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Travel in the time of coronavirus


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  • Added on: June 20th, 2020
Does anyone post on these boards anymore? I used to read the BootsnAll boards a lot back in the 2000s. It was a great place to discuss travel and backpacking and even meet people on the road.

This may sound counter-intuitive, but I'm actually looking on the bright side with regard to coronavirus's impact on travel. The last few trips I went on, I have been pretty disgusted by how overrun most places are now with tourists. I went to Prague a couple years ago with such high hopes, but the city was so crowded that it felt like an outdoor museum without any authenticity. Santorini and Mikonos were much the same. Plus, Airbnbs seem to be gutting many formerly fascinating cities of their locals, who made the places interesting in the first place.

Maybe travel will become a little exotic again if most of the tourists stay home. When I first started traveling, locals were actually curious about me and invited me to their homes. Back then, backpacking was for people actually willing to take a little risk. Maybe the current situation will have an interesting side effect and make it easier again to meet interesting people on the road...

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