During the height of the pandemic lockdown, I recall telling a friend that I’d be so happy to get travel again that I wouldn’t even complain if I got stuck in the last row of coach.
Silly, delusional me.
While I am thrilled to now be vaccinated and back in the air, the harsh reality is that the return of the masses has made the getting there more complicated, expensive and frustrating than ever.
From passengers flouting mask and social distancing rules at every opportunity to the uncertainty of whether border or testing rules will change on a dime — even whether drinking water will be available in coach — my anxiety about the discomforts of modern air travel returned the second I boarded my first flight during the pandemic last year.
Getting to Costa Rica, on its face, for a long weekend getaway this month was fairly simple. It’s a relatively short, easy trip. And its borders have…