Just a few weeks in, this summer has already proven to be different from the last — the previous year’s uncertainty unsurprisingly resulting in a comeback season for many who are making up for lost vacation time. This moment can feel like a second chance at fulfilling the plans that were postponed for longer than initially anticipated. However, it can also feel sudden and a little overwhelming to have so many places and opportunities open back up. Here is our guide to help you ease your transition back into a post-pandemic society.
The TSA checkpoint travel numbers are reporting a more than 3x increase in daily traveler numbers in June of this year compared to last year, meaning that you may need to take some extra time to prepare yourself for the next time you grace the floors of your nearest airport. Before you plan that next trip though, make sure you do your research on travel guidelines and local mandates to avoid getting caught off guard. While many countries are slowly opening up their borders to Americans, keep in mind that there will likely still be requirements for unvaccinated travelers. If you are planning on traveling anytime soon, it’s best to make sure that you and those around you are protected by getting vaccinated if you haven’t already done so!
School and Work
The idea of returning to work and school in person can be overwhelming, to say the least. Schools across the country are re-opening their doors to students and teachers after more than 1.5 years of offering remote learning. The academic rigor of online learning has not been easy, so it will take some time to transition back to the routine of in-person classes. Students should know that their schools’ mental health resources are there to help them with this. The same goes for anyone returning to working in person. Make sure to know the details of your company’s transition period and what services and resources are available for you to make this easier on you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and voice your concerns — chances are, there are others thinking the same thing.
Going out more usually means spending more money. It’s awesome if you were able to develop healthy saving and spending habits during quarantine! Make sure to keep this same energy once your friends are inviting you out every weekend, you don’t want to undo all your hard work. Overspending will be easy, but if that happens don’t get discouraged! There are many ways to manage your budget and build mindful spending habits, just take a look at our previous blog posts for tips.