Episode Description

Han from Chicago returned from a vacation to Asia about a week before the NBA cancelled its season and COVID-19 finally became a reality to those of us who live in the States. We discuss why he regrets his trip, his experiences in Asia during the outbreak, and what it’s like starting quarantine a week before the rest of the country.

In the Patreon only Final Boarding Call, we discuss how travel companies are making cancellations and changes easier in this time of uncertainty and do a quick comparison of coronavirus testing between the United States and the countries Han visited.

Due to the time sensitive nature of the material, we released this episode a week early; we’ll be back to our two week release schedule after this.

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Episode Notes

3:57 – Who is Han?

7:19 – Han’s experience since returning to the United States

9:43 – Itinerary in Asia

15:14 – How Han felt traveling through Asia during the coronavirus outbreak

19:04 – Capsule hotel in Tokyo

22:59 – How Han booked the trip

28:07 – Quarantine tips

33:57 – Experience with border control on the return

38:15 – Future travel plans? (Spoiler: not many)

41:42 – Airline cancellations (Patreon only)

46:33 – Comparing the United States COVID-19 response with countries Han visited (Patreon only)

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Music: “Ten Hundred Years” by Poly Action, “Feet Gone Soft” by Monplaisir, and “Feet Gone Wild” by Monplaisir