What should you do when your seatmate won’t wear a mask? That’s the problem Wycliffe Okoth faced on a recent flight from Nairobi, Kenya, to Cairo.
The two women next to him were wearing masks – on their chins.
“One of the ladies was of the opinion that COVID-19 does not exist and that governments are only faking it to get donor funds,” says Okoth, an essayist from New York. “The other one believed that COVID-19 is real but is being exaggerated.”
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If you’ve heard it once, you’ve probably heard it a hundred times. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Avoid crowds. It’s proven advice for how to avoid getting sick when you’re on the road.
But are there any new ways to stay healthy when you travel?
Before her recent trip from Reno, Nevada, to Appleton, Wisconsin, Shelley Hunter began taking Vitamin C supplements and practicing stricter social distancing. She also made sure she got plenty of extra sleep.
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If there were ever a time to feel sorry for the travel industry, it’s now. The pandemic has wiped out enormous parts of the business. Airlines are bankrupt. Hotels are shuttered. Travel advisors are out of work. It looks like they’ll never recover from COVID.
But should you care?
Before you say “yes,” consider the situation just a year ago. It was yet another record holiday travel season. Airlines were busy adding new rules to maximize their profits. Hotel rates were going through the roof. And the industry’s overall attitude was: If you don’t like our prices and service, just stay home.
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Donna Choate needed a new car, but she wanted to avoid the hassle of ownership — the auto loan, insurance and maintenance. That’s when she discovered a new car rental subscription program that let her skip all of that.
Choate, a podcaster from Atlanta, heard about Hertz My Car, a new option that’s billed as an alternative to vehicle ownership and leasing. For $1,100 a month, which includes the cost of the vehicle and basic insurance, she drove away in a brand new Infiniti Q60.
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It’s time to stop promoting travel. Seriously.
And by “promoting” I mean pushing those two-for-one deals and deep discounts that are meant to lure you back on the road.
This isn’t the time.
We’re inside a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prices are low, but the risks are high. And within the travel industry, a debate is raging about what to do.
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