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‘It’s been hard’: Omicron throws a new loop in travel plans amid pent-up demand

“This virus is not something you can isolate to a certain country. If you don’t vaccinate the world, you don’t end the pandemic.”.

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When Dale and Gerry Ashton thought about retirement, they thought about travelling. But the COVID-19 pandemic had other ideas.


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With borders closed and communities locked down, the Orléans couple postponed plans for a “bucket list” trip to South Africa, which had originally been scheduled for November 2020. They also pushed back their retirement plans as the COVID-19 pandemic dragged on through 2020 and 2021. Without travel, retiring didn’t make as much sense to Gerry, a nurse, and Dale, a…

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