TRAVEL DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
How have you been? Honestly, how are you doing? This is a loaded question for many including myself.
This year began full of promise. This was the year of the return to traveling for me. I had missed everything about traveling. I took a break from traveling last year to find a home here in Atlanta. For someone who was always on the go, having a permanent residence felt like a lockdown of sorts, but a necessary one. I needed a place to come home to after my travels. An investment of sorts as well. In 2018, I had quit my job to travel the world indefinitely. This was an incredible experience. One of the best experiences of my life.
I came back after 8 months away to attend a childhood friend’s wedding and got a job offer in hospitality shortly after that I couldn’t refuse. Fast forward to March 2020 when I got laid off from the said job. My position was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. I had 7 international trips, a few domestic trips and a travel conference planned. The pandemic changed all that.
It was hard to adjust at first. The thought of travel during a pandemic didn’t sit well with me. Being in lockdown was also taking a toll on my overall wellbeing as a travel enthusiast. I needed a getaway somehow. New York came calling! New York City had the highest numbers of Covid-19 in the country at the time and it was nerve wrecking and felt irresponsible to think of even going there.
I went anyway. This was my travel experience. See my IG post below:
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