We can all agree that it’s been a challenging year for travel. In fact, 2020 has brought the travel industry to its knees. Many travellers have missed out on going anywhere at all this year. For anyone who loves to explore the world as much as we do, it’s been extremely tough. Many of us are craving adventure and can’t wait to hit the road again.
A Good Start to the Year!
We have been lucky in that we, at least, started the year with a trip. In early January, before COVID-19 had spread across the whole world, we set off to New York for a few days. Unbelievably, there was a heatwave and the jackets, hats and gloves that we had packed became redundant. From there, we headed to Mexico, Cuba and Colombia. In Mexico, we fell in love with the tiny desert oasis of Todos Santos, which is situated on the Baja peninsula between the ocean, mountains and desert.
We explored the lovely historic centre of Puebla and fascinating streets of Havana, as well as returning to Mexico City. We also spent a relaxing few days on the Caribbean island of Isla Mujeres. In early March, we weren’t sure that we should continue our journey, due to the escalating COVID-19 situation. After much deliberation, we decided to stick with our plans and flew to Colombia. We managed to make it to Bogota, Villa de Leyva, Barichara and Cartagena. We were due to return in mid-April, but as things happened, we were back in the UK on March 23rd – in the nick of time for lockdown.
A Hasty Return
Our realisation that we had to try return to the UK, and the cancellation of our flights from Bogota was incredibly stressful. We had to buy new flights, the prices for which were rising as we looked at them. Additionally, our journey home via four flights, took place over four days on which many international borders were closing. It was touch and go throughout – we kept a wary eye on the flight boards as the majority of flights were cancelled before our very eyes!
Back in England, we spent lockdown in Eastbourne on the south coast. Thankfully, the weather was wonderful, and the sun shone consistently through most of the spring and summer, making the first lockdown much easier to cope with. Between the end of July and October, we managed to squeeze in a few housesits in Brighton. Additionally, we headed up to Norfolk, where we enjoyed some great hikes along the Norfolk Coastal Path.
The second lockdown, which lasted throughout the most of November, was far more challenging than the first. Not only was the weather gloomy and often wet, but like many people, we had been hoping that the worse would be over by then. In fact, the UK was experiencing a second wave. We did, however, manage to take plenty of walks in and around Eastbourne including one across the fields to Pevensey Castle.
A Revived Blog
During the summer months, we also re-booted our travel blog, which we had originally started in 2012 when we were housesitting in Canada. Unfortunately, it fell along the wayside after a couple of years, but we are now blogging again. Although, people have not been going far this year, we have enjoyed writing about and sharing our previous travel experiences. Hopefully, we may have helped readers to stay inspired during a year where movements have been limited. It has been fantastic to connect with other bloggers and travel enthusiasts online and help one another keep the spirit of travel and adventure alive. We truly appreciate the support we have received from readers and fellow bloggers. Additionally, we have discovered lots of inspiring blogs to help keep our own motivation levels high!
Hopes for 2021
Unfortunately, a new strain of the virus and rising number of cases in the UK have dashed our hopes once again for the immediate future. However, hope springs eternal and with the advent of a vaccine for COVID-19, we are hoping, along with everyone else, that 2021 will be a vast improvement on 2020. We would like to thank everyone who has taken time to read journey-junkies blog this year and help get us kick-started again. Happy New Year to all and here’s to 2021 being the beginning of an exciting new era of travel, adventure and exploration for everyone.