In her seventh year writing the annual best budget destinations list, Andrea Talty decided to switch gears. She highlighted select regions around the country where travel creatives quarantined. These international jetsetters shared what gave them solace and inspiration in their hometowns while the whole world shut down.
Upstate New York. “I spent much of the summer of 2020 in upstate New York. It is both the place I grew up and a destination I saw through a new lens during the pandemic. I was inspired to make it a goal to visit every county in New York to make a memory there. I headed for the outdoor Art Omi gallery in Colombia County, tried outdoor lakeside aerial yoga with Good Karma Studios in Saratoga County and visited the Reisling trail in Steuben County, to name a few. Twenty-three counties down, thirty-nine to go. I’ve got a whole New York state of mind about what’s always been in my backyard as a result.”
Indianapolis, Indiana. “Being on lockdown in Indianapolis enabled me to explore and enjoy the simple offerings of this Heartland city set among flat cornfields. Often being overtaken by cabin fever, I’ve hopped in the car and driven 20 miles or so in no particular direction. One time I found a tiny town with a quaint Main Street lined with antique shops.”
New York City, New York. “I quarantined in New York City and there was no shortage of things to do even during this unprecedented time in history. Because I mostly avoided public transit, I spent a lot of time exploring The Big Apple’s five boroughs on foot: one my favorite scenic walks was across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan. Even after living in New York City for five years, it still takes my breath away! Since indoor dining was prohibited most of the year, one of my favorite pastimes during the summer became picnicking at the newly constructed Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City.”