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Why you should consider canceling travel plans in 2020

If you’re still hesitating whether you’ll proceed with your travel plans with friends or family within this year, I suggest you think twice. Right off the bat, the government implemented travel restrictions to contain the virus, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the disease will not continuously spread once the measures are loosened.

Last year, my boyfriend and I booked a flight to Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines via AirAsia. I was excited because we availed the tickets for such a low price (it was a promo) and it would be our first flight together after he disembarked from his job in a cruise line. Everything was planned already⁠—tickets, hotel, itinerary, and stuff. Until this coronavirus happened and we ended up canceling it.

Coronavirus is still around

Traveling this year is like offering yourself to the virus. Remember: there’s no vaccine yet.

It’s unsettling to travel while, at the back of your mind, you know there’s a higher risk for you to getting infected outside your home. You wouldn’t know whether the person you’ll meet at your destination has COVID-19 as asymptomatic carriers are the ones who commonly spread it the worse. It causes unnecessary paranoia and we don’t need that in life.

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I personally think airports are one of the places one should avoid to stay uninfected aside from the hospitals. Needless to say, it’s a place where tourists from different parts of the world are found, and whether the airlines are trying their best to lessen the worry of their passengers, we cannot assure that we are still safe.

Also, you may not be covered by your travel insurance especially if you booked your flight way before COVID-19 happened. So make sure it’s clear and stated. Chances are, you’ll be quarantined at your destination if you’re detected with symptoms and you’ll most likely pay for your expenses. Getting sick away from home is definitely not a good idea, isn’t it?

More hassle, less pleasure

Tomorrow isn’t promised so you wouldn’t know whether the circumstance will change in the next few months. It’s a hassle to keep rebooking flights to schedules you are not even sure of, not to mention that airlines cannot accommodate all our queries.

We tried moving our April flight to May, and then when the quarantine measures kept extending, we moved it again to June. We were decided to pursue the travel should the lockdown be lifted, but, apparently, the situation hasn’t improved and we decided to just cancel it.

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We’re still hoping we could travel again maybe next year so we just reimbursed our expenses on flight tickets via AirAsia Credit Account, so we can use the amount the next time we book. Learn more about this here. We then processed our refund with the travel agency who planned the itinerary, but we didn’t get it full, unfortunately.

Also, one of the things we considered before we cancel our flight is the adjustment we’ll experience when we get to Palawan. It’s expected that there’ll be establishments that are closed, you may not enjoy dine-in restaurants like usual, or there may be restrictions in the areas you’ll visit so it’s less likely to enjoy the getaway. You wanted to be there to have fun, not just for the sake of being in that place.

We’ve been locked in our homes for months and traveling is one of the things that comes to mind when the restrictions are over. But is it a good decision? I bet not.

(10) Comments

  1. This is an interesting view. I agree that there is viral risk and no cure. However, due to the pandemic, businesses and people generally, are cleaning and sanitizing far more, making it safer.
    So if it’s cleaner and less crowded, might this not be the best time to travel?

    1. point taken, although I think it’s causing anxiety to people who like to travel to enjoy places. But it’s good if establishments are really practicing proper disinfection / sanitation 🙂

      1. Agreed. Travel is certainly a wild card right now.

  2. I fully agree! Although I love traveling, I canceled all my plans as well. It costs so much more, it gives so much more stress and it’ll probably be less fun indeed!

    1. Thats what we thought, too, and we felt like it’s not worth the risk. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  3. Em and Jess says:

    This is very true, I hope all your travel plans work out 🙂

    1. Thank you! Keep safe 🙂

  4. hannahthemaddog says:

    I really want to travel somewhere next year. My husband does too but he’s a lot more hesitant than I am, especially because there’s no vaccine yet. It sucks. He had a bad feeling about this year. He works at a news station and felt something coming. I just hope we can travel internationally next year. But he wants to see other people traveling freely and comfortably without guidelines before we can really consider planning.


    1. The safest time to travel is when vaccines are widely available, in my opinion. I miss going out, too! But prevention is always better than cure. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  5. Yes, we need to wait for this corona crisis get over. We should not take risks. Healthy life is important.
    Thank you for sharing the post with us.

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