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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