I’m glad today is the shortest day of 2021 because I feel like crap. Poor sleep last night; lots of bad dreams. Not sure why – I’m not dreading anything, and I’m not feeling guilty about anything. So why the dreamscape punishment?

Must’ve done something bad on the winter solstice in a previous life. Karma is a bitch.

Travel planning, aka rolling the dice

Will it be safe to go on a cruise or international trip in September 2022? Or November 2022? Will we need to cancel our regular February trip to Cabo (again) due to Omicron?

Last year around this time I made some predictions about when the pandemic would be over and when travel would get back to sort-of normal. I was wrong – didn’t see Delta and Omicron coming. The big impact of that was cancelling the S America / Antarctica trip. That was a bummer, and a complicated one – lots of moving parts to that trip. But with the way Omicron seems to be burning through countries right now, I think it was a good move. Trip could have been a shitshow, or worse.

I’ve had good luck canceling travel without penalty, but the accrued air travel credits are starting to pile up. Credits with SWA, United and American all need to be used in 2022.

Regional travel by car (and camping) may be the best plan for Q1 2022, while Omicron burns through. Or just staying home and exercising, which is sorely needed (pun intended) but doesn’t sound like much fun.