Un nuevo estilo de vida: cómo es viajar por placer en 2022

Un nuevo estilo de vida: cómo es viajar por placer en 2022

(CNN Spanish) — The decrease in covid-19 in certain countries and the proliferation of vaccines have made it possible for us to start traveling more and with more confidence and peace of mind. I personally love it – I recently returned from my second trip to Europe since 2019 and would like to share my impressions and advice with you.


My two week trip took me to Spain, including Bilbao, San Sebastián, Saint Jean de Luz in the Basque Country of France and had its “finale” in Madrid. A lovely tour, which I have done several times before but this time included my daughter, my 10 year old granddaughter and my Irish-American son-in-law who had never been to the north of Spain.

To remind

1. First of all, I must tell you that traveling is still very different from what it was a little over 2 years ago. It requires patience…and obedience! Be patient when there are queues and things take a little longer. And obedience to the anti-covid-19 regulations that exist in several countries, and if we follow them (such as wearing masks, being vaccinated, etc.) everything will be much easier. In Spain, for example, I was pleased to note that a large percentage of the population wear masks in public and behave naturally. And although when entering restaurants or cafes they take them off to eat or drink, there is a discipline that I really liked to notice. And that imparts security to the traveler.

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two. A new piece of advice –very cautious– that came in handy on this trip: bring several self-done covid-19 test kits, which I used when I got a cold that worried me. They cannot be used as an official “test”. but they give you great peace of mind and I did one every two or three days. Well, if you live in a country that requires you to present a negative covid-19 test certificate, or test, upon your return, done 24 hours before boarding the plane (as is the case in the United States), you must take precautions, carrying enough medicine and money in case you test “positive” and have to wait until you test “negative” before your airline boards you. This happened this week to a good friend (and experienced traveler) in London, where although she was vaccinated and with “booster” (reinforcement dose), she tested positive the day before her return, and has had to stay in her hotel for 6 extra days, until yesterday finally his covid-19 test (done in a laboratory or pharmacy, which are different in each country) was “negative” and he was able to return to Miami. This is one of the unforeseen things of the “new travel” and the ones that — amazes me a lot — many travelers ignore or do not take into consideration. A good idea? Take out travel insurance before starting our adventure, which has never been more useful and provides enormous peace of mind. And in case you get sick, they can even include transportation to your country by private plane.

(Credit: Mari Rodríguez Ichaso)

3. Another piece of advice –more true and useful than ever– is not to pack too much and travel as light as possible. Excess suitcases, bundles or bags contribute to unnecessary physical (and emotional!) chaos. A single suitcase to check in and a handbag. Point! A simple recipe that “frees” us a lot. And in that luggage, carry a wardrobe that we can combine and that does not complicate our lives. Do not bring 6 pairs of shoes and matching bags. There’s no need! My secret is to base the wardrobe on a basic color–in my case black, or sometimes navy blue–and “switch it up” with scarves, costume jewelry, and different colored “chemises.” We will always look great and it will be much easier! And if you’re not expecting a grand gala party, remember that a pair of rhinestone earrings or studs or a gorgeous satin blouse instantly enhance your look, as does a good quality shawl like cashmere or silk. The same goes for makeup. Carry small sizes in plastic bags and don’t carry six lipsticks and four blushes. Two “lipsticks” are enough! The idea? Travel with comfort and objects that weigh little, that lighten your suitcases. And they “lighten” your trip.

The pleasure of traveling has undoubtedly returned, and it should be celebrated, but it is accompanied by certain precautions and intelligent and careful planning. It has never been more delicious to travel and see new places or revisit those you love, but it is necessary to know how to do it, because the world has changed since 2020, and this requires knowing how to navigate this new lifestyle.