All around the world people are cancelling their travel plans based on the media’s hugely blown out of proportion reports.  Everyone is afraid to go anywhere when really that makes no sense whatsoever.  Here are seven reasons I decided to keep my travel plans and weather out the Coronavirus in Thailand.

  1. The way I look at it, I come from a winter country where it is still cold enough to make your testicles withdrawal to the warmth of your stomach.  The doctors, scientists and general “know-it-alls” of the industry have all said that this virus does not do well in the heat but will thrive in the colder places.  That right there should tell you that if you are getting up there in age (the virus has a higher chance of infecting and killing old folks) and you live in a country that is still cold, you may as well try to get to someplace with a warmer climate where the odds of the virus thriving are less.
  2. The world is currently lacking in toilet paper and other day-to-day essentials.  I went to the supermarket back home for three days in a row trying to find so much as a square of tissue and nothing.  I know that in Thailand we don’t use toilet paper for anything other than to blow our noses and pat our bottoms dry after a thrashing from the bum gun.
  3. Thailand is a foodie’s paradise.  With other countries closing everything down (to include restaurants in some places) I thought Thailand would be a better option than staying at home where there will soon be no food.  In Thailand, if you get hungry, you don’t even have to go anywhere.  Just stand outside for a few minutes and you are almost guaranteed to see food driving past.
  4. If it does happen to be the end of the world, I would much prefer to go out having fun in paradise than hiding in my room back home.  The truth is, the odds of you become infected with and dying from this virus are slim.  Knowing that, if your job and everything else around it shuts down for an extended period of time, why would you want to waste a holiday?
  5. With everyone locking down travel to and from their countries, it is only a matter of time before the whole of the world goes into similar lockdowns.  Personally, I didn’t want to be locked down back at home, talk about boring!  Nothing to do, nowhere to go, friends are all terrified and losing their minds to the media, so here I am.
  6. Even if they do end up closing down the entertainment venues, those nifty little social apps still work just fine and most of the women in Thailand have entrepreneurial hearts.  If the bars close down, much like the dinosaurs, Thai girls will find a way, they always find a way.
  7. Even though the exchange rate is not as good as it once was, it is still cheaper to get by daily in Thailand, especially when you are like me and you love the local food.  Sure, it may be more expensive for you strange ones that come to Thailand to feast out at some chain food restaurant from back home but if you live and eat as the Thais do, you can survive in Thailand for a lot longer on whatever chunk of cash you have in the savings account than you can back home.

There are people out there that complain and say that people who are travelling have a possibility of catching the virus and giving it to the elderly or people who are more at risk.  I say it doesn’t matter where you are, if it is going to get you, it is going to get you.  The virus is now everywhere and the odds are good that we will all eventually catch it just like the annual flu.

Take what preventative measures you can take as far as washing your hands and not touching your face.  All of the people who cancelled their travel plans will regret it the instant that travel is no longer possible.  I made my decision and yesterday I found myself laying on a quiet beach under a beautiful sunset while those people who cancelled are at home sitting glued to the news and biting their nails to the quick about the non-existent zombie apocalypse.

Stay safe and sane everyone, the panic and paranoia seem like they will get worse before they get better.

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