Narrative of wanderlust in a country-locked world

Cynthia Bord

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We‘ve all done it at least once while in corona-tine, right? Checked your remaining vacation days, looked up flights, planned for a cute weekend trip. This won’t last for long. Let me just check prices for early July.

Watching all the travel blogger youtube videos in the time that’s freed now up and thinking to yourself: “Yeah! Travel is what I’m missing, what I need to invest in, instead of material things!”

Pumped, you write down a list of 20 places that you’ve always wanted to visit. Get yourself more and more excited. Invite friends to take a trip together. Tell your spouse that you’re planning a trip out when he asks what you were doing today.

You’re starting to get emails from Google Flights: “You searched for NYC to Denmark. It was 500 dollars. Now it’s 580.” A part of you panics. Oh no, if I had bought it a day earlier, I would have saved 80 bucks!

But you know it’s Google Flight’s version of clickbait and you have to ignore the feeling that you’re losing out somehow.

You whizz between cities on your Kayak search.

NYC to Pittsburgh. NYC to Ohio. NYC to Arizona.

But by the time Corona is over, it’ll be halfway through the year. So many vacation days. And my employer won’t let me roll the days over to next year.

Okay, considering international trips now. Take more days off at a time and try not to disturb the workflow in the office instead of taking off a few days every so often.

NYC to Singapore. NYC to Ireland. NYC to Newfoundland.

Ouch. Those are some expensive flights. And the time difference will take away at least two days from the trip.

Back to square one. Let’s search for really fun cities on a domestic flight just for a few days. Wait, should I google if it’s better to take up a few days from work every so often or many days off work twice a year?

NYC to Washington, DC. NYC to New Jersey. NYC to Long Island.

Okay, this can work. Why not start on an itinerary?

Okay. So, there are two things I can do in that city so far. Everything else is a statue of a dead person or a waterway that is never cleaned. Seems like it won’t be fun to stay around for more than a day. Hey, it’s okay. We can make it a weekend trip.

Oh, COVID-19 advisory notice.

It’s spread atop every flight booking, in bright red letters.

“Travel may be affected to this area

Okay. So, there are two things I can do in that city so far. Everything else is a statue of a dead person or a waterway that is never cleaned. Seems like it won’t be fun to stay around for more than a day. Hey, it’s okay. We can make it a weekend trip.

Oh, COVID-19 advisory notice.

It’s spread atop every flight booking, in bright red letters.

“Travel may be affected to this area.”

I scroll between every destination on my list of places I want to visit.

Travel Advisory.

COVID-19.

May Be Affected.

Every destination was affected.

Wow, this isn’t going to end just because the government says it’s over, huh?

I guess it’s a spa day for me when this is over.

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