I think we are all super happy to be able to travel again. Most of us are keeping that in mind and not taking it for granted after last summer.
That being said, travel has been different lately. I’ve flown four times and been delayed four times. I’ve heard from lots of people that their flights were canceled altogether. When we got to our destination in Florida, we discovered wait times at restaurants three times as long as in the past. We would walk into places and see several empty tables only to inquire and be told “we don’t have enough staff.” Rental cars are very scarce in most places and when you can get one, you pay much more than you did pre-COVID. We experienced this firsthand, as well.
When my husband and 19-year-old were ready to come home from outside the United States, they had to arrive at the airport a full four hours before their 8:30 a.m. departure in order to pass a COVID test. They were told if they were one minute past the four-hour mark, they could not get on that flight.
Even though mask restrictions have been lifted most places, you still have to wear one the entire time you are on a plane. I had a Southwest flight attendant tell the person next to me “Please take a bite & put your mask back up while you chew.”
These are inconveniences for certain, but I am still thrilled we are able to get back out there and see the world again. I’m going to try to be thankful and appreciate where we now are.