Being stuck inside for so long forced many of us to think about what really matters the most. While social distancing and masks are likely to be a part of life for some time to come, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
After spending several months or more virtually locked down without going anywhere other than a once every two-week trip for groceries, I started feeling somewhat agoraphobic. It's a bit odd for someone who loves to travel and normally wouldn't even think twice about flying to the other side of the world alone. Usually I relish getting out there, living life, taking part in adventures and meeting people from all walks of life.
Eventually, I slowly got back out, carefully, going on trips to visit family. Being in Baja, I made a decision to see more of Mexico as soon as possible, with so many fabulous places right here. I enjoyed a "staycation" in Cabo and watched a hang glider fly by the window of my room - I knew I had to do that, and, it was whale season! Soaring through the sky just above the coast was amazing, but watching the mother humpback and her baby below was something I'll never forget. Next month I'll be going to Cancun to write about a new resort - I've been there before though, so I'm making a point of taking advantage of a long layover in Mexico City to visit the National Museum of Anthropology, one of the best in the world. In early June, I'll be heading to Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, a place that's been on my bucket list for years.
Slowly, but surely, we're living again. It seems like time has slipped by, just waiting for life to return to "normal" and "normal," at least like we knew it prior to COVID may never come, but it highlights the necessity to be grateful for every moment. Grateful for family, friends, our beloved pets...and for me, any opportunity to see the world, not just from inside the walls of a resort but from the eyes of the locals.
The rest of 2021 may be up in the air, and my rescheduled Arctic trip from 2020 is likely to get moved forward again to next summer, but there is plenty out there to enjoy in the meantime and 2022 is looking good. In fact, it might be quite full as I have a cousin who is getting married in Greece and I need to be there too!
For those looking forward to travel experiences that will truly make them feel alive again, I recently put together this list for Trips To Discover: 15 Sensational Travel Experiences to Make You Feel Alive Again.
It's been so long since I've written here... just waiting, it almost feels like I can breathe again! How about you?