The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated a permanent merger of work and vacation into a “workcation.” But how do you find long-term accommodations for all those workcationers?
That’s what John Tarantino wondered after he left his 9-to-5 job in Manhattan. Tarantino, who founded a boutique watchmaking business in New York, had spent time in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, New York and Miami. But by the end of last year, he’d grown weary of making new reservations at a different vacation rental every month.
He figured there had to be a better way.
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Possible travel restrictions are leaving many Americans asking: “What if?”
What if there’s another surge? What if passengers need a negative coronavirus test to fly domestically? And what if the government tries to limit interstate travel?
The Biden administration last month imposed new testing requirements for air travelers entering the United States. It also required that masks be worn on mass transportation, including airlines, buses and trains.
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Terry Barber has a problem with the laptop computer he ordered from Sam’s Club. It never showed up. Two months later, her refund is also missing.
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Stephen Wilkes asks his travel agent for a BritRail pass refund. But six months later, there’s no sign of the money.
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Travelers who refuse to wear a mask aren’t a new problem. But at a time when we’re so close to getting the pandemic under control, they’re an increasingly urgent problem.
“We’ve always had people who feel that the rules don’t apply to them,” says Adeodata Czink, an etiquette consultant who runs a company called Business of Manners. “So many months after the pandemic started, even people who normally behave have had enough of more and more restrictions. And they’ve just plain quit following any rules.”
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