I can understand the conflicting feelings because I’m having them too! It takes me about two months after a trip to get the bug to go back, and it is strong. We had planned a family trip in December, decided against it to avoid feeling obligated to keep the kids out of school to quarantine after, then planned a couples trip for this week only to have to back out due to our kids schools (except for DD4s daycare) going virtual. It is so hard to weigh risk with travel right now. I felt we were being risky going in August and now it seems that was almost a lull compared to now, but yet I would still go to WDW if there weren’t such pesky things as risk to our parents and quarantine from school/daycare to interfere. The Christmas photos and videos definitely drew me in too. But, I counter to myself, there is nothing new there since our last trip except larger crowds, longer lines and now added Plexiglass on all the ride vehicles which I can only imagine detract from the experience and justify crowding more people in which I still think will increase risk. I did not feel comfortable on KS with all rows full and plastic sheeting in between, and that was outdoors. Still I am so sad and wish we were there. I have to give kudos to Frontier, despite their sometimes sketchy reputation, they have given me full flight credits on three cancelled bookings this year with the same funds! Now that unstoppable corner of my brain says if daycare closes down too, we might as well go in December after all since I haven’t cancelled that package yet and the kids will be stuck home anyway! I also have bookings in February and April (in case DLR isn’t open) and will just weigh each one as it comes to see if I/we are comfortable going. At least I can enjoy planning even if I know it may not happen.
With regards to school, public schools in our city are virtual but all the private schools have been in-person. Our kids private schools did have cases but no apparent school-based transmission. Kids were getting the virus from family members. The grade school shut down because there were too many teachers out positive, and the high school because teachers were overwhelmed meeting the task of both teaching in-person all day and taking care of the 80/600ish students who were learning virtually (whether by choice or due to being positive or under quarantine) after school. Our community has had a huge upswing since Halloween which I attribute to bars and private parties. In one family which we are friendly with, the husband caught Covid at a bar party (which DH was at, against my wishes, thank goodness he didn’t catch it too!). So, they had to cancel the kids Halloween party they always have, and were still planning on. And now, I’m getting evites for a wine tasting they are hosting. Seriously??!!! I don’t think it’s the schools here that are to blame, it’s the adults.
@mousematt I do think you will visit WDW and love it again, but it will take time for all this uncertainty to sort out. Maybe it’s even a little easier since until the border is open you don’t have to make a decision. I completely agree with you on Dubai, China, and Russia - would love to see them also and likely never will due to the regimes. But, I think the US is still solid at its core and will settle down. Regardless, in the bubble you don’t have to think about politics at all!