Around our city and state, people are starting to emerge from the Coronavirus orders. As such, it seems only fitting that we emerge from our blogging break too! June 1st seemed like a nice, even day to start getting fresh content out there again.
For the time being, we will start with posts that are practical and informative, as well as share travel stories. When the time is right, we will start rolling out destination guides and itinerary type posts again.
Time In “Lockdown”
During our pandemic lockdown period we were busy working behind the scenes on various aspects of our blog. We are excited to roll out our fresh new theme and home page! You will also notice the following updates continuing to appear on By Land and Sea:
- Updated posts
- Updated pages, headings, and page mapping
- Refreshed links and content
- New feature images
- A dedicated travel resources page
No doubt this is a huge undertaking. We wish this could have all been completed during the lockdown. But, we have been fortunate to still be working the entire time, so these updates and changes are still coming in stages. We also hope to get an actual newsletter going before the end of 2020 too.
We decided to emerge from our 3 year Instagram hiatus. We also joined the travel community on Travello (available on the App Store and Google Play)! Please be sure to follow us on these two platforms for more travel pictures and stories!
So how did the pandemic impact our travels?
Let me tell you – it hasn’t exactly been rainbows and butterflies. Still, we remind ourselves that we are very fortunate and that our complete inability to travel pales in comparison to the experience of many.
We had a long-awaited trip to Croatia and Slovenia via Venice planned for April that was cancelled. We literally watched the travel advisories for Italy go from a level 3 to a level 4 in less than one hour and knew our trip wasn’t going to work out at that time. Luckily, we have ample time to rebook a new trip with the same tour company and are anxious to do so when the time is right.
My hubby had plans to visit family and go fishing in North Dakota in mid-May, which was also cancelled. Unfortunately, more than half the flights out of our small local airport have been cancelled indefinitely. They have also slashed half the air traffic controller jobs. We don’t know if these will ever come back post-pandemic.
Early in 2020 we booked one of many “trips of a lifetime” to Australia. Even though it is scheduled for the end of the year, it too is now teetering on the edge of destruction. Because of United’s current policies, we elected to cancel the flights while penalty-free. We figure we can always rebook them later if the situation presents itself. However, the likelihood of this trip working out as planned is slim. So, we will deal with the hotel as the date draws nearer and we know more of what is going on.
Our final trip of 2020 is also crumbling a few pieces at a time. We planned to visit Philadelphia and Atlantic City in September. So far, the concert we hoped to go to has been postponed, the baseball season is still up in the air, and everything else is looking rather bleak for the city of brotherly love and it’s Jersey Shore neighbor. We are about to pull the plug on this trip too.
The travels we have been able to do this year
We were able to visit friends in Las Vegas as well as make a quick overnight trip to Denver pre-pandemic. After these two things in the beginning of 2020, everything else has fallen apart.
Recently, we went on a drive not far from our town. But, believe it or not, it was the first time in my life I had ever been in the area we traveled to. We spent a few hours out in the colorful country and driving the “back way” up in to the mountains. It was so nice to get out of the house, get out of town, and get into the fresh air and sunlight for a few hours. I foresee many more activities like this in our future.
What We Think The Future Of Travel Will Look Like
At this point, it really is too early to tell. There are plenty of articles out there drumming up worst case scenario situations. In some cases it looks pretty grim. We know travel will not be the same as what it was in the past. Some of this will take years to get straightened out.
But, we also feel there is some room for opportunity. We do hope that those who are able start traveling again as soon as it is safe to do so. It will be a huge help to the economy!
We have always valued the concept of home. That’s one of many reasons why we have never fully packed up and left yet. But, the pandemic has made us question our ability to always get home. Perhaps we have taken this for granted in the past? As a result, we realize that moving forward we must have contingency plans in place. Personally, I see a lot of domestic/North American travel in the foreseeable future.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our blog and sharing our love of travel with you. Until it is safe to get back out there, let the wanderlust live on!