Covid Travel - The New Normal?

I took my first trip since the start of the pandemic.  Lots of thoughts, foremost being I plan to stay grounded for the foreseeable future and am thankful I can.

This Week's Travel

I ventured up to New York for work.  I flew up on Tuesday morning, spent a night in the hotel, and flew home Wednesday night.

Face masks were mandatory in the airport and on board the flight, although many of the travelers weren't wearing them correctly.  Social distancing stickers lined the floors, and everyone kept their distance for the most part.

I'm so impressed with the crew, airport security, and everyone who helped us all adapt to the new normal.  This was not an easy task.  I'm sure many are like me and have avoided flying.

Future Travel Plans

Nonexistent.  All my fabulous frugal trips?  Not happening.  I have no intention of going anywhere in the near future.  I was even more anxious than I normally am, especially since I was unfamiliar with the changes of how the airport was run.  Anxiety is real, and it can be debilitating.

The worst part of the trip: I rode in an uber that had plastic lining the back, and I felt like I was in the middle of Dexter (the show with the serial killer who wraps everything in plastic...) especially when I noticed the handprint on the inside of the window.  I texted my husband the entire ride in a mini panic.

Covid and the World

So much of our world has been changed by the pandemic.  A lot of us have woken up to the realities of those struggling, living paycheck to paycheck.  Many fell further into debt just to live.  With unemployment only able to stretch so far in coverage, it became even more apparent that we all need a small stash for a rainy day in addition to our savings, and we need flexibility when it comes to expenses.  It also became apparent that we need better systems to take care of everyone.

Covid and Me

I have what I have been calling Survivor's Guilt.  We are relatively unscathed from this, although we are still masking up.

My husband and I have been safely working from home full time.  Our salaries have gone up.  Our investments have gone up.  My house value has skyrocketed (by 150%).  I don't know how I would have handled things if I was still relying on AirBNB to make ends meet.

We are so grateful that our family has remained healthy.  We have family and friends who lost loved ones to Covid and the complications.

I am definitely grateful that we are heading back toward normal now that vaccinations are rolling out.