But, nothing is easy in the time of COVID-19.
Instead, I had to plan for weeks — buying safety gear, researching the latest information on the virus, keeping an eye on my destination’s COVID-19 numbers, getting tested.
A few things surprised me about the trip — good and bad.
First, I felt safer than I expected. The plane was squeaky clean, everyone wore a mask, no one coughed and I booked a flight that guaranteed that no one would sit beside me.
But, I was also surprised at how busy the airport was in some areas, though empty in others.
At Newark International Airport, there was a long line with virtually no social distancing at baggage drop-off. While the waiting areas were less crowded, you still have to be prepared to be around a lot of people.
I wanted to be extra safe — so I wore a mask, shield and goggles. However, I had to take them on and off at various checkpoints.
I spoke to travel expert Chris McGinnis and travel blogger Leslie Harvey for even more tips to share, in case