Travel in the time of Covid

by JoslynChase, November 16, 2020 in Challenges, Travel, Writing

Girl wearing mask at airportBringing you the update on my whirlwind move to Germany. Travel in the time of Covid is not as easy as it used to be pre-pandemic. After 48 grueling hours on planes, buses, and automobiles, we finally arrived at our destination in Germany…only to be relegated to a hotel room for a two-week quarantine in a country on lockdown.

Despite the difficulties, the people have been pleasant and we’ve made some new friends. My main challenge now is to stop staying up all night and sleeping all day. My internal clock is upside down, but since I can basically live in my pajamas for two weeks I guess I’ll cut myself some slack and allow for a gradual adjustment.

Getting back on track

Nocturne in Ashes, an explosive thriller by Joslyn ChaseIn the frantic preparations for this move, I haven’t been writing any stories but now I’m able to let my mind wander once more down a creative track. I have upcoming deadlines for a holiday mystery story for editor Kristine Kathryn Rusch that I need to get busy with, as well as a crime of passion story for Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem magazine. Also, several non-fiction articles for The Write Practice.

In addition, I’m busily planning and researching several more novels in the Riley Forte series that started with Nocturne in Ashes. But with house hunting, unpacking, and all the little errands involved with setting up a new household, it will be a while before I’m able to complete any of those. I’ll keep you posted!

I’m looking forward to a fun, interesting, and productive time here in Germany…once I get over the jet lag!

How about you? Got any travel in the time of Covid stories to share? Tell us about it in the comments.


14 Responses to “Travel in the time of Covid”

  1. Yumna Mahmood says:

    Hi Joslyn!
    That’s a fantastic post.
    My Uncle, Uncle Pasha is also traveling to meet me and my family, and he has planned to spend pandemic calling his friends and relatives over here (including me😂😂), with whom he couldn’t converse for a long time due to super busy schedules.
    Well, I wish all travelers a safe journey. May you all reach your journeys safely, Amen.
    Best wishes
    Yumna

    • JoslynChase says:

      Hello Yumna!
      I’m glad you enjoyed the post–thank you for reading! Have fun talking with your uncle and stay safe.
      Best,
      Joslyn

  2. Stacie Pogoncheff says:

    Glad you made it safely! Enjoy your time in Germany! Some day I will travel there, as it has been a dream to see all the sites! Happy Holidays!!

    • JoslynChase says:

      Thank you, Stacie! We’d love to see you if you make it on over. It is beautiful here and lots to see. We’re looking forward to getting past the Covid restrictions so we can take advantage of this opportunity. Great to hear from you–thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  3. Congrats on getting there! 48 hours of travel? Gaack!!
    I can’t wait till we can travel again. For now, all my travel is to distant worlds where I don’t have to quarantine, and the aliens share all their stories with me.
    I’m curious: where are you in Germany? I lived for a year in Heidelberg, and learned enough German to have political arguments.
    Take care, even when you finish your lockdown.
    Mike

    • JoslynChase says:

      Hi Mike! Yes, it’s good that we can always travel by book and imagination, if not in physical form. We are in Bavaria, not far from Nuremberg. Soon we’ll be scouting around for a house. I’m using Duolingo to learn German, but I certainly couldn’t carry on a political discussion at this point. I can count cousins and nephews and put together a wardrobe auf Deutsch, but that’ll only take me so far. Hopefully I’ll add to my skills as I go along. Thanks so much for your continued friendship and support. Best to you and Selena!

  4. Happy to hear that you made it safe and sound! Now, time to unwind and eventually get settled. Most of all… enjoy the journey! I’m currently in a ‘holding pattern’ here in Houston. My home is in Chiang Mai, Thailand so I’m still waiting for them to open back up. Crazy times! Crazy year! Here’s wishing you all the best. Smiles

    • JoslynChase says:

      Hello Sherman! Thank you so much for reading and sharing your comments. You’re a long way from home! It has indeed been a crazy year and it’s not over yet. Hopefully things will soon calm down and we’ll all be able to get closer to “normal.” Hang in there and thanks again for wishing me well. I return the sentiment 🙂

  5. myles mcdonald says:

    Glad you made it safely ,one of my sisters is in Italy ,on lock down but she is in good spirits ;keep safe and stay well

    • JoslynChase says:

      Hello, Myles. Thank you so much for reading and responding. I’m glad your sister is faring well in Italy and I am also okay here and looking forward to coming out of quarantine in a few more days. My best wishes to you as well!

  6. Judy says:

    Enjoyed this post. I’m kind of glad I don’t have to do any traveling. Hope your travels will be safe. I hope you enjoy your time in Germany. Keep safe. I look forward to hearing more about your travels and especially reading more of your stories. 🙂

    • JoslynChase says:

      Hi Judy, thank you so much! I’m really happy you enjoyed the post and I hope to get back to creating more stories soon.

  7. Don says:

    Glad you made it safely, I messaged with our other half today, miss you both but am so happy you are able to have another Germany Adventure! Take care, I look forward to hearing from you and reading your books down the road!
    Best wishes, enjoy the AWESOME German food and Christmas Season!
    Don

    • JoslynChase says:

      Thanks, Don! We are looking forward to getting past quarantine and lockdown and being able to enjoy the German culture. Take care and God bless!

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