Caribbean, and Europe. Since the pesky virus struck, the majority of our international movements have been surreptitiously curtailed. While we are longing to return to normalcy, to see familiar faces and to go to places of interest, our newest concern is the vaccine.
That conversation runs the gambit in my family’s chit chat every week, as it still monopolizes the airwaves in the USA, and in other countries around the world. Who should get it? Are there enough doses? What are the options? A plethora of questions and opinions surrounding the vaccination, among other topics, are discussed in our social media forum. The skeptic, the die-hard, the optimist, the wait-and-see, express their opinions from time to time. The memes, the videos, the satire are all part of the expressions. It is not only the funny stories that grab our attention, even though they help to ease tensions, but the latest news pertaining to the distribution of the vaccine is shared. Some kin have already received their shots because of their line of work and a few because of age.
Just recently I viewed a video clip on social media that talked of imminent changes to affect travelers. It is being considered that in the future persons will be required to present vaccination documentation before they are allowed to fly, and conversely without proof, they will be grounded.
Currently, the decision to take the vaccine is a matter of personal choice. However, for those of us living abroad that choice may soon be moot. Even though I have traversed to places most dream of, or are on a perennial bucket list, my wanderlust is far from satiated. The world is still my oyster. Indeed, I am grateful to have visited exotic destinations, experienced different cultures and explored lands where now the pandemic is raging, but when all is said and done, taking the shot may be the only way home for me.
Community Peeps, I am sure your family conversations are along the same vein. As an experienced planner, it is easy to fulfill a bespoke itinerary, but harder to recommend a safe haven from the virus. As travel bans are eased from country to country, will you renew interests in visiting those places you have always wanted to go? If necessary, are you prepared to meet any new requirements in order to travel? Please share your thoughts in the comment box below. Also, remember to stay safe, wear your mask, physical distance and sanitize.
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