Traveling During a Pandemic

The one where Everything is canceled!!

Traveling during a worldwide pandemic can be difficult. I have already had three planned vacations canceled.  The first vacation that was cancelled was going to be to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I was taking my family to the Disney theme parks, my daughter was going to swim with the dolphins, we were going to watch the Princess Cinderella castle light up with millions if lights, and finally board a Disney cruise boat to tour around the Bahamas—this was going to be our summer vacation.  However, due to COVID19 and government restrictions, the Disney resort was closed and our family vacation was cancelled. 

Next, we had the opportunity to upgrade our trip to a cruise around Great Britain, thanks to the marketing and sales team at Disney.  Disney Cruise Lines offered discounted cruise tickets and free upgrades for booking. The rooms on the cruise ship filled quickly; it seemed that tourists were willing to risk the dangers of travel during a pandemic to escape from their homes a travel.  We were going to depart on the ship from Barcelona, Spain, then port at Florence, Italy, Nice, France, and back to Naples, Italy. It was going to be an exciting trip, and it was a few months off, so the pandemic should be over before our trip. Then Europe closed down tourism to foreigners including Americans, and our second trip was cancelled. 

We planned a local trip to St. George, Utah, to take in the shows at the Tuachan Theater.  We were only traveling four hours from home and staying in our home state.  We were looking forward to seeing some professional theater including the musical Annie, Beauty and the Beast, and a new live version of The Count of Monte Cristo. Only a week before our trip, the theater closed down entirely due to the coronavirus. We have found that traveling during a worldwide pandemic is uncertain, but we will keep on trying.

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