2020 – The year that, undoubtably, everyone around the globe (unless you’re Jeff Bezos) would love to see the back of!! We won’t be forgetting 2020 anytime soon, but with the roll out of vaccines underway we anticipate the beginning of a new dawn and embrace the promises of a fresh start!
Despite looming travel restrictions and further lockdown announcements, here are the six things we are most excited for in 2021:
COVID-19 will not be completely eradicated in foreseeable future and we’ll need to learn to live with it. After all, this is our new normal! However, the hope and optimism presented with the development of vaccines and vaccination programmes around the world is truly phenomenal! We should see this as our golden ticket to see the world again as we did before!
This time last year, it was common practice to hop from one country to the next. Travel restrictions, quarantine on arrival and all the other barriers we’ve faced since March 2020 were totally unheard of at the time.
Once travel restrictions came into place, the Travel Corridors’ set by the government seemed like a lottery; not knowing if your holiday destination would suddenly be taken off the list resulted in panic and anxiety in all of us.
Now, we can look forward to the return of “the good old days” when we could just stroll into the airport and the only worry in mind is whether we’ll have enough time to shop at Duty Free!
Truth be told, not being able to hug a loved one, when it’s really all you need, really sucks! After all, we are social beings.
But with social distancing being the top buzz phrase of 2020, some of the simplest things we previously took for granted became a thing of the past. And not just the hugs or inviting a friend over for dinner.
A personal pleasure of mine used to be people watching whilst sipping my Frappuccino at Starbucks. One of multiple things that’s become a thing of the past! 2021 will be when we get to enjoy these simple things once again. Perhaps not immediately, but there’s hope that it’s the year these things return to our lives!
Although travelling for us is work, it’s also our passion! The joys of discovering new places, cultures and meeting new people or simply revisiting our favourite destinations is addictive, rewarding and rejuvenating! We love it!
With countries closing their borders and tourism taking a big back step in the fight to minimise the destructive impact of COVID-19, our travel addiction has had to be majorly suppressed with copious amount of Netflix-binging. But we’re super excited and eager to make up for lost times in 2021!
In January 2020 we heard how the citizens of Wuhan in China were put into strict lockdown due to COVID-19, but never in a million years did we think that could ever be our story! We’re a nation of democracy and freedom after all!
Oh how wrong we were!
2021 might not be starting the way we’d hoped due to the imminent lockdown restrictions in the UK, but we’re hoping that the only thing we’ll need to lock down any further in 2021 will be our credit cards once we resume our travel adventures!
Some habits will be tougher to let go of once we begin to resume back to some normality. Keeping our distance from other people when we do our food shopping has become second nature! That, plus the continuous sanitising and washing of our hands has lowered our chances of catching COVID-19 considerably. Letting go of these habits might take some time, and who can blame us?! It’s been our life for 10 months now!!
Eventually we’ll be able to relax a little, and perhaps the dry skin on our hands can heal from the constant cleaning! But with the knowledge we’ve all gained of how quickly germs spread, and how the spread occurs, we’ll all probably keep up some of this habit. I for one haven’t had a cold in many months, whereas before the pandemic I’d have had at least 2 colds during the winter months!
So perhaps some of these new found habits aren’t so bad after all.
We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.