Service of Armchair Travel

February 1st, 2021

Categories: Pandemic, Travel, Travel Warning


Rochelle Walensky, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that this isn’t the time for air travel, vaccine or no. She was on a CNN Global Town Hall on January 27 with Dr. Anthony Fauci hosted by Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Right after she’d said this we saw a videotaped question from a grandmother who was about to get her second vaccine. She wanted to know when she’d be safe to fly to see her grandchildren. Even though the benefit of the vaccine would kick in seven to 10 days after the injection, Dr. Walensky stuck to her guns: Unless an emergency she didn’t recommend air travel.


The Viking cruise commercials always intrigued me and I like Rick Steves’ travel tidbits on PBS. Some of the Netflix series I enjoy–The Crown, Call My Agent, Lupin, Broadchurch, Marcella, Bloodline–take me to favorite or unknown places here and abroad. Traveling the Internet are extraordinary photographs of places I love or will never see.

Tourism and business travel are lifelines to survival of so many countries and cities. Businesses are crushed as a result of the stoppage from restaurants, hotels, boutiques and tourist sites to souvenir vendors.

The CDC orders travelers to wear masks. In future will they need to show proof of vaccination before being allowed on board planes trains and buses?  Hospitals and businesses can ask employees to get a flu shot but they cannot be forced to do so. Given the seriousness of the pandemic, will the Supreme Court make covid-19 vaccination a passport to public venues from theaters, sports stadiums and concert venues to cruises?

How are you satisfying your wanderlust? Are you planning to take a plane once you have been vaccinated or are you waiting for the all-clear?


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7 Responses to “Service of Armchair Travel”

  1. Jim Gordon Said:

    Ahh, wanderlust. Well I go from my bedroom into the bathroom and then stealthily head into my living room hoping nobody notices. Well, of course, no one notices since I live alone.
    Unfortunately nothing works and maybe soon with an effective vaccine implementation I can head to France and that would satisfy my wanderlust.
    Be wonderful

  2. BC Said:

    At our age and medical stage, travel to the grocery store, pharmacy, and docs, satisfies our wanderlust!

  3. Jeanne Byington Said:


    With the public’s cooperation–wearing masks, social distancing, getting vaccinated when they are able–we will grip this pandemic by the throat and shake the life out of it. I trust that we have learned our lessons so that such a horror will not happen again in the lifetimes of the great, great, great grandchildren of infants born today.

    Meanwhile, I hope you will soon hear, on the shores of your beloved France “Allons enfants de la Patrie, Le jour de gloire est arrivé!”

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Friends, who used to travel, attend concerts and theater, tell me they go to the grocery store for sport these days. A day at the beach or a short drive for a picnic can change the scene as much as a visit to The Old Vic in London. I think we will all enjoy such close to home pleasures as these once we feel comfortable that the pandemic is well under control.

  5. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Even if there are no laws, citizens may make their own rules that impact attendance at public events. I just saw this New York Times article by Danielle Braff, “You’re Invited to the Wedding, if You Show Proof of Vaccination: Some couples seeking a safer wedding are now requiring that their guests get a Covid-19 vaccine before attending.”

  6. Lucrezia Said:

    If and when the viruses are sent packing, and normal life resumes, then it’s time to consult the travelogue. Goal number one is survival, number two, relief, three, Whoopie! And let’s go!

  7. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Sounds like a plan, especially the whoopee part! I’m looking forward to a visit to TJ Maxx in Poughkeepsie….

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