Traveling During the COVID-19 Pandemic: 3 Things that Almost Ruined My Trip
How was my first trip during the COVID-19 pandemic, you ask?
I think I came in TOO hot. Lol! Don’t get me wrong, I had tons of fun! However, *pops lips* there were 3 things that almost sabotaged my trip.
1. The Racist White Male
Chiiiiille, what's Karen's brother's name? I think the people are calling him "Ken". Well Ken thought it was his job to police the streets by telling us what we could and couldn't do with our bikes. No shock here...
As a Black person that's not new to the travel game, I've definitely experienced this kind of behavior before from white people and other races alike. My best advice is not to let one bad apple ruin it for you. #TravelingWhileBlack is so real!
2. Inclement Weather
Let me tell you...there was unexpected inclement weather. We were expecting some rain, but got hit with a tropical storm. I'm exaggerating...but we did end up being near the eye of the storm, which is where the strongest winds are. Needless to say, all of the remaining outdoor activities we had scheduled got cancelled.
Of all the things we dealt with that weekend, this almost pushed me over the edge. I was looking forward to finally getting out of the house and doing some outdoor activities. In that moment I felt it was a wasted trip because I couldn't do the thing I wanted to do the most - be outside. My best advice is your pivot game needs to be stronger than mine was... #shewasntready
Learning to live by the new set of rules and regulations to keep others and myself safe is one thing. It's become part of my daily routine. It was totally different while being on vacation!
Since this was my first trip, I didn't know what to expect or how things had changed. I don't think there's an easy way to prepare yourself, you just have to jump in.
At the time of the trip, I was basically still on lock down. So it was my first introduction to certain things during COVID like travel, dining out, using the restroom in public spaces, etc. It took me a moment to adjust. My best advice for those itching to travel, just do it! Be safe and be prepared for a new "normal".
Have you traveled during the COVID-19 pandemic? Share your experiences.