I got the pleasure of going on a family trip to Alaska. This was the first vacation I’ve been on since visiting my brother in Washington DC in September 2019. That was roughly half a year before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. Even though some COVID-19 precautions were still a thing, we still got to continue with our Alaska plans for the most part.
How did COVID-19 impact our trip to Alaska?
My family and I all got our COVID-19 vaccines before going to Alaska. Despite the close end to the COVID-19 pandemic, it still changed how we vacationed:
- We had to wear masks at the airport and on our flights when we weren’t eating or drinking. However, the arrival plane crew didn’t enforce these mask requirements, but the flight attendants were super strict on the way back.
- Some places had social distancing stickers on the ground, but no one made you do it.
- A few of our tours required people to wear masks.
- The hotels only cleaned rooms between stays, so we couldn’t get clean towels during our visits unless we requested some at the front desk.
- Some places closed temporarily due to COVID-19 (i.e., some of the cruises’ hotels in Denali).
- The majority of the open places had limited staff and/or hours.
- The restaurants were short on food supplies. For example, we went to a restaurant with vegan options on its online menu but no vegan options on its actual menu board.
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