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Would you Love to travel again?

Oslo Airport

Would you love to travel again? Jul 19, 2021. Today I have started to travel again. 

I’m back in the travel business. It feels so good and so strange. In the Oslo (Norway) airport now, there are almost no people and the people working seemed fed up or not very happy.

I had to take a very annoying corona test. It made me cry and I have used all my 💰… Anyway is a strange feeling but it feels good and I love to travel again.

Why do people travel all over the globe?

The reasons why people love to travel are varied, and very personal. 
You might feel like you’re stuck in a rut or you’re looking for something exciting. Or you want to experience something unfamiliar and leave with new skills or knowledge. Also you realize that there’s no one way to live life. Meeting people from other places will show you that your world view isn’t the same as everyone else’s. In conclusion getting away from home gives you the opportunity to reflect on your life.  

Hot air balloons over Cappadocia, Turkey

Why people do not travel now?

With coronavirus cases continuing to spike in Europe, America and abroad, travelers all aroud the world remain grounded. 

How long? It is still unknown. Elizabeth Becker, author of Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism, notes that the pandemic “decimated” the $8 trillion global travel industry overnight. “Those essential pillars of 21st-century global travel—

open borders, open destinations, and visa-free travel—won’t return in the short term or even medium term
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,” she says.

What does that mean for the future of travel?

Despite the turbulence, experts are seeing blue skies. Bruce Poon Tip, author of Unlearn: The Year the Earth Stood Still and the founder of travel company G Adventures, says

not only will we travel again, we’ll do it better
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. “I still believe travel can be the biggest distributor of wealth the world has ever seen,” he says. “This pause gives us the gift of time to consider how we can travel more consciously.”

For many, road trips may be the only feasible option for travel right now. Some are discovering the benefits of travel even at home. Blogger Jessie Festa of Epicure & Culture and Jessie on a Journey normally travels internationally once a month. Online cooking classes, games, and virtual experiences are helping her “to keep the spirit of travel alive” she says. 

Take action: Get outside, says the Norwegian concept “friluftsliv,” an idea of outdoor living that promises to make the pandemic’s colder months more bearable.

Conde Nast Traveller sustainability editor Juliet Kinsman predicts a shift to booking travel through agents and established operators, noting their invaluable knowledge and industry connections. “I think what 2020 has shown and taught us is the expertise and financial protection of booking through a travel agent often outweighs the amount you pay in commission,” she says.

Although some people are making the best of being grounded, this difficult period is reminding them that travel is important for boosting mental health and personal growth. 

Published by Elio Mondello

Elio Mondello is Mondosol's Chief Executive Officer, leading the company as it builds a trusted marketplace for people to list, discover, and book accommodation around the world online. He is also an entrepreneur and academic looking for adventure.

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