What I learned: “Hotels, airlines and cruise/tour providers are committed to providing clients with a clean, safe and memorable travel experience. Keep in mind, your next trip may not be just like those in the past, but, hey, is that so bad? Your tray table may be a bit cleaner. Your cruise may be at half capacity, freeing up some of the pool space and allowing for more flexibility with dinner. And the usually crowded beaches, streets and cultural sites may be slightly less hectic, allowing for a true up-close, intimate experience.
“I believe that flexibility is key, realizing that there will most likely be a hiccup or two along the way. Just accept it, knowing that those moments will soon be forgotten. The moments of joy, awe and intrigue are what will stick around for years to come.”
Guided tour in Iceland
Shaz Austin, AAA Travel Advisor
June 9–18, 2021
Traveling abroad: “We started in Reykjavik and then went along the Golden Circle. There’s a waterfall there called Gullfoss. It’s just magnificent. When you get close to it, you start to feel this mist, and then it almost starts to rain on you even though you’re several feet away from it. We went to the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, where the tour guide took us to places where Game of Thrones was filmed. I was also lucky enough to visit the lava field of the Fagradalsfjall volcano. I stood just a few feet away and watched lava ooze out. It was spectacular!”