I’ve spoken a lot about how the hardest part of the pandemic for me was losing a sense of joy. One of the things that brings me the most amount of joy is traveling, and obviously we haven’t been doing much of that.
I will cautiously say that things are finally feeling like they are getting back to normal, especially as most people I know are completely vaccinated so I feel safe to be around them without the fear of hurting them. In the past year or so, we have traveled out of state a few times. We went camping once, we went back and forth between New Hampshire and New Jersey a few times for socially-distanced family time at the lake or beach, but we haven’t really traveled.
The last time I got on a planed was December 2020 for our trip to Amsterdam. It was way before the world blew up and my boyfriend and I had already booked some other trips for bachelorette parties and weddings. I never imagined they’d be put on hold, I’d never imagine that I wouldn’t set foot on a plane again for another 17 months.
Our first trip back was one to Key West! We attended a rescheduled wedding and taking a few days to relax as well. Here’s some things of note as I make my way back into travel:
I don’t think airlines completely have it all together for the volume of people that are starting to book flights. Our flight was delayed due to understaffing and systems were down across airlines which was an actual nightmare at the airport.
Everyone still had to wear masks unless eating/drinking but security was fast and everything felt like business as usual.
Everyone had to wear masks and it seemed like everyone complied. I don’t know how much I believe they fully sanitize the plane in between passengers.
Key West was like pandemic who? We only had to wear masks when taking Ubers, but granted we were outside 98% of the time.
I probably won’t plan a plane trip like that again and I honestly forgot how expensive it can be to travel within the United States. I’m looking forward to more domestic trips in the upcoming months though, the travel bug is definitely back!
Do you plan on any air travel in the upcoming months?