Dreaming of Travel

I would love to get on a plane right now.

I would love to go somewhere. Anywhere. A new place. A familiar place. I just need a change of pace for a few days. Wouldn’t that be nice? I think that would be nice.

Sometimes I think I should just get in my car and go. Then I realize there’s not really anywhere to go. There are so many reasons why I can’t go, not the least of which being massive anxiety about being around strangers right now. So I just sit here, looking out my window at the planes landing and I dream. I dream of a day that I can go somewhere. I dream of a day that I can be the girl on that plane, headed somewhere for fun, or for business, or just to go.

As much as I love winter, it’s so long. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned that in posts the past two years… probably in February back then as well. COVID has somehow made this winter seem so much longer. While I would normally escape somehow, some way, as I have the past two winters for a weekend or two, that’s not really an option right now. It’s just me and my thoughts here for the foreseeable future.

If COVID weren’t holding me back, here’s where I’d go:

  • Vancouver
  • Montreal
  • Niagara Falls
  • Denmark
  • Las Vegas
  • Bahamas

If COVID and money weren’t holding me back, here’s where I’d go;

  • The Maldives
  • The Seychelles
  • Australia
  • Patagonia
  • Kenya
  • South Africa
  • Egypt
  • Morocco
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Japan
  • France
  • Monaco
  • Indonesia

Well, if I am being totally honest, I just want to see the whole world. If it were safe and I had the money to do so, I would get on a plane tomorrow and go anywhere. I’d go everywhere. I’d love to be the writer behind one of those ‘Around the world’ blogs, sharing people and culture and stories I’ve discovered along the way. What a cool career that would be.

74 thoughts on “Dreaming of Travel

  1. Same, girl. Same. It kills me that I haven’t stepped on a plane in almost two years, and that it’s expected we won’t be doing so anytime soon…but the way I also see it, travel will be all the more enriching and meaningful once we can do so again. And it’s also important to know that you’ve done a lot of travel so far prior to COVID-19; I am amazed that I’d done so much before turning 30! We will have our opportunity soon, so have faith!

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    1. I think it’s been almost two years since I’ve been on a plane too. It’s crazy. It both feels like it’s been 20 years and it feels like it’ll be another 20. I hope you’re right about it feeling more enriching, though. Like we’ll appreciate it that much more because we know what it took to get there.

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  2. Blergh.
    Your “COVID/money” list is…money, to paraphrase the prophet Vince Vaughn.
    I’ve been to many of the places on that list, and even written about some. Unlike Disneyland, they are completely worth the price of *admission*.
    You will get there, and I know you have the discipline to get there, both mentally and in real life. And I look for award to the posts recapping your visit.
    No pressure. 😙

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  3. Welcome to Kenya!! Our hot sunny sandy beautiful beaches will offer a nice escape from the winter, and at waaaay more affordable prices since there are lesser people right now than in previous years.

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    1. I hope things pick up soon. Our vaccine rollout has been so delayed. It’s looking like October before the general public has access to get the vaccine, which bums me out. I understand but it’s still a bummer.

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  4. Problem is, ‘everywhere’ includes places like Iran and North Korea, so there has to be some limits 😆. It’s sad to think that some parts of the world have to be off limits, because of the humans there. And this could have included the USA too if Jan 6th had gone slightly differently :|.

    There’s a Mars rover landing on Mars on Thursday, complete with a helicopter which will image the rover and the rover will watch the helicopter taking off. This is one of the captivating things about space exploration for me— that you can go along for the ride and explore these places as scientists are, in real time. I am looking forward to it more than I’d look forward to any Earthbound travel! 😄.

    One of the cool things about this kind of exploration is the lack of any envy of actually being there in person— the ONLY way you can ‘travel’ to these places is through the photos, videos, even sounds and through the wonder of human ingenuity to create these machines in the first place. And these journeys and adventures are accessible from the most humble of situations.

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    1. You knew what I meant. I’m not going to be heading to North Korea any time soon. I ain’t going to risk that.
      I’d love to spend a year or two just Island hopping in the South Pacific, visiting all of those tiny little places where minimal people live and lead simple lives in the sunshine.

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  5. I know the feeling. I’m presently staying a few miles from an airport. I can see the planes occasionally taking off and landing, teasing me! I’m also wondering who is actually travelling on them. Anyway, planning your next travel adventure is a perfect idea, as is appreciating what you have around you. Your surroundings may not appear to be as exciting as Patagonia, but finding value in the small things will help you appreciate your travels more when you are finally able to get on that plane!

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    1. Oh yes, thank you for the advice. I can assure you that I have a great deal of appreciation for what I do have right now. This house has been a safe haven amidst the crap situation of COVID that’s taken over this city. I think I’m going to take your idea though and start planning a trip. I won’t plan a date, but I’ll plan where I’m going and what I’m doing. I think that’ll help my mood a little.

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  6. I’ve been on planes 8x since last September for work. Airlines are, naturally, completely freaked out by COIVD and as such have done an excellent job (American and Southwest are whom I’ve used). They suffer no fools. Hilton Properties, IMO, have been the same way. It’s people outside of those arenas where the difficulty lies.
    Be diligent. Be cautious. Be unafraid of speaking your mind, or of leaving any place you feel uncomfortable.
    I’ve only had to let one person know how I felt about them not wearing a mask correctly. May sound a bit harsh but when I told them to cover their nose and they didn’t do it, I let them know I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure they don’t get on the plane unless they cover. He begrudgingly complied.

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    1. I think that was good of you to be so bold to them. It drives me crazy when people are wearing masks incorrectly. It’s the equivalent to not wearing it at all.
      I’m glad you’ve been able to be safe on the planes you’ve travelled for work. I know people are still flying for work and it’s getting increasingly harder with each passing month because there is so much transmission. Hopefully your work travel continues safefly.

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  7. I feel the same way V. My adventurous nature would love to fly around the world and write about it! Here’s to settling the intention to travel to cool places, meeting with interesting people and eating exotic foods, documenting it all!

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  8. The festival in Germany I was supposed to go to last summer was cancelled. (Obviously.) Those who wanted to could carry their tickets forward and, at this point, it’s on for this summer. But I honestly hope it’ll be cancelled again. Looking at the timing, there’s no way I’ll be vaccinated by then. Spending a month in self-isolation – two weeks there, two weeks back – simply isn’t feasible, and I would feel too at-risk to go, anyway. Much as I miss travel, I’m content to wait until it’s safe to do so again. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself to keep from getting too down about the whole thing.

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    1. Yeah, waiting until it’s safe to do so is my plan as well. The fact of the matter is, having to go through all of that to get to a festival is proof in itself that it’s not a very safe event to attend. It’s a ‘take precautions and hope you don’t get sick’ kind of event. They’ve basically cancelled all events through October here. Which I’m grateful for. I know if they had them people would go and while some people would take precautions, I know not everyone would.

      I hope you get to go to your festival one day, when it’s safe. And travel wherever your heart desires, one day, when it’s safe.

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  9. Florida is nice this time of year. Temperature is in the low 80’s, COVID numbers are down, most places are open. Everywhere I go people are respectful, wearing masks and social distancing.
    I hope you get a chance to get away soon.

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    1. Yeah, my anxiety won’t let me go out here when there’s 300 cases a day. So I deeeeefinitely would be out of my dang mind in Florida. I’d probably be in a ball crying on the floor.

      I do bet the heat is lovely, though. A break from winter would be so swell right about now.

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  10. I get to go to the ocean in May. I keep thinking about it. I just want to go look at marshes and birds and not people. Thank goodness I will have my vaccines and a room to myself. I may be stuck on a pasture in a polar vortex now, but I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I do hope you get to travel!

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  11. I feel safe and happy at home as of now considering the circumstances outside and how much mess-ier India can get right now. I am just gonna be inside in my city and do whatever I can virtually.
    And you know I am not that traveller who will start roaming in the city the minute they reach there.. I need rest.. Lol..
    I feel even thou’ there was good bank balance.. I would prefer sitting at home…doing stuff..

    I always get an urge to wear all kinds of mask and head to the beach across state but then.. I just say noooope! 😂

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  12. Would have loved to see India too in your wish list Vee 😊

    My friends from Montreal are just back from Bahamas and the pics they shared were glorious.

    I would encourage you to buy and read my book Vee. It just might help you to lead the life of your dreams like i have been able to. Do check out my last post.

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  13. Being a travel writer is my dream job. I am feeling so antsy, and disconnected, and sad, and just ready. I want to get out of here and just breathe air. And smile at a stranger and they can see that I’m smiling at them. And remember that feeling of being somewhere new.

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  14. I agree. Traveling is my passion, I love every aspect of it.
    Once the pandemic hit and we could not go anywhere anymore it felt claustrophobic. Like somebody squeezes my chest and I can’t breath.
    We had to cancel two trips because of it but I do believe we will overcome this and at some point can travel again. My heart is aching for somewhere new to go to.

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  15. Same!! Not that I don’t enjoy being at home but it feels like being not where I’m supposed to be. It’s just sad. But I hope everything gets better soon so we can all start to travel and see the world again little by little ❤️

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    1. I hope it gets better soon! I really hope this vaccine means we’re on an upward swing and that travel will be conventionally acceptable really soon.

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  16. What you’re thinking and dreaming about is everyone’s wish… but given the situation we r facing- fulfillment of that kind of wish is really going to take time. But on a bright side, South Africa is not expensive at all. With $1000 , u can sure have a very nice time

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  17. You are all lucky who have got to see world before covid-19. Atleast you got the chance to travel when it was possible. I didn’t because of money. I always wanted but just couldn’t…two or even three years is not so much to wait compared to if you waited almost your whole life!!

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      1. 😊 I hope I can some day travel myself too! (Well, younger (years ago) I was able to go every year boat trips to Stockholm or/and to Estonia with my family and once to Prague. It’s something…maybe more than some people could ever experience. Everything is so relative.)

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  18. Ha ha, this is exactly how I was feeling several months ago, desperate, frustrating and restless of not being able to travel. Finally I just packed and left on a trip. Fortunately with all the precautions, I safely returned home. Hope you will get to travel soon too❤️

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  19. Hey I don’t see Jamaica on your list :D. I totally can relate, most days that’s how I feel, especially because I’ve always wanted to travel and experience new places and new things, meet new people but never got the chance to because of time and money. As soon as its safer to do so I’m definitely getting on a plane to somewhere.

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