I don’t usually travel to Louisiana in the summer months due to the heat, but as Olaf said, some people are worth melting for. My friend is getting married in November, so this trip was all about fun wedding stuff. We knew it would be different than my normal visits due to COVID-19, but we still managed to have a wonderful time.
Here is an overall look at my experience, and some tips on still having an amazing vacation, with a few small adjustments.
I flew Delta from Hartford/Springfield (BDL) to Atlanta (ATL) to Gulfport (GPT).
BDL was VERY clean. Everyone is required to wear a mask inside the airport. The lines at security were very short and I made it through in about ten minutes. It was not very busy at all when I flew out (8 am) or came home (2:30pm). The food and retail vendors were only open in the food court area. Everything in the bathrooms was touchless, but the water fountains were not.
ATL was clean. They have hand sanitizing stations set up everywhere and signs posted reminding people to social distance. The sit-down restaurants were closed, but most fast food places were open. The bathrooms were all completely touchless, but the water fountains were not. It was very busy, but most people were very good about social distancing and wearing masks.
GPT is a very small airport, so there were not many people in it at all. No one was wearing a mask except me and the people working at the airport. The mask rules are much more relaxed in Louisiana than what I was used to in Connecticut!
Delta was using a hand scanner for boarding passes, so no one touches your phone or pass but you. Plans are loaded from the back rows to the front rows, with the exception of first class, but there are no changes to the procedures for exiting the plane. Everyone got an individually packaged Purell wipe when they boarded. Masks MUST be worn for the entire flight, unless you are eating or drinking. No middle seats were booked to allow for more space between passengers.
All four planes I boarded were about 60% full, or less. There was no beverage service, but they did pass out plastic bags with a water bottle, granola bar, almonds, napkin and single use Purell hand sanitizer. Planes are sanitized in between each flight, and you can smell the cleaner through your mask.
- We found the Little Coffee Camper- a little camper that two awesome ladies turned into a traveling coffee shop!
- We got pedicures at Southern Swings on Magazine Street in New Orleans. It was by appointment only, so they could control the number of people in the salon. Masks are required, and they ask you to use the hand sanitizing station when you walk in. It was just the two of us and the people working. You sit in adorable porch swings and get the most luxurious pedicures. It was wonderful!
- We visited a little boutique down the street called Alice and Amelia, and again it was just us and the woman working in the store. Masks are required and hand sanitizer was provided at the door. They had the cutest stuff in there- and they donate any tips or spare change left in the jar on the counter to local animal rescues!
- We visited several restaurants that had outside dining, so that we could be socially distanced and still share a great meal. We went to the Lola Distillery on St. Charles and had the most amazing crawfish mac and cheese and some of their house-made gin. We also ate at Fatty’s in Picayune, Mississippi. We were in a room all by ourselves and enjoyed seafood nachos, drinks and dessert.