There is definitely a different vibe while traveling during a pandemic. First of all, a US passport no longer confers one with the freedom to travel anywhere anymore. Thanks to this country’s botched response to COVID, Americans have had doors shut in our faces for valid reasons. Now, a US passport is about as good as a Uruguayan passport. Pre-COVID, we used to have access to 185 countries visa-free. Now it’s down to 158.
Of all the countries, Turkey has held its door open to Americans, and that’s one of the reasons we decided to travel to Turkey (it didn’t hurt that it’s been on our radar for a while).
Another very startling difference traveling during this time is the crowd, or the lack of it. Here are scenes from the LAX international terminal.
For some it may be a depressing sight, but for a couple of introverts this is ideal travel conditions. However, I suspect Turkey may feel more lively, as evidenced by the crowd at the Turkish Airline gate!
Luckily most of the middle seats were left empty…