(This March 3 post is updated at the end … )
With the big post-tax season trip just six weeks away, I’ve been repeatedly asked these questions: “Are you cancelling your trip?” “Are you concerned?” “What are your thoughts about …”
My answer has not changed. No, we are not changing unless we are forced to. In other words, if all flights to Italy are cancelled, then I guess we’ll change our itinerary — flying into Rome and departing from Milan, with additional stays in Florence and Venice. American Airlines currently has a deadline for flight changes without penalty until March 16. All of the hotels and cars may be cancelled without fees. So not much at stake while we see what happens.
We’re a generally healthy family who in all probability would tolerate a flu without much fanfare. While I’m not looking for adverse conditions, the fact is we could stay home and get sick. So what the heck .. onward.
My Snippet from the Road: Carry on unless you’re forced not to. Wash your hands. And if change must happen — the South of France is just an hour flight from Rome. A win/win.
UPDATE: In case you’re interested in where we stand now (March 13), we are looking to postpone just a few weeks from our original 4/17 departure. Typically we’re home around May 10 looking forward to attending Dodger games. Since that is also postponed, our timing is flexible throughout May. It would be a pleasure to be among the first to help resurrect Italy’s economy in some small way.
The plan is to see how things look at the end of March/beginning of April before changing flights and hotels. Until then, we’ll talk to each other, catch up on reading and perhaps binge watch cooking shows on Netflix …