(CNN) — Maybe it’s falling asleep on the red-eye flight, dreaming of gleaming skyscrapers before waking up to views of Long Island, ready to live out all your NYC fantasies.
Or perhaps it’s finally breezing down Route 66, the California wind in your hair, and the open road boundless in front of you.
For many British travelers, a vacation in America is a dream come true, a culmination of years of consuming US cinema and culture.
But it’s been a dream that’s been essentially off the table for over a year.
In March 2020, as Covid-19 spread across the world and borders closed, the US banned all non-essential travelers from the UK.
This rule remains in place, and while there’s no reverse ban on US travelers entering the UK, ongoing British quarantine and lockdown restrictions mean few Americans are vacationing in Britain right now.
Both the US and the UK have suffered greatly over the course of the pandemic, with grimly high death rates.
But recently there’s been a glimmer of hope: both nations are enjoying speedy and largely smooth vaccine roll-outs.
While much of mainland Europe is entangled in vaccine delays, as of April 9 the UK had fully vaccinated 9.16% of its population and the US had vaccinated 18.74%.