Having to stay home during the pandemic isn’t easy for anyone. Even if you are getting good things from the slowed pace, or are finding unexpected joy in the quiet — this time can still be a time of restlessness, uncertainty, and anxiety. You probably know someone (maybe yourself!) who had to cancel a destination wedding, a summer vacation, or a trip they’d been anticipating for months or even years.
If you’re someone who loves to travel, restricted movement can feel especially discouraging. Travel isn’t just about going places. It’s about the entire experience, the anticipation, the joy, about who you are and who you become when you visit someplace new.
There can be a real sorrow in the letting go, especially amidst so many other changes and unknowns. One thing I’ve heard a lot of people saying is, I wish I hadn’t put off taking that trip I always wanted to take.
But believe it or not, now is a great time to be planning your post-Corona-celebration trip.
There are a few reasons that this downtime is the ideal time to give me a call and get started planning the vacation of your dreams.
One of the many amazing gifts of traveling is that it teaches us resilience, curiosity, and how to find joy in the little things.
Wherever you are right now, I encourage you to embrace this moment and start dreaming of your next adventure. When we emerge again, imagine the new appreciation we’ll have for things like bustling cafes, sunlit beaches, and just being able to interact face to face again. There are so many beautiful things ahead.
If you’re ready to get started, you can find me at www.facebook.com/thewheelingtraveler or email email@example.com
I can’t wait to hear from you!
I got an interesting email today. The CLEAR program, which I 've seen being hawked at airports around the country, and claims to be the fastest way to get you thru long security lines at airports, sports stadiums, and other venues, is GIVING AWAY A FREE 2-MONTH TRIAL!!
Since "free" is my favorite 4-letter word, and based on the precept that I plan on doing a lot more flying this year, I bit and signed up...partially. That's all you can do online. You give your name, date of birth, email address, and yes, credit/debit card number (which they won't post anything on for 60 days) Then you have to go to one of the 45 locations among 31 cities. The large majority of sites are at airports, but, interestingly, they also include New York's Yankee Stadium and Citi Field and Coors Field in Denver, the new locale for the MLB All-Star Game in July.
When you get there, (and you DON'T need an appointment) they check your ID, which at this point SHOULD BE the federally-mandated "REAL ID" ad they take your fingerprints and iris impression.
Yes, I said iris, as in your eyes. Back in the 90's, that was how Captain Kirk was cleared to board the new Enterprise in Star Trek movies, but the technology has trickled down now. According to CLEAR, "These distinct characteristics are the most accurate forms of ID. We transform your biometrics into an encrypted code. The pattern of ones and zeros is unique to you, and only you. That’s how we prove you are you, and keep you moving."
Don't think the CDC or Homeland Security have glazed over this company, either. DHS has already given the operation their blessing, and soon, you will be able to post your Covid vaccination records in the system so you have a digitized "vaccination passport" of sorts. THAT'S NOT an official name, I just like using that phrase, since I got my 1st Pfizer shot this week!
OK, Now comes the reality check. On day 60, (Probably during the early morning hours before you wake up...that's USUALLY when these things hit) you'll get charged for a FULL YEAR subscription at the rate of $179.00. If you fly enough, (or attend enough games in certain cities and don't see yourself as being very patient,) it could be worth it as a time saver. They are also offering family plans, where you can add 3 adult family members for $50.00/each, and all kids under 18 are FREE. Not a bad deal for families headed to Disney.
The free trial didn't display an end date, but the link, if you're interested, is:
There is a hotel/BnB in Texas that has memorialized at least a PART of my old high school memories by buying and using the old WINDOWS from the late University City HS in West Philadelphia, recently demolished. They alo included bowling alley floors from Texas, kitchen cabinet bases from an old lab in Brooklyn, and reclaimed lumber from a distillery in Kentucky.
The rooms are fashioned out of, are you ready for this???