Staycations – the New Normal

Staycations – the New Normal

April 30 2020

We never knew how much we took travelling for granted until our ability to get up and go was gone. We may be stuck at home, but, as we’re rapidly learning, there are other ways to travel that can inspire us.

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Lockdown. Quarantine. Social distancing. In a short period, the Covid-19 virus has turned our world upside-down. All of us who aren’t key workers are doing our jobs from home.

Our new work colleagues are our children who are being home schooled. It is unlike anything we have collectively experienced.

For a travel company like Thomas and Carter, this peculiarity we are experiencing all comes down to advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). In seven plain words: “do not travel abroad unless it’s essential”.

On 17 March 2020, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab decided to advise all British Nationals against non-essential travel. Our world became extremely limited as air routes and land borders closed, and new restrictions on flights were put in place.

Like everyone else, we are confined. Our passion for travel has been restricted, not forever, but for now. Hans Christian Anderson famous quote highlights this now more than ever.

To move, to breathe, to fly, to float. To gain all while you give. To roam the roads of lands remove. To travel is to live.

Put simply, we love to travel, and we are missing it.

These feelings we are experiencing during lockdown has clarified just how much we took travelling for granted and how much we long to board a plane for parts unknown. How much we relied on the thought of our next holiday as escapism and an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones.

But rather than feel downhearted, we are now looking toward staycations as the new normal, we have in the UK, wonderful homegrown tourist businesses that will need our support. From the highlands of Scotland all the way down south to the Devon coastline.

Though we should always take time to reflect on all the things that made us fall in love with our travel destinations in the first place. Reminisce about the destinations that won your hearts; the surroundings, the open spaces, the food, and the fantastic people you met along the way. After all, travel isn’t just about all the beautiful places we wish to visit next. It’s also about all the wonderful places we’ve been.

So why not research your next holiday on the treasure trove that is the internet or flip open an old guidebook or novel, watch a scene-setting movie or programme, take a virtual museum tour, and let a little travel nostalgia brighten up your day.

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