As we approach another bank holiday weekend in lockdown, I’m reflecting on the travel plans I had for 2o20. I mentioned in this post that I aimed to make up for time lost in 2019 after having to cancel several trips due to health issues. I managed to visit my friend Jess early in February 2020 which was great. We didn’t see each other in 2019 which was a shame but we made up for it on this visit. I also made it to Venice early March 2020 which was a relief as I was gutted to not be able to go in March 2019. It’s one of my favourite places in the world and definitely somewhere to visit at least once in a lifetime and while it still exists in it’s current form.
I was supposed to be flying out to Barcelona this weekend for a few days of exploring. I’ve passed through Barcelona a couple of times but never actually seen it properly or spent time there. I was looking forward to discovering the beauty of a city so close to the beach with the combination of history, sun, sea and sand all in one place. It’s always been on my list of places to visit and for now we’ve rescheduled to later in the year. I’m not confident that it’ll go ahead and we’ll probably end up having to postpone into 2021 but I’m sure we’ll enjoy it even more having had to wait a little longer.
Paris was obviously on my list of intended trips for this year. It’s become a home from home for me and I truly look forward to each and every visit however it’s looking more and more unlikely to happen in 2020. Even if things settle down towards the end of the year, with some forms of social distancing still expected to be in place until a vaccine is developed, it might not be the best time to travel to a big city. As per the famous quote, we’ll always have Paris and I’ll make up for it when the time is right to return.
I’ve also got a milestone birthday later this year and I’d planned to celebrate it in my favourite way which is in the sunshine. Who knows if this will happen and I might need to start thinking of a plan b should I not be able to celebrate as originally intended. The most important thing will be to spend time with my loved ones and hopefully by then I’ll be in a position to do that.
It’s sad to think Venice might end up being my only trip of this year however if that’s the way it has to be in order to stay safe then that’s fine, travel can wait.
*photos taken before lockdown commenced*