Testing, Testing – Is This Thing On?

Hello! Has it really been……almost six months since my last post?? Yes, I see that it has! Did I miss anything while I was gone? Oh…a pandemic, you say? Quarantines around the world and travel difficult at best? Well, that doesn’t sound ideal for a travel blog!

In all seriousness, the last several months have been quite the rollercoaster, haven’t they? It’s hard to believe that nearly six months have passed since I (like many other people) starting working from home full-time, wearing a mask, and doing what I can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It’s also been nearly seven months since I last traveled anywhere. We’ve cancelled two trips since all this started – a spring break trip to the Gulf Coast in Orange Beach, AL (the same trip we’ve made in years past, most recently in 2019) and a UK trip that should have happened only a month ago (cancelling that was a real bummer because we were going to attend Brighton Pride, headlined by the always-fabulous Mariah Carey, with some of my UK friends, followed by a few days in London). And now, it’s nearly Labor Day and we don’t have any trips on the books to even look forward to! I know some people have started traveling again and, to be fair, we are starting to think about an NYC trip in December (we’ve been there around the Christmas season a few times, most recently in 2018), but with so many international travel restrictions on US passport-holders right now, it’s not practical to plan any big trips. Depressing, right? But it’s important that we all continue to do what we can, including not traveling. Sooner or later, this will pass and people like us will be ready to hit the road again. Hang in there!

Facebook reminded me today that this time of year is VERY popular for Scott and I to go traveling, so I thought it would be fun to share links to posts from all the trips in my Facebook memories today. If I can’t travel for real, I may as well travel through my memories, right? Join me down memory lane!

  • 2013 – this was the start of a three-week trip that took us through Amsterdam, Bruges, Paris, Madrid, Florence, and London, not to mention a few side trips to places like Toledo, Cinque Terre, and Stonehenge (the featured photo in this post is from the fabulous, if a little rainy, afternoon we spent in Cinque Terre). This was the first trip Scott and I took together and it was so much fun! All the locations were new to him and all but Paris and London were new to me (and to be fair, I’d only been to Paris once, for a day-long day trip from London, so it was largely new for me as well). Lots of amazing memories made!
  • 2014 – this was the start of another long trip (2.5 weeks, if I remember correctly), this time hitting cities that were totally new to both of us, including Budapest, Berlin, Prague, Munich, and Zurich. I think we only took one day trip, but it was a really fun one to see Linderhof Palace and Neuschwanstein Castle.
  • 2017 – this was actually the end of a trip, rather than the beginning. After four years, Scott decided he would make a return trip to London and this day in history marked our last day of that week-long trip. Although he’d seen London before (and regular readers will know how much I love to visit my favorite city), he also got to experience two fun new-to-him cities on our day trips to Brighton and Cambridge (the latter being new-to-me as well). I remember the weather being especially nice on this trip, which is always a nice bonus when traveling, particularly in the UK.
  • 2019 – how was this only last year?! This marked the beginning of our two-week romp through the UK and Ireland, with stops in Edinburgh, Belfast, Galway, and Dublin, with some excellent sidesteps to St Andrews, Giant’s Causeway, and the Cliffs of Moher. This was such a fun trip! We made more awesome memories and checked some wonderful cities off our lists.

Wow, what fun it was to revisit these trips! Hope you enjoyed it, too. Or if nothing else, I hope you saw the progression of my writing and photography skills over the years πŸ™‚ When I think back on trips like these, I realize how fortunate I’ve been to see so many great destinations and also how much I miss traveling. I know I’m not alone in that though. Where are you most looking forward to visiting when we’re all able to travel easily again? Do you already have a trip(s) on the books? Or maybe you’ve already started traveling again? Leave a comment and let me know!

Until normality reasserts itself, I plan to resume my Travel Throwback posts as I still have more pre-blog trips to write about. I certainly have the time to write about them now. πŸ™‚ Look for the next one soon!

9 thoughts on “Testing, Testing – Is This Thing On?

  1. Well, you already know that I’m doing a little B & Bing in spots that are relatively unaffected and let me socially distance. But once this all blows over, I reschedule a trip to England and plan a visit to my friend, Ken Campbell, in Canada.

    1. Yes indeed! You’ll have to keep me posted on your UK travel plans as I will definitely be wanting to make a return trip there by the time we’re able to travel again. πŸ™‚

  2. This was a fun post! So far we have had a cruise canceled (Memorial Day weekend), two trips to MN canceled (mainly due to the extreme shutdown MN had back in May), and Labor Day trip to Chicago canceled. Booo!

    We have been spending quite a bit of time at our place in Fort Lauderdale since Randy is working from home now too. We also snuck a quick trip to Vegas to visit my parents back in early May. Everything was basically shut down still though so no time on the strip really.

    We were supposed to come back to Fort Lauderdale over Halloween weekend as they normally have a huge Halloween street festival, but alas that has now been canceled also.

    Next up will be Christmas in MN, then back to Florida for time between Christmas and New Years. Then, hopefully, we will be setting sail in January on a 9-night Southern Caribbean cruise.

    My airline miles are burning a hole in my pocket so we hope to get back to Europe next Summer, and maybe Hawaii in the Spring? Argh, can you tell I am just as antsy to get back to traveling again?!

    1. YES! I totally understand where you’re coming from, both with cancelled trips and the hope of trips to come. I know how much you love cruises, so you must be extra antsy to get out there again. πŸ™‚ Is your January cruise booked? And is that the replacement for the cancelled Memorial Day cruise or a separate one? Either way, I hope it’s still able to (safely) happen!

      1. Yeah we do a cruise every January so this one has been booked for over a year now. We also booked our one for January 2022, splurged on a Penthouse Suite to celebrate my 40th! You guys need to do a cruise sometime!

      2. Awesome!! Yes, we’ve talked about cruising before, but I’ve still never done one. I definitely know who to ask for advice when we do though. πŸ˜€

  3. Loved the rehash of past trips! You and Scott have done so many amazing trips! I know you are both grateful for that! I keep hoping we will be able to go to Orange Beach next year! It doesn’t look all that promising, but we can still hope! If we go, you and Scott will have to come down too!

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚ We’re definitely grateful for the time we get to spend traveling – hopefully it won’t be too long before we can do it again! We were actually just talking about Orange Beach yesterday and wondering if it will work for 2021 or not. If you end up going, there’s a pretty good chance we’ll come for a visit. πŸ™‚

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Based in St. Paul, MN and love to blog about travel. Comment, follow, and join me on my journey!