I feel like all I have done since March 2020 is cancel travel plans, reschedule, only to cancel again. It’s no surprise that the anticipation of upcoming travel has lost its thrill – I certainly don’t expect travel to happen until I am well enroute.
It’s no surprise I felt the same way about making it to Romance Writers of Australia’s conference this year. I last was at conference in 2019; like everything else it suffered cancellations, delays and closed borders. For me to get to the conference I had about 8.5 hours of travel (including 2 flights each way).
Spoiler: I got there! (but that’s a future post)
While travelling masks were mandatory on flights (although that ends in 1 day in Australia), but not in airports. Needless to say, I masked up from the moment I entered the airport, until the moment I left at the end of the trip (thanks to my mask and good luck I stayed healthy). After a day of fasting and dehydrating I was well and truly ready for something to eat and drink (cue Maccas drive through).
Of course, it still wasn’t smooth sailing. At the Canberra airport my fellow travellers and I were all waiting at our designated gate when the lights for the gate went out (about 10 minutes after appointed boarding time). Not a great sign. Voiceover announcement tells us we’ve changed gate. We all gather our things and make haste to the new gate. There we were told our plane had broken down and a new plane had to be readied – plus everything had to be taken off that plane and transferred to the new plane. Talk about stress when you have a connecting flight to make!
Luckily my connecting flight was also delayed and I managed to make it across the country to Western Australia.
Have you recommenced travel since covid took over our lives? If you have, was it smooth sailing?