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Opinion | The new virus will change how we travel. That will probably be good for us.

The World Becomes Non-Essential

As we fall back to the ‘essential’ living conditions, locked down at our homes, the excesses of our globalized world, the giant amusement parks, malls, hotels, airlines, resorts, and the hoards of travellers are visible.

We have to look towards a more sustainable future of travel, and not screw up this time.

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Opinion | The new virus will change how we travel. That will probably be good for us.

Opinion | The new virus will change how we travel. That will probably be good for us.

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Bigger Isn’t Better

The Travel and Tourism industry always thrived on big. Big cruise ships, crowded national parks, and large scale corporatization.

The trillion dollar bailouts and stimulus packages should be for sustainability and worker benefits, and not just to ensure the business gets back to where it was before the Pandemic.

The World Becomes Non-Essential

As we fall back to the ‘essential’ living conditions, locked down at our homes, the excesses of our globalized world, the giant amusement parks, malls, hotels, airlines, resorts, and the hoards of travellers are visible.

We have to look towards a more sustainable future of travel, and not screw up this time.

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