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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Shereen Travels Cheap Turns 10

Thursday marked a whopping 10 years of doing this blog and it both feels way longer than that and also way shorter. Generally, I like to reflect back on the previous year and talk about the coming year. The last 6 months have been pretty unusual, so this is going to look a bit different.

Photo by Chris Jarvis on Unsplash

Despite the uncertainty of the world, we were still able to take our usual fall trip last year. We went to Edinburgh for a family wedding, where I worked with Visit Scotland to bring you the best of tourist attractions in the city, and we also gorged on a ton of phenomenal food. The next week we hopped over to London, where I worked with London Explorer Pass and packed the rest of the trip with more great food and so many free activities. 

My mom and I were also able to get in our trip to the Travel Goods Show in March before everything shut down and we were aware just how bad it was. New Orleans was a wonderful little getaway, even for the few days we were able to be there. We got some sightseeing in and I was able to connect with a lot of awesome travel people - new friends and old. 

All our trips after March were cancelled or postponed: Spring was going to take us to visit family in Vegas for a secondary wedding reception, but that got postponed to September. July's annual Vegas trip was outright cancelled. September's pushed reception has been postponed for an undetermined time. Our Orlando trip in September has also been cancelled. I originally made backup plans for January, but as of now, that's looking to be a no-go as well.

This next year is pretty much all up in the air, dependent on how Covid gets handled. At the very earliest, July might be our best bet for travel. We'll also be looking to Orlando at that time, assuming everything's back up and running for the fall. 

At the moment, we haven't really even talked seriously about any road trips. The closest we've come to traveling was driving 40 minutes away to drop a package at a friend's house, who was actually home, so we donned our masks and took a tour of their gorgeous new property. I also took a little detour to our airport to see what was going on there.  It was hard to feel like not getting on a plane was the right thing to do at the moment, but I consoled myself by spending some money in the shops (I purchased some gifts, so I accomplished two things in one) and remembering that by staying home, I'm keeping everyone as safe as possible. 

We might try to do more drives to get out of the house on the weekends, since we both basically work from home and then also do weekend stuff at home. This weekend I've planned a "destination" date, which will still be at home, but hopefully much more fun than what we usually do.

So, I hope everyone is doing well. I'll continue to post travel things for you to plan those awesome trips for the future. I'll also be doing plenty of posts from my home entertainment and things around Portland on my Instagram. Because at some point travel will be safe again and we're all going to see the "new" world and, hopefully, some of you will consider coming to visit this great and beautiful city.

What destinations were you planning to visit this year that you've had to postpone?

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