This is the road Dr Amber Schmidtke, 40, and her family, who live in Kansas City, took during the pandemic. Over the summer, for example, she and her family packed their campervan and traveled for three weeks in Colorado and Utah. The campsite, she said, is “sort of pandemic proof”.
In March, after she and her husband got vaccinated, they booked a Labor Day trip to Hawaii with their children, 10 and 12, with another family of mixed immunization status.
“We fully expected that there would now be a pediatric vaccine,” said Dr Schmidtke. But a few weeks ago, as she saw cases increase in Hawaii and reflected on how the virus had caused disproportionate damage to people of color, including native Hawaiians, she decided to cancel her trip.
Dr Schmidtke is particularly susceptible to the spread of the Delta variant due to his work as a Covid researcher at St. Mary’s University in Kansas.
“I might be a little more paranoid than some parents,” she said, but “especially with unvaccinated children it’s just a risk we weren’t ready to take.” She added that she did not want to “be responsible for any kind of epidemic” in Hawaii.
You should really be thinking about 2022.
Reservations have already started to increase for next year. Gemma Jamieson, spokesperson for Skyscanner, a flight booking app, said in an email that bookings for 2022 created last week were up 30% from the same period in July. The main bookings were in Cancun, London, Paris, Rome and Tokyo, indicating continued demand for travel around the world.
It is too early to say how these bookings will be affected by the European Union’s action this week. But, said Dia Adams, travel expert at Forbes Advisor, “I think the front line will scare some European travelers away from booking their trips.”