What It’s Like Traveling in 2021: Pandemic Travels

Christa Adams
Writers On The Run
Published in
5 min readApr 27, 2021


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Once upon a time, traveling to Europe from the US was a seamless, easy, and exciting procedure. We simply needed tickets and a valid passport. Now, as result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must bring along a grocery list of certificates and verification before heading off overseas. The idea of booking a spontaneous trip to Europe has very well gone with the wind, leaving many Americans wondering when they will be able to travel again. Here’s what it’s like traveling from the US to Europe during COVID-19.

Booking a flight, the easy part

The seemingly easiest part of traveling from the US to Europe in 2021 is booking the flight. Seems pretty simple, right? We hop on online, choose departing and arriving airports and voilà! There was a low chance of cancellations and the check-in process was a breeze.

In 2021, however, it’s not just picking your departure and arrival destinations. It’s also keeping an eye on how many layovers and what restrictions layover countries impose in addition to your final destination. For example, while at the airport, I overheard a girl talking about how her flight got abruptly rerouted forcing her to have a short layover in Germany. Seems like no big deal, right?

Well, for her it was. Germany currently requires that anyone who arrives into the country to have…