As a child I always looked forward to summer vacation, it was two months of pure bliss. That bliss was largely because there was no school and we could hang out with friends and do a lot of nothing. As you get older this summer break holds true until you start working, though your choice of activities might change. Then as if by some cruel act of fate, summer breaks are cut short, pretty much at the knees. You have to squeeze them in, like fitting in pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The biggest challenge becomes convincing yourself to actually take the summer vacation.
I look forward to my vacation, I plan for it months in advance but that’s because you need to book the best campsites early! My summer vacations are simple, we have an RV so we camp as a family most long weekends and if it’s possible 1 longer trip in the summer. It’s such a departure from everyday life in a big city that it lets me unwind in a way I really enjoy. Normally these trips involve a road trip with a few stops but nothing strenuous.
This year is a little different. Covid-19 has forced a lot of changes including some vacation planning.
We were supposed to do a road trip to Michigan that has unfortunately been canceled. While the parks are now opening up there is still the pesky issue of not being able to cross the border. We’ve adjusted and assuming everything keeps opening up at a steady pace we should still be ok to take a summer trip. It won’t be the one planned but at least we will be able to go.
In our case, we had to scramble to adjust our plans and we ended up having to spend a little bit more to make the adjusted plans work. Camping is a lot cheaper in Michigan apparently, which drives up the cost for us. We reacted quickly enough and as of writing this post, it looks like our revised trip is going to happen. I’m just glad our bathroom travels with us, no worries about using shared facilities.
What about all of the trips that were planned where there were flights involved. A once in a lifetime European or Asian vacation? All gone! Have you had your trips canceled?
Contingency planning – the new normal?
For the next couple of years, I think, people will be cautious to travel. The possibility of infection aside, the whole travel industry has suffered, and the landscape might end up looking very different. Hotels, restaurants, attractions all operate with pretty tight margins – if we’re not there will they be able to maintain? The uncertainty of it all will cause more than a few people to rethink their travel. Time will tell what the travel world will look like but at least initially there will be a lot of changes.
I know that I am going to have back up plans in place and I will definitely think twice about cancelation insurance I always ignore. Have you had to alter your summer vacation? Were you able to make it work?
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