With 2021 drawing to a close, it’s clear that Covid isn’t ready to loosen its spiky grip on the world. The pandemic is grinding on after almost two long years, and now the highly contagious Omicron variant is spreading like wildfire. There are still so many unknowns: Just how dangerous is Omicron? Who is at greatest risk? How effective are the vaccines? Real data is just starting to filter in, but early indications are that the disease caused by Omicron might not be as severe and that boosted vaccines offer strong protection. But what about the next variant, and the one after that? Speaking for just about everyone on the planet, we’re exhausted and discouraged. But for us travel addicts, Covid offers plenty of extra pitfalls. How do we indulge our jones to wander while keeping ourselves, and others, safe? And – with apologies to Rudyard Kipling – how do we…

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