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If I Get Covid, I Get Covid: TPOL’s Out of the Basement Travel Philosophy

Revised Travel Philosophy is part of the Punxsutawney TPOL Trip Report, where TPOL leaves the basement. It’s finally happening despite inconsistent policies, interruptions, and human stupidity as explained in these posts:

Remember the spring break kid who said, “If I get Covid, I get Covid.” He was slammed for his uninformed, seemingly reckless attitude. In fairness to him, no one at that time could understand the hell that was to follow, though I had my initial prediction (see Travel Or Stay Inside? TPOL’s Thoughts on Coronavirus written on 2/26/20/20). While I went completely underground (see The Lost & Found Year(s): COVID Trip Report), some kept living life as if nothing had changed.

Over a year later, fully vaccinated, I now adopt the spring breaker’s words: “If I get Covid, I get Covid.”. Brace yourself, but in Colombia I didn’t wear a mask. I ate indoors at restaurants (see Guns & Butter: Medellin Travel Guide & Bogota Travel Guide). I drank at bars. I went to nightclubs with hundreds of people all of whom were not wearing masks (see Bogota, a Party City? Who Knew?). And guess what? I had a great time.

The fear I had was testing positive and not being able to come home to my country based on Uncle Joe’s moronic policy of requiring a negative Covid test 72 hours before departure (see COVID Test for Return Travel Is Stupid). Since I was only in Colombia for 5 nights, no one would be able to say with certainty if I had contracted Covid from partying in Bogota, eating out in Medellin, or if I was infected before leaving Puerto Rico as there is no testing requirement to enter Colombia. Regardless. I would not be welcome home.

The point of my rambling is that Covid is not going anywhere. It is already everywhere. Travel restrictions need to end for the vaccinated.

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My look of concern with no mask in a Bogota club.


  1. Well – you’ve provided a lot of reasons why we still need those restrictions. You clearly fall into the camp of people who don’t want to take precautions to prevent the spread to others so if you were to get Covid and not have major symptoms you’d be out there spreading it to others. You’re the exact sort of person that these restrictions are in place to protect us from.

      • Live all you want, but show personal accountability and accept the consequences if you test positive – stay where you got infected until you test negative. Don’t let someone else become a victim of you being tired of the pandemic and turning selfish. From my admittedly limited reading of your blog though, I don’t think this is possible for you to do.

  2. You seem to not give up on criticizing the testing on return to USA mandate. Guess, what you got a steal on the airfare to Colombia just like I did. However, I didn’t do any of the crazy stuff you did. Just got back from Costa Rica and I got a crazy good deal on the airfare. Yes, I paid ~$125 for testing for me and my partner, and yes I wore a mask except when dining indoors. The risk of testing positive (plus the cost of the tests) is essentially resulting in dirt cheap airfares which you don’t ever seem to acknwledge.

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