It’s a form of travel that is socially distant, cheap, and well-ventilated. Travel will look different once this pandemic concludes. I suspect many people will feel repulsed by the idea of getting on a plane, of being in close proximity to so many strangers for a prolonged period of time. Interest in cruises will collapse because they feel more like floating petri dishes than luxurious escapes. Even famous tourist destinations that are chronically crowded, like the Trevi Fountain and the Louvre Museum, are less appealing than ever – because is seeing it really worth the risk of infection? No, I predict that a new type of travel will explode in the aftermath of these strange times, a type of travel that gets people away from others. The inclination to maintain social distance will stick for a long time yet, and so wilderness destinations, remote getaways, and solitary accommodations will take precedence over hostels, resorts, vacation rentals, and packed city streets and squares. In fact, this could be the start of the golden age of camping because camping achieves many of the goals we’re working toward (and dreaming of) right now. Most importantly, it allows us to keep our distance […]


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