These days of social distancing are folding one into the next, as if the calendar’s only purpose is to decorate our desktops. Except for daily walks in the neighborhood and weekly grocery runs, we remain inside, quarantined in a strange new existence, hiding from an invisible foe we hope to never meet.
It has been almost two months since I finished putting together a new travel destinations page for The Modern Postcard. I have been looking forward to sharing it, but every time I see the title staring out from my drafts folder, I question its significance. In this season of uncertainty, life as we now know it is about places not to visit rather than destination ideas.
And yet… I refuse to believe that a quarantine means putting a “do not enter” sign on our dreams and plans. Even if things we love to do are off limits for a while, isn’t it still possible to look to the future with a positive – yet realistic – sense of hope and adjusted expectations? The quarantine may have taken away our momentary freedom to move about, but it is just that – momentary.
And so I’ve decided to dust off the draft and introduce this new addition to The Modern Postcard. My intention was to create a place to quickly view and link to topics I’ve covered these past four-and-a-half years. Destinations is organized by continent – in honor of recently stepping onto continent number seven – with countries listed alphabetically. Links to stories appear under each country in the order in which they were written. I’ve also added an eighth “continent” for Notes from Home pieces, with several sub-categories for easier reference.
Destinations can be accessed directly on the Home page menu in the upper right-hand corner. It will be updated with each new post. Stories and topics also will continue to appear in the Categories and Archives listings on the Blog sidebar.
It may be a while before we can begin dipping our toes back into the travel waters. But we can still dream about it. And maybe even make some plans.