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:
- 11 Reasons Why I Still Don’t Want to Travel
- North Korea – Level 4: Do Not Travel
- We’re All In This Together, So Long As You’re Miserable
- Air TPOL Retiring From Travel
- Kayak Answers, “Can I Travel to…?”
- Don’t Route Via Panama
- Breakthrough Infections: Another Reason Not to Travel
- COVID Test for Return Travel Is Stupid
- COVID Test to Come Home Is S-T-U-
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.