We didn't travel abroad anywhere in 2020, but we did travel domestically in Canada
in the fall of 2020. Traveling domestically throughout 2020 was simple as we drove everywhere and enjoyed some epic road trips in Western Canada.
In early 2021 we ventured into the United States via land border and traveled to the US for much of the winter and spring. We didn't hop on our first international flight until Italy
opened up in early June 2021. We booked one of their first "COVID Safe" flights, which involved getting a PCR test before travel, a rapid test and the airport, and another test once we arrived in Rome
. We were some of the first international tourists on the ground in Italy in 2021, which was a fantastic experience. The hardest thing to plan logistically is wrapping our heads around the constant changes of rules. We frequently check if there have been updates to what is open and what is not.
Getting PCR tests for travel is always a hurdle with timing it correctly with your flight as well. Emotionally it has been difficult seeing what has happened to many local businesses. It's saddening to see closed shops and restaurants with no hope of opening back up. Many businesses didn't make it through the pandemic; often there was no government support.