As the doors close on many countries around the world, travellers are forced to make choices on whether to proceed with their travel plans or not. It is not necessarily about the fear of getting sick, most travellers are considering the impacts on their loved ones upon their return. Loved ones who may not have good immune systems or are chronically ill.
I did have another post planned for this week, but with the coronavirus impacting on life (whether directly or indirectly) it is a topic hard to ignore.
The decision not to travel is a hard one, especially when it has been your life for so long. The thought of being restricted within your own country, or even city, is hard to comes to terms with.
I have been travelling for the past 20 years or so and this weekend is the first time I have ever had to cancel a trip. I was all set to fly to Vietnam in April, but each day the risks and border closings have made getting there more of a challenge than it needs to be. Plus, my dad is in a high risk, so if I did become exposed to the virus overseas it would put him at risk too.
So, I made the hard decision to postpone my trip until the situation is under control. Vietnam will still be there in six to 12 months time; they will need our tourism dollars later as the country recovers.
Of course, it does cause some anxiety about not being able to freely travel as I would like. However, at present, it is best to be mindful of the people around us right now. If we can stop the risk of the virus spreading any further by limiting our travel, the sooner countries can assess and start to mend.