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Travel res­o­lu­tions for a post-pan­demic world

Slow­ing down and mak­ing it per­sonal align with new val­ues

- MARY CHARLESON Travel

When we be­gin to travel again will be a very per­sonal de­ci­sion, and where we venture will be dic­tated as much by what coun­tries might be open, as what might have been on our bucket list. So with that in mind, per­haps it's best to not just make a list of des­ti­na­tions that await, but to rec­on­cile a list of travel res­o­lu­tions, based on val­ues that have be­come im­por­tant.

TRAVEL WITH A SPIRIT OF EN­CHANTED WON­DER

We will want to travel with eyes wide open, take a breath, savour slow travel, and go deeper. In the fu­ture per­haps it will be about less jam­packed itin­er­ar­ies, and more de­lib­er­ate space cre­ated for accidental op­por­tu­ni­ties. We'll want to em­brace ev­ery sin­gle phys­i­cal hu­man in­ter­ac­tion, and never take serendip­i­tous mo­ments for granted again. And plan­ning time be­tween trips to re­set and spend time with peo­ple we love has taken on new im­por­tance.

NEVER TAKE TRAVEL FOR GRANTED AGAIN

We had as­sumed there would al­ways be an open bor­der and a flight wait­ing. The coro­n­avirus has taught us oth­er­wise. Post-pan­demic will be a sec­ond chance. Let's not make ex­cuses or put things off, but rather fig­ure out how to make travel pos­si­ble, and em­brace the un­known. Let's stay up late, get up early, and ex­pe­ri­ence it all. If that wasn't al­ready your at­ti­tude, re­solve to change.

BE AWARE OF OUR IM­PACT ON THE WORLD

The “Great be­fore” for many was about chas­ing miles, non­cha­lantly criss-cross­ing oceans and con­ti­nents, gob­bling up pho­tos and shar­ing places on so­cial me­dia. Go­ing for­ward we will need to ad­just our mind­set, be­ing cog­nizant of the costs it takes to travel the world, and the im­pact on our en­vi­ron­ment.

If noth­ing else, the pan­demic has taught us a greater sense of how we're all con­nected. We'll need to think more about re­spon­si­ble travel, per­haps max­i­miz­ing fu­ture trips by find­ing ways to spend more time in a given re­gion, and sup­port the lo­cal econ­omy. Small busi­ness is at the heart of many com­mu­ni­ties. COVID taught us this at home, but wouldn't it be great to take that les­son abroad? Let's re­solve to dis­cover things not in the guide books, meet lo­cals, and un­cover new sto­ries while there.

BE MORE PRESENT

One of the things that has in­creas­ingly been of con­cern with the way travel has evolved, was the ur­gency to cap­ture and post pho­tos and video for those not there. This has been driven largely by so­cial me­dia, and, of course, travel in­flu­encers. What if we chal­lenged our­selves to plan some days with­out a cam­era, to be more present, in the mo­ment, and to save the shar­ing of sto­ries for our re­turn?

TRAVEL WITH GRAT­I­TUDE

The pan­demic helped many of us re­al­ize how thank­ful we are for past travel with fam­ily, friends, a part­ner or solo dur­ing “The great be­fore.” We cre­ated life­long mem­o­ries ex­plor­ing and dis­cov­er­ing both do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional lo­ca­tions, often ex­pe­ri­enc­ing along the way the value, ed­u­ca­tion and in­de­pen­dence of travel. Mem­o­ries of those travel ex­pe­ri­ences have been our emo­tional re­serve dur­ing the try­ing times of this last year.

Go­ing for­ward, let's savour the mem­o­ries with grat­i­tude, but also ac­cept that ev­ery­one will have had their own per­sonal story dur­ing the pan­demic. Let's hope we can, with grace, re­mem­ber that in line ups, dis­em­bark­ing a flight, at se­cu­rity, cus­toms and in­ter­act­ing with those on a lo­cal level.

 ?? — MaRy CHaRleson ?? Af­ter the iso­la­tion of the pan­demic, `we will want to travel with eyes wide open, take a breath, savour slow travel, and go deeper,' Mary Charleson writes. Above, the writer's daugh­ter at a view point along Gross­glock­ner Road in Aus­tria.
— MaRy CHaRleson Af­ter the iso­la­tion of the pan­demic, `we will want to travel with eyes wide open, take a breath, savour slow travel, and go deeper,' Mary Charleson writes. Above, the writer's daugh­ter at a view point along Gross­glock­ner Road in Aus­tria.
 ??  ?? Mary Charleson in Mt. Wash­burn, Wy­oming, be­fore the pan­demic.
Mary Charleson in Mt. Wash­burn, Wy­oming, be­fore the pan­demic.

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