From the Editor: Back from Summer Vacation

After two years of a persistent pandemic, we can declare the return of summer vacation.

You’ve been waiting a long time to get your passports out and book your vacation. Flights, trains, hotels, rental cars, attractions, concerts, shows… everything fills up. I hope your trip has been booked. If not, you better honk your horn and start booking.

After all, airports are getting busier and busier. Planes are filling up again, even with problems with schedules, delays, staff, etc. Same goes for Amtrak! Hotels are filling up. Car rental companies are selling out, even with their fleets now full of newer used vehicles.

Speaking of driving, the American Automobile Association said 82% of all trips during Memorial Day were by automobile. That’s still a huge number, even though fuel pump prices have jumped over $4.75 a gallon for unleaded. When I was in Las Vegas last month, I saw pump prices settle well into the $5.00 per gallon range.

These are certainly challenges for planning and organizing our summer getaways. That didn’t stop us from walking away at all. After all, we LGBTQ people love to travel – for fun or out of necessity.

Can I confess something to you? I haven’t taken a real vacation in over a decade.

Over the past eleven plus years, every trip I’ve taken has turned into a story. Those trips ended up being published somewhere – including inside these pages. I tried to relax, but my laptop opens and I type what I saw, who I met, what I drove…etc.

Admittedly, my travels have not been at the exotic level. I stayed mostly in the continental United States. Still, I’m okay with where I’ve been and what these trips have brought back. After all, to see the world, you have to tell its story.

Come on, I saw your social networks. You talk about your summer getaways as much as I talk about them in this magazine. Fair play.

Before I say I need a vacation, I know I need it. However, I think you need one more than me. Just say…

That said, our Summer Getaways issue is full of ideas.

We have near and far destinations. From boundary waters to Door County, Madison to Savannah…even Chicago…we’ve got you covered. Granted, these are hours – or a flight away – from home, but a getaway is something we all need right now.

In addition, our staff have also contributed to this problem with our destinations – past and present. Even we go near and far too!

Are your suitcases ready? Did you follow your destination’s COVID-19 arrival and departure guidelines? Are your tickets, reservations and everything you need ready to go? Is your vehicle refueling?

So, have a great summer getaway!

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