The pandemic is finally receding in small pockets, so all those with #wanderlust in their Instagram bios can finally start thinking about travelling again. However, the pandemic has changed the way we think of travel and vacations.
Two years ago, we would not consider face marks and sanitisers to be a part of our usual vacation arsenal, but now, a major part of travelling is all about keeping safe from the virus and doing it in style. Many small things have changed over the past months of global lockdowns, and the way we think about travelling is one of them.
After being stuck in their homes for so long, people are going out of their way to go and have fun. Many travellers are throwing caution to the wind and using up all of their bank balance just to feel the mountain breeze or sea spray once again. It has led to a phenomenon which has been termed as ‘revenge travel’.
What Is Revenge Travel?
Revenge travel is the desire of going on a vacation after an extended period of lockdown aka staying indoors.
Before the pandemic, travel was an affair which did not hold as much power as it does now. We went on vacations to de-stress, get away from the office, and find a change of pace. Now, people are travelling just so that they can get out of the house.
The concept of travel is usually about getting to someplace rather than getting away from somewhere. Revenge travel upends this idea on its head. It is all about getting away from the restrictions that we have been living in for so long.
The desperation of leaving the known for something new is what makes this phenomenon so recognizable.
The Differences In Travel
COVID-19 has had a huge effect on how we interact with people. Staying six feet away and never seeing people without covered faces, though the need of the hour, makes for poor socialising. This has led to a change in the end goal of travel.
People are not travelling to meet new folks and interact with new cultures as much as they used to. Now, it is all about finding cheap and domestic locations with secluded and serene destinations.
The Indian tourism industry has scheduled ‘off seasons’ throughout the year for different locations. These are times when due to local weather or other circumstances, tourists would avoid the destination. However, out of sheer frustration, tourists are completely ignoring that.
Many people have opted to travel during the off season as well. The reasoning behind it is that there will be less people at the destinations, and therefore, more peace (and safety from Covid).
Pros And Cons
Like everything else, there are many pros and cons involved.
While revenge travel can be a great way to relieve stress for the people who are travelling, the locals have an added worry of tourists bringing in the dreaded virus from cities and urban centers. Travellers come in from various places, and there is no guarantee that they’re not going to spread the virus to the local communities!
After escaping the dreary existence of being stuck in their homes, many tourists have eschewed proper COVID-19 hygiene as well. After reaching their destinations, many people aren’t wearing masks, santitising, or trying to stay safe. This not only impacts said individuals, but also the local population as well as other travellers.
On the flipside, the restarting of travel had led to tourism and travel agencies breathing a sigh of relief. Many popular destinations get their income mainly from tourist activities. With local shops, hotels, hostels, and restaurants all closed, many people had lost their income during the pandemic.
Revenge travel makes sense for locals and travel and tourism boards monetarily, if not health-wise.
Many people who love travelling also voluntarily took the vaccines, and inspired and influenced others to do the same. As states and other countries have made vaccination a legal requirement for travelling, the number of vaccinated individuals has also gone up, which is a good sign.
Revenge travel is just travelling, albeit for different reasons. It has a number of benefits, not just for the tourism industries that have been suffering the side-effects of the pandemic, but also for personal psyche and mental health. However, it can only work well if safety is put on the forefront by everyone involved.
Fresh air, new locales, and beautiful sceneries can go a long way in helping us recover from the mental and emotional ramifications of the pandemic. Let us hope that travel plans pan out this year and people keep the mandates and precautions in mind.Internet Explorer Channel Network