Sunday, May 31, 2020

TRAVEL IN THE TIME OF COVID-19: THE TEMPTATION TO TRAVEL

You woke up on the 1st January 2020 saying, “this will be my year. I have my suitcase at the ready; I’ll travel, I’ll see the world. The new decade will bring so much colour to my life (and passport).” But Little Miss Rona had other plans. In a matter of months, she has swept the globe, uprooting all our lives and changing everything we do. 


Fast forward to the last day of spring. The 31st May has arrived and the furthest place you’ve travelled to is Tesco. The most exotic animal you’ve seen all year is that pesky fox in the back garden and if you have to bake one more bloody banana loaf, you’ll go insane. For once you miss the stress that comes with “hmmmm where did I leave my passport?”, “is that traffic on the M25? Looks like I might miss my flight” and “oh surprise surprise, my flight with Ryanair has been delayed…. by 7 hours” …but it’s all worth it when you arrive at that beach and order that cocktail and are looking at that view. 

Yes, we are all craving something a little more exhilarating than a trip to the kitchen. The hum of the washing machine just isn’t the same as the turbulence of an aircraft as it begins its descent on a new and thrilling place. But… this is our life at the moment. Minimal excitement. Monotonous routines. All within the same 4 walls that we have been trapped inside for 69 days (and counting). 

So, if you are anything like me and desperate to take a trip anywhere, you’ve been scouring the internet, drooling over other people’s holiday “tb’s” and living vicariously through their past selves. Right, so what is to stop us planning these trips? Pick up your planner and get Googling; where will be the first places you go to once the world is open again? 

The temptation to book a trip is high, especially with rock bottom prices and the “almost” guarantee that there won’t be many tourists where you are going! But… remember we are still living in the middle of a global pandemic. Booking a trip away for the next few months is a risky move; probably pointless (seeing as it’s highly likely it won’t go ahead), and pretty irresponsible and reckless (yes, I do hate to sound patronising, but jetting off somewhere is hardly likely to halt the spread of coronavirus). And for me, the amount of guilt I’d have while being on holiday during an international health crisis would take the joy away from a holiday completely!   

I guess this post is my way of saying that I know times are tough and we all need a bit of an escape right now. It has been particularly odd for me; having spent the whole of last year jetting off to far off places and racking up enough air miles to go around the globe twice, 50,721 miles to be exact (with some miles to spare)! There is nothing to stop you from planning a trip and getting ready to book it when things are a little safer. A lot of us have had the heartbreak of having to cancel trips or give up even bothering to plan them because of the uncertainty of the times we are living in. I’m in a lucky position; we went into lockdown before I paid for any of my intended trips. I quite liked the idea of travelling somewhere new every month, but a challenge that I’ve had firmly fixed in my mind will have to wait until all this madness is behind us. I don’t want to fall into the trap of being naïve and assuming the new year will bring an end to the pandemic! But as I like to remind myself every so often, the countries I want to visit aren’t going anywhere, there’s no rush! It’s all a waiting game right now. We are all sacrificing something and one day soon, normality will return. 

But I hope for now, whilst you travel around the exotic land that is your house and marvel at the view out your window for the umpteenth time, that you are all keeping your spirits high and anxieties low. Not long now until we can dust off our suitcases, dig out our passports and head to the departure gate at Heathrow!

Yours, 

B x 
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10 comments

  1. Your post really did make me smile! I really did hope that this year will be the year that I will travel a bit more. Thus far I've seen Le Kitchen and La Garden �� Now that we have the time, we can't go anywhere!

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    1. I'm glad my post brought a smile to your face! I feel like a lot of what I said here is relatable for so many of us. Ooooo la la, sounds like you are having a wonderful time in the exotic land that is your home! Hope you are keeping well 💞 x

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  2. Love this! And I feel your pain. I'm itching to travel too! But for now I've been trying to find little micro-adventures close to home. Packing a picnic and going for a day trip. Posting up somewhere beautiful for the sunset. Going stargazing. It isn't quite the same, but after being cooped up so long it is very enjoyable! Plus it helps me to appreciate the beauty of home which can be easy to overlook at times.

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    1. Oooo same! I have been taking the time to venture to local places within walking distance of home, discovering some hidden gems. I too have been watching the sunset and enjoying the space around me! x

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  3. It is so hard to know when this will end, and even if it will be safe to travel again, but my aunt took a plunge and bought discounted tickets for her October trip. For some people, that works, but I love watching people begin to appreciate their local scene more and discovering new places in their area that they come to love.

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    1. I hope your aunts trip goes ahead! And I am really hoping that by October, a lot of this is behind us. But yes, I am really enjoying exploring the area in which I live, almost makes me grateful that we aren't able to go anywhere! Thanks for commenting! x

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  4. I've been dreaming of getaways lately! I've had to cancel a few domestic and international trips due to the pandemic and it's so hard to not rebook my flights! It makes me sad to know I probably won't be travelling anywhere this year but know it's for the best!

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    1. Me too!!! Luckily I was lazy and didn't book any flights, but seeing all the cheap flights around Europe makes it really tempting to book one! Hope we both get to book some flights soon - thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment x

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  5. This is what we all need to hear right now. It sucks that we're still cooped up, especially now that states are opening up, and people are acting like nothing's going on anymore. But it's not time yet, and you've explained that very nicely.

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    1. Thank you for saying that! Yes, we are all in this together and it's our responsibility to be as careful as we can be. Thank you for reading my posting and leaving a comment - I hope you are safe and well! x

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