Amazing to Watch…
For two years, almost all of us were stuck in place. We didn’t dare travel like the old days to see family or friends or just get away.
But now, even though the pandemic isn’t really over, most feel safe enough to travel, especially those smart enough to be vaccinated and boosted.
And these last three months for writers have been the time of great forgetting anyway, so for writers, April, May, June, and July have been brutal on writing goals and schedules. Far worse than normal. And I couldn’t figure out why it was so much worse, exactly, until Kris and I started noticing that our local restaurants we love (those away from the Strip and Fremont Street here in Vegas) were dead slow.
And all the employees were commenting on it.
Yet this last week we had an in-person workshop in the Golden Nugget and the hotel and casino was jammed full of tourists. And numbers of other casinos we went to on the Strip were packed, and the news has been doing daily features on the records being set for travelers at the airport and for gambling winnings and so on.
And we finally figured it out. After two years, everyone wanted to travel this summer. And I sure don’t blame them. Seeing family or just getting away after the last two years trapped makes complete sense. And we are a tourist destination, so the Strip and Fremont Street are jammed, while the locals are traveling out camping or going to see family out of the city, leaving local’s restaurants slow.
So I’m calling this The Great Pandemic Escape. Got a hunch it will continue until school starts in most places and then slowly ease.
Just an observation. Got a hunch there will be studies on this coming soon. (grin)
Safe travels, for those of you making The Great Pandemic Escape.