This is a preliminary post, we’ll have a lot more to say about how to decide when we can travel again. It’s arguably the most important topic for us travelers right now, at least for those of you who are eager to get back to traveling like me (boy do I miss traveling).
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The current and future state of travel for Canadians
Of course, it’s still too early to travel again now.
But sooner or later, many will travel again. Some people seem to think that everyone will wait for a vaccine, but I personally think that there’s no chance at all that all travelers will wait that long. None whatsoever. That won’t happen.
So… when can we travel?
That will all depend on every traveler’s own situation, and on many other factors that we’ll talk more about that in the coming weeks. It will also obviously depend on how the situation evolves—not just here, but especially in other countries—and we’ll help you sort through all of that.
First, a pretty major consideration is that currently, countries simply will not let travelers in. Most borders are closed.
But there are many encouraging signs. Many countries have firm plans to open up this summer. One example we’ve talked about is Iceland, which will be reopening to international travelers on June 15th.
By the way, Iceland has done very well at containing the coronavirus, much better than we have in Canada. They are definitely not the only ones either. Iceland only has 2 active cases.
To put that into perspective, these days Quebec alone has more deaths every 3 hours than Iceland has in total cases. Iceland has tested an impressive 15% of the population (it’s ≈3% in Canada, although of course our population is a lot higher). In Iceland, gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed, and that is supposed to be increased to 100 in a week.
That’s why I am among those who are definitely keeping an open mind about traveling sooner rather than later.
We must, of course, wait for it to be “responsible” to travel again. But my point is that determining when it’s responsible must not be done only through the lens of our situation here in Canada and should take into consideration the very different realities in other countries too.
Why? Our situation in Canada is objectively worse than in 75% of countries around the world, based on cases per capita (according to official numbers, however imperfect they could be). That leaves well over a hundred countries where the situation could get a lot better soon with a bit of luck.
If you are like me and are willing to go into a 14-day quarantine when returning to Canada, there’s definitely a reason for some cautious optimism, even for the relatively short term!
I have a plane ticket for Turkey on August 3rd, and I am still cautiously optimistic.
We’d love to know what you think of future travel. Are you getting more optimistic when you see news like this out of Iceland? Or not?
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It’s very encouraging to see that travel is starting back up again in some places, and we’ll monitor the situation to see how things evolve for all of us Canadian travelers. I am personally keeping an open mind about traveling soon and am cautiously optimistic, but obviously this will depend on everyone’s personal situation.
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