What’s your take on traveling amid this possible pandemic? Many of us – at least, those of us with somewhat traditional office jobs – are being asked or required to work remotely while COVID-19 affected areas determine the healthiest path forward. And not to detract from the growing health crisis we’re facing, but have you seen how low some flights are dropping?? Some of my favorite travel sites (Expedia, Skyscanner, Hopper) are making it very difficult for me to stay cooped up indoors, so if you’ve suddenly got the travel bug here are some places I’ve had my eye on.
Skyscanner reports round trip flights as low as $145 from SFO. Add in the cost of (2-3) nights at your hotel of choice and you can spend a few days away for less than $500. Imagine lounging by the pool, chancing your luck at the blackjack tables and nomming away at topnotch buffets. With just days left before the official start of spring, better to get ahead of the spring breakers and enjoy your remote work policy while it lasts.
If your travel cravings are longing for someplace a bit more tropical, Hawaii is absolutely your best option. Last I checked, flights were under $250 and depending on how many people are in your travel crew, you can spend as much or less for accommodations. It would feel almost sacrilegious to set up my laptop on the beach but come 5PM I’d be more than happy to head into the water before indulging in a dinner of fresh poke and shaved ice.
You can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the girl. If I’m honest, I get restless on relaxing vacations and crave the hustle and bustle of the city. While NY has been hit with several cases of coronavirus as well, if you’re up for the risk I’ve seen flights under $200 round trip. With many people staying inside and avoiding crowded areas, it might be as good a time as any to visit tourist hot spots like the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty.
If you’re not a California local, why not visit the Golden state? The LA food scene is insane, nightlife, shopping and beach life are incredible and despite recent increases in costs, Disneyland is never a bad idea. I’m considering a weekend away at my favorite theme park as well, and for a few days, I could spend as little as $200 bucks in travel costs.
As a lifelong resident of the West Coast, I’ve been to Mexico several times, but Cuba has always seemed a bit cumbersome to visit. With RT flights to Havana hovering around $230, I’m like Havana ooh-yah-yah. My mouth is already watering for flavorful Cuban food and I could imagine myself twirling away through the colorful, vibrant city.
I have to say, I feel torn. I tend to plan things out at least a couple months in advance, and 2020 was supposed to be a big travel year for me. I can’t help Googling “cheapest places to visit” and “cheap travel March 2020” and each time, I’m surprised by how reasonable some of my dream locations now seem. With cases of Coronavirus popping up in the Bay Area, it seems silly to ignore travel opportunities in the name of preventative quarantine. I’d much rather bring Clorox wipes on the plane and hope for the best.
COVID-19 is scary and health always comes first but even so, when amazing deals like these are staring me in the face I can’t help but feel willing to take the risk, especially with the risk right in my own backyard. What do you say, stay grounded or catch-flights-not-corona?