Exciting news, we are less than a week away from taking our biggest trip of 2020! We are going west to visit family, hang out on the beach, and enjoy the beauty of the Olympic National Park. This trip is our yearly escape away and a chance to visit family we often only see once a year. Most times, we load up the car and drive the 400 miles or 7.5 hour road trip across the state of Washington. It’s a beautiful scenic drive of the entire landscape of Washington and we’ve done it often enough to know the best spots to stop and stretch our legs.
However, way back in December 2019 or as we now lovingly refer to it as pre-pandemic, I was scrolling through flight deals and came across an amazing deal from Spokane to Seattle that I just could not pass up. We purchased 4 round trip tickets on Alaska Airlines for under $400.00 and rented a car for $300.00. The idea of arriving at our final destination in 3 hours as opposed to over 8 hours with stops, was very enticing. Knowing what we know now we probably would have stuck to the road trip, but the flight and car our booked and we will be headed out soon.
Don’t get me wrong traveling on a plane right now does cause us to worry, but we have done our due diligence and have become very familiar with Alaska Airlines and the car rental’s cleaning policies. We know what to bring, what to do, and most importantly what not to do. We have gathered as much information as we can absorb including speaking with several friends who have already taken the leap and flown. Is it dangerous to travel via plane and rental car during these unprecedented times, undoubtedly. But we also believe that if we do our due diligence and follow all the proper guidelines then everything will be fine. After all it is up to us to be mindful of our own actions and to do our part to be as safe as possible. If we can go to the grocery store or mall then we can fly on a plane. It’s all about taking the proper precautions.
Thank you for reading and Happy Travels!