At this point in 2020, Kim and I are feeling like Sally and Me in Dr. Susess’ Cat In The Hat.
“So all we could do was to sit, sit, sit, sit. And we did not like it. Not one little bit.”
How Risky Is It To Travel During COVID-19?
I imagine there are people somewhere who do not mind the being in the COVID-19 lockdown. There might even be someone who enjoys it. But that person is not me and it is not Kim, nor is it anyone we know.
We want to travel again! We need adventure. But what about the risk of flying? With the right precautions flying may not be risky. You can read about our experience here and watch it here. We even give you some tips on how to make flying safer here.
Of course, anytime we are out of the United States we carry health insurance coverage through Safety Wing
If you feel the risks of international air travel are reasonable and you live in the United States you don’t have too many travel choices. At this writing, there are only a few countries allowing American passport holders to cross their borders. Most of those countries are in the Caribbean. Regardless of the region, many countries require proof that you do not have COVID-19.
What to do?
What is one to do? How do you travel when you cannot? We are doing these things:
- Watching travel vloggers
- Learning a language
- Taking live Tours From Home
We have been watching travel videos. We absolutely encourage you to do this.
You can also use this time to dream about what you really want to do and where you really want to go.
When the whole (almost whole) world was open and open all time it was difficult to get a clear idea of where you wanted to go. It’s the freedom trap. We experience it all the time. Too many choices make it difficult to make a choice.
COVID-19 has helped us to focus on our dreaming. When countries eventually open there is a possibility they will close again. You need to pick your top choices because you may not have the luxury of being able to go whenever you want. I really want to hike through the Atacama. But we’ve been going to more traditional, closer, accessible, etc. location. When Chile opens we are going.
Learn A Language
And what better time to learn a language. Language learning is most effective when done in small blocks of time over a long time period. I think most of us can find four 15-minute time periods during the day to learn a language.
If you do nothing else in preparation for your trip when the world opens, learn the language of the country to which you want to travel. It’s the number one thing you can do to make your trip exceptional.
Tours From Home
The closest thing you can do to get out there without actually getting out there is to take a Tour From Home. Take a look at these Tours From Home Kim found:
- Faroe Islands
- African safari
- Puerto Rico
- Lisse, Netherlands (the Garden of Europe)
We enjoyed the tours so much that we decided to launch a Tours From Home series also. This is a win-win-win situation. It helps satisfy our wanderlust and yours and spurs tourism.
I will be delving into the history and background of the places we have traveled, sifting through our pictures and video clips so you can sit back relax and get out there without risk.
But there’s more! Our Tours From Home will be live. You will be able to interact with us and ask questions as we travel together to:
- Puerto Vallarta
- Milan Duomo
- The ruins of Antigua
- Mexico City
Making The Best Of It
The end to global travel and a worldwide lockdown is not what anyone anticipated or wanted. The best we can do is make the best of it. Kim and I will produce Tours From Home. We hope they help you get through this.