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Rethink your 2020 Alaska travel plans

Discussion in 'Americas' started by AK2ID, Mar 22, 2020 at 7:38 AM.

  1. AK2ID

    AK2ID Been here awhile

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    Please do your homework before you travel to AK in 2020. I lived in AK for 35 years and still have family and friends who live and work in the state.

    Based on my homework and conversations with Alaskans, the state is very significantly shut-down by the virus. Considerations: No cruise ships, airline travel is limited, Canadian border restrictions for all but critical commercial travel, many hotels (large and small) shutting down, restaurants closed or take-out only, and medical services to be under stress. Many tourism service companies are already choosing to shut down for the 2020 season. Finally, you may be able to ride up but not be able to get back. One more thing...with the price of oil in the $25 range, the state will be aggressively cutting previous state services, further impacting the economy.

    Go if you must. Consider yourself warned.

    The good news is that Alaska will be there next year.

    As an Alaskan, it makes me sad to make this post. The hurt is real.
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  2. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    +1.
    With so much of their economy based on summer tourism, guessing a lot of places won't even bother to open up.
    Hopefully, they can survive and be there next year.
    Alaska may be harder hit than other states, but think this will apply to any area where economy depends on tourist $$$.
    Year of the 'staycation' it seems.
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  3. AK2ID

    AK2ID Been here awhile

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    Yup... Lay low and pay cash. Ride safe if you can.
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  4. AK2ID

    AK2ID Been here awhile

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    Alaska now requiring 2 weeks isolation for visitors from outside (lower 48 states).
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  5. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    They won't let you in Canada, and cash is a no-no. Tap debit is method of choice as no one's touching anything.

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