A few weeks ago the Travel Family took the leap and flew across the state of Washington. The initial thought of flying during a pandemic especially with young children was scary, but as I wrote in my previous post we did our due diligence to ensure we were ready and safe. So what was it like to fly in the year of 2020? The words, different and awkward come to mind.
It was masked covered faces as far as the eye can see, it was hand sanitizer and hand wipes everywhere. It was people awkwardly trying to keep their distance as best as they could and many moments spent washing hands. To be honest, at first we felt a little uneasy being in an airport with our children around strangers. But as we spent time in the airport and eventually on the plane the uneasiness began to fade away and a sense of a “new” normal came over us.
So what is this new normal for traveling? Well, I assume for everyone it is different, but for us the new normal is lots more planning ahead, wearing masks, carrying hand sanitizer, and washing our hands as much as possible. For us, this new normal really isn’t that bad. In fact as we were flying on the plane looking around at everyone with masks on, I wondered, why didn’t we wear masks on planes before?
Thinking about it, planes have always been like petry dishes. A bunch of people in a small area breathing in each others air. Wearing a mask on a plane, although can be uncomfortable for long periods of time, really makes perfect sense to me now. With this in mind, even if things go back to the way they were, I think my family and I will still maintain this “new” normal of traveling.
Thank you for reading and happy travels!