Days until Christmas: 136

No non-essential travel!

Since the onset of this pandemic, our movements have been massively curtailed. The aim is to slow the spread of the virus and keep people from getting infected. But as you can see by now, consequence of these travel restrictions include staying home to work, reduced business and leisure travel etc.

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According to the US Department of Transportation, “The Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year’s holiday periods are among the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year”. The numbers indicate that most long distance travel (about 91%) is by personal vehicle (such as a car), but travel by commercial means may not look the same this year.

We dont usually travel for Christmas. Though we have family in the US, we tend to celebrate in Jamaica. We make up for the distance with phone calls (regular and video). However, travel is a must for some families. What will they do this year when they have things to consider such as:

  • travel bans (across country lines)
  • quarantine/isolation (if travelling to/from an area with a high infection rate)
  • family members’ ages and health status (those who are at risk need special care and consideration)

While some folks may be able to postpone travel altogether, others may not be so fortunate. What will they do? What can they put in place to ensure they are able to spend time with their families?

Jump into the comments are share with me some ways that we can keep the closeness even if we cant be together for the holidays.

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