Traveling on a normal (not COVID) day can be pretty stressful anyway, regardless of the virus hanging over you. You need to make sure you have everything packed, house locked, and ample getting to the airport. Now with time there is the added stress of masks, disinfectants and 2 million clearance from everyone – Argh !! When I was flying from Belfast Int to Edinburgh to see my family and friends, I thought I was giving you a first hand experience of what it’s like to travel during Covid-19. Pre-SecurityAll of everyone wearing masks and staying as far away from each other as possible, it felt pretty normal driving to the airport. The only real difference was that there are plenty of signs everywhere reminding you to wear face covering, stay 2m apart if possible, and floor stickers showing you how far apart to stand. Security The security line looked like it would last forever, but that was just down to everyone who was socially distant. It was actually very quick and very efficient. Instead of making your own way to a tray, they called you one by one, which apparently worked fine. All employees wore gloves and masks. Duty Free Due to the reduced flights, the airport was very quiet, some shops and bars were closed, but most shops and duty free were all open. Belfast Int is usually quite hectic, but it felt very empty. I grabbed a quick Starbucks (it was very early!). There were stickers showing you where to stand and all staff wore masks. There were also disinfection stations almost everywhere in Duty-Free so you didn’t miss out. Check out the video below to see some snippets of what the airport was like! If you’ve been to a bar or restaurant you’ve seen them block every other sink. This also applies to the airports. Again, everyone kept a social distance while standing in line. Boarding I think this would be the only part of the trip that social distancing couldn’t really be achieved. We were divided into four different lines. two for boarding at the front of the aircraft and two for the rear of the aircraft. We then had to go down the stairs and wait about 10 minutes in a small room for the previous passengers to get off the plane before we could board. This was the only time I felt uncomfortably close to someone else. Even so, everyone tried their best to stay apart and wear their masks. When we went outside and started getting in it was fine. On the plane, I was lucky enough to be in the front row of the plane with a full row to myself. That means getting in and out was super easy and really stress free. Unfortunately, I wasn’t so lucky on my return flight, I was in the middle of the plane and got the middle seat squeezed right between two people (it’s bad enough touching your elbows with randomers!). I suppose it is really lucky to see where you sit and who is next to you! The flight attendants were really good on board, they gave a briefing at the start and were very vigilant when it came to asking customers to wear their masks and wear them properly. Getting off the plane has never been easier! The normal rush to get up and get your bags was avoided, everyone was very relaxed and we were all asked to wait until the row in front / behind of you was all gone before you got up and started moving. Everyone was really good at waiting for their turn to come and it worked really well (hopefully that change will stick!) All in all, flying wasn’t as stressful as I thought it would be, and it hasn’t changed much about flying i think if you are worried about flying i would recommend getting an aisle seat! Travel Stress-freeMy Baggage offers an easy way to move luggage for students, ex-pats and vacationers to over 200 countries around the world. During the current global pandemic, we’re helping families and friends socialize by sending care packages, luggage, and more. We offer a contactless door-to-door delivery service that delivers your items directly to your destination from your home, keeping your safety in mind. Get a quick quote below or learn more about it here. How about a stay in the UK? While the past 12 months may have postponed or canceled your annual trip abroad, it by no means means your vacation plans have to wait for another year – in fact, it could be closer than ever. Stays are more popular than ever as many travelers say they will choose to stay in the UK this summer even when things are back to normal to help the economy and avoid the rush overseas. If you’re moving to another country, we have some great moving guides to help you every step of the way. Some of our most popular travel guides are: You can see all of our moving guides here.