Hawaii Mom Blog: I Was Supposed to Be in South Korea Today




March 13, 2020

I Was Supposed to Be in South Korea Today

I was supposed to be in South Korea today.

But the universe had other plans. 

I booked our family Spring Break trip last year since I found a great deal.  Thankfully, we didn't have to make the decision to cancel, as the airline made the decision for us by suspending the route (and allowed us to postpone our trip or get a refund).

Although I'm bummed that I had to cancel my trip, I'm trying to look at the positives - that I won't be stuck anywhere, trying to get back home; that my trip wasn't to somewhere else that didn't allow for refunds or changes; that I can catch up on a long list of to-dos that I keep putting off (okay, that last "positive" may not really happen, but it's worth a shot).

My friends tease me that I'm a "germaphobe" - I always carry hand-sanitizer with me, and it's very unlikely I will drink or take a bite out of food if someone else sipped or ate from that drink or dish first.

I wipe down hotel rooms, airplane trays (and screens and seat belt buckles and arm rests), and if I remember - my steering wheel after I valet park.

But I admit - all of the media coverage has gotten me a bit more paranoid.

It's such a crazy time, with events and flights being cancelled or attractions and schools shutting down. 

Yet, I know a lot of people who are still traveling for fun.  They are taking advantage of the low fares, and just living it up, with (hopefully) no regrets.

People, like myself, are still eating out, shopping, and supporting local businesses.

I'm trying to still live a "normal" life, although more cautiously (and with more hand-washing).

Have you cancelled plans due to COVID-19 concerns?  Have you changed the way you socialize or go about daily life?

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