When the coronavirus hit, Gilda and her husband were on a ten week trip through Asia. Like most of us, they had little concern for the tsunami of infections that was soon to engulf the world, and assumed it would be confined to China. On this podcast episode Gilda tells us how it felt traveling through Asia during the pandemic as the locals feared that foreigners were bringing the virus with them, how they made it home just in time and what lockdown is like in England.
Travel In Asia During The Pandemic:
Brian and Gilda on yet another adventure.
Gilda is a travel blogger who took early retirement after working as a dietician for the NHS (National Health Service). I am a big admirer of hers because l wish l had the courage to even consider traveling in an RV (never mind actually doing it!) , and driving through some wonderful destinations such as Norway and Spain. She and her husband Brian, downsized and split their time between their home and RV life for months at a time.
Federico would love to travel in an RV and on an almost daily basis, shows me YouTube videos of people loving life on wheels. I am still quite uncomfortable with the thought of driving such long distances and not having a proper toilet and l definitely don’t consider myself an “outdoorsy” person at all. I have not so great memories of boarding school open air showers and community holes in the ground passing for toilets. I still have amazing calves from all that squatting :-). Yes, I know it is light years away from that, but there you have it… my warped sense of life.
Some of the travel in Asia during the pandemic highlights with Gilda:
Leaving on holiday from her native Brazil to England and staying after meeting hubby.
How she met her husband, and why she would not advice her daughter to meet a guy the same way.
Switching careers midlife for something more satisfying.
Loving early retirement life.
Some of the places they have travelled to in their RV.
Keeping costs down and eating healthy on the road.
Why they decided to keep on traveling even as the number of cases grew.
When it finally hit that the coronavirus was a worldwide catastrophe.
The countries visited as the pandemic spread and the number of tourists diminishing.
How they were treated by fearful locals.
Coming back home to the lockdown.
What the lockdown is like in England and effect on tourism in their part of the country.
Traveller Interrupted Again – Podcast with Gilda Baxter:
You can keep up with Gilda and Brian’s travels on the website (definitely check it out, very informative with detailed itineraries and lovely pictures).
Taking in the majestic views. One of the advantages of their RV moveable home is seeking out destinations that normal tourists don’t get to.
Lockdown In Valencia Update:
While we are happy as a whole to be in phase 1 of the deescalation procedure as mentioned on the last post, Valencia region has for now, voluntarily chosen not to follow others into phase 2 which is due to start on Monday the 25th.
The reason being that the number of cases in the region have risen slightly since we entered the first phase. I think this is wise. We went into phase 1 a week after the other regions, and since two weeks is considered the incubation time, it makes sense for them to put the breaks on and make sure that we at least pass that 14 day mark.
From what l’ve seen anyway from our morning walks, not too many people are rushing out there after the initial exuberance. A lot of bars around us are still closed because only the terraces can be open and since they all tend to be really small places, it would be only one or two tables outside and so not cost effective. People will nurse a beer for hours so very little turnover, and l’m sure no tips either.
I do notice a lot more people driving now though, and the bike sharing stations have been unlocked. We are still choosing to stay home for a few more days. Maybe that’s our new normal. Our hour walks in the morning staves off the longing for freedom that l had occasionally. We will start venturing out and meeting up with friends starting next week.
It is now compulsory to wear a mask at all times when out in public and it’s impossible to keep a wide berth between people. Federico is all for that. Me?, I’m not so sure. With my hot flashes… it totally sucks sometimes. l feel faint and have to rip it off for a bit as l sweat buckets and the mask gets soaked through. It has gotten quite hot temperature wise too, so it does help it dry quickly as well.
Even though l am not an outdoorsy person, I wouldn’t mind a visit here :-).
Overall, I’m happy that most people here continue to take this seriously. I was looking at a video yesterday of a long line of people waiting to go into a “Ross dress for less” store in the U.S and of course a fight broke out. I was not so much surprised about the fight (par for the course there), l was more surprised at the long line of people waiting to enter the store.
The itch to spend that stimulus check is just too strong l guess. Sadly, l think things will go back to the way they were before the pandemic. Consumerism, especially in the states. Sales are up at Target, Best Buy and other retailers. So much for the reset l had been hoping for.
Have the lockdown rules relaxed in your area? Did you even have quarantine?
Kemkem Casinelli is a licensed pharmacist and published author of fiction, self-help Ebook and guide to settling in Malta. She is a freelance writer. Currently based in Spain with her husband and 2 adorable beagles. Their frequent travels and foodie experiences are focused on cultural immersion and discovery which is documented on the blog to inspire. Find her travel gear suggestions here. https://nextbiteoflife.com/recommendations/best-travel-gear/