Rethinking travel plans for 2020

In the post I wrote a few months back outlining some destinations that I am hoping to revisit in the future, I mentioned that Mr. Chuckles and I were planning a trip to London, England this year. This would cap off a tour through Iceland and Scotland, sometime in early to mid-May. Obviously, the world has become a completely different place since I wrote that post, and we have of course cancelled that planned trip. Fortunately, we had not yet booked any flights, tours, or accommodations, so I have not had to deal with the hassle of submitting cancellation requests or coordinating with insurance companies.

It’s crazy to think that only a couple short months ago, we were arriving home from Vietnam and expecting that this whole COVID-19 situation would blow over soon and we could start anticipating our next trip abroad. Now, I have revised my work vacation requests and tentatively pushed my next extended break off to late August/early September. However, I am seriously rethinking our travel plans for the rest of 2020.

I am coming to grips with the fact that we are unlikely to be doing any more international travel this year. It is very disappointing, as we have established a fantastic tradition over the past few years of embarking on two major international trips annually, with a few other short local excursions in between. In 2018, we were in Italy for a week in the summer, and then South Korea and Japan in mid-autumn. In 2019, we went to Thailand and Laos in spring, followed by Peru in late summer. For 2020, we were meant to travel Cambodia and Vietnam early in the year (fortunately, done just in time!) and then Iceland and Scotland plus England later on.

With the way things are evolving with the pandemic and lockdown conditions worldwide, I would not expect international travel to return to ‘normal’ for quite some time, at least until a vaccine is developed. Borders may reopen but I think we can expect there to remain several restrictions and requirements, such as medical certificates of health and mandatory quarantines, which will make coordinating vacations on fixed schedules much more challenging.

So what to do? I would really like to keep my approved time off in September rather than pick up extra weeks of work, so perhaps we will consider making a domestic trip within Canada, assuming it is safe to do so by then. This gives me an idea for an upcoming post as well: a recap of my past travels through Canada! Off hand, I have visited 7 out of the 10 provinces in Canada but there is still lots to see in this massive country.

Hiking at Banff National Park

How are you modifying your travel plans for 2020?

10 thoughts on “Rethinking travel plans for 2020

  1. Understandable. Only place outside US I was considering was Montreal, but I think I will wait until next year for that. I ran in Seattle late February/early March and had a lot of scares in regards to coronavirus which caused me to cancel NYC. Besides that the only trip so far that I had to postpone was San Diego, but I already cancelled flight and hotel. I mentioned I have a race in Chicago in July and I am still up in the air about that. If I travel this year it would most likely be a west coast trip. Which provinces do you still need to visit? I only have been to 4 (British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec).

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    1. I was hoping to make a long weekend trip to Chicago as well (or NYC) but it doesnโ€™t look like us Canadians crossing the border into the US will be recommended for the next while. In terms of Canadian provinces, I have the Maritime provinces still to visit – Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Iโ€™ve only had short trips/stops in the prairies (Saskatchewan and Manitoba) but there isnโ€™t really anything drawing me back out there for a longer trip!

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      1. Iโ€™m playing Chicago by ear if it looks like progress has been made and my race isnโ€™t postponed, I will try to go. I doubt my annual nfl game in Indianapolis is going to happen this year due to covid-19. If I go to Manitoba it will probably be for a Sharks/Jets game. Hockey is main reason I went to Edmonton and Calgary, but the highlight of that trip was Banff.

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  2. Fortunately, Canada has so much to offer. Heck, you can even go to Quebec and feel like you’re traveling internationally.

    It is really disappointing, though, isn’t it? I had to scrap Sedona, AZ, a few weeks ago. I’m still keeping late August open as an alternative, but there are so many what-ifs involved in that decision. We haven’t officially cancelled our Spain-Andorra-France summer trip, but with each passing week it’s looking less and less likely. This decision will be made in concert with our Belgian friends and with my mom and brother, all of whom are scheduled to meet us in the Pyrenees for the final week. Whether or not we were going to go somewhere over Christmas was still up in the air, but it’s hard to even think about planning something at this point. I don’t want to get my hopes up only to have them dashed. Time will tell, I guess. As for alternate plans, depending on how the US “opens back up,” we may do some road tripping out west with our little travel trailer, which we are picking up from storage in a few days. Fortunately, like you, I live in a country with a great many options for gorgeous scenery and fun travel. Social distancing is not that hard when you tow your hotel room behind you and if you make your plans revolve around hiking in wide open spaces.

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    1. It is SO disappointing indeed. Looking forward to my next travel is what gets me through the grind of work! But I agree that we are both lucky to at least be living in large countries with so many options for domestic travel. I just need to time my trip early enough in the year to avoid the brutal winter weather up here!

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      1. I understand that you are really disappointed but we must make the best of the situation ๐Ÿ˜‰. Canadian scenery is breathtaking, especially in the National Parks. I am sure, you will find beautiful places to spend your vacation. Spending my holiday in Germany does not bother me, there is so much to see and hiking is good too. But if f.ex. Austria and Switzerland do not open their borders, all places will be extremely packed.

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  3. ive decided i wont be travelling this year, unless somewhere near the end of the year things have changed but Im not planning so i wont be disappointed and right now I cant see how I can plan, even domestically. we’ll see. I’m pinning my plans and hopes on being about to travel internationally around the middle of 2021 for now. Even that may prove to be wishful thinking. We’ll see…

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  4. I’m exactly in the same mindset. I was planning a trip in South Africa in December but decided to postpone it to next year rather than keep the hope and be disappointed when it won’t happen. At this moment I’m only hoping to be able to go back to France in November for a family event. In the meantime will try to visit more of Canada and Ontario if we are allowed to

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