It dawned on me yesterday that normally at this point in the year, I would probably have my wheels spinning and would be starting to plan next year’s vacations.
I’ve often booked summer lodging as early as November/ December, and I usually spend big chunks of time in the winter after the holidays researching and planning itineraries for the upcoming year.
We have NO trips on the calendar so far for 2021. This makes me really sad. I’m grateful that we did get to go Upper Michigan + Florida this summer, despite the pandemic!! Those trips were amazing. I’m not complaining, really- under the circumstances, I feel lucky that we were able to safely go anywhere at all.
I’m just missing the thrill and emotion of starting to plan a trip to a new, faraway place, with people, activities, crowds(!), hotels, public transport, museums, etc. Even trying to plan a longer, domestic road trip sounds overwhelming right now, with such high levels of uncertainty everywhere and cases back on the rise. It makes it impossible at this point to anticipate if a spring break trip could be feasible, or even next summer. And even if they are…to where? And what would it be like? I want a REAL trip, not some weird Covid altered shell of a trip.
I’m actually longing for a “big city” trip right now. I love the outdoors, and our Michigan trip was beautiful. But I guess after all of these months of limited social interaction, the idea of tootling around in Dublin or Paris (or somewhere similar), feeling the vibe of the city, sitting in cafes, window shopping, touring museums…just sounds incredible to me right now.
(I’m secretly holding out hope that somehow by next August it could be safe for us to re-book our Europe trip, or at LEAST the Ireland part to see my sister and family.)
On the bright side! Trip planning takes up a LOT of time for me. I wouldn’t say I plan every detail and we don’t adhere to a strict itinerary or anything like that when we travel, but I do like to have done my research and just know a lot about the area and what options there are. So, I guess if we’re going to look for positives, I’m currently saving time. 😉
The closest thing to “exploring” I could do this week…checking out a marsh just down the street from Asher’s swim practice last night, about 20 minutes from home. I have been going to this place for years and had NO IDEA this was here. Apparently my research is limited to places outside of my hometown! I took a 40 minute walk here just before sunset and the views were just breathtaking.