2020 was supposed to be the year I celebrated my birthday in Greece, however, COVID-19 had different plans. I've been doing my best to be careful, including only traveling when necessary. Unfortunately, the three trips I took in 2020 were all family emergencies. Although I was with my family and hadn't seen some of them in years, I didn't hug any of them, we gathered outside, and we kept our masks on. My mother is high-risk so I'm going to continue doing my best to be careful, but I'm tired. I want to start traveling again and just experiencing normal life. But is it time? This is a decision that only I can make for myself, just as you have to make for you and your loved ones.

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  • Imani

Updated: Jan 6

Traveling with lysol spray and wipes was something I had already begun doing a couple years ago. Each time I checked into a hotel, I'd wipe down light switches, phones (even though I knew I wouldn't use it), remotes, toilets, etc, anything I thought I'd be touching. And I'd spray the bed down as well. But even with all that, I never thought to wipe down the seat trays on the airplane. Recently, I saw a report about the germs on airplanes and they had tested a seat tray and found ecoli present and it made me think about all the parents who change their children right in the seat, and use that seat tray as a temporary "trash bag". With everything going on and not knowing for certain how the coronavirus is spreading, you can bet your bottom dollar you will see me on a plane, wearing a face mask, wiping down the seat tray in front of me. I'm going to start wiping down the seat as well. More often than not I fly first class so I'll have time to do so. God's will will be, but we can at least try to protect ourselves and others.

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I flew Southwest for the first time for my most recent trip to New Orleans. It wasn't as bad as I thought. I got okay boarding assignments. On my flight out, I was B41. For my return flight, I was A58. I was hesitant because I was expecting the boarding process to be more like a cattle call and I like the comfort of knowing I have the seat I want. I don't think people actually line up in numerical order though. I'm sure I'll fly Southwest again, for short, non-stop flights. I don't really see the point in paying extra money to board early, for me anyway. However, if you're like 6 feet tall, I recommend paying the extra money so you avoid getting a middle seat. On my flight out, I of course chose an aisle seat and the window seat was taken. Then this 6 foot tall guy took the middle seat and our legs were stuck together for the entire flight. I would've been excited had he not been wearing a wedding ring 😐. I will say this though....I found out Southwest isn't always the cheapest flight you can find. So if you have the time, shop around. I chose Southwest for the experience this time. The seats are much smaller than I'm used to it and the gate areas aren't as clean as other airlines, but it works.

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