It is hard to find a positive in the middle of the pandemic we are in right now. A holiday or even being able to go on holiday is not in the pipeline anymore. And when traveling can start up again, we can be sure that it will not be the same as before. But, is that such a bad thing?
No more traveling
One of the biggest restrictions as a result of the pandemic is our inability to travel. Worldwide we are all ordered to stay home, countries have closed borders and it is still a question of whether summer holidays are even allowed happen outside of our own countries. With all of these developments and the focus on hygiene due to the virus, travel is sure to change.
Before all this happened, mass tourism seemed to grow and grow. Tourism was the biggest growing industry in the world. And the most polluting, with a big responsibility in terms of global warming. By some, this fast travel style was described as the “new smoking”. First there’s the carbon footprint each tourist leaves for just getting to the destination. The hotels themselves use up a lot of land space; tourists use up a lot of water and food resources and produce waste that often ends up in nature and can destroy nature. A sad example of what overtourism can do is the Great Barrier Reef, which is now grey and dead after years of tourist visits.
So, it’s not strange that a large number of people have called for a change in the travel industry for ages. But for that to happen, there needs to be a change in people’s mindset. The current pandemic might just do it. Because even with just us staying home more often, you can already see nature taking back control in some places. Like the sudden visibility of the Himalaya after years of smog or a kangaroo happily skipping through the streets of Adelaide. Of course, people need to be able to go on holiday and businesses need to run, but imagine what a limited amount of tourists could do to preserve sites?
Time for a staycation
What the actual changes to the travel world in terms of durability and overtourism will be remains to be seen. What is sure though, is that the current pandemic is making us all more aware of things we usually would have taken for granted. Take just being able to go on holiday every year for example. Be grateful that this is a temporary situation and that your time spent in another country will come again when this is all over. For now, enjoy the sun in your own back yard! Find our tips on the perfect garden staycation here
What do you think will change in terms of the travel industry? And have you made plans for your staycation yet?