journeys – The New York Instances

Such is the case with Randy Buescher, 66, a Chicago architect who took a road trip to New Orleans via Mobile, Ala., Plant, where he was born and lived for the first three years before his family moved north. He hasn’t been back since.

“I don’t know if I have any memories or not,” he said of Mobile. “You don’t know until you see a place.”

He’s hoping to take the trip sometime next year with his wife, Janet Roderick, 58, a real estate agent, and one of their four grown children who want to join them. For them, the 2020 election, when traditionally conservative Georgia turned blue, makes the region more fascinating.

“I’m interested to see what this new south is about,” she said.

As more parts of the country get the vaccine, they are planning some epic road trips to connect with friends and family they only saw on Zoom over the past year.

“I just want to visit friends,” said Susan Moynihan, 53, a writer in Annapolis, Md., Planning a trip to the last six states that she did not visit as the first trip to the United States after vaccination. “It’s about a personal connection with friends and places that I want to get to know better.”

For many, 2020 was a lost travel year. For those with travel destinations after retirement, the urge to seize the day has grown in urgency.

“If you’re my age you want to take these trips because you don’t know how long you can take them,” said Brad Gray, 60, a former Vancouver, British Columbia insurer, biking from Cairo to Cape Town in 2019.

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