I do, and if you’re honest about it I’m betting you do, too. After all, we’ve been kinda cooped up for a solid twelve months now and between all the binge watching (anyone else love The Crown? Emily in Paris?), couch traveling (thank you Stanley Tucci Searching for Italy), and bottomless daily happy hours (guilty, seriously guilty), I think it’s time we all focused on the road ahead which hopefully involves some travel dreams. Specifically, turning those dreams into reality. Soon, please!
And just to clarify the question now running through your head, the answer is no. I’m not dreaming of taking off solo in a hot air balloon floating over the ocean. Good gosh, no! Quarantine may have done a zinger number on my psyche, but at this point I’ve still got at least partial wits about me.
At least I think I do. . .
So, back to that Post Pandemic Travel Wish List, as a travel writer I do get ask this a lot, so I’ve put some thought into mine and here are just a few places that immediately popped into my head:
Paris. Because, in the immortal words of Audrey Hepburn, “Paris is always a good idea.” And that, my friends, is one of many reasons she and I are so much alike. That and well, see if you can tell exactly which one of us it is in the below photo:
Italy. Always. Always. Anywhere, any time of the year, any little old museum/church/restaurant/outdoor trattoria that has an open seat for my COVID enhanced butt. Here’s a fun personal memory from Tuscany during a trip in 2017:
But, if you think I’m dreaming a little too far and wide right now since, you know, Europe is still off limits for even us vaccinated Americans, you are probably right. So, if I had to choose just one place – just one place? – in the USA that I might venture out when the time comes it might just be, drum roll. . .
Yes, that’s right as in Lake Tahoe, California or Nevada side. I’m not fussy. It’s gorgeous. It’s refreshing. It’s got mountains, and a crystal clear lake, and wonderful temperatures, and plenty of things to do.
It also has reasons to just sit in peace. On the beach or lost on a hiking trail. (Not that you need a reason to sit in peace, especially since we’re talking about post-Pandemic travel, but I digress with that thought.)
Plus, even though I’ve only been there once, the memories are vivid and full of happiness and fresh air, so that’s why it might just show up on my 2021 travel schedule whenever that takes flight.
Doesn’t that photo make you want to take a deep breath and just put C-19 well behind you?
So, how about you? What and where is on your pandemic travel wish list? Reply in the comments below and maybe we can at least travel-dream together!