Last year when I travelled on vacation during the summer (July/August), I made a promise to myself to avoid summer travel as it seems to be the busiest and most chaotic travel time of year, when there are long screening lines at airports, inevitable flight delays, crowded tourist spots and last but by no means least, the high temperature levels in the Northern Hemisphere.
I decided Spring would be better time to travel for vacation going forward.
As soon as 2020 dawned, I started planning my vacation and chose Europe, because I wanted to be in Monte Carlo for my birthday to watch the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters hoping to see my favorite tennis player and GOAT, Rafael Nadal. It would be the best birthday present I would ever give myself.
In so planning my itinerary I tacked on London, Paris, Zurich and Nice as well.
I already have my plane ticket for London where I am staying with a friend and booked AirBnBs for Zurich and Monte Carlo. Nothing so far for France.
Then like a thief in the night comes COVID-19.
France is on lockdown as I write so that is out, any city there is a no go zone.
In the meantime, on the home front, the Government of Bermuda has placed travel restrictions on visitors entering the island from, China, Italy, Iran and South Korea, whilst travelers, including returning residents, coming in from France, Spain and Germany must self quarantine for 14 days.
There no no confirmed case of anyone being tested positive for COVID-19 in Bermuda thus far.
It’s two weeks before I am scheduled to leave Bermuda and I am at “Decision Crossroad” as to whether I should cancel the trip entirely or I should substitute the cities I plan to visit for others .
However, I am monitoring the situation for another week before I make a firm decision on cancellation.
In the interim, I am adhering to protocols widely recommended globally, including:
•. Washing hands regularly with and using hand sanitizers (always did anyway this is nothing new).
•. Avoiding crowded places – social distancing.
•. Staying away from the office if I am sick.
•. Coughing if I have to, into the neck of my elbows
From next week my workplace would be instituting a work from home policy.
I will also be savoring these views more than ever in the next few days.
Now I want to ask you, how has COVID-19 changed your travel plans?