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Preview: On Board The First Flights To USA Post Travel Bans

It’s no secret that I drop Love Actually references wherever possible. I’ve littered the pages of many magazines with them over the years. And it’s a few specific scenes in Love Actually, which make me actually love the movie.

Lucky for Britain’s most frustrating airport, they happen at Heathrow. The emotional reconnections of people has always been a joy to watch in times of normal travel, but we’ve lived in anything but for nearly two years. They’re even more precious now.

Travel bans made life awful for people on both sides of the pond and beyond for the last two years, with people in committed relationships and full fledged families unable to physically spend time together, due to paperwork technicalities. Sometimes, even missing things like funerals, or the birth of children.

If you’ve been able to keep up with family, friends and relatives over the course of the pandemic, consider yourself lucky.

After all the hardship, a golden time is finally on its way, and November 8th will mark the first flights back to the USA since sweeping travel bans began. I’ll be on one of the very first flights, and can’t wait to share it. It’s actually why I’m writing today!

How Should I Document This Trip?

On the morning of November 8th, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways will operate the first flights back to the US, officially marking the reopening of US borders to all visitors from the UK, Europe and beyond.

I’ll be aboard one of those first flights, and I can’t quite express my excitement. I want to soak in all the stories and hear from the (soon to be) happy people. Overwhelming seems like the right word.

I mention this, because this doesn’t seem like something fair to keep bottled up for myself. I’d love to share some of the scenes and stories with you all and I’m hoping for some creative ideas on how best to do this.

Obviously, there’s the standard choices like…

  • Instagram stories
  • Blog posts
  • Youtube videos

Any or all of these are good choices, but with so many emerging platforms and creative opportunities these days, I figured someone out there might have an idea of what they would really like to see, and how I might best capture it.

If you think of any ideas, please let me know in the comments section!

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