Travel bug bitten you recently?

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Have you been couped for too long? Wanting to get away? Maybe you’ve taken a short, regional trip somewhere, but it didn’t satisfy your travel urges? Perhaps you got your travel urges satisfied by traveling earlier this summer? Judging by my most recent trip out of state, I’m going to say almost everyone is either driving or staying close, very close to home. Traveling during the pandemic is a bit tricky and not for everyone.

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So while we’re all getting ready to be locked down again here in the States, this would be a great time to plan out your next vacation. Better yet, plan out your next several vacations. Not enough time, not enough money? I may have a solution for you.
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You have to ask yourself, are you living your best life?. Do you feel fulfilled by what you are doing? It’s about finding out what’s important to you and figuring out how to live that way while still being in integrity with yourself. I know plenty of wealthy people, but some of them are miserable people and a few who are just not very good human beings.

My passion is traveling, and one of my goals in life is to get as many people as I possibly can to travel outside their own country and get out of their comfort zone. Join me on my journey through this wonderful thing called life, and make it your best life.

If you must travel during a Pandemic

It’s far from ideal to travel during a pandemic. Your doctor will not give you the green light to do it, nor is the U.S. State Department or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice.

However, the urge to leave your house is an urge that cannot be ignored for long for some people. I have the wanderlust bug ever since I can remember. This year has not been kind to anyone, but those of us who love to travel have been especially hard.  

If you absolutely must travel and are committed to social distancing and mask-wearing, it’s possible to lessen COVID-19 risks during travel.  

Driving is the preferred method and avoids public spaces, but here are some guidelines to help you with if you must fly. The crowded security and boarding areas are more of a concern than the planes themselves, given HEPA filters that capture 99 percent of microbes and the new electrostatic disinfection. You are better off making sure you are 6 feet from everyone at all times instead of freaking out about being stuck in the middle seat. Everyone on the plane must wear a mask.  

When you leave home, use a mask over both the nose and mouth, stay six feet from other people. Use that mask correctly. “I see many well-meaning people wearing masks or face coverings improperly, with the nose exposed,” says Dr. Joyce Sanchez, an infectious disease specialist and medical director of the Travel Health Clinic at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin. “Since droplets are spread by both the mouth and nose, they should both be covered.”

  It’s being close to other people, not moving from place to place, which is the most dangerous. “Of all the precautions you can take while out in public or traveling, maintaining physical distance from others outside of your household is still the most important to curtail the spread of COVID-19,” says Sanchez. So imagine you’re in a zombie movie, but refrain from running away from others and screaming.  

You might think avoiding restrooms are a must, but peeing on the side of the road is illegal in all 50 states and also contributes to some rather nasty diseases. If the restroom is busy, wait outside if possible, again congregating amongst your fellow humans in a poorly ventilated space is the fastest way to contract this virus.  

 Hotel lovers need not despair; a traveler committed to masks and remaining six feet from others is likely to be okay, regardless of the accommodation. Do not stress if your hotel doesn’t have keyless entry. You will need to touch the door handle to get into your room anyhow. Just wash your hands (and your key card) once you’re inside. More critical: avoiding packed elevators and ensuring your hotel has a plexiglass barrier between you and reception staff and that guests are not crowding each other during check-in or check-out.

It doesn’t matter whether a hotel is a chain motel/hotel or a boutique inn.  Marriott and Hilton just announced they’ll require masks in public areas; Hyatt already requires them in the U.S. and Canada. Also, look for employers that provide employees pandemic support—training, PPE equipment, sick leave, and fair compensation, which translate into a safer environment for everyone.

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Eating out in my home state of New Jersey has been restricted to outdoors only with social distancing guidelines enforced. This has been the case since late March. Not all states in the U.S. are enforcing these guidelines, although that is changing as of recent.  

Be sure to find out if your healthcare plan or travel insurance even covers COVID 19-related costs. Traveling is no longer as simple as booking a hotel and a flight. Travel, by its very nature, has risks. If the stress of travel outweighs the benefits, you need to question whether you should travel. Also, don’t put all your faith in a negative COVID-19 test or fever checks. While they can help prevent viral transmission on the road, they can also give you a false sense of security.

Temperature checks are becoming the norm in airports and theme parks and even some hotels and restaurants. However, people with non-transmissible illnesses can run a temp, and many infectious COVID-19 patients do not have a fever—or any symptoms. Relying on fever as an indicator of COVID-19 in and of itself is not sufficient, they are a tool that can be used to protect symptomatic individuals from infecting others.

On a personal note my family is traveling to Florida around Halloween for roughly 6 days and we are thinking about leaving the state again in early December. In our case the mental health aspect outweighs the risks. My wife and kids have been cooped up in New Jersey since November of last year. Normally we travel 3 to 4 times a year out of state. So we are long overdue. I was lucky enough to travel to Australia in February of this year just before the travel restrictions took place so I’m in a different boat than the rest of my family. Don’t get me wrong I’m ready to get out of town too, but I was able to have an amazing trip earlier this year. Check out my Youtube channel for several videos I took while in Australia.

What are your thoughts on traveling during this pandemic?

Cape May, New Jersey part 2

As I stated in my previous post, my wife and I were anxious to leave town for a couple of days. I have a week off in July but didn’t want to wait that long, especially since I had three days off two weeks in a row in June. So after work on Wednesday, we took off to Atlantic City where our hotel was. We stayed in an old historic hotel called the Claridge. It has seen the likes of Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and several famous gangsters of the early 20th century. I believe the Claridge was the only hotel open until July 2nd when all the other casinos open. We had stayed there one additional time and enjoyed it. I have to say I really wanted to stay in Cape May, but we just DIDN’T want to afford it. We stayed in Atlantic City for two nights for half the price of one night in Cape May at Congress Hall. I asked my wife if there was another hotel/motel in Cape May, and she said none that she wanted to stay at. It’s summer here, so all of the places are charging much higher rates than they do the rest of the year.

Harry’s Oyster Bar

We got to Atlantic City just before dinner time, and with everything else closed and nothing to do and Cape May around 45 minutes away, we decided to walk the boardwalk in search of food. There were all sorts of local pizza joints, greek, and Mexican food available. We wanted a sit-down place when we came upon Rainforest Cafe my wife wanted to go in. The front entrance was very chaotic, and people were standing around, and I wasn’t sure what the heck was going on. Do you walk in the front entrance, or was that just for the gift shop? There was an outdoor seating area, but the employee who was there kept disappearing. So we decided to leave. On the walk down to Rainforest Cafe, we saw Harry’s Oyster Bar. We had eaten there before, and I remembered eating there with some close friends when they came out to Jersey several years ago. It was delicious but could get a little pricey, mainly because it was seafood. Even on the Jersey Shore, seafood can be expensive. The only place on the East coast I’ve been to where seafood wasn’t expensive was a seasonal place right on the water Long Island, New York.

I had a local take me there, and it was the opposite of fancy, but the owner caught all the seafood that day. When we got to the hostess at Harry’s, she asked us if we had reservations. We didn’t and weren’t able to get seated for an hour, which put us at 7:15 pm. However, she convinced us to sit in the Adirondack chairs by the stage where a two-man band played 70’s and 80’s hits. They were quite good, and we decided to wait. I got us all drinks: the kids had Shirley Temple’s, my wife a water, and I had a Bahama Mama. At Harry’s, the servers are all wearing masks and gloves while the seating is outdoors; you don’t have to wear a mask, obviously while you’re eating. Currently, in New Jersey, eating at indoor restaurants is prohibited due to COVID-19. All the tables were 6- foot distance, and the menus were disposable. I ordered another Bahama Mama with dinner, and I was feeling relaxed. In case you never knew the ingredients in it, a Bahama Mama has 151 proof rum in it, along with several other rums (and there are several different recipes). It’s a good time for sure. It wasn’t a strong as the homemade one I had on a local beach in Nassau, but it did the trick.

Uncle Bill’s Pancake House

After sleeping in a little we headed out to Cape May. We decided to eat breakfast at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House which we had eaten there before, but my wife decided to try it again. We got there at about 9:30 or 10 am. and only waited 5 minutes or less. They had fashioned part of their already cramped parking lot out of an outdoor eating area under a huge pop-up tent. It is a typical waffle house, nothing special, but very good for what it is and at a great price. We parked on the street, right in front of Uncle Bill’s. It was an ideal location right on Beach Boulevard but it was metered, so I had to keep an eye on it every couple of hours. After breakfast, we decided we would try and rent bicycles to pedal around town. We decided to walk Washington Street Mall but happened upon a bike shop that was closer than the one we had called sitting at breakfast. It was Congress Hall’s bike shop. Funny enough, it didn’t have any single bikes available to rent, and my wife wanted to rent a 4-person bike/surrey anyway. So that is what we got. After an hour we were pooped which turned out to be great because that’s all they would allow you to rent them for. We had a map, and it guided you on which streets were safe and which roads you should avoid. We pedaled all-around town, even stopping to buy some kettle corn.

Afterward, we walked up and down the Washington Street Mall. It’s a pedestrian street lined with local shops of all kinds. It was getting on to be lunch, and we decided on a place called the Mad Batter, which is attached to the Carroll Villa Hotel. It also had outdoor dining but on a screened-in porch. I had a delicious blackened fish sandwich, and my wife had a turkey sandwich with raspberry jelly, brie, sprouts, and seasoned cream cheese. According to my wife, it was incredible. We walked back to the truck and headed out of town to see the Cape May lighthouse. It was getting ready to rain, and we didn’t want to get caught walking in it. My son and I got out and took a few pictures, but the girls didn’t want to go to the top, plus it was $10 bucks a person. We retired early after walking on the boardwalk in Atlantic City to find food, nothing exciting we just ate a couple of slices of pizza. The next day my wife asked me to go back to Uncle Bill’s in Cape May, so I thought, “why not.” I had the entire day off, and we didn’t have any plans. We drove 45 minutes south to Cape May and ate breakfast at Uncle Bill’s then headed back north to go home. Besides, there weren’t any breakfast places to eat in Atlantic City. We mainly went to Cape May/Atlantic City to get away and not have to cook and clean for two days. It may sound silly to some, but it’s the reality for us right now.
Overall it was a success, I got to catch up on some sleep and everyone got some together time.

Cape May, New Jersey

So my wife and I are feeling a little anxious, and we finally booked a getaway trip to Cape May the other day. Since several plans fell through this year and we’ve resigned ourselves to staying local and just hanging out in the backyard. Those of you that have ever been to Cape May will understand the absolute charm the town has. My wife and I took the kids to Cape May winter before last. We stayed at Congress Hall. It’s the oldest seaside resort hotel in the United States. Built originally in 1816 then burnt down in 1878 when a massive fire destroyed 38 acres of seafront property in Cape May. Within a year, the hotel had been rebuilt with stone instead of wood. It became a popular destination with Presidents, including Benjamin Harrison, who conducted his state of affairs from the hotel. 

The town is quite charming and an excellent walking town. The Victorian houses along the center in the city have been beautifully restored and gleaming with character. One of my favorite things to do is so basic and yet very simple; to walk around cities and towns to absorb their personality and their people. Some of my favorite walking cities come to mind: Key West, Paris, Copenhagen, and Philadelphia. In case you didn’t notice by the list of cities I like diversity. Each town has it’s own charms and annoyances, but mostly I love people watching, and each of the cities offers its own character. While Paris is my favorite city it is so large that the last tour we took in August made my head spin. There are so many districts or arrondissements, each having its distinct eateries, shops, and art. Key West is one colossal walking outdoor party. Walking from bar to bar. The only place you can see trams, trolleys, trains, mopeds, cars, trucks, bicycles, pedestrians and list goes on all on extremely narrow streets. Copenhagen is quintessential Europe, with it’s colorful decorated narrow buildings and cobblestone streets with tourists. Philadelphia has a gritty East Coast feel but is very walkable and not a cavernous goliath like New York. I love Philadelphia because there’s history around every corner, and the sidewalks introduce themselves like old friends I haven’t met yet.  

Cape May is different, though, quiet (depending on what time of year), very friendly, windy, and very compact. To me, the centerpiece of the town is Congress Hall hotel. It’s massive, AND it’s yellow. When you walk its halls, you can feel the history. The front desk gives you an actual brass key. The hallway creaks as you walk periodically, and the immense detail that went into each room. I felt very drawn to this place for some reason and can’t wait to go back. What are your favorite cities? Let me know in the comments.

I need a break!

Gimme a break! I used to love that show. Don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t worry, I won’t go explaining here. Let me repeat that – Gimme a break! I realize in the context of what’s happening all around this country, this is the last thing I need to be complaining about, but I seriously need a destination vacation. I have no reason to travel this summer, and I have become sour on the future. But for now, I have to be content with where we are in life. I am eternally grateful every day that I’m in my current situation that I’m in. I have a beautiful family, a roof over my head and friends, and an extended family, food on my table, and a job- what more could this midwestern guy ask for? Which right now I can say is more than a lot of people in my country have. Amid this unprecedented situation, we currently find ourselves in a lot of people are out of work, probably close to being out of money and certainly running out of patience.

We in New Jersey have lost patience with staying indoors a while ago. As of this writing, the stay-at-home order has been lifted. But before that, most people were hitting the hiking trails or have just continued shopping in grocery stores. My day job is working at a wholesale club on the Jersey Shore, and I can confirm that people got a late start but are buying outdoor patio and seasonal items like CRAZY!

I can’t be too glum, my family has a Disney vacation planned during Halloween this year, but it seems like a long way away. Our April vacation to Tennessee was canceled. My son and I’s trip to Colorado with the Boy Scouts in July was also canceled. This has been the craziest year that anyone can remember with a desperate hope for the future. Unfortunately, things continue to get worse in our country, with a nit-wit dictatorial type President in the oval office. Our country’s flaws are laid bare by this virus for all the world to see. It’s painful to watch as other countries have come up with real solutions while our country has totally fumbled the coronavirus response.

In my opinion, we are regressing as a society instead of moving forward. I’ve read that Anthropologists say that it’s not one linear line to progress. Nations and societies regress and fall backward before moving forward again. We are definitely moving backward. For the last two weeks, I, along with the rest of the world, have watched the country rise up against brutal tactics of the police in minority communities. It’s both heartbreaking and encouraging to see so many people come together of all races and use their constitutional right to protest amid the coronavirus pandemic. Heartbreaking because we are still having major race issues in this country. Encouraging because people are willing to risk their health and lives to protest in large groups.

As for travel, I think that’s going to be out for most of us in the northeast. My brother and sister-in-law are going away for the night to Wildwood, New Jersey, and they have to bring their own sheets to sleep on. I don’t know how much we’re going to be able to do when we go to Disney for Halloween, but at least we’ll get out of town for a while. Travel is my favorite thing to do, and it’s all but squashed at every turn. Again this is where gratitude comes in to play. I am very thankful for the position we’re in, but this has got to change. I have a friend in Texas, and they opened their state up early, and now I’m reading they’re having a spike in cases of coronavirus. I know this is not going away until there’s a vaccine. Especially next winter things are going to be ugly. I’m not looking forward to this summer because of racial tensions in this country, and I’m sure as hell not looking forward to this winter because of the coronavirus.

I’m in no way a Debbie downer, but this current situation has me beat. I want to end on a positive note that there are sunnier days ahead and many trips for the future. I think we all need a little hope and inspiration right now. Think back to your last vacation while you were sipping a drink poolside or smoking a cigar with some friends in some sunny destination as the wind blew through the palm trees. Take care, my friends.