The question all travellers around the world must surely be considering right now is: where to next once global lockdown is over?
Traveller's globetrotting backpacker, Ben Groundwater, finds the good, the bad and the ugly in the world’s best destinations. Ben is a columnist, blogger, feature writer, and host of Traveller's podcast Flight of Fancy, who has visited more than 80 countries during his 12 years in the industry. Ben was named travel writer of the year by the Australian Society of Travel Writers in 2014 and 2015.
The world is not your oyster right now. It's barely even your mussel.
Travel on a plate: it's a concept I've embraced over the past few months, the idea that the best way to experience the world during lockdown is through food, through authentic dishes that capture a place and a culture.
The rewards we've always enjoyed, as well as new rewards for taking a chance, will still be there, better than ever.
There's nothing like a little isolation to give you time to think: about your life; your career; your relationships; and what travel mean to us in this crazy new world.
I don't see a lot of love out there for the people in the travel industry who have been affected by coronavirus lockdowns and movement bans.
During these times of lockdowns and travel bans, I miss specific things. I miss specific places.
Travel doesn’t happen by chance. The best experiences take place because we’ve been inspired to do them.
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Somewhere. Anywhere. I need to move. I need to go. I need to see something different, see somewhere different, feel the joy and the fear and the amazement of stepping into a new world.
We'll re-emerge into the normal world in six or 12 months with new and better ideas about the way the world should be work. Won't we?
When you find yourself pining for an $8 coffee in the airport departure lounge, you know something has gone seriously wrong.
It's not a time to enjoy, it's a time to survive.
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