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About a month ago in a roundup post, I linked to an article written on TPG about travel shaming. The post predicted that when some folks start to venture out of quarantine to travel, they will be shamed by those who believe it still isn’t safe to travel.
We saw this first hand when Leana wrote about a weekend trip to an uncrowded beach a few weeks ago after restrictions were lifted in Florida. She got some unflattering and downright hostile comments at the time.
Here we are, just a few weeks later, but I feel the public has turned the corner on travel shaming.
Travel Is Increasing
Looking at the daily TSA checkpoint numbers, people are starting to fly again. Numbers are not nearly up to where they were last year (still down over 80%), but the number of passengers is steadily climbing. That’s a good sign.
School is out in many areas, and people are forging ahead with summer trips. My Facebook feed is loaded with people heading off on summer vacations. Granted, they may not be the original vacations they booked. But, they are still packing up and heading out on road trips to different destinations. I haven’t seen any of them shamed or reprimanded in the comments.
Other bloggers are starting to fly and stay at hotels. Again, at this time just a few weeks later, I’m not seeing the travel shaming happening.
Why the Change?
It’s funny how public opinion can change rather quickly. The stats on Covid-19 in the US aren’t really that much better than they were just a few weeks ago. Sure, some states have fewer new cases, but other states have more outbreaks.
More states have reduced restrictions and opened up restaurants and other businesses. Is that why travel isn’t frowned upon anymore?
Or, are people just sick and tired of the quarantine, or disappointed that it didn’t work better, and now they’re just throwing in the towel?
I don’t know the exact answers. But, I can say that from my family’s point of view, we are still really struggling with what is “safe” and what is “unsafe”. Not just with travel, but with every day life. It doesn’t help that what we thought was true about Covid-19 a few months ago is being debunked and replaced with new information all the time.
My family has another vacation rental in a few weeks, and we might take a road trip to visit family. Will we do things that other might view as unsafe? Probably. But, I’m glad that travel shaming seems to be on the decline.
How is the travel climate in your neck of the woods?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.