Travel Blogging in the Age of Coronavirus

What does one write about when one is a travel blogger in the age of coronavirus?

I write first of all about how I am grateful that those I love are healthy. I know thousands of people are not so lucky, and as someone who works in a hospital, I appreciate that good health can never be taken for granted, even in the best of times.

I also recognise travel is a privilege, available only to those with the security to do so, and that losing that privilege in the face of a global pandemic is trivial at best. To complain about it would be selfish. We’re all hoping for a return to normalcy, however that looks to us- whether it’s the chance to plan your summer holiday or just begin earning a steady paycheck again. It’s good to put your situation into perspective when you start to feel the self pity creeping in.

In the meantime, what does a traveller do? Daydream, mostly, try not to refresh the news too much- and look to the robust community of those like-minded wanderers on Instagram and WordPress. The world is great and wide, and it seems even more so during this period of “social distancing” and “self quarantine”, but we are hardly alone.

So, travellers, take a deep breath. And exhale. May we all return from this period ready for new adventures and with an awareness that the chance to explore is a blessing- and until we can do that, I hope these inspiring quotes about travelling (accompanied by photos of springtime blooms) bring you a little joy in your nook of the world.

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury

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“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign” -Robert Louis Stevenson

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“I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad” -George Bernard Shaw

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“This wasn’t a strange place, it was a new one” -Paulo Coelho

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