Travel In The Time Of Corona
“Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you from getting me sick” unknown
Eventually all those people stocking up on supplies at Costco are going to have to leave their houses and the Corona Virus will still be here. It will lighten up in the spring and summer as viruses do, and come back in the winter. It is something we will learn to live with like Aids and Airport Security. If you have not been addicted before, hand sanitizer is the new normal. Someone you know or maybe you will get it and next year there will be a vaccine and things will calm down.
The decision to travel or not is a tough one. I just had to cancel my month long trip to Germany and France in mid April. The first part was a tour with the Jewish Heritage Museum though the Alsace region. I was particularly excited to go to the baths in Baden Baden – a bucket list thing for me. Afterward, I was meeting the BF In Lyon and we were traveling to Marseille, Cassis, Aix and later staying in a beautiful winery in the region. We would have ended up in Paris for a few days. It was a lot of planning and involved planes, trains and cars. I have not cancelled part two yet.
I know it is the right thing to do at this time but when it comes to travel-all reasoning disappears. I have terrible travel envy and the cure for me is planning a trip. I always have something to look forward to and now I don’t – other than maybe not getting sick and dying – which is big.
At the moment it feels like I am sitting at home thinking about traveling a lot more than I am actually traveling.
I’ve always had anxiety and lived my life in fear so this collective fear doesn’t feel strange to me. The best we can do is to wash our hands and avoid people who are coughing. I’m germaphobic so I do this anyway. I was way ahead of my time with social distancing. I am no longer weird and can proudly touch things with my elbow and not hug hello.
Life is tough and unpredictable .No matter how well-thought-out your plans might be, they’re bound to be disrupted at some point. Don’t take it personally, it’s just life and like everything else this will pass.
And by the way, thanks for freaking out and buying all the toilet paper.