I can’t believe I visited the airport after so many months. For someone who used to take atleast 2 flights a month – this has to be the longest I’ve been away from the airport in the last 4-5 years. I missed the DAMN airport, I missed buying Starbucks coffee just for my Instagram story post, I missed eating terribly catered flight food and I missed being pushed and shoved by people while de-boarding the aircraft. So when the opportunity arose – I grabbed it and headed for my first travel in exactly a YEAR!
WHERE – I travelled within India (DUH) to the beautiful state of Assam. Assam is one of the 7 North Eastern States in India. The North East is relatively untouched and is beautifully pristine. It is difficult to travel to some places in NE because of limited airports – so most of the travel has to be done by road. I have only visited one other state in the NE which is Sikkim and I can’t wait to explore the other states soon.
HOW – I flew to Guwahati. Travelled around Assam by road. I flew out of Jorhat Airport.
WHEN – 27th February -7th March
WHY – Why Assam? Main reason was that my sister was headed there for a wedding – so the rest of the family just tagged along and made a vacation out of it. Secondary reasons were – that there are relatively lower number of COVID cases in Assam, we hadn’t visited Assam before and we were excited to explore a new state.
PRECAUTIONS WE TOOK –
- We all got tested before we left for the vacation. (we all were negative – if that wasn’t clear)
- We made sure to wear our masks and face shields throughout the flight journey – only removing it for drinking and eating.
- We booked into relatively well known hotels and resorts to ensure maximum precautions were taken for staying safe.
- We headed for breakfast (at the hotel) first to make sure we were done before other people arrived. (a bit excessive but better to be safe than sorry)
- We wore our masks throughout our trip – even during long car journeys. (We had hired a driver)
- We didn’t socialize much with people outside our circle.
Despite the precautions there were many things we couldn’t control. Most locals were not wearing masks in any of the cities we visited. Since COVID numbers have been less in the state – there has been no reinforcement to ensure people wear masks. Infact people would look at us funny since we’d all be in masks. One can only hope that the hotels and resorts were carefully sanitizing the rooms and public areas. It wasn’t all stress free but we made the best of the trip while constantly spritzing ourselves with sanitizer.
We had A LOT of fun! I will be writing about the trip and what we did in another post. Stay tuned for the next post featuring all the shopping I did during my trip (it wasn’t a lot but I picked up interesting local handicrafts).
Have you travelled anywhere in the recent past? What was your experience like?
Have you read my other recent posts? If you haven’t – what are you even doing? Go read them now 😀