I’m fresh off my first “real” pandemic trip. I took a road trip to Sedona a month ago, but this trip included not only my first flight, but an international flight and a six-day trip. Let’s explore how it went!

The Airport Experience

LAX was about 25% full. Most restaurants were closed. Social distancing reminders were everywhere, and face masks were required. Travelers were complying, and regular face masks were very common – there weren’t many face shields.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska did a great job at not overbooking the flight. Beverage and food service was modified, but there were options. The flight was only two hours, so it was easy, and everyone wore their masks the entire time.

Travel to Mexico

There is a Level 4 Travel Advisory to Mexico, but it is important to read the details. It does not apply to certain tourist areas – especially in places with resorts, you feel very safe.

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Towers

Their “Care Pledge” was spot on! From a walk through disinfecting machine for guests to limited reservations in the spa and cleaning products in the rooms, we felt very comfortable at the resort. And, since it wasn’t too full, we were never around crowds. Not all of their restaurants were open, and they had limited activities (naturally), but we didn’t miss them!

Solaz Resort Los Cabos

They also did a great job of letting you know their protocols. All staff wore masks, they had a little “clean kit” in the guest room, and they had a very rigid program in their gym (mainly because it wasn’t the largest gym) assisting them in keeping track of guests. The reminders were more sophisticated.

Overall takeaways

Most travel and hospitality companies are doing their part. That being said, it ultimately comes down to the social responsibility of the traveler. You, and we all, must do our part and help these companies by abiding by their new protocols. Ultimately, it is going to be a long, bumpy road to recovery, but we will get there.

If you have any specific questions, find me online and let me know!

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