These days I travel a lot less and stay closer to home, but to me, traveling feels like breathing. It is a part of who I am and I can’t stop. I flew to Mallorca for the writing week, then on to Puglia. A friend and I then drove to Rome, where I am now staying.
Many people consider it irresponsible or find it scary to travel at the moment. It helps to realize that people everywhere are just living their lives. Everyone wears face masks, keeps their distance, and washes their hands. Many countries have far fewer cases of the virus than the Netherlands, which has been classified internationally as ‘dangerous’. Many countries, including Italy, test for fever with a ‘temperature gun’ at the airport and at many other places including at all gas stations.
In addition, there are fewer people in airports and on airplanes. For me, traveling NOW feels much safer than I think it will be when the restrictions are lifted and more people will be on the move. Whether you agree with me or not, I hope that there will be an open discussion about this and that everyone makes responsible decisions and respects others in theirs.
A deserted Mallorca airport during ‘peak’ hours…