Traveling has been the thing I have missed most during the last year or so. Just a couple of weeks after a trip to Costa Rica last year, we were pretty much on lock down here in my part of the US. We were fortunate to make several fun trips over the Summer by car, but I have not been on an airplane since a somewhat harrowing return trip home (that’s another story!).
I have been asked by a few different people about whether or not I would attend an in-person domain industry event this year. While I should be fully vaccinated within the next several weeks (thanks, Pfizer), I would say it is highly unlikely that I will attend an in-person domain industry event in 2021.
At this point, I do not think it is feasible to assume that most domain industry people will be vaccinated this year. I do not think it would be comfortable for conferences or organizers to ask people if they have been vaccinated or prevent people from coming if they haven’t been vaccinated. In addition, it could be tough for industry companies to require their employees to be vaccinated to attend or prohibit them from attending. Maybe that is going to be the norm and how we move forward at some point, but it seems like a hard ask right now.
I am not willing to take on additional risk for my children who will not be vaccinated for a while. I will also not take on additional risk for myself or my family with different Covid variants floating around. It’s one thing for my family to do some pleasure traveling where we can mitigate our risk by dining outside and staying away from other people we don’t know. it is a totally different thing to attend a business event with people from different parts of the world where the whole idea is to spend time with other people.
While I am probably as eager as many others to attend a domain industry event, I think it is highly unlikely I would attend an event this year. I would certainly consider visiting with industry friends and colleagues for something small, but I just don’t see myself traveling to attend a business event this year.