Fandango’s Provocative Question #179

Vacation Time

Have you been on a vacation/holiday in the past three months? If so, did you take any precautions against contracting COVID? If you haven’t been on a vacation/holiday in the most recent three months, when was your last vacation/holiday? If you’re planning to go on vacation/holiday within the next six or so months, will you be taking any steps to reduce the risk of getting COVID?

No, I haven’t been on a holiday since before Covid, not since 2018 actually when we cruised to Singapore. Since that trip I’ve moved house and even without Covid I’d pretty much decided not to go far from home because of Cindy’s advanced age. Now she is gone so I’m thinking about taking some short trips.

I have got a cruise booked but it is not until November 2023 so I’m hoping that by then things will be pretty much back to pre Covid normal. I am vaccinated although I still need to get my fourth shot. I do believe that we’ll find ourselves getting a Covid shot every year like we do with flu so it won’t be a big deal. Hopefully there won’t be a need for testing. Most of the cruise companies have already dropped it except for certain destinations where the country they visit requires it.

Ovation of the Seas, Sydney photo by Vanda

I will still do social distancing. To be honest I love social distancing because I don’t like crowds anyway. I don’t want to be in a crowded room, I don’t go to parties and I don’t like eating with strangers.

So far because most of the places I visit are not crowded and I can social distance I’ve stopped wearing a mask. They were always a problem for me because my glasses would steam up no matter how I tried to tuck the mask under. Or I’d find that the mask edges interfered with my vision. I imagine that if Covid is still an issue next year I’ll mask up to sit on the plane and at the cruise terminal but hopefully that will be the only times I’ll need to. Anyplace where I have to be amongst crowds.

Before that trip I may take a couple of short trips. I want to go to the doll show in Hobart. I suppose I should mask up on the coach as it will be a trip of several hours sitting next to a stranger. I also hope to go to Melbourne to visit friends and maybe to Adelaide so I may have to wear masks to travel. I will if I don’t feel safe. Of course, I use hand sanitiser as required too but I think avoiding crowds as much as possible will keep me safe. Luckily for me I’ve never been a ” huggy” sort of a person so I’m not really going to have close contacts with anyone I meet except for close friends/family who I know are sensible about Covid.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. I think that bloggers are not very sociable and maybe that’s one of the reasons we ARE bloggers. I know I find it a lot easier to be myself when I write than when I talk.

    I hope we get to take at least one more vacation, but it will have to be something we can do by driving because I think our days of flying are over and done. But who knows? Maybe we’ll win the lottery. Of course, we’d have to buy tickets …

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    • I find it easier to be myself when I write too. I felt pretty comfortable with my Geeveston friends. I’d known most of them for several years. We were involved in local organisations together. There are no organisations in Sisters Beach so the shop is the only place to meet people or out walking. I don’t really seek people out though.


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