Finally, some good news after all these long months! At the time of writing, the latest lockdown is (kind of) over, but the real light at the end of the tunnel is the news of a vaccine – approved and ready to go! The prospect of normality returning has got us thinking of all the things we’ve missed out on and all the things we can’t wait to get back to doing again. So, before it’s your turn to roll up your sleeve, take a read of what we’ll be doing in our life after lockdown.
Top of the list and never taken for granted again! Some will have gone months, possibly even over a year without being able to see their loved ones or give their parents a hug. We can’t wait to not have to think about bubbles, rule of sixes and social distancing and simply meet up with our nearest and dearest as and when we want and just appreciate being together again.
Europe, we’ve missed you! Spontaneous city breaks, glorious beach vacations, exquisite cuisine, adventurous ski holidays – you really have it all! No more lockdowns, no more border closures and no more quarantine periods, it’s going to feel so, so good get reacquainted with our favourite continent. And whilst Brexit may mean higher airfares – we’ve got you covered, if you fancy creating your own route and driving over to the mainland – and if you’d rather just be a passenger, go check out Euroventure for greener, rail travel across Europe.
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got two left feet or featured in Billy Elliot, we think everyone is ready to hit the dance floor again and throw out some shapes (with varying success). Music so loud you can’t hear the person who’s literally shouting in your ear, pubs, bars and gigs so crammed you can barely move and a queue at the bar that’s four-rows deeps; we know how it sounds, but we really do want all of this back. It’ll also be good to see who’s been practising their two-step in lockdown and who instead got caught up in the banana bread-making hype.
2020 was christened the year of the staycation – the year when it really started but certainly not the year it was to end too. If you’re looking for positives to come out of this year, those who have been lucky enough to escape their homes for a week or two and explore some of the UK, will have been pleasantly surprised. Turns out, this little island we’re living on, it’s not so bad after all! So when you’re planning your trips abroad for next year, have a little think about what’s right on your doorstep – have you been down to Lands End yet? Have you really been to Scotland unless you’ve done the North Coast 500? And are you sure you’ve definitely seen all there is to see in the Lake District? There’s no place quite like home – especially when there’s this much on offer.
Sport has been one of the few things to remain constant in its existence throughout this pandemic, but sport was never intended to be a television event and the last few months have just proven that. If sport isn’t for you then stop reading now, but for those of who have deeply missed it, even down to the overpriced beer and undercooked burgers, we can’t tell you how good getting back into stadiums and arenas will feel. Just the thought of being back in a packed crowd, cheering on your team and adding some soul back to the game sends shivers down our spines. With ourselves being based in Leeds and just a Kalvin Phillips cross-field pass away from Elland Road, it’s no secret where we’ll be spending our Saturday afternoons, post-pandemic!
By Alex Mulvey