Don't Do It Girl, I Did It: Traveling During a Pandemic

“Don’t Do It Girl” was literally me all last year as I watched my friends and family move about the country towards the end of the summer and into the holidays. Today, though, I am sitting on an airplane clearly “having done it” completing my first pandemic travel adventure.

Trese, you said you would NEVER!

I know what the hell I said but as you are well aware, I reserve to change my mind at any time. A fact that I own proudly. I never pretend like I didn’t say what I said. I meant it when I said it but well… I changed my mind or should I say my kids changed it for me. Them, and the walls at home closing in on me.

Let me be clear…

While my house may not be in any issue of Better Homes & Gardens; it’s a place that I not only own but I love. There is, fortunately, enough space where no body is sharing a room and everyone has a place to retreat to get away from each other. We are blessed to have a home where everyone can have their own identity. Nonetheless, we are a family who likes to travel. We like to experience life, take road trips, get away when the normal becomes too mundane. And so… after many prayers, a chat with my best friend, a lot of weed (I had to calm my anxiety) and planning out the best way to safely travel (as safe as we could); we took a family trip to Washington D.C. (I won't travel outside of the country without my husband with all these quarantine protocols, just in case)

The What, How & Why….

We chose Washington D.C. for a few of reasons. My oldest daughter, Zee, will be attending a HBCU - THE Howard University in the fall so we wanted her to come up and see the campus

and city; even though their campus is still shut down due to COVID. Our middle daughter, Tori, really wants to attend John Hopkin’s University which is located in Baltimore (a fact I didn’t realize until I was talking to my friends in the DMV area trying to plan the trip…LOL). Anywho, I have a good girlfriend, Victoria Martin, who was able to give us a tour of that campus as well. Supporting our daughters and their hopes and dreams will always be a priority to us. We also believe in killing two birds with one stone, so family vacation it was!

An added bonus, DC did not play when it came to COVID protocols. Every restaurant we went too had strict guidelines on masks, temperature checks and even when we went to the spy museum the guard was like “keep your masks on at all times, you get one warning and then you will be removed from the property”. DC DID NOT PLAY!

Here are things I recommend when traveling with the family during a pandemic:

1. Fly Delta. As far as I know, Delta is the only airline still keeping first class to 1 customer per side and keeping the middle seat open in coach. That was very important to us because we didn’t want our daughters (or us for that matter) sitting right next to someone who will undoubtedly take their mask off for the bagged snacks or salami and cheese sandwich that they MUST eat during the flight. Limit close exposure as much as possible. They also have a “Comfort” section that gives us all the extra space and comfort we need to ease our minds.