It is another day and yet another change to our travel plans for this year. In some ways, I can only blame myself because all of the warning signs were there when we first booked our travel. However, it would be a gross understatement if I said that I am tired of the COVID-19 travel restrictions at this point. My frustrations go well beyond that right now. Put aside the fact that I have had to, yet again, cancel my travel plans because of COVID. These travel restrictions are having a devastating effect on the tourism industry. It is especially tragic to see less fortunate countries that rely on international tourism struggle to survive because of these restrictions.
In this post, I am going to discuss the events that have led to our most recent changes in travel plans, as well as discuss what new travel plans that we are planning for this year. We are trying to do our best to make lemonade from lemons and redirect our tourism dollars to an industry that has been significantly impacted by the global pandemic and the COVID travel restrictions. I will discuss those efforts in more detail and let you know what travel planning posts you can expect to see from me in the coming months as I start to plan this new adventure.
Update On Our Middle East Trip
Because the land borders between Israel and Egypt and Israel and Jordan are not yet completely opened, and there are no concrete plans to completely re-open those borders anytime soon, we have made the decision to cancel our upcoming trip to the Middle East. We had the option of significantly altering our travel itinerary to work around those restrictions, or to push our tour back again to the Autumn, but we decided it would be best to hold off on this trip for a few years until all of the COVID restrictions are lifted. It is difficult enough to plan travel to this region without having to navigate COVID restrictions, and nearly impossible to do so with them.
It is really unfortunate that we had to postpone this trip because all three of these countries are destinations that are high on my travel bucket list. Seeing the Great Pyramids, Petra, and the Holy Land will have to remain bucket list items on my list for a bit longer, it seems. If you don’t follow my blog closely and are interested in seeing what we had planned, I have included a link below to a post I did on our early trip planning.
Our New 2022 Travel Plans
Since I had to cancel my travel plans again because of COVID, I have quite a few dollars in airfare and tour credits that we have to use this year. So, we decided to book another trip that we have been longing to book for some time. This autumn, we will be traveling to the countries of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and possibly Botswana. It is a trip that I am absolutely overcome with excitement to start planning. Ever since I returned home from Tanzania several years back, I have been longing to return to Africa.
These countries are open but do require testing for entry. This is something that we will have to account for as we start planning for this trip. We plan on doing most of the planning for this trip on our own instead of using a tour company, so the travel planning process should be exciting. I will be able to share more details as I start to plan the trip, but here is a high-level list of the places we are looking to visit on this trip.
- Johannesburg, South Africa
- Kruger National Park, South Africa
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Garden Route National Park, South Africa
- Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
- Chobe National Park, Botswana (if we have time)
Stay tuned for more updates soon!