I’ve wondered a lot about who will emerge when I. I’m getting my on Tuesday, which is absolutely fantastic news, and I couldn’t be more excited. More and more of my friends and family members are getting their shots, following the inoculation trend . All adults will be eligible as of April 19, and though can still be hard to get, we are getting close.
Although common-sense mitigation measures will likely have to continue for a while, especially as young childrenany time soon, many of us are thinking about what a “post-pandemic” life will be like. We can start to see more friends, more family. We can eat at a restaurant, visit a museum with less fear. We can come out of our shells.
But I am also so unpracticed at being out in the world. I don’t look the same. I have barely worn makeup in the past year, let alone the formal dresses in the back of my closet. Myhas been at some of its worst points, and I feel a bit like a different person. What will my friends and when they see me?
This, of course, is an excellent problem to have in the scheme of things. So much more could have gone tragicallyfor my family and me. So I approach each day with a sense of gratitude. But I am worried about getting back out there. And I’m not sure how long this anxiety will last.
Today’s summer preview: What travel will look like
Have you made some? If so, you aren’t alone. As vaccinations speed up around the country, many Americans schedule trips, although .
Airport terminals and hotel lobbies continue to look like hospitals, with all those masks and latex gloves. And that will continue, according to experts like Rudy Dunlap.
“Even in destinations where vaccination is relatively widespread, mask-wearing, social distancing, and frequent sanitizing will continue to be the norm,” says Dunlap, a tourism expert and associate professor at Middle Tennessee State.
Here are a few things to expect from our travel experts.
- Longer trips: Travelers are making plans to leave longer and go farther this . “I’ve had requests for longer stays – even months – to fulfill bucket lists,” says Silvana Frappier, owner of North Star Destinations, a travel agency in Boston.
- Most of the world is still closed: Americans’ options for remain limited, says Christine Buggy, vice president of marketing at Travelex. “Most Caribbean islands have reopened to , and many Americans are traveling or planning trips to Turks and Caicos, Aruba, Bahamas, and other popular island destinations,” she says.
- Safety matters more than ever: The post-pandemic traveler will be much more cautious, say, experts. “Travelers have Dan Richards, CEO of Global Rescue. “Especially for international excursions. They’re selecting destinations that have robust healthcare infrastructure and stable pandemic protocols with reliable border management.”