“Pandemic” and “leisure travel” are almost mutually exclusive terms. We’ve been hunkered down for five months now, many of us daydreaming about vacations that fell by the wayside. Our logical brain knows we’re in a global health crisis, and traveling comes with countless risks, but the restless part of our brain — the part that once impulsively booked a flight to Bali at 3:00 AM — tells us traveling is worth the risk. This tug-of-war creates more questions than answers. More than anything we want to feel normal again, to remember what it was like before the world changed. If done responsibly, a vacation with our friends or family can give us that jolt of normalcy we’ve been craving.
Deciding to travel during a pandemic is no easy choice, and there are several new considerations in play. If you choose your destination carefully, and abide by its health requirements, traveling can not only be a much-needed reprieve from lockdown life but also a great way to support the tourism industry and its workers.