October 2021

The pandemic has been tough for travel.

Initially, with flights grounded and epic trips postponed, many people were happy to see clear skies. But then the economic reality set in. With millions of lost jobs for those who work on planes, on ships, and in hotels (not to mention all the struggling restaurants, bars, and clubs), many people just wanted the good times to come back.

Now, over eighteen months later, things are changing. Sure, it’s still a bit chaotic to navigate the ever-changing rules about vaccine passports, but many people are embracing the latest travel trends, whether it’s selling a pricey home to move to a cheaper city or else embracing remote work from somewhere (mostly) off the grid.

The road less travelled

So, if you’re tired of sitting around, it’s time to choose your own adventure. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a tight budget and have to stick to shared apartments on Airbnb and Couchsurfing.com, or if you’re awash in loyalty points and can stay in luxury hotels both big and small. It also doesn’t matter if you’re in a city or out in nature, swimming or sailing or strolling, in Africa or Asia or Sweden or Spain. Just make a start.

The only things to keep in mind are to be respectful (of the environment, the culture, and the people), stay safe, and have fun. It’s okay to get lost as you navigate a new language, try new food, and make new friends. The beauty of travelling is not knowing what strange things you’ll taste, touch, smell, and hear along the way, much like Astrid Lindgren writes in Pippi Longstocking (also available on Audible):

The whole world is filled with things that are just waiting for someone to come along and find them.

Where will you go next?

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