Traveling in the New Normal

Recently, I took a plane trip to California to see my new grandson. Most likely I would not have ventured out in this unknown world if it wasn’t for him at this time. I had many nights of anxiety before my trip but I am pleased to say that I was exceptionally pleased with my travel conditions. My biggest difficulty was getting direct flights. With Covid around I did not want to have to stop and replane. I wanted to sanitize once. That’s another reason I opted to take a carry-on with me. It was definitely interesting packing ten days of clothes, etc. into my carry-on and backpack but I wanted as little extra activity (like going to a luggage carousel) as possible.

Ready for takeoff

Once I was settled I found myself at ease. Mask on, seats sanitized with my wipes and I was ready to go. The flight attendants were diligent in cleaning up constantly and always checking on passengers. You could not order any food boxes but you were provided with a sterilized bag with water and snacks. Water bottles were distributed throughout flight. You could not, however, get a blanket or pillow. You sat a seat apart from your neighbor and many rows were unoccupied. Once I was seated my anxiety passed and I found the flight to be very safe and stress free. We are all in the same boat so everyone had a mask or plastic shield on, and sanitizer is the new hand lotion. Even going to the bathroom was fine– clean with sanitizer available. I did not fear going in because of Covid and when getting to my destination I was relieved that it went so well. The hardest part was wearing a mask for almost 8 hours. I can tell you that the makeup business is sure losing money now. Masks will become the accessory of the future. In fact, you can check out everyone’s style as you go through the airport, on the plane and even exiting the airport.

The new normal traveling accessory – the mask

This was worth the joy of me seeing my amazing grandson and my beautiful daughter. The trip made it that much more emotional for me as I thought I wouldn’t be able to go for a very long time. The anxiety was much worse going that once I was there I realized that the world has embraced and tackled this pandemic so we can go about most things in our lives.

Californians were much more relaxed about the virus and just went about their lives with masks in tow. Like I said before, this is our new way of life. I often sit and wonder if we will ever go back to the way it was before this pandemic. I sure hope so but I think in the end we will all be stronger, handle disappointment better, and most of all, cherish all the little things in life. For all the grandparents that missed their grandchildren for months, our hearts ache and we hope that life will return to normal especially for them.

My next adventure will be a local vacation, driving and staying in a hotel. After my flying experience, this will not effect me but I look forward to seeing all the efforts made by resorts to make their customers happy. Life goes on and we have to enjoy what we can, just carefully…….

Author: egallagher713

I am an elementary educator for over 20 years in grades K through 5. I have been freelance writing for a few years and hope to write a children's book as well as complete my first novel. Thank you for visiting my blog. I look forward to your comments and contributions. As I near retirement I commit myself to Health and Wellness to enhance my life.

31 thoughts on “Traveling in the New Normal”

  1. I’m glad you had such a good experience. I’m in the UK and just starting to pick up the ‘ new normal’ again, I think staying calm and staying positive is the key. That and a pretty mask, of course!

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  2. We haven’t done our usual summer trips because we just don’t know what it’s like out there. Also we live in a state with high infection rates that’s on the ban list for entry to other states. Glad you had a positive experience, I wish things would get back to normal so my kids and I can travel like we usually do.

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    1. I know it is so hard for kids especially after the months of remote learning. We always look forward to summer, I guess this shows us that we may have to be creative and make simpler fun.

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  3. I’ve canceled the flights I had planned this year and have been wondering about what it was like for those who needed to travel. Thanks for sharing your experience. I think I’ll wait till next year before venturing on any flights.

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  4. Thank you for sharing your experience. I’ve been wanting to do a vacation but haven’t even considered planning one because I haven’t been sure what to expect. While I’ll still probably wait longer for covid to slow down (hopefully), it’s good to know care is being taken by the airlines.

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  5. Wow, this was such an interesting read! You are so brave lol! I would have been wiping down everything on that plane haha. But in all seriousness, yes it is pretty daunting that this might be our new normal of wearing masks. Sometimes I find it hard to talk without fogging up my glasses and then when I do talk, I can’t smile, because the other person can’t see me smile. It’s so sad but thanks for sharing this – Josie xxx

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    1. We are all experiencing this new normal and it scares me to think that it will continue. Continue to stay safe and wear your mask (I have the same problem with my glasses) and let’s pray that it is over soon.

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  6. Well California has closed back down; I guess all that nonchalantness caught up to us. 😢 Also, some airlines are now packing passengers in, opting to resume flying at full capacity. 😥 I guess you flew at a good time. 🙏🏽

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  7. I think eveyone had became cery anxious in terms of going out or to other places. Glad that somehow you became relaxed and less worroed after you settled down on the plane. But it is a great experience that some one took courage and makes us worryless for our next flight, we just really had to take all the necessary safety measures.

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  8. everyones been anxious for sure in taking some vacation to other places i think. But I’m glad that you’ve got through it. And thanks for your courage because we got to know what really safety measures the airlines is doing which can be a big relief for those who have upcoming flights.

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  9. I own a travel company and I am anxiously awaiting the day when we can travel freely again, but for now staying close to home is definitely best!

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  10. I cannot imagine all the emotions you must’ve felt…
    I am happy to hear the flight crew was so accommodating.
    It is definitely different times right now, I am not too sure when I will be comfortable traveling again.
    I too, want the old normal back.. but while we are in this new normal I guess it’ll just have to be!
    So happy you got to meet the new grand baby. I know from the parent perspective my children were missing their grandparents so very much, as was I!

    Safe travels!

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