Your summer plans
We asked readers what traveling this summer meant to them and how they approached it. Thanks to everyone who wrote.
“The excitement of building around the first day of June is the same vertigo I felt as a kid during summer vacation. Summer 2022 for me is all about exploration, fun , the smiles and the laughter, and it’s letting out this deep breath that I’ve been holding back for two years. —Julian Lak, New York, NY
“I am carefully setting the date of July 2 for my unmasking. I’m going to summer camp for a month that day, and I don’t want to wear a mask to camp. Since I just caught Covid (two days ago) I’m confident that my immunity plus the vaccine and a booster will be enough to keep Covid away for a while, at least for camp, if not for the unmasked foreseeable future . —Atticus Howard-Recht, 14, Brooklyn, NY
“More or less the same: mask indoors, avoid crowds, only have small outdoor gatherings. My almost 2 year old (born during the pandemic) still can’t be vaccinated, and considering all the ups and downs of Covid vaccines and under 5s, I can’t hold my breath that this summer will be a lot different.” — Erica, Alexandria, Virginia.
“Last week, finally, I started dating again! I feel more alive, ready to enjoy real in-person conversations, to share a hike or a walk, a meal or a movie. As a senior, I take Covid very seriously. With a positive attitude and my N95 mask, I will venture to new horizons and hope the special comes along! —Lori Roth, Arizona
“The Covid numbers are going up, not down. Hospital figures are rising in Britain as I write. I won’t celebrate the arrival of summer by organizing barbecues with friends, where one becomes relatively close and personal. No, I will always wear my mask and social distancing. No garden parties on the lawn for me. The end is not yet in sight.” — Lynn Reid, Edinburgh.