domestic travel in august?? opinions?

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1. Posted by noel1717 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

Hi. I had a trip to Ft. Lauderdale and Miami planned for this week that I had to cancel because of COVID-19, of course. Southwest gave me a credit to rebook. I've been considering trying to go August 9th-18th, or something like that. I would consider waiting even longer but i'm a college student and I get really busy once fall comes, so August would be really ideal. Some people are saying things will still be a complete mess in August and others are saying things will have calmed down at least to the point where its safe to travel. I know that no one can predict anything for sure but i'm just curious what everyone's opinion is. I know its way too early to book anything yet so im holding off. I've been looking at hotels and airbnbs just to see whats available for August and theres some really good deals that I hope last so I don't miss out if things did work out.

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1651 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

You're right; there's no way to know what it will be like in August. We have late September plans and really don't know what to do. We're just sort of waiting to see what it's like before we try to cancel everything. We do have a May trip that I'm sure we'll have to cancel but we're holding off on that too just in case by some miracle we can go. I think patient waiting is the immediate solution . . .

3. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1407 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

The situation is fluid. This just in from the Wall Street Journal:

"Major U.S. airlines are drafting plans for a potential voluntary shutdown of virtually all passenger flights across the U.S., according to industry and federal officials, as government agencies also consider ordering such a move and the nation’s air-traffic control system continues to be ravaged by the coronavirus contagion.

"No final decisions have been made by the carriers or the White House, these officials said. As airlines struggle to keep aircraft flying with minimal passengers, various options are under consideration, these people said.

"But amid the quickly spreading pandemic and mandatory stay-at-home orders covering some 80 million U.S. residents, airline executives, pilot-union leaders and federal transportation officials said they increasingly view as inevitable further sharp reductions from already-decimated schedules in passenger flights."

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1787 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

In another thread, I said to wait a year. Currently we are being told 2 months or until June. I think that is optimistic. August might be possible.

But I also think the financial and infrastructural recovery will take longer than just conquering the virus. So you might be able to travel again in August, but there might not be the hotels, restaurants and places to visit back in service when you got there.

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6. Posted by wsm78 (Budding Member 7 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

I had to cancel travel planned last month in March, this month in April, and next month in May, resulting in some credits for future flights on Delta. Originally those credits were only useful for a year from date of travel, but since then they've been extended through May 2022. That tells me they're at least thinking travel may not rebound as quickly as we're all hoping for. I agree with what greatgrandmaR said concerning the travel infrastructure - there may simply be no hotels or restaurants running or running at a greatly reduced capacity. This may be a summer where we all stay home!

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2640 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

" I know that no one can predict anything for sure but i'm just curious what everyone's opinion is. "

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My opinion is that things will look better in November. (Just after the election is over!)

Not all states in the US are affected by this Coronavirus in the same way. Link below shows which states are more affected.
https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/coronavirus-count-state-day-2020-united-states-n1173421?cid=eml_nbn_20200404

My guess is that things will look better in a couple months. Not based on anything in particular except warmer weather and more time to find a cure or quick fix.

(Normal average death rate per day in the US is around 7,400 from a Google type search. Old age, accidents, disease, whatever!)

Keep an eye on recoveries! With all the testing of course you will find more people with this virus. Even people with the virus and don't know probably get better on their own just like with common flu and the previous H1N1 pandemic.

Below link shows deaths and recoveries:

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

8. Posted by Vic_IV (Respected Member 117 posts) 24w Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

My opinion is that things will look better in November.

Let me agree with this opinion... According to the Ukrainian doctors, the corona virus pandemic will end when people form the so-called "collective immunity." But for this it is necessary that from 30 to 70% of Ukrainians get sick. Only after this, the circulation of the corona virus, like any other pathogen, will stop. Lack of highly qualified personnel can lead to a huge number of deaths.
Let's hope for the best, though.
My next holiday is in the second half of September. I doubt if we will be able to travel far...
Fingers crossed

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Apr-2020, 17:25 GMT by Vic_IV ]

9. Posted by Dymphna (Respected Member 223 posts) 22w Star this if you like it!

I would not worry about it. Just go.

10. Posted by 55vineyard (Budding Member 106 posts) 21w Star this if you like it!

A friend just told me she is starting to plan a vacation for August in Anna Maria Island in Florida for her birthday.