Your summer plans
We asked readers what travel this summer meant to them, and how they approached it. Thanks to everyone who wrote.
“The excitement of building on the first day of June is the same excitement I felt when I was a kid on summer vacation. Summer 2022 for me is exploration, fun, smiles and laughter, and it is releasing this deep breath that I have been holding back for the past two years. – Julian Lak, New York, NY
“I’m carefully setting a July 2 date for my mask opening. I’m leaving for summer camp for a month that day, and I don’t want to wear a mask to camp. Because it’s just recently. i got Covid (two days ago), i’m confident that my immunity and the vaccine and a booster were enough to keep Covid away for a while, at least for the camp, if not for the unseen unknown the future. ” -Atticus Howard-Recht, age 14, Brooklyn, NY
“More than the same: masking indoors, avoiding people, just holding small gatherings outside. My nearly 2-year-old baby (born during the pandemic) still can’t be vaccinated, and because of all the advances in Covid vaccines and in the under-5s, I have not held my breath that this summer will be much different. ” – Erica, Alexandria, Va.
“Last week, I finally started dating again! I feel more alive, ready for personal fun, real conversations, sharing a walk or walk, a meal or a movie. As a senior, I take Covid seriously. With a positive attitude and my N95 mask, I venture into new skies and hope that the special one comes! – Lori Roth, Arizona
“Covid numbers are rising, not falling. Hospital numbers are rising in Britain as I write. I don’t celebrate the arrival of summer by barbecuing with friends, where you’re pretty close and personal. No, I’ll still wear my mask and travel socially. There’s no garden party on the lawn for me. The end is yet to be seen. ” – Lynn Reid, Edinburgh.