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(Chattanooga Pulse)   So with COVID-19 flaring up across the country, Americans are planning on drastically curtailing summer travel plans, right? Right? AAA: "Yeah, about that"   (chattanoogapulse.com) divider line
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2020-06-29 5:08:33 PM  
I believe it .My mother and sister took a mini vaca to Indiana from Mid-Michigan


I was not happy with them.
 
2020-06-29 7:10:33 PM  
And this folks is why borders between states should be closed.
 
2020-06-29 7:10:51 PM  
I legitimately have family members doubling-down right now and trying to guilt me for not  wanting to share a Delaware beach house next month with people coming from 3 different states. If you want to take that risk, have fun. But don't you dare try to rope me into your nonsense.
 
2020-06-29 7:11:27 PM  
I plan on going wherever I can... in my car, keeping to myself, and returning home the same day with minimal / no external exposure.

...and AAA knows this.  Adjusted my coverage, accordingly.
 
2020-06-29 7:13:49 PM  
I just got back from a trip to Asheville NC. I stayed at a campground where my nearest neighbor was 50 yards away (at least until the final day). A couple of nice hikes and no Atlanta traffic.

It can be done.
 
2020-06-29 7:15:39 PM  
As long as you stay the fark out of Canada.
 
2020-06-29 7:15:45 PM  

The Bunyip: I legitimately have family members doubling-down right now and trying to guilt me for not  wanting to share a Delaware beach house next month with people coming from 3 different states. If you want to take that risk, have fun. But don't you dare try to rope me into your nonsense.


With the multiple locations, I think I'd pass also.
 
2020-06-29 7:16:22 PM  
There are ways you can travel and mitigate your risk, but you can't have things like they were before.

My wife and I booked a secluded cottage about an hour from our house for a weekend trip about 2 weeks from now. It's out in the woods/mountains. We're not doing anything when we're there besides hiking, and seeing some new scenery. We're planning to spend a lot of time outdoors, or in the cottage reading. We're also bringing all the food we'll eat while we're there from home, so we don't have to go go in to any restaurants or grocery stores down the road (we're still getting all our groceries and everything else delivered). And we're bringing disinfecting supplies, so we can clean anything before we touch it just in case the cleaners slacked off.

And yes, we're driving. We only looked at options 1-3 hours from us, so we could make the trip in one go without stops. The place we found has a keypad entry, so we won't even see anyone when we check in, and it's dog-friendly so we can bring the pup since getting a dog sitter for him during COVID doesn't make sense for us or the sitter.

Getting out of the house for a bit is going to be really good for our mental health, just want to be careful so we don't have an issue with our physical health.
 
2020-06-29 7:16:25 PM  

The Bunyip: I legitimately have family members doubling-down right now and trying to guilt me for not  wanting to share a Delaware beach house next month with people coming from 3 different states. If you want to take that risk, have fun. But don't you dare try to rope me into your nonsense.


Your loss. You're going to miss this.

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2020-06-29 7:18:23 PM  
I live in a tourist rich area. Quite a few people here, probably happy that our COVID numbers are low. But I can see the numbers are down from usual so at least some people are staying home.
 
2020-06-29 7:18:32 PM  
Fine, just stay away from here. We have zero active cases, zero new cases in three weeks and under seventy deaths total for the province.
 
2020-06-29 7:19:33 PM  
Third week in July, girlfriend and I are renting a car and traveling about 150 miles up the coast for a few days. That's the extent of my travel plans, and it will be the third time I've been in a moving vehicle since mid-March.
 
2020-06-29 7:20:50 PM  
Ride or die. Or both. It's the American way.

We knew it was going to be like this. I'm stunned people sheltered in place so well for so long.

I'm going to sit in a small room for a few years and play video games while y'all figure this stuff out.
 
2020-06-29 7:21:22 PM  

The Bunyip: I legitimately have family members doubling-down right now and trying to guilt me for not  wanting to share a Delaware beach house next month with people coming from 3 different states. If you want to take that risk, have fun. But don't you dare try to rope me into your nonsense.


My family had a trip planned for the end of July since last year. We had all rented places close to my parents' beach house and were all to gather together for the weekend at my folks' house, like we did last year. My wife and I, my parents, my sister and her husband and newborn baby, and..... a whole mess of my sisters' friends. We were going to be somewhere between 20 - 30 people.

Oh wait, did I say "were"? That should have been ARE. They're all still doing it, except for my wife and I. We're the only ones who cancelled. Here's a picture of me on the phone with my sister when she told me recently that everyone else is still going:

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2020-06-29 7:21:59 PM  
Was supposed to head to the UP next month, that's off.

Basically, it's going to be a long slow grind of a year. I've already written off thanksgiving and christmas, unless something changes.
 
2020-06-29 7:22:37 PM  
Next door neighbor is driving to CA from Chicago with two 7yr olds and cats.
Going to Utah for a week and she is almost militant about social distancing and masks for her family, so I have to assume that others less inclined and more relaxed are going to go be "normal".

Meanwhile Mrs Johnson got yelled at today (by me) for not wearing masks with her grown daughter while chit-chatting together.

Guess who is in the doghouse?
 
2020-06-29 7:25:51 PM  

The Bunyip: I legitimately have family members doubling-down right now and trying to guilt me for not  wanting to share a Delaware beach house next month with people coming from 3 different states. If you want to take that risk, have fun. But don't you dare try to rope me into your nonsense.


We never share.  It's my wife and our dogs down in NC for a few weeks in a house we rent.  If we wanted, we wouldn't have to come in contact with virtually anyone the entire time.  Well, maybe the wild horses.
 
2020-06-29 7:26:19 PM  
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2020-06-29 7:26:32 PM  

Johnson: Next door neighbor is driving to CA from Chicago with two 7yr olds and cats.
Going to Utah for a week and she is almost militant about social distancing and masks for her family, so I have to assume that others less inclined and more relaxed are going to go be "normal".

Meanwhile Mrs Johnson got yelled at today (by me) for not wearing masks with her grown daughter while chit-chatting together.

Guess who is in the doghouse?


Third base?
 
2020-06-29 7:26:35 PM  
I had a trip to Iceland on the books for September. As recently as two weeks ago I thought we'd get our acts together and shut this virus down. Only today did I cancel everything...for freedumbs!
 
2020-06-29 7:28:30 PM  

lolmao500: And this folks is why borders between states should be closed.


Okay comrade.
 
2020-06-29 7:30:48 PM  
Florida is already seeing summer tourists from out of state.
 
2020-06-29 7:31:14 PM  
I'm going to keep my head down, wear a mask, wash my hands a lot, and stay home for the next few months. I'm trying to see 2021. I hear there's going to be a new president and I don't want to miss it.
 
2020-06-29 7:31:42 PM  

Pinner: Johnson: Next door neighbor is driving to CA from Chicago with two 7yr olds and cats.
Going to Utah for a week and she is almost militant about social distancing and masks for her family, so I have to assume that others less inclined and more relaxed are going to go be "normal".

Meanwhile Mrs Johnson got yelled at today (by me) for not wearing masks with her grown daughter while chit-chatting together.

Guess who is in the doghouse?

Third base?


Is that the slang for that now?  Geez, I'm getting old and can't keep up with the cuddling lingo anymore...
 
2020-06-29 7:32:11 PM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: lolmao500: And this folks is why borders between states should be closed.

Okay comrade.


It worked in Canada but eh... I mean its not like the plague rats from florida or any other red state are spreading their bullshiat to other states uh.

Those who want to travel now are plague rats. Fark em.
 
2020-06-29 7:32:15 PM  
Welp, me an' my darlin' Missy here, we're a' takin' th' kids on a vacation to lick a toilet seat in all 50 states.
 
2020-06-29 7:34:59 PM  
My plans were cancelled for this Summer back in March.

Not worth it flying. Way too much of a crush of humanity and airplanes are terrible as it is with the recycled air and cramming as many people as possible into a metal tube.

Was thinking about taking the kids on a road trip but even if we camped along the way I wouldn't go visit my 70 year old mother in Oregon for fear of exposing her and honestly having basically nothing to do.

So basically I'm taking the kids to a cabin in S. AZ where we'll just hang out, check out some hiking trails or go to a lake and take the raft out for a whirl and basically just chill the f*ck out.

We'll see if there's still something we can salvage some time in December.
 
2020-06-29 7:36:20 PM  
Shut it all down again. We just don't get it.
 
2020-06-29 7:39:14 PM  
I'm glad I'm not one for traveling.
 
2020-06-29 7:39:40 PM  
This is not surprising in the slightest, because lots of people are toddlers and morons. The slightest inconvenience makes them whine and cry like a little kid hiding under the table with their fingers in their ears. Maybe if they pretend the virus isn't a thing it will just go away.

I've cancelled my October/November trip to Italy. We've booked a low-scale mini-vacation to a small B&B in the White Mountains but I'm fully prepared to put the kibosh on that as well if things are still completely farked in October.  I'm in CT and beyond frustrated by people's idiocy. We have our own share of red hatter assholes here who are against masks, but I guess the percentage is still small enough that they can't totally wreck progress.
 
2020-06-29 7:41:04 PM  
The next *possible* family trip is in October. Friend of my wife got remarried and wants to have a party. It was originally going to be Memorial Day weekend. I'm not convinced.

I will have some work travel over the summer, all by car.
 
2020-06-29 7:43:19 PM  
It's a big country.  As long as you go somewhere remote, you're probably fine.

The problem will be all the people you come into contact with on your way to the remote place, sadly.
 
2020-06-29 7:44:56 PM  

orezona: My plans were cancelled for this Summer back in March.

Not worth it flying. Way too much of a crush of humanity and airplanes are terrible as it is with the recycled air and cramming as many people as possible into a metal tube.

Was thinking about taking the kids on a road trip but even if we camped along the way I wouldn't go visit my 70 year old mother in Oregon for fear of exposing her and honestly having basically nothing to do.

So basically I'm taking the kids to a cabin in S. AZ where we'll just hang out, check out some hiking trails or go to a lake and take the raft out for a whirl and basically just chill the f*ck out.

We'll see if there's still something we can salvage some time in December.


As someone who lives in a similiar tourist destination in British Columbia, have fun. That is all outdoor open air stuff where you aren't recklessly endangering the locals. It can be done.
 
2020-06-29 7:48:29 PM  
Yeah, I was planning on two weeks in Nova Scotia and PEI but now I only get one week in North Carolina. I'd call that curtailed if I wasn't sure what that word meant exactly.
 
2020-06-29 7:49:25 PM  

in flagrante: It's a big country.  As long as you go somewhere remote, you're probably fine.

The problem will be all the people you come into contact with on your way to the remote place, sadly.


A big country?

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2020-06-29 7:51:14 PM  
funny the timing some states had at going phase 3 just before the 4th of july weekend.
 
2020-06-29 7:54:36 PM  
I had two concerts slated for this year. Wardruna in AZ and Nightwish in Amsterdam. I am assuming that both of those concerts and the associated trips are as much as trashed, though the tours themselves aren't cancelled yet.

Airplanes are seating normally now. That's a no. That's a NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO​OOOOOOOOOOOO from me dog.
 
2020-06-29 7:54:44 PM  
So USians are destroying themselves worse than any war has, and their plans for the summer are basically, 'Hurt ourselves even more!"  There isn't really a way to help them, is there?   : /
 
2020-06-29 7:55:39 PM  
 Enjoy your trip, everyone. I'm sure Wally World will be open when you get there.

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2020-06-29 8:00:04 PM  
I'm staying home this year, it's no big deal, I can deal with it.
 
2020-06-29 8:02:09 PM  
I'd say to avoid all the flyover states, but that would imply there are still people flying over them.
 
2020-06-29 8:02:54 PM  
We all saw the movie Idiocracy did we not?
Welcome to your new normal

This is America reaping what it's sown
A nation of fat, willfully ignorant sociopaths
Anyway, enjoy watching this nation get burned to the ground in the stupidest possible way
at the end of the day, the rest of the world will be better off for it
 
2020-06-29 8:03:25 PM  

Priapetic: A big country?


Stay alive?

I'm not expecting to grow flowers in a desert.
 
2020-06-29 8:03:58 PM  
On my vacation on the week before last, I stayed home instead of my customary visit to my brother's family and just stayed at home.

/He lives in Texas.
 
2020-06-29 8:07:21 PM  

Pinner: Johnson: Next door neighbor is driving to CA from Chicago with two 7yr olds and cats.
Going to Utah for a week and she is almost militant about social distancing and masks for her family, so I have to assume that others less inclined and more relaxed are going to go be "normal".

Meanwhile Mrs Johnson got yelled at today (by me) for not wearing masks with her grown daughter while chit-chatting together.

Guess who is in the doghouse?

Third base?


With who?
 
2020-06-29 8:10:48 PM  
My son and his fiance were supposed to get married next month. They've pushed it out to September, but I have my doubts that will happen. If it does, well, I know I have to go, but I'm not sure I'll be comfortable with it.

\I'm in CO and the wedding is on the east coast
 
2020-06-29 8:20:27 PM  
Never underestimate the power of denial. "It won't happen to me"
 
2020-06-29 8:34:30 PM  
I was originally taking a Seattle-to-Ketchikan (AK) road trip through Canada with an old friend for his 40th high school reunion earlier this month through July. That evaporated in March. Lately I've been doing day trips out to the desert, but I basically get out of the car, wander around for 10-20 minutes, and drive home, not interacting with anyone. With the climate control set to recirculation. Hell, I wear vinyl gloves when going to grocery stores & gas stations, and use my smart watch to pay for everything without touching anything.

I'm probably doing a road trip up to Seattle & back just to get out of the house, and I may stick around with one family of friends for a week to see if anything goes plaid.

Or I may not. I didn't leave the house today except for watering my lawn and walking around the block before sunrise. I have to play it by ear; I've been stuck in the house for more than three months, and I'm thinking it may be another four months.
 
2020-06-29 8:39:00 PM  

rcain: We all saw the movie Idiocracy did we not?
Welcome to your new normal

This is America reaping what it's sown
A nation of fat, willfully ignorant sociopaths
Anyway, enjoy watching this nation get burned to the ground in the stupidest possible way
at the end of the day, the rest of the world will be better off for it


America has tons of problems, but general societal ignorance and inept government isn't unique to America.  There are horrible fumbles happening in the UK and Brazil right now, just to name a couple.

The problem with populism is that it excels at good weather promises.  A pandemic crisis that shuts down whole economies around the globe doesn't fit smoothly into that traditional rhetoric.

One of the most interesting things about our current situation is being in a global experiment of crisis management.  All these different nations are turning in report cards, as it were, and the writing is on the wall.  Unsurprisingly, nations with solid health infrastructure and politicians in tune with that are faring much better.

You gotta let it roll out.  You can't change entire cultural mindsets in the space of a few months.  Hopefully we wind up somewhere better in the long term if not in the short.  But I wouldn't count on it.
 
2020-06-29 8:41:39 PM  
My parents are going to Albuquerque and my sister's family to Colorado. Both sides are saying, "Well, we're just staying in the mountains. Not may people there."

I'm like, "Um, how are you getting there? Bicycles? No, you're getting crammed into a metal sausage with a hundred forty others after getting funneled through a busy airport. Why aren't you thinking through this?"
 
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