I love to travel. I’m a particular fan of road trips. Over the years, our family has logged a lot of miles on the car during summers and holidays, crisscrossing various parts of the United States to see new things and escape our day-to-day lives. We have accumulated plenty of inside jokes and stories from these experiences – like the time that Taco Bell in Iowa got our order wrong and felt so bad they gave us 20 additional tacos to make up for the mistake. After travel, we’re glad to be home, with new perspectives and re-energized for what lays ahead.
Since March, the furthest away from Ithaca I’ve been is Syracuse.
COVID-19 is requiring that we all re-think our relationship with travel. What may have been an easy decision at this time last year to hop in the car, a bus, or an airplane is no longer quite so simple. Travel, unfortunately, puts yourself and others at risk for contracting and spreading COVID-19. The Tompkins County Health Department has shared repeatedly that travel and subsequent social gatherings have contributed to spikes in positive cases in our area.