As I predicted, states across the nation including my own Golden State of California are shutting down again. We may be weeks or even days away from another full shutdown and other sates are considering similarly harsh measures. It looks like 2020 will be the summer of staycation.
The concept of a staycation, even in 2020, is inherently problematic to the heart of a world traveler. Part of me want to just get on a plane and escape to Germany. The pandemic is far better managed there and I’d much rather quarantine in the cool(er) summer days of the Black Forest than in Los Angeles. Yet as my business endeavors face setback after setback, there is far too much going on here to even think about vacation.
With a formal vacation unlikely, it would be nice to get away for a couple days with my family just to clear my mind…but where? Carmel? San Diego? Santa Barbara? While the change in venue might be nice, hotels are not serving breakfast, indoor dining rooms in restaurants are closed again, gyms and museums are closed, and let’s address the elephant in the room. It seems like the only likely way we are going to overcome this issue in the way our Canadian neighbors have or the way most of Asia and Europe has, is to better discipline ourselves.
There’s such a duality to my thought process on this. Part of me, like most I suspect, is just totally over all of this. I’m so weary of the lockdowns and restrictions, which have severely hurt my business. But it isn’t the lockdowns that have as much as the underlying problem, COVID-19. Is the Swedish model best? Too early to tell, with “experts” on both side arguing strongly for their point. Part of me remains disgusted at the way this pandemic was handled by our leaders and how even today testing, PPE, and social distancing problems persist. Are we just, as a nation, incapable of dealing with it?
At this point, I’m agnostic as to how to solve the problem. I’m willing to re-open everything and warn the most vulnerable to stay home. But with hospital beds quickly filling up, that simply isn’t an option. I’m willing to shut down everything again if full shutdowns are actually enforced…like they were in Italy and Spain. I just don’t know. That’s an attitude of humility, but also one of defeat.
We’re in the era of fake news and I’m just overwhelmed at this point. And vacation isn’t even an option…so my family and I will try to make the most of a staycation. Morning walks together, extended breakfasts, plenty of reading and singing together, and maybe some time to finally read a couple books that have, by now, gathered dust on my bookshelf.
With everything shut down, I have no desire to experience a road trip without the restaurants and swimming pools or a trip up the coast with hiking trails and beaches closed. International travel is possible to Germany, but not ideal with all that is going on right now. Frankly, I don’t want to expose myself to others right now. I just want this problem to go away…and it won’t.
So staycation it is. How about you?